Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2022

1 8 MARKETWATCH New MSC Seascape to ‘wow’ guests upon December debut The second Seaside EVO-class ship, MSC Seascape, will be officially welcomed to MSC Cruises’ fleet on 7 December 2022. Currently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Seascape will be a sister to MSC Seashore and has been specifically designed for warmer climates with generous outdoor areas and public spaces. MSC Seascape will offer 2,270 cabins, 11 dining venues, 19 bars and lounges, and six swimming pools, including both an infinity and a whirlpool. Interior spaces have been designed to reflect the entertainment offerings, architecture and multicultural community of New York City in the USA. “We believe the ship has a ‘wow’ factor and, of course, so does New York,” said Rubén Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA. “With that in mind, we integrated design features, public areas and venue names inspired by the Big Apple. MSC Seascape will showcase an impressive replica of the Statue of Liberty at the heart of the casino and an expansive retail and entertainment area named Times Square.” Other ‘wow’ factors onboard the ship will include thrill ride MSC Robotron, a first for MSC Cruises. “Robotron will offer an amazing experience to adrenaline lovers of all ages,” said Rodriguez. “During this breathtaking experience guests will be lifted nearly 200 feet in the air using a robotic arm and gondola, transporting them into an immersive DJ experience where they can curate their own musical journey.” In addition, MSC Seascape will boast the Bridge of Sighs, an iconic glass walkway found onboard all MSC’s Seaside-class ships. It will be located at the aft of the ship on deck 16. “It is designed specifically to provide the ultimate viewpoint of the ship and the perfect place for photo opportunities,” said Rodriguez. Due to the increase of multigenerational travel, the ship will offer 98 hours of live entertainment per cruise that is designed for family members of all ages. MSC Seascape encourages family involvement with newly designed spaces for younger guests, including two Lego rooms and three new concept spaces for teenagers, and interactive games such as ‘Beat the Music’ that challenges family members’ knowledge of both recent and classic music hits. Other family-friendly features include the Teens Club, Junior Ambassadors, and MSC Dance Crew which is a competition experience for 10- to 17-year-olds to win the title of dance crew of the year. MSC Cruises’ Rubén Rodriguez talks with Alice Chambers about the highlights guests can expect to enjoy onboard the latest newbuild in the Seaside EVO class “ We are very excited to showcase the unique international character we bring to cruising”