Five Things You Missed About Cruising #3
Seaside at Port Miami
MSC will port the first of the Seaside class at Port Miami when the lead ship comes online in late 2017. Projected to carry an estimated 4,140 passengers the ship represents the latest and boldest move by MSC to build its presence in the north American cruise market.
The design of the Seaside is innovative in ways normally seen only among the Royal Caribbean fleet. The Seaside will live up to her name by introducing a wide and close to the water pool deck aft, along with generous promenade space along the sides of the ship. At a time when ship design is increasingly turning passenger attention away from the ocean the Seaside embraces it in bold fashion. Some bemoan the growing size of cruise ships but like the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis classes, size does bring the means to create environments at sea unlike any before them.
Previously MSC has featured the Divina in marketing to north American cruisers. Where the MSC Divina is a highly regarded but very conventional design, the Seaside class will the Seaside will represent a true "signature" ship to define the public's mental image of the line. Her placement at Port Miami also represents a very high profile location at a time when the busiest cruise port in the world is experiencing a surge of new ships and lines as well as the return of lines as Cruise Aficionados reported earlier this week.