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MSC Seaside is a cruise ship built for MSC Cruises. The first of MSC's next-generation Seaside class vessels, it is the largest cruise ship ever to be constructed by its builder, Fincantieri of Italy, and features a custom-designed multi-story aqua park built by WhiteWater West of Canada.[2] The first steel cut took place on 22 June 2015 in Monfalcone. The keel was laid in Monfalcone on 4 March 2016,[3][4] and the vessel was floated out of the shipyard on 26 November 2017.[5] When it debuted, it was the 14th largest cruise ship in the world, behind Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas.

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MSC Seaside leaving port
History
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Name: MSC Seaside
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Malta, Valletta
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone
Yard number: 6256
Laid down: 4 March 2016
Christened: 21 December 2017
Completed: 29 November 2017[1]
In service: 1 December 2017
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 153,516 GT
Length: 323 m (1,060 ft)
Beam: 41 m (135 ft)
Draft: 8.5 m (28 ft)
Depth: 12.1 m (40 ft)
Decks: 18
Propulsion:
  • 2 × 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46F
  • 2 × 16,800 kW (22,500 hp) Wärtsilä 14V46F total power 62,400 kW (83,700 hp)
Speed: 21.3 knots (24.5 mph)
Capacity: 5,119 passengers

Seaside entered into service in December 2017. It is operating year-round to the Caribbean, from a renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, Florida, USA.[2] The naming ceremony was on 22 December 2017 in Miami.[6] In May of 2018, Seaside became the first of MSC Cruises' fleet to be directed by a citizen of the United States of America, Gene Young.[7][8]

On 17 November 2018, 7 crew members from the MSC Seaside (3 Jamaicans and 4 South Africans) were arrested at the Port of Miami after Customs and Border Protection officers found 7 kilograms of cocaine and 100 000 US Dollars in their cabins and in their possession. According to officers the cocaine came from Jamaica en route to the USA and that they were recruited by a Jamaican. The incident was confirmed by MSC Cruises PR Department. All seven suspects are being held in custody with bail set at $250 000. They appeared in the Miami Federal Court on December 3 and pleaded not guilty. If found guilty they can face imprisonment of between 10 years or life. The investigation continues. The South African Department of International Relations confirmed the incident. ′[9]

Seaside has a passenger capacity of 5,429, plus a crew capacity of 1,413. The ship does not have a floor #17, likely due to superstition.[10] A section of the ship at the front, and occupying the top two floors, is called the Yacht Club. It is a private-access, all-inclusive "VIP" area that features the Topsail Lounge, the Yacht Club Restaurant, the Yacht Club Sundeck, Pool, and Bar. Yacht Club guests tend to pay extra for a faster boarding process, butler service, included beverages, faster disembarkation and more.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MSC Seaside (9745366)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b Cox, Martin (17 March 2015). "MSC reveals SEASIDE class". Maritime Matters. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Seaside Construction Begins". 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  4. ^ "All Cruise News". 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  5. ^ "MSC Seaside Floated Out at Fincantieri". Cruise Industry News. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ "MSC Seaside Taufe am 22. Dezember 2017 in Miami" (in German). 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  7. ^ "My Interview With The CRUISE DIRECTORS of the MSC Seaside 2019!". 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  8. ^ "Gene Young". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  9. ^ https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/dodgy-transactions-lead-to-arrests-of-4-sa-women-for-cocaine-smuggling-in-the-us-20181210
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17_(number). Missing or empty |title= (help)

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