A rendering for the Atrium Bar on MSC Seaside.

MSC Cruises has pulled back the curtains on a range of innovative new passenger features set to appear on the forthcoming new ship MSC Seaside – the first of the European line’s new ‘Project Seaside’ class which will begin welcoming passengers from December next year. At maximum capacity, the ship will cater to 5,179 passengers.

As its name suggests, designers of the ship have adopted a beach-themed approach to the ship’s features, particularly on the top deck with multiple water-based activities including an outdoor water park, water slides, multiple pools and plenty of activities which normally take place indoors such as spa treatments. MSC has opted to bring the beach and island lifestyle of the Caribbean onboard, creating cabins with large outdoor areas, al fresco dining venues and open-air spa treatment spaces.

A multi-use theatre and 5D cinema on MSC Seaside.
The main theatre on MSC Seaside will be convertible into a 5D theatre.

MSC Seaside will feature a wrap-around open-air promenade on Deck 8, encircling the entire ship and featuring a wide selection of restaurants, bars and lounges. It will be punctuated by two glass-bottom catwalks, each 40 metres in length. For those a bit queasy about walking on glass, these won’t be the only access passages with more conventional walkways elsewhere on the ship. Elevators on the side of the ship will feature ocean views as they transport guests between floors.

A third glass catwalk on the top deck will be 30 metres in length and designed as a public viewpoint to maximise the ocean views or those while in port.

Guests will feel like they're walking on water on this glass passage on MSC Seaside.
One of three glass-bottom walkways will give guests the impression they’re walking on water.

Most outdoor entertainment will be available on the top deck, much of which will come in the form of a highly interactive water park at sea with activities for adults and children. Among the water attractions will be:

  • High-speed aquatubes – guests sit in single or double tubes and race each other to the bottom, including through a part where the slides extend out over the side of the ship, giving guests a view of the ocean below.
  • Slideboarding – an activity which doubles as a waterslide and a video game in one.
  • AquaPlay and AquaSpray – designed for younger travellers, this part of the water park will offer activities for kids of all ages, including a separate section just for toddlers.
  • Adventure Trail – a dry activity, this will be a high ropes course above the ship which will require guests to navigate rope bridges, walls, walk around towers, crawl-through spaces and slides, while being securely fastened on with a harness.

In addition, the outdoor theme park will include a 130 metre zip-line allowing guests to slide from the funnel at the front of the ship all the way to the rear. Elsewhere in the ship, a full size bowling alley, 5D cinema and separate theatre and comedy club.

Ten-pin bowling features on MSC Seaside.
While lane numbers will be limited, the fact remains there will be ten-pin bowling on MSC Seaside.

The beach theme carries across to the passenger accommodations as well, with a large focus on spaces large enough for families and groups looking for accommodation together. Among the stateroom selection will be:

  • Cluster cabins specially designed for families and groups. These require a crew steward to adapt them to suit the party specifically so this means they can be located almost anywhere on the ship.
  • Corner suites in the rear corners of the ship shaped like and featuring furnishings reflecting a beachside apartment.
  • Terraced balcony staterooms offering a private outdoor space for guests to enjoy the sun and overlooking the central promenade.
  • As part of MSC’s partnership with Technogym, two exclusive Wellness cabins will be available to book, kitted out with advanced Kinesis fitness equipment for private use. These cabins will be priced as part of the line’s new Wellness-based price tier.
  • Luxury suites featuring a two-person outdoor whirlpool. These will feature as part of the higher-tier MSC Yacht Club price point. These staterooms will be located at the front of the ship, with guests also having access to a private solarium, exclusive lounge & restaurant.
MSC Seaside will feature beach apartment style apartments.
Beach apartment-style staterooms will sit above a panoramic pool.

Dining experiences across the ship will include a Pan-Asian venue featuring menus personally developed by Japanese-American celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, part of which will feature Teppanyaki grills preparing a variety of Thai, Korean and Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, oysters, lobster, prawns and snow crab. Also open to passengers will be a luxury seafood restaurant, international dry-age steak-house and a family pizza parlour.

Teppanyaki cuisine will feature on MSC Seaside,
Part of Roy Yamaguchi’s Pan-Asian restaurant will include a Teppanyaki grill.

On its launch, MSC Seaside will head immediately across the Atlantic to Miami where it will be based year-round, sailing to the Caribbean and the line’s new Ocean Cay private island and marine sanctuary, currently under construction in the Bahamas. A second ‘Project Seaside’ ship with many of the same facilities will follow a year later, with a third in 2021.

MSC Seaside will feature an outdoor Aqua Park and Ropes Course.
A look at the Aqua Park and Ropes Course on the top deck of MSC Seaside, and will debut in December 2017.