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MSC’s newest ship, MSC Seaside, makes a splashy Miami debut

We were recently invited to the naming ceremony and inaugural sail of the stunning megaship MSC Seaside, the newest addition to the award-winning fleet of MSC Cruises.


The MSC Seaside Naming Ceremony took place in the Port of Miami, the ship’s new home. Emceed by TV personality Mario Lopez, the program featured show-stopping performances by world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli backed by a Haitian children’s chorus, and superstar Ricky Martin who electrified the audience with his high voltage show. Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises senior executives addressed the large crowd. Legendary actress Sophia Loren, the Godmother of all MSC leisure ships, cut the inaugural ribbon. Fireworks concluded the star-studded ceremony.

The Naming Ceremony concluded with fireworks


Dubbed as “The ship that follows the sun,” MSC Seaside was designed for warm weather sailing. Inspired by the easy-going South Beach lifestyle, the ship has large pools, sun-tanning decks, a solarium with retractable roof, a long waterfront boardwalk for promenades, glass-floored catwalks and open-air restaurants. The back part of the ship resembles the facade of a Miami Beach oceanfront condo.

Glass wakway

MSC Seaside’s interior design is dazzling. The hub of the ship is a soaring atrium with translucent circular staircases embedded with thousands of glittering crystals. Every sitting area and every corner of the ship’s public spaces are sleek and contemporary, as if they came straight from the pages of Italian architectural magazines.

The atrium


The ship offers comfortable and stylish accommodations for every type of budget. It features flexible modular cabins for big families or groups, exclusive aft corner suites with stunning sea views and terraced balconies, as well as exclusive MSC Yacht Club cabins and luxurious suites with private outdoor whirlpools.

Balcony Suite


The MSC Seaside offers many attractions such as the longest zip line and the most interactive aqua park at sea, full-sized bowling lanes, XD cinema, numerous kids and baby activities, clubs, lounges, shops, gym and casino. There is something for everyone!

Zip line

The state of the art Aurea Spa offers Balinese inspired treatments as well as every type of spa environment one would like to experience including a rock-salt room, dry and wet saunas and even a snow filled room.

Snow room

Entertainment on board features Broadway-style shows, improv comedy, live music, movies as well as special performances and parties led by an energetic cruise staff.


The ship offers an extensive choice of indoor and outdoor dining venues featuring domestic and international cuisine. In addition, there are specialty restaurants such as chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Asian Market Kitchen, French bistro La Bohème, authentic American-style steakhouse Butcher’s Cut and fine seafood restaurant Ocean Cay.

Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi

For “in between” snacks and sweets there are several lounges and shops that sell pastries, chocolate, gelato and specialty coffees.


MSC Seaside joined its beautiful sister ship, MSC Divina, sailing year-round to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Miami on 7 and 14 day itineraries. For information and bookings call 1-844-906-0740 or visit them online.


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