MSC opens bookings for next-generation Miami ship

Some of MSC Seaside’s staterooms will be “beach condos.”
Some of MSC Seaside’s staterooms will be “beach condos.” MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is now taking bookings for the MSC Seaside, a new ship that is notable for its design and for the fact that it’s being built specifically for warm-water cruises and will sail out of PortMiami year-round.

MSC Seaside is the first of a new class of ship being built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The 4,140-passenger, 1,059-foot-long MSC Seaside will be the first ship from MSC Cruises — a midsize cruise line based in Switzerland — to be christened in Miami. It is due to debut in December 2017 and sail seven-night Caribbean cruises. It will join MSC Divina, which initially sailed in Europe but now homeports in Miami year-round.

The ship will have a 360-degree ocean level promenade on Deck 8 that will include indoor/outdoor shops and restaurants, as well as a full buffet area and a pool, which are traditionally located on a cruise ship’s higher decks. It will have a multi-story Aqua Park with five slides, a kids-only restaurant, “beach condo” staterooms and a full-size bowling alley.

MSC started accepting bookings Tuesday exclusively from members of MSC Voyager Club Members. Booking will open to the general public on Dec. 29. Details: