Just what the Caribbean cruise market needs, another behemoth ‘boat’ to tow more than 4,000 to the islands. And that’s what’s happening folks as MSC Cruises, the largest privately-owned cruise company in the world, announces the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships — set to debut in November 2017 — will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.
The Miami-based cruise operations will benefit froma newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami for the arrival of the ship in late 2017. “The Seaside class of ships is part of MSC Cruises’ $5.3 billion fleet expansion plan that will allow the company to double its capacity by 2022,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.T.”
The whale of a vessel with weigh in at 154,000 gross tons and rank as the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri shipyards. Like most of the ships plying the tropical Caribbean, this one will be chuck full of diversions, bells and whistles starting with an interactive and originally-designed aqua park at sea with five water slides and attractions for all ages—which is being built by WhiteWater West Industries of Canada, the award-winning designer and manufacturer of waterpark attractions globally.
Highlights of the multi-story aqua park will include:
“Slideboarding™” – a unique waterslide and interactive video game all-in-one. Guests race down a two-story, 367 foot slide on a sleekly designed raft that includes an embedded game controller with colored buttons. The end goal – match the color of the flashing strobe lights seen on various sections of the slide with the colored buttons on the raft. The slide uses a smart gaming system that knows who riders are and tracks their progress and scores over the run down the waterslide.
Duelling High-Speed AquaTubes™ –a high energy competitive setting, guests race against other guests through a combined 525 feet of twists, turns and drops, on slides that partially extend over the side of the ship and give riders a look a quick look at the sea below.
AquaPlay™& AquaSpray™ –for tiny tots eaturing an active and colorful water play structure that is an experience all on its own. The AquaPlay™ area will be complete with tipping buckets, various spray cannons, solid stream jets, a raintree and a mini-slide.
In addition, various interactive AquaSpray™ activities, such as jets, falls, forts and more will be found throughout the water park for all ages to enjoy.
Adventure Trail– a ropes course which allows guests to cross-cross between soaring towers, rope bridges, climbs, crawl-throughs and slides as they enjoy an amazing bird’s eye view of the water. Explorers on the trail will need to move quickly though as guests below will be able to use water spray cannons to soak their friends and family.
The Seaside is part of a $5.3 billion expansion by MSC Cruises which currently operates a fleet of 12 modern ships that cruise year around in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the French Antilles, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, South America, as well as in Dubai, the Emirates and Oman. The company currently sails seasonally in the Caribbean but will sail year-round in the region as of 2017.
For more information on MSC Seaside, visit http://bit.ly/MSC-Seaside. For more information about MSC Cruises visit www.msccruisesusa.com.