MSC Cruises has celebrated the ‘float out’ of its newest ship MSC Seaside as UK sales show 'strength'.
The first of the cruise line's new Seaside-class ships transferred from dry to wet dock at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste, Italy, at the weekend.
Speaking at the event, UK managing director Antonio Paradiso said he was pleased with the strong response the operator was already seeing from the British market.
“This is another exciting milestone in our ambitious expansion plans as we see the second of our 11 next-generation ships entering the final stages of her construction.
"MSC Seaside has been specifically designed to provide our guests with a unique onboard experience in warmer regions.
"The UK market is very important and we are delighted with the strength of sales for MSC Seaside so far. The Caribbean continues to be an ever popular destination for UK holidaymakers."
The ship, which will launch in December 2017, will homeport in Miami and complete year round sailing in the Caribbean.
At 323 metres long the ship will feature a maximum capacity of 5,179 guests on completion and is the first of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Her sister ship MSC Seaview will enter service in spring 2018.
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