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MSC: New ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ Shows

May 18, 2017

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MSC Cruises have revealed the names and concepts for their two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows that will be performed on board MSC Meraviglia, which enters service on June 4th, 2017.

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Malcolm says: It’s nice to see the major cruising offering entertainment beyond the normal ‘flesh & feathers’ type, which may best appeal to the more mature audience.

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Carousel Lounge – built specifically for CDS shows (MSC)

Full ‘Seatrade’ article: HERE

Malcolm says: The ‘Carousel Lounge’ looks a little similar to RCI’s ‘360 Degree’ lounge on-board their ‘Anthem’ class vessels, also located at the stern, although RCI’s is VERY hi-tech indeed. In fact a number of Meraviglia’s features are not unlike RCI’s, such as MSC’s version of the ‘Royal Promenade’, but with a digital Sky.

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Meraviglia Promenade (MSC)

MSC Meraviglia Seatrials

May 3, 2017

MSC’s new MSC Meraviglia completed her second round of sea trials on Sunday April 30.

MSC Meraviglia, (“Wonder” in English) is the lead ship of MSC’s new Vista class vessels with a gross tonnage of 167 600 and can accommodate 5,700 passengers.

MSC Meraviglia is the first of two identical ships on order from STX France, her sister being named “Bellissima.”

Meraviglia will be delivery in May 2017 and spends its first summer sailing the Western Mediterranean with three homeports: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.

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Meraviglia Floats, Bellissima Gets Named

September 2, 2016
(Courtesy STX)

(Courtesy STX)

On September the 2nd 2016, at the STX France shipyard, MSC Cruises celebrated the float out of the MSC Meraviglia (Wonder), which will enter service in June 2017.

Meraviglia is 167,000 gross tonnes and will carry up to 5,700 passengers. There will be an internal promenade with a digital sky.

MSC Cruises also revealed that its second Meraviglia class ship, which will enter service in Spring 2019, will be named MSC Bellissima (Beautiful).

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Further Details of MSC Seaside

April 25, 2016

21/04/2016:  MSC Cruises marked an important construction milestone in the building of MSC Seaside with the celebration of the traditional maritime coin ceremony held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

MSC Seaside, set to come into service in December 2017, will sail year-round from Miami and is being designed with the North American market in mind.

More Details Revealed

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Atrium (Courtesy of MSC)

MSC Cruises has revealed further details of MSC Seaside including suspended glass floors, a wrap around outdoor promenade with bars and restaurants, ocean-view elevators  and the highest ratio of outdoor space of any ship at sea.

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Outdoor Sushi Bar (Courtesy MSC)

The concept behind MSC Seaside is to “bring the sea closer to passengers”, and is being designed with an exclusive warn weather aesthetic. The beach-condo-inspired concept will focus on the outdoor space of cabins and suites, many al fresco eating options including 20 bars; outdoor spa and fitness facilities, such as luxury cabanas for spa treatments, two wellness cabins, which feature advanced Kinesis Technoygm fitness equipment; and the private MSC Yacht Club, which features a lounge and restaurant and a solarium.

Full Cruise Critic Article: HERE

Designing MSC Seaside

June 2, 2014

Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard revealed a new concept ship earlier in the year, dubbed Project Mille, signalling the future of cruise ships.

(Fincantieri project Millie)

(Fincantieri project Millie)

The purpose of this project is to explore a more modern configuration to the traditional design of passenger vessels. Since shaft and rudder based propulsion has quickly demised, there is no reason to have the diesel generators in the aft section anymore. This ship will have them amidships. By bringing then closer to the centre of gravity, this helps stability. You can note that the funnel has accordingly been brought amidships; right above the engines.

They also made the hull wider and the super structure narrower. Also in another attempt to reduce the weight above the hull. The Oasis class kind of have the opposite of this, but they also have two gaping holes in the superstructure (Central Park and the Boardwalk).

There are also other initiatives to lower the centre of gravity. There will be no large main swimming pool topside. It will be moved somewhere lower in the ship. The spa will also be moved down. By moving any other heavy-weight public area lower, architects are able to yield an entire additional deck of passenger cabins. As these cabins are located in the superstructure, they will be balcony cabins, which mean higher revenue yielding.

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Mille offers 10 percent more cabins; 10 percent more open-deck space; 10 percent increase in efficiencies. (10% more cabins represents a very significant increase in revenue generating potential)

Fincantieri says that this design can be scaled accordingly from 60,000grt up to 150,000 grt. And 1,500 pax up to 4,000 pax.

(Source: Cruise Ind)

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(MSC image)

Malcolm says: MSC’s new project ‘Seaside’ mega-ship is clearly based on Fincantieri’s ‘Millie’ project.

Seaside has the distinctive centre funnel and narrower superstructure. The promenade is wide and is above the lifeboats until it drops down at the stern. The stern ‘prom’ is nearer the water level than usual, with a large pool. There is no large centre lido-deck, but an area aft of the funnel. The aft superstructure is narrower for stability.