This week at the Fincatieri shipyard in Italy, MSC Cruises officially took delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside—the second new MSC ship in six months—while executives from the company announced even more plans for expansion.

MSC Seaside has a guest capacity of 5,119 and is the cruise line’s first ship in the Seaside Class. Following the delivery ceremony, MSC Seaside initially set sail for Trieste, Italy. From there, the ship will travel to her homeport in Miami, where her naming ceremony will take place on Dec. 21, 2017. MSC Seaside will be joined by sister ship, MSC Seaview, when she is delivered in six months, and takes her maiden voyage in June 2018.

At the delivery ceremony, MSC Cruises and Fincatieri also signed orders for the construction of two Seaside EVO ships, an expansion on the Seaside Class prototype seen in MSC Seaside. The Seaside EVO ships will have greater dimensions and include more cabins, as well as a larger Yacht Club with an additional deck and larger cabins. The Seaside EVO ships will accommodate 5,646 passengers.

With the addition of these new ships, MSC Cruises’ expansion plans include 12 new ships between 2017 and 2026, with six ships in service between 2017 and 2020. Overall, MSC Cruises is making an investment of over $12 billion on these ships.

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