Earlier today, MSC Cruises and Fincantieri Shipyards signed a contract for the construction of two, new, revolutionary ships, known as the “Seaside” prototypes. The contract will also allow for the later commitment to build a third ship.

The contract was signed earlier this morning in Rome, Italy at the Palazzo Chigi between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and CEO Gianni Onorato, and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono.

The two new ships will be the largest built by Fincantieri, registering approximately 154,000 tons GRT, measuring 1060 feet long, 135 feet wide and a height of 230 feet. Both ships will carry approximately 5,300 passengers in 2,070 staterooms, served by 1,413 crew members.

The ships will feature a number of unique amenities and features, such as a sea-level promenade that wraps around the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. In addition, Seaside will also feature a large theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.

“Today, MSC Cruises adds the last piece to its new industrial plan that will allow us to double the capacity of our

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