The world’s newest cruise ship lit up the Hudson River in New York City in the early morning on 5 December when it sailed past the Statue of Liberty to dock at Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
At more than 170,000 gross tons with a capacity of 5,877 guests, MSC Cruises’ new U.S. flagship MSC Seascape is one of the largest cruise ships to ever dock in Manhattan. Not only that, but the vessel is one of the most environmentally advanced cruise ships at sea, featuring a range of environmental technologies and solutions.
MSC Seascape was built in Italy, and its arrival in New York marks the end of its 17-day voyage from the European country.
The ship arrived in New York for a traditional maritime Naming Ceremony, which took place on the night of Wednesday, 7 December. The ceremony concluded with the customary breaking of a bottle of champagne against her hull.
MSC Cruises, part of the Geneva-based Cruise Division of MSC Group, chose New York for MSC Seascape’s Naming Ceremony to celebrate the brand’s expansion to the U.S. market. The company also chose New York for the Naming Ceremony to commemorate the upcoming service launch from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, where multiple journeys along the east coast will begin.
“We have ambitious growth plans in the U.S., and New York City plays a critical role in that expansion,” says Rubén A. Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA.
“Having the brand new MSC Seascape here this week is our way of celebrating a fantastic future of cruising for New York City.”
MSC Seascape will depart New York City on Thursday en route to Miami, Florida, where she will start her journey by offering two different seven-night itineraries.
These itineraries in the Caribbean will mark the start of her inaugural season.
The two itineraries include the following:
- Eastern Caribbean: Calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and Nassau in the Bahamas, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
- Western Caribbean: Calling Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Cozumel in Mexico, George Town in the Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the third-largest and fastest-growing cruise brand in the world. It has a fleet of 21 cruise ships deployed globally and calls at more than 150 destinations across 70 countries.
The cruise line has a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.
MSC Cruises offers its guests an immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage. Guests can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, and the latest user-friendly technology on board its vessels.