Well, it’s that time again where I start to write a pre-cruise blog, setting the story of the journey we’re about to embark on…
We got married on May 26th and already had the inaugural cruise of MSC Seaview booked, therefore this holiday is now our honeymoon. We’re flying out to Genoa tomorrow from London Luton airport and staying in Genoa (o Genova se parli Italiano!)
MSC Seaview is the second of the line’s Seaside class, and was built at the Manfalcone shipyard in Italy by Fincantieri who have built best in class ships for MSC, Seabourn, Regent, Cunard and many other major players.
Seaview’s keel was laid in October 2015, the Coin Ceremony took place in 2017 and the ship has just been handed over to MSC Crociere. Some pre-inaugral cruises had been planned, and we were somewhat disappointed we couldn’t change on to those, however in hindsight we are now extremely relieved, as MSC, priding itself on the guest experience cancelled these cruises to ensure the ship was ready to take it’s first passengers.
According to Wikipedia Seaview’s weight will be 153, 516 GT with a passenger capacity of 5,179. From the snippets I’ve seen on Facebook and other social media she looks amazing – MSC Seaview is certainly THE PLACE TO BE!
The Christening of the ship will take place tomorrow in Genoa, with the wonderful Sophia Loren taking the role of the ship’s Godmother – as she has for all of the fleet. Several other celebrities will feature, and more details can be found on the MSC Cruises website – https://www.msccruises.co.uk/en-gb/Discover-MSC/Cruise-Ships/MSC-Seaview/Christening/Event.aspx
I’ll aim to write a couple of posts from our cruise, and will certainly share more when we get back!