In a full commitment to North American-based cruising, MSC Cruises has announced that its first Seaside-class cruise ship – the newly named MSC Seaside – will set sail to the Caribbean year-round from its homeport of Miami, Florida beginning in November 2017.
What’s more, the ship will be the first from MSC Cruises to be christened stateside and will be berthed at a dedicated PortMiami facility set to be renovated and expanded.
As for the MSC Seaside herself, new details have emerged as well. The 154,000-ton, 4,140-guest cruise ship will feature a unique interactive aqua park (pictured in the header above) complete with five water slides and expansive splash zone.
Watch a detailed fly-through rendering of the aqua park here:
The water attractions are further detailed by MSC Cruises below:
In an industry first, MSC Seaside will add to the thrills of traditional waterpark fun by offering guests the chance to participate in “Slideboarding™” – a unique waterslide and interactive video game all-in-one. Guests race down a two-story, 367 foot slide on a sleekly designed raft that includes an embedded game controller with colored buttons. The end goal – match the color of the flashing strobe lights seen on various sections of the slide with the colored buttons on the raft. The slide uses a smart gaming system that knows who riders are and tracks their progress and scores over the run down the waterslide.
Duelling High-Speed AquaTubes™
In a high energy competitive setting, guests race against other guests through a combined 525 feet of twists, turns and drops, on slides that partially extend over the side of the ship and give riders a quick look at the sea below.
AquaPlay™ & AquaSpray™
To cater to its youngest guests, a portion of MSC Seaside’s aqua park will be designed specifically for tots, featuring an active and colorful water play structure that is an experience all on its own. The AquaPlay™ area will be complete with tipping buckets, various spray cannons, solid stream jets, a raintree and a mini-slide.
In addition, various interactive AquaSpray™ activities, such as jets, falls, forts and more will be found throughout the water park for all ages to enjoy.
Directly connected to the aqua park is the Adventure Trail, a ropes course which allows guests to criss-cross between soaring towers, rope bridges, climbs, crawl-throughs and slides as they enjoy an amazing bird’s eye view of the water. Explorers on the trail will need to move quickly though as guests below will be able to use water spray cannons to soak their friends and family.
Stay tuned to Popular Cruising as more details about MSC Seaside emerge in the coming months, and visit MSC Cruises‘ website here.
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