MSC Cruises just took delivery of its new flagship, MSC Seashore, which can claim a few 'biggests' as it prepares to enter service in the Mediterranean next month before heading to the Caribbean for a winter season.
It's the biggest measured in size ever built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyards, although overall it's just a bit behind Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas. But, while Symphony is rated at 5518 passengers with all cabins at double occupancy, Seashore can take 5,632.
The ship is the 19th cruise ship for MSC, with a sister ship under construction for delivery next year. MSC Cruises is a relative newcomer to cruising; as recently as a dozen years ago it had only a few ships but has been expanding rapidly. It is owned by Mediterranean Shipping Corporation (MSC) the world's second-largest container ship operator.