MSC Seaside to call Port Canaveral home starting April 2023

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — MSC Cruises announced it will bring its third ship to its home port at Port Canaveral, starting in April 2023.


The Seaside-class cruise ship will offer three- and four-night cruises to The Bahamas, and seven-night sailings to Mexico, Belize and The Bahamas.

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Rubén Rodríguez, president of MSC Cruises, said the Seaside-class ship is specifically designed for Caribbean cruising.

“The Seaside class of ships is specially designed for Caribbean cruising, with features like pools, dining and outdoor decks located lower and close to the sea,” Rodríguez said.

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The 1,060-foot, 153,516-ton Seaside-class cruise ship was built in 2017 and can accommodate 4,000 guests.

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The MSC Seaside will be the third ship from MSC Cruises to be based at Port Canaveral since the port began year-round service in 2021.

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Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.