By Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny


The MSC Seaside


Last week, I was one of the happy few to be invited to stay on board the MSC Seaside, the new beautiful cruise ship of MSC Cruises when she leaves the Ficantieri dockyards to join the Trieste harbour in Northern Adriatic Sea.  The President of the Italian Republic was there to honour this event, and soon MSC for the first time hoisted his flag on the Seaside.  


The Seaside in Triesteharbour

The MSC Seaside is the biggest cruise ship of MSC fleet, just a bit longer than the MSC Meraviglia that was launched a few months ago. And the MSC Seaview, sister ship of the Seaside will be delivered in next June. Don’t be surprise, MSC Cruises is spending 10.5 billions Euros in ordering ten more new huge ships that will be delivered one each year until 2016.


Overlooking Trieste harbour

From Christmas, the MSC Seaside will be based in Miami and will cruise in the Caribbean region, going from island to island. And the MSC Seaview will cruise in Europe from June through Mediterranean Sea and in Northern Europe.


The atrium

I want not to tell you all details of this incredible ship. There are more than 2.000 cabins on board and 75% of the cabins have their own large balcony, that’s a real treat. What also makes the difference with other cruise ships is the very large circular deck that offers a perfect view over the sea.

And now you have just to discover the MSC Seaside through this selection of photos, and dream to your next cruise.


The sundeck

Text & Photos ©Frederic de Poligny


one of the outside whirlpools 


The Champagne Bar

In the DRIVE IN Bar

The 2 lanes bowling on board

The tempting casino

the Cabins are quite large

My private balcony

What a nice presentation

Mouthwatering cuisine at one of the Asian restaurants

Guess what you are drinking!


The large circular deck

The world’s longest zip-line on board a cruise ship

One of the two frightening over-board water slides

Another swimming pool with its rooftop

kids adventure swimming pool

one in-door swimming pool

The adventure park

The frightening glass bridge

The circular main deck

The unique Yacht Club for selected guests

The exclusive Yacht Club sundeck

About Annick Dournes & Frederic De Poligny

Annick Dournes and Frederic de Poligny are two French tourism journalists who travel the world for many years. They will share with you their very favourite experiences of worldwide travels. Those about France, their native country, will be found on a regular basis in their chronicle "Meanderings through France".