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MSC Cruises is trying its best to make a ship for North Americans in a North American cruise market, and MSC Seaside is a step forward for the company.

The 4,140-passenger, 153,516-ton ship began year-round Caribbean cruises from PortMiami in December.

The arrival marks the first time the Swiss-based company has built a ship that didn’t begin sailing in other parts of the world first. It joins older ship MSC Divina from Miami and will be joined in 2019 by one of the line’s other new ships, MSC Meraviglia.

While the company will grow its passenger capacity in this North American expansion plan over the next two years, it looks to MSC Seaside to give it a higher profile among competitors like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival.

To that end, MSC Seaside does have several notable features that should entice potential cruisers, although the ship isn’t without some shortcomings.

The MSC Seaside debuted in PortMiami in December 2017 to begin year-round service to the Caribbean. The 153,516-ton ship can hold 4,140 guests at double capacity.

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