MSC Cruises' MSC Seaside ship to sail in the Mediterranean for the first time in summer 2021

   April 22, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises announced that this summer passengers aboard MSC Seaside will benefit from a private beach experience in Taranto Puglia. This is in addition to the previously-announced 2 new destinations in southern Italy with Siracusa Sicily in addition to Taranto.

This is the first time Seaside will spend a season in the Mediterranean giving vacationers the opportunity to experience the ship. Designed as the vessel that follows the sun, everything about MSC Cruises' Seaside is designed to connect her passengers with the sea and this is the perfect liner for the warm weather of the Mediterranean. 

MSC Seaside is joining the line's flagship MSC Grandiosa in the Mediterranean. She will welcome back guests from May 1 with new itinerary offering embarkation in all 4 Italian ports, with 7-night voyages visiting Genoa, Valletta Malta, Siracusa, Taranto, and Civitavecchia-Rome.

Under MSC Cruises’ health and safety protocols, ashore visits are only possible as part of a protected excursion, so that passengers go ashore to discover and explore the attractions whilst maintaining "a safe social bubble." However, MSC has developed a special offering for Taranto so that Seaside passengers can spend a safe day at the beach, with lidos that are exclusively for their use.

MSC Seaside cruise ship

A range of protected shore excursions is offered in Taranto, including Taranto City Tour, The “Sassi” In Matera, Alberobello, Lecce, Art and Flavours of Puglia, Ostuni and its oil mill.

MSC Seaside is also scheduled to call at another new destination for the cruise line, the Sicilian port of Siracusa where passengers can discover the historical and archaeological sites in the area, including the Greek theatre of Siracusa the largest ever built in Sicily and one of the biggest in the Greek world or immerse in the countryside and baroque cities where Inspector Montalbano films are shot. Europe’s largest volcano Mount Etna and the ancient Taormina are also worth seeing.