MSC Cruises' MSC Seaside ship joined MSC Grandiosa back at sea on May 1, welcoming passengers onboard for weekly 7-night voyages in the Western Mediterranean, featuring brand new destinations in Siracusa (Sicily) and Taranto (Puglia, Italy).
The liner departed from Genoa Italy on Saturday (May 1), followed by a day at sea on Sunday, and then in Valletta Malta. As part of her itinerary, MSC Seaside will also call in Civitavecchia-Rome.
MSC Seaside is the second cruise ship back at sea for the 2021 summer season, with further liners, including sistership and future flagship MSC Seashore to join in the Mediterranean from August. All vessels will implement the line’s rigorous health and safety protocol, developed with a Blue Ribbon Panel.
Port Siracusa is making its MSC debut with a choice of protected shore trips so that passengers can discover the historical and archaeological sites in the area, including the Greek theatre of Siracusa, the largest ever built in Sicily as well as one of the Greek world's largest, or immerse themselves in the countryside and baroque cities where Inspector Montalbano films are shot.
The southern Italian town of Taranto in Puglia offers something special for those looking for a day to relax while making the most of the historic region. The old town of Taranto is full of charm with winding alleys, churches, and palaces as well as the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto displaying the history of Southern Italy.
In addition to the protected shore excursions, MSC will introduce a private beach experience in Taranto, Puglia from June, exclusively for Seaside’s passengers. A day out at the beach is a major part of a summer holiday so now vacationers will be able to relax on the beach next to the clear waters of the Ionian Sea.