MSC Cruises commenced its Northern Europe summer season when the line's 2018-built ship MSC Seaview departed from her homeport Kiel Germany on Saturday, July 3.
Seaview is the first MSC ship homeported in Germany since the beginning of the COVID crisis.
The vessel is setting sail on 7-night Baltic Sea cruises from Kiel Germany and Copenhagen Denmark to ports in Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia. The voyages are open for EU passengers of all ages.
Homeported in Kiel through October 2021, Seaview will then reposition to the Mediterranean (RepositionCruises.com) and via a Transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean. During the Caribbean season (winter 2021-2022) Seaview will be homeported in Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe).
The 2018-built MSC Seaview cruise ship is the second Seaside-Class MSC vessel - with sistership MSC Seaside (2017). Seaview was delivered in June 2018. The 5300-passenger Seaside-Class ship design was developed for year-round operations in warm climates. It features many and large-sized outdoor areas, a ropes course, a 5-slide water park, 3 glass-floored catwalks, wraparound Promenade Deck (at sea level) lined up with shops, bars and restaurants (indoor-outdoor seating), glass-walled (sea view) elevators. The vessel is fully compliant with IMO's "Safe Return to Port" requirement (how long the cruise ship should remain safe for evacuation).
MSC Seaview is the 7th MSC cruise ship to resume sailings with passengers onboard with a further 3 preparing to start future journeys, which will see 50% of the fleet back at sea by the end of summer 2021.
The weekend also saw Marseille France added to MSC Seaside’s West Mediterranean itinerary. Marseille is the first French port to reopen for the line and welcome international guests.