Let’s start once again? Perhaps it is the right time that something begins to move in the tourism sector, at least for those types of trips that have now established a health protocol that guarantees a holiday in total safety.
Here then is that MSC, after having put the Grandiosa back into the sea, the first ship in the world to have resumed cruises after the lockdown last August, is about to set sail with its second ship. It will be there MSC Seaside, one of the most recent and innovative ships in the fleet, also from an environmental point of view, to return to operations with cruises in the Mediterranean Sea starting from May 1st.
The most interesting novelty of the cruises aboard this ship is the itinerary it includes new unpublished stages. Seaside’s weekly cruises will depart from Genoa with stopovers in Malta and Civitavecchia and, for the first time, also in Syracuse it’s at Taranto. Cruise passengers can choose to embark indifferently in each Italian port included in the itinerary, based on their greater comfort.
For each of the two new destinations, the company will offer a series of protected shore excursions to guarantee guests the opportunity to discover the wonderful sites while remaining in a safe “bubble”.
In Syracuse you will certainly go to visit the wonderful archaeological sites such as the famous Greek theater, but you will also go to the discovery of the territory, of the Baroque cities that have also been the backdrop to several episodes of the TV series “Il Commissario Montalbano” and of Taormina.
During the stop in Taranto, however, you can discover the old city, full of charm with its winding alleys, dozens of churches and palaces, as well as the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto (MArTA), but you can also visit Alberobello, Unesco site famous all over the world for its characteristic “trulli”, or the beautiful Baroque towns of Martina Franca and Grottaglie, famous for their ceramics.
Traveling aboard this ship will be an incredible experience. Christened in 2017, MSC Seaside has rewritten the rules of cruise ship design, combining indoor and outdoor areas to bring guests closer to the sea like never before. There are many open spaces, with a large outdoor deck, numerous swimming pools, whirlpools and an aquapark with five water slides (and not just for children).
The distinguishing feature of the ship is its own promenade esterna located on the lower decks that runs along the perimeter of the ship and allows you to walk, eat, have an aperitif, go shopping, sunbathe or take a dip in the pool while admiring the immensity of the sea with the feeling of being on a pier. In addition to the many outdoor and indoor areas where you can have fun and relax, the Seaside, like other MSC ships, also has a Reserved Yacht Club to guests looking for a more exclusive service, with a gourmet restaurant, lounge and private pool.
To ensure a high level of safety for its guests and crew, the company will also adopt the strict health and safety protocol implemented on the Grandiosa and which today represents a real model to be followed globally.
Among the numerous measures adopted there are certainly the swab for all passengers at the start and mid-cruise, the weekly swab for each crew member who, before taking up service, is subjected to three swabs and carries out a quarantine period of 14 days , an innovative “contact tracing” system based on smart bracelets worn by all the people who get on board, “protected” excursions organized exclusively for cruise passengers and the obligation of a swab for tourist guides and drivers of the vehicles used during the excursions , the prohibition to go ashore for crew members and the continuous sanitation of the areas on board.