MSC cruise ship to begin cruises from St. Maarten and Barbados
MSC Cruises will offer Caribbean itineraries departing from Saint Martin and Barbados starting in December 2021 with the MSC sea view cruise ship. It comes as the cruise line is adjusting its winter schedule in the region due to port limitations.
MSC Seaview Caribbean Winter Sailings
There has been a lot of coverage on MSC Cruises from Florida, including the major ports of PortMiami and Port Canaveral, but the cruise line also offers Caribbean itineraries from St. Maarten and Barbados.
MSC sea view will operate seven and 14 night cruises with Saint Martin and Barbados as ports of embarkation from December 5, 2021.
There will be two different weeklong routes, the first one starting from Philipsburg in Saint-Martinn and Bridgetown, Barbados, with stops at Castries in Saint Lucia; Saint George, Grenada; Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, before returning to St Maarten.
The second weeklong cruise will also depart from both ports of embarkation and include visits to Roseau, Dominica; St John’s in Antigua and Barbuda; Road Town to Tortola, then back to St Maarten. The two crossings can also be combined back-to-back for a longer 14-night itinerary.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said: “The Southern Caribbean is a popular region for cruise lines around the world as well as local guests from this region and we have been working hard to find alternative options for the itinerary that would allow us to confirm our usual winter season here, of course. supported by our industry leading health and safety protocol.
“We would particularly like to thank our airline partners who have changed their charter flight schedules to serve the new route in order to make it accessible to our customers. For that, we are still able to offer our customers an incredible cruise vacation this winter, calling some of the most beautiful islands in the Southern Caribbean aboard the MSC Seaview – the perfect vessel to navigate these waters.
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Caribbean adjusted offers
Caribbean cruises are adjusted due to port limitations. The authorities of Martinique and Guadeloupe, where MSC sea view was originally supposed to call, currently do not accept cruise ship tours due to the ongoing pandemic.
After MSC Cruises completed a comprehensive assessment of alternative ports, it was decided to add Saint Martin as a port of embarkation alongside Barbados. Without the two ports, it would have been difficult to advance the winter program in the region. Both ports are already able to function effectively as home ports due to past and ongoing deployments with other cruise lines.
Caribbean cruise offers for MSC sea view will be for fully vaccinated guests or those showing proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure. Most guests should be allowed to disembark independently based on specific ports of call; otherwise, guests will have to take a so-called Bubble Tour to enjoy a destination.
MSC sea view is 153,516 gross tons and has a seating capacity of 5,329 guests with 1,413 international crew members. It is the second of the Seaside class ships and resumption of cruise operations in July 2021 of Germany.