MSC Cruises announced today that it will be operating cruises from Germany to the Baltic Sea starting on July 3.
MSC Seaview will be the first Seaside-class ship to operate in the Baltic Sea, with a brand-new itinerary for the region. The ship will homeport in Kiel, Germany until September, offering seven-night voyages to Visby, Sweden; Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; and Tallinn, Estonia.
“We are looking forward to the resumption of our cruises from Germany, an incredibly important market for us, and provide our guests with an enjoyable, relaxing and safe cruise holiday on MSC Seaview, one of our most innovative ships,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.
“Visiting destinations and going ashore is an integral aspect of a cruise holiday and it is now possible with our Baltic Sea cruises from Germany thanks to the general relaxation of health measures locally, as well as much of Europe, and the confirmed opening of the ports and destinations MSC Seaview will call.”
Visby, the capital of the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with impressive medieval buildings. Stockholm, known as the “Venice of the North,” is famous for its architecture and abundance of open water. Tallinn is renowned for its monumental walls, towers, and well-preserved ancient buildings.
The ship will comply with MSC’s health and safety protocol, with measures including universal testing at embarkation and midway through the cruise, weekly testing of crew, social distancing, the wearing of masks in public areas, and protected shore excursions.
MSC Cruises will closely monitor the situation adore at all of the destinations Seaview will visit, and the itinerary may see the addition of new ports.
These voyages will be open to residents of Schengen countries, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Currently, MSC Grandiosa and Seaside are sailing in the western Mediterranean, and will be joined in August by MSC Seashore for her maiden season. Later this week, MSC Virtuosa will begin her own maiden season with cruises around the UK.
Three more ships will soon begin cruises in the eastern Mediterranean — MSC Orchestra, Splendida, and Magnifica.