These new tours will be available in 20 destinations by 2020 and include the following:
- Tour routes are completely step-free
- Accessible to wheelchairs wherever possible
- Only short distances are covered
- Timings are run at a slower pace
- Accessible restrooms with wide doors are planned along the route
MSC Cruises’ goal is to ensure that guests have the largest variety of shore excursions possible to suit all needs. With this in mind, MSC Cruises is introducing its Accessible Tours Program, extending the availability of tailored shore excursions for those with varied mobility. This program offers a unique opportunity to explore a range of the world’s most sought-after destinations without having to worry about accessibility.
Not only this, but family members and friends can join these inclusive tours, with the comfort of small groups led by professional tour guides – experienced in working with guests with varied mobility.
Highlights of the Accessible Tours Program include:
San Juan (Puerto Rico) shore excursion combines the best highlights of San Juan into one accessible tour. Escorted by their own tour guide, guest will enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Old Town, and experience panoramic driving tour of the spectacular old Fort San Cristobal, the breathtaking El Capitolio, the famous Casa Olimpica and other popular landmarks.
Ocho Rios (Jamaica) shore excursion includes an exploration of the fascinating historic open-air museum Columbus Park, the famous Kokono Falls Park with beautiful waterfalls, tropical botanical gardens and other island artifacts.
Philipsburg and Marigot (St. Maarten): guests will head out to a breathtaking scenic drive in both capital cities of St. Maarten, tasting their way through the unique Dutch and French heritage of the island with not only Dutch cheeses but also delicious French pastries and the best Rum distilleries of the island.
Naples (Italy) shore excursion will lead guests to an unforgettable half-day exploring the 2000-year old Roman city of Pompeii first-hand as well as a short tour of historic landmarks including Piazza del Plebiscito and the Royal Palace.
Valetta (Malta): guests will get to enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient city of Valletta before exploring Mdina, the island’s former capital contained within ancient walls.
Marseilles (France): after hill overlooking views of the city, guests will also travel back in time while exploring historic landmarks including the Old Port and accessible parts of the 17th-century Fort Saint-Jean.
These tours are currently available in the Caribbean on the following cruise ships: MSC Seaside, MSC Armonia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina, and MSC Preziosa.
For cruises in the Mediterranean, Nnw ports are introduced for the Winter 2019 season, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Opera calling Genoa (Italy), Civitavecchia/Rome (Italy), Valetta (Malta), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille/Provence (France), and Messina (Italy).
For the Summer 2020 season, 3 more destinations – Naples, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia will have these tours available for guests cruising on MSC Grandiosa, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Lirica and MSC Seaview.