MSC Cruises expands accessible shore excursions programme

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MSC Cruises has announced an expansion of its accessible tours programme to an additional five ports this Winter 2019 season and three additional ports for Summer 2020. This brings the total number of MSC Cruises destinations offering accessible shore excursions across the Caribbean and Mediterranean to 20.

These tours and have been designed to ensure that all passengers have an opportunity to enjoy the ship’s stops along the journey without having to worry about restricted access.

All tour routes are step-free, and accessible to wheelchairs wherever possible. The routes cover short distances and timings are run at a slower pace. There is planned access to accessible restrooms with wide doors along the route. Family and friends can join these inclusive tours, with small groups led by professional tour guides experienced in working with guests with limited mobility.

“MSC Cruises is committed to offering an incredible choice of shore excursions designed to suit all tastes, giving guests the freedom to make the most of every moment ashore,” said Jean-Pierre Joubert, MSC Cruises’ head of shore excursions. “We have always been sensitive to the needs of our guests, and constantly strive to offer the best possible service, meeting international accessibility standards. This programme is unique because for the first time we offer accessible tours available in both popular cruise regions of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. By joining these tours, all guests will have the carefree opportunity of enjoying the best of every excursion.”

The accessible tours programme in the Caribbean includes a shore excursion of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a stroll in the Old Town and a panoramic driving tour of the old Fort San Cristobal, El Capitolio, the Casa Olimpica and other popular landmarks. It also includes a tour of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with stops at the historic open-air museum Columbus Park and Kokono Falls Park; plus a scenic drive through the capital cities of Philipsburg and Marigot, St Maarten, with Dutch cheese tasting, French pastries and visits to rum distilleries.

In Europe, accessible tours include a half-day shore excursion in Naples, Italy, visiting the old Roman city of Pompeii and other historic landmarks including Piazza del Plebiscito and the Royal Palace. Other accessible tours include a scenic drive through Valletta, Malta, and on to the island’s former capital, the walled city of Mdnia; and a tour of Marseilles, France, exploring historic landmarks like the Old Port and accessible parts of the 17th-century Fort Saint-Jean.

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