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From port of call to port of embarkation

PORT/PHILIPSBURG: On the occasion of the arrival of the cruise ship MSC Seaview in the port of Philipsburg, the officials of MSC France organized a presentation evening and launch cocktail at the Mykonos in Maho Beach last Friday.

As of  December 5, passengers can now embark in Sint Maarten for a 7-day cruise with stops in the neighboring islands. Patrick Pourbaix, General Manager for France, Belgium and Luxembourg at MSC Cruises, passionately described the unique experience of living for a week aboard a cruise ship like the MSC Seaview, specially designed for the Caribbean with its outdoor spaces, its capacity of 5,000 passengers and its 1,500 crew members. No less than three hundred French people embarked this Sunday, joining other American, Canadian, Italian, German and English tourists.

Delphine Lacroix de Peretti, Communications Director at MSC, is delighted with this collaboration between MSC Cruises and the St. Maarten authorities, both the Tourist Office and the Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau (Dutch side). It is because of, or even thanks to, the health crisis that the port of Philipsburg can now boast of being a port of embarkation for MSC cruises, as Guadeloupe and Martinique are still refusing to welcome the liners. The management of MSC having learned the sad news in early October, made the decision quickly. Being a private and family-owned company, decisions of this type are made quickly.

MSC has contacted the appropriate authorities to offer Saint Martin, which was for a long time a stop-over on their cruise itineraries, a proper port of embarkation. This will be the case until April 2022 with the possibility of renewal depending on the number of passengers.

A collaboration between MSC and Air Caraïbes has also been set up to charter flights between France and Saint Martin, offering Europeans the opportunity to reach the territory. Surrounded by travel agency partners, clients and officials from Saint Martin and Sint Maarten, the MSC team, fresh off the plane from Paris, was pleased with this new maritime adventure.




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