I joined other passengers on MSC Poesia yesterday.
The cruise actually began in New York about four days ago, but I boarded in Port Everglades, near my South Florida home. Billed by MSC as a “Snowbird” cruise moving northeasterners to Florida – with stops at Port Everglades, Cartagena, Colombia, Cristobal, Panama and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, before heading north again to Port Everglades. We will stop at Cozumel in Mexico on the way back.
After a three-day period of heavy rains at home I looked forward to some pool time and sunshine. While there was some sun yesterday morning and when I boarded in mid-afternoon, it’s back to kind of gloomy North Atlantic-looking weather and some light rains.
It’s early days, though, and hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow!
AN INTERESTING MIX
There are northeasterners aboard, but there are more Germans than any other nationality, and many Europeans from all over the continent, a few South Americans, an Australian and some folks from New Zealand and India. My table in the dining room is representative. There are a couple from Delray Beach, about 45-minutes from my home, a retired police officer from Australia and a dad and his 15-year-old son from Gdansk, Poland. Robert, the young boy, wanted to see Lebron James, his hero, play basketball. The NBA hasn’t cooperated.
MSC Cruises is an Italian company operating 12 cruise ships, and many container ships around the world. I have sailed on Poesia before, on MSC Orchestra and was at the naming of MSC Musica in Venice.
I enjoy the international concept, walking by the pools and hearing German, Russian and English spoken in harmony.
And harmony is key on this ship, tastefully done, beautifully decorated and kept clean by an international crew who seem to be scrubbing, cleaning or polishing all day long.
MSC offers most sailing in the Mediterranean, but when a ship comes over for a winter out of Port Everglades – even though most passengers continue to be Europeans, more and more North Americans enjoy the ambience of a little taste of Europe off our shores.