Sales open for MSC Virtuosa, the highly anticipated fourth Meraviglia generation cruise ship

MSC Cruises — the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and the Gulf — announced today the opening of sales for MSC Virtuosa, beginning her inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean on November 8, 2020. Sales are open now exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members, as one of the many benefits of the loyalty program that rewards MSC Cruises guests. For all other guests, sales will open on December …

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MSC Seaview cruise ship is named in a glittering ceremony in the historic port of Genoa

MSC Cruises has christened their new flagship, MSC Seaview, in true MSC Cruises style with a star-studded line-up, VIPs, key travel partners and international media as well as top management from MSC Cruises and its parent company MSC Group. Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s founder and executive chairman as well as the ship owner, will attend together with the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families. MSC Cruises, Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe and South …

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MSC Meraviglia makes maiden call in Hamburg, and MSC Grandiosa Christening Announced

MSC Cruises is growing quickly and we love it. Yesterday MSC Meraviglia made her maiden call in Hamburg, Germany, kicking off her first season sailing Norther Europe. But also yesterday MSC announced that the MSC Grandiosa, their next flagship, will be christened in Hamburg on November 2, 2019! We can’t wait to experience the luxury and attention to detail that MSC offers on these new ships. Here is what MSC Cruise has to say in their announcement …

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MSC Armonia adds Miami as home port to Cuba Itinerary

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Miami homeport adds attractive destinations to the ship’s itinerary and offers greater travel options for international and North American guests  Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy two days in Cuba on one of the largest and most modern cruise ships calling this unique destination  MSC Cruises, announced that, as of December 10, 2018, MSC Armonia will add Miami to its 7-night Cuba and Caribbean itinerary and will homeport there alongside MSC Divina and MSC Seaside. With …

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MSC Meraviglia christened June 3, 2017, officially joining the MSC Cruises fleet

MSC Cruises fleet, MSC Meraviglia was christened June 3, 2017 in a glittering ceremony by international screen legend and godmother of all of MSC Cruises’ ships, Sophia Loren. At 171,598 GRT and with guest capacity of 5,714 (4,488 at double occupancy), MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship to be built by a European ship owner, MSC Cruises, and also the biggest ship to come into service in 2017. MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line …

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Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina

ABOARD MSC DIVINA: There was a time in the world of cruising where most passengers hurried to the nearest shop as soon as disembarking – especially here in the Caribbean and purchased such goodies as jewelry, fragrance, liquor and even electronics, returning shipboard with arms full. I recall a stop in St. Martin where my husband and I and another couple schlepped to cartons of booze back to the ship – with help from the shop owner, …

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Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina: St. Martin

ABOARD MSC DIVINA: The crowds gathered around the stairwells awaiting the announcement of arrival in Phillipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Martin, have gathered early. Eager to head to beaches, to shop or tour, they all want to be first off the ship. It is the same in Barcelona, in Monaco, Ketchikan or Singapore, and whether it is your first or 50th, that rush to disembark for a few hours is pretty universal. The choice of excursions …

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Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina: Day at sea

ABOARD MSC DIVINA: Another evening, another show. Last night’s offering, entitled “Mask,” and loosely based on the old Jim Carrey movie, showcases the entire cast of singers, and dancers, acrobats and more in a skilled production that kept audience members – young and old alike – on their toes while they kept on tapping them. I have sailed on MSC some six or seven times and each time came away impressed with the caliber of entertainment. (More …

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Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina: Day 1

MSC Divina (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises) ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA-We glided out of Port Miami promptly at 7pm last night. It is strange to use a verb like “glided” to describe a a vessel weighing close to 140,000 tons, but that is exactly how this ship left Miami. We were at dinner, in the aft dining room dubbed Villa Rossa, at a table overlooking the water, and it was lovely to watch. And make no mistake, …

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Preparing to cruise aboard the MSC Divina

MSC Divina, that big beautiful girl from Italy, now enjoying her first full year in the U.S., will soon be my home for a week. She debuted in 2012 with Italian film star Sophia Loren as Godmother. Headquartered in Geneva, MSC Cruises is a Swiss-registered, global cruise line and the world’s largest privately owned line. Twelve ships fly the MSC banner and are deployed across Europe, South America, Asia and the U.S. Two new vessels will join …

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