MSC Cruises Toasts the Last Month of Summer with Labor Day Upgrade Sale

  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 15, 2019) – With summer’s end just a month away, MSC Cruises USA — the North American arm of MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line — is helping travelers extend the season with a two-week Labor Day Upgrade Sale on a selection of sunny Caribbean cruises sailing from Miami. From August 15 to September 6, 2019 guests booking on select Caribbean cruises aboard MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, and MSC …

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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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MSC Divina – A Toast to Italy

From guest writer Kay Showker The arrival of the new MSC Divina in Miami last November marked a milestone for MSC Cruises as the first ship of the fast growing cruise line to sail year-round from her home port in Miami to the Caribbean. Since 2005, the line had offered only seasonal fall through winter sailings from the U.S. MSC Cruises growth is unmatched in the cruise industry. Begun in 1995, by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a Swiss …

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2014’s best cruise experiences

Before we all get caught up in guessing about cruise trends and goals for 2015 — such as which major cruise line will be the first to announce Havana as a port of call — let’s look back at some favorite cruise experiences from 2014: Best new onboard activity Simulated sky-diving on Quantum of the Seas, cruising out of New Jersey. Hands down, RipCord was my most exhilarating minute at sea. RipCord uses wind tunnel technology, forcing …

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Cruise ship trivia: Name the MSC Divina godmother

It’s been a longstanding tradition for ships to have godmothers, a symbolic patron or sponsor through the ship’s life. The godmother symbolizes the spirit of the vessel. In the mid-19th century, it became customary for a woman of distinction to be selected for the ship godmother honor. If you’ve seen the MSC Divina, you know she is a beauty. But do you know who was chosen to be her godmother? For a bit of cruise ship trivia, …

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Drive a race car on a cruise ship for a thrilling experience

ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA – Sandy Sherma could barely see over the steering wheel of her Formula One race car. But she put the pedal to the metal and off she went. A few spinouts later, the Florida woman emerged from her sleek Ferrari and proclaimed, “Whew! I need a drink!” The race car simulator on the MSC Divina is so realistic, Sherma said, that she was breathless as though she had been running a marathon instead …

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