Brightline, MSC Cruises Announce Partnership

  Below is a press release Gerry Barker received and would like to share: (PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Fl. (May 8, 2019) – Brightline (soon to be rebranded Virgin Trains), the premier hospitality-driven intercity passenger rail service in the United States, announced today a strategic partnership with MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe. MSC Cruises is the official cruise line partner of Brightline. The partnership offers travelers a carefree, bag-free experience …

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First-timers on MSC Seaside

  As veteran cruisers, it’s always exciting to experience a new ship, and a new brand, for the first time. So Pam and I were looking forward to our first voyage on MSC, taking MSC Seaside from the Port of Miami. MSC, well-established in Europe and South America, is looking to capture the American market with big, shiny new ships like Seaside, the first in its Seaside Class, which launched in late 2017. Sister ship Seaview debuted …

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New Baby Care Services on MSC Cruises

The MSC Mini Club is a dedicated area for small children (under age 3) where parents can take their children for play- with the condition that parents remain present. However, MSC is now offering a drop-off service for toddlers at the Mini Club. Children aged 1-3 years can be taken to the Mini Club between 1-2 pm and 6-7 pm when the ship is at sea, affording parents the time for a leisurely lunch or dinner or …

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MSC Divina offers free on-board ship app for passengers

Want to book a table at Eataly on your MSC cruise? Forgot what time the next trivia game takes place? Curious about weather in the next port of call? Or maybe you want to check when the aqua cycling class is scheduled? Now passengers on the MSC Divina will have access to that information and more in the palm of their hand. A new MSC Divina Traveler Web App is now free to download and use on …

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MSC’s family-friendly sailings

MSC’s Divina now calls the Port of Miami home, providing travelers with a new option in cruising from the port- very good news for the family vacation. Here’s why: On MSC, kids 11 and under sail free and children aged 12-17 sail at a reduced rate.  No special promotion, no short term deal; it’s just their policy. The line clearly wants that family demographic: they offer an outstanding children’s program that’s divided by age, the Mini Club …

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Time Sensitive Deals From the Cruiselines

Voyages to Antiquity is offering free air from 60 American locations when you book a Grand Voyages including their Treasures of the Far East journey. Windstar is offering special pricing on their Caribbean sailings. Book before December 31, 2013 and enjoy 2 for 1 cruise fares plus bonus savings of up to $1000 per stateroom. Click here for more details Uniworld is reduced or waiving single supplements on select 2014 sailings. Click here for dates and details. …

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Eataly offers taste of Italy aboard MSC Divina

Craving some of that delicious pasta served in Eataly restaurant on the MSC Divina? Now you can buy some in the restaurant shop to take home and prepare yourself. I knew that the MSC Divina had a top-notch Italian restaurant known as Eataly and I was looking forward to eating there. However, I was surprised at the restaurant’s mini emporium that sells authentic Italian and artisan products, including olive oils, dried pastas, regional sweet and aged balsamics. …

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Eataly offers taste of Italy aboard MSC Divina

ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA – Tucked into my luggage are two bags of pasta, some almond cookies and a bottle of Chinotto, a carbonated soft drink produced in Italy from the juice of the fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree. These are “souvenirs” from my journey aboard the MSC Divina. When I get home, I plan to have an Italian dinner to commemorate my fantastic cruise aboard the beautiful Divina. I knew that the MSC Divina had …

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MSC’s Sanity-Saving, Family-Friendly Dinner Options

Since yesterday was  International Youth Day, this seems appropriate;  MSC Cruises has announced new child-centric dining options that will be welcomed by children and parents alike.  There are two options that, in my view, will be especially appealing to any parent (and let’s be honest, this is all of us) who has desperately tried to entertain a child in a restaurant for an hour, waiting for food to come. Happy Dinners The premise of this first option is …

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The Olympics, MSC-Style

For those of you who are fans of competitive sports, there’s not much that’s more exciting than the Olympic Games.  As most of you probably know, they’re scheduled to be held this year in London from July 27th through August 12th.  If you’re not attending in person, the next best thing might be to watch the games live from a luxury cruise ship. MSC Cruises is offering this summer’s passengers the chance to experience the games from …

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