Cruising into the Future: The Digital Wizards at OZ

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  As anyone knows who has taken a cruise recently, technology is front and center when it comes to the guest experience. On MSC Seaside, we reserved shows and restaurants on large digital touch screens, and were amazed by how easy disembarkation was at Customs thanks to biometric facial recognition. On Carnival, the Carnival HUB app is like having a concierge in your hand. Princess goes a step farther with their OceanMedallion, a wearable that opens your …

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Get Ready to Discover the Natural Beauty of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

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  Geneva, Switzerland (June 20, 2019) — With just under four months to go until Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve welcomes its first cruise guests, MSC Cruises — the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line — revealed today more details of the unique experience that awaits visitors. The vision for the island is to immerse guests in the natural beauty of their surroundings in the Bahamas. Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles …

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Heavyweights of the Seas

  I normally arrive a day early for cruise departures, but have made an exception for a cruise out of the Port of Miami. I came three days early this time in order to photograph some representative heavyweights of cruising, megaships of MSC, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival that are currently in port. All are overwhelmingly huge and seeing most of the attractions onboard would require at least a four-day cruise on each. I only have a …

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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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