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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Cruising the Mediterranean Sea on the MSC Splendida…a European experience

When you book a cruise beyond the fleets of ships that provide a North American experience, be prepared to accept different vacation approaches to meals, entertainment, and expenses. The rewards for such an adventurous spirit may be substantial, as the differences can be part of the fun. For seven nights in November, I cruised the Mediterranean Sea on MSC Splendida, pictured right, off Naples, Italy. It’s a grand new 3,300-passenger vessel owned by the biggest shipping company …

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Cruising Trends: Europe’s Rise as “The New Caribbean”

A very interesting set of speakers here at Cruise Shipping Miami- in Tuesday’s “State of the Industry” address, MSC Cruises’ worldwide chief-executive-officer, Pierfrancesco Vago, spoke about cruising trends in Europe. MSC reports that passenger numbers have grown from 127,000 to 1,220,000 in seven years- and much of that is attributed to growth within the cruising region of Europe, which has seen a 163 percent increase in bookings in the last 10 years.  This growth has ushered in …

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Book early and save as much as 50 percent off MSC Cruises’ repositioning voyages

Guests who take advantage of early booking rates on MSC Cruises’ winter 2011-2012 repositioning cruises can save as much as 50 percent off the cost of their memorable voyage. As ships reposition for the upcoming season, they undertake longer journeys and call at ports not regularly visited. The added days at sea enable guests to relax and make full use of the ship’s amenities in an atmosphere reminiscent of ocean crossings of the past. MSC Poesia, for …

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MSC News – Summer Vacations

MSC Cruises makes summer vacation planning even easier with its latest “Summer Sail Abration” offer for cruises at the end of April through the beginning of September in Northern Europe. “Summer Sail Abration” rates begin at $899 per person, plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) on select 7-night fantastic fjords, route of the vikings, Baltic castles, and Russian palaces cruises. Departing from Copenhagen, Denmark and Kiehl, Germany, this offer expires Feb. 28. Two of the fleet’s sister …

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MSC Cruises: Journey to the Magnificent United Arab Emirates

Visit a land steeped in history and culture.  Explore the Arabian Desert in a 4×4, journey to prehistoric tombs and ancient archaeological sites, or bathe in the natural pools at Hatta.  Or visit secluded beaches, ultramodern cities and an exotic perfumery…all these options, and more, are yours on MSC Cruises. MSC has announced its winter schedule for 2011-2012, and has added the United Arab Emirates to its already impressive list of destinations.  The graceful MSC Lirica will …

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