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11 Things To Know About MSC’s New Ship



For cruise lovers, there are few things more exciting than a new ship. Even if we know we might never sail on the new vessel, we find ourselves wanting to know everything about it. So as MSC Cruises takes official delivery of the MSC Meraviglia, we take a look at everything you could want to know about this major new player in the game.

1. She’s coming to America… eventually.

MSC — which has primarily focused on the European market — is currently planning to mount a major push toward becoming a force to be reckoned with in America. So while the MSC Meraviglia will initially work the western Mediterranean waters, she’s expected to sail out of Miami beginning in the fall of 2019. The currently-under-construction MSC Seaview is also slated to sail out of Miami in late 2017.

2. The “digital sky” is going to have a major wow factor.

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Much like the buzzworthy LED displays featured aboard the Carnival Vista, the promenade of the Meraviglia will feature the longest digital dome at sea, offering up a constantly-changing array of images while passengers shop, meander or party beneath it. Just how big is the dome? It comes in at an impressive 5,200 square feet! (Expect a lot of folks on the promenade to bump into each other as they tilt their faces — and iPhones — upwards to take in the view!)

3. You’ll be able to shop and eat in the same space.

Among the many places to grab a bite aboard this ship will be Eataly, an Italian restaurant where you can not only have a fantastic meal, but then purchase some of those same tasty treats to take home for “friends.”. (We put that in quotes because let’s face it… odds are good you’ll wind up devouring your purchases before disembarkation day!)

4. One of the pools will undergo a nightly transformation.

While MSC brags that the Meraviglia’s main pool will feature “some of the most plentiful [space] to be found at sea” — not to mention some cool statues and loungers positioned right at the water’s edge — it’s the Horizon pool that will come alive at night as it morphs into the place to be for dancing and entertainment.

5. The buffet has amazing hours.

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Believe it or not, the Marketplace Buffet will be open an astounding 20 hours a day with an emphasis on Mediterranean specialties and international dishes. There’ll be something for everyone… no matter what time they find themselves wanting to graze.

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6. Chocolate lovers will be in heaven.

Thanks to a partnership with award-winning pastry chef Jean-Phillipe Maury, Meraviglia will feature a venue called the Chocolate Bar. Not only will you be able to purchase a wide variety of melt-in-your-mouth confections, but an open kitchen will allow passengers to actually watch the treats being created. Plus, there will also be a Maury-created gourmet ice cream parlor and crepe venue on the promenade!

7. They have some pretty innovative staterooms.

The Wellness Suites within the Yacht Club — MSC’s exclusive, ship-within-a-ship area — feature Technogym fitness equipment and a welcome kit that includes a t-shirt, shorts, and sports towel. For families or large groups, they have a series of interconnecting cabins which can — combined — hold up to 10 guests. But our favorite might be the duplex suite, a two-deck high stateroom featuring walk-in closets, two bathrooms, and a hot tub on the balcony.

8. There are two — yes two — Cirque Du Soleil shows.

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While on some ships, it can be tough to schedule a show because it is only playing two or three times the entire week, Meraviglia’s Cirque shows will be performed twice a night, six nights a week in the specially-designed (and very cool looking) Carousel Lounge.

9. You can race a Formula 1 car… sort of.

Thanks to virtual reality, there will be two Formula 1 “cars” onboard allowing passengers to not only experience the rush, but do so while competing head-to-head with other guests. Got a family feud that needs settling? Put mom in one car, dad in the other… and may the best racer win!

10. “American-style” is a recurring theme.

As we mentioned before, MSC is preparing to make a major play for a big share of the American market, and that shows in the various venues — and how they are promoted — aboard the ship. Both the sports bar and steakhouse are marketed as “American style”, with the latter even going so far as to say that its specialty cocktails have the oh-so-very American sounding “swagger.”

11) The kids will be entertained.

Besides having the usual kids clubs, Meraviglia features a top-deck waterpark that’s pretty darn impressive thanks to three water slides, numerous play areas, and a “Himalayan Bridge” (or, as we say here in the states, a ropes course). The ship also boasts a nice sports complex that is indoors, making it both a great venue for rainy days and yet another space that is converted into party central after dark.

Are you impressed by the Meraviglia? Will you consider booking a trip on this ship, whether during her European or American sailings?

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MSC Armonia Heading to Miami



MSC Cruises has announced that as of December 10, 2018, MSC Armonia will add Miami to its 7-night Cuba and Caribbean itinerary, and will homeport there. With the addition of Miami, guests will be able to enjoy a richer itinerary in the Caribbean, as well as benefit from more in and outbound traveling options for their cruise. MSC will also be the only line offering a 7-night program regularly including two days in Havana, and most modern ships calling in Cuba.

MSC Armonia was the first ship in MSC’s $250 million Renaissance Program, and was recently overhauled in 2014. The ship offers a wide range of amenities for families, varied dining choices, all-hours entertainment, and more – all with a touch of Mediterranean flair.

Armonia arrives in Havana, Cuba – photo: MSC Cruises

With her new 7-night schedule, Armonia‘s guests will embark in Miami on Mondays and call in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel before arriving in Havana on Saturday and staying through to Sunday. Upon departing Havana, the ship will return to Miami.

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While in Cuba, travelers can choose from a wide range of shore experiences. The Caribbean island is a unique cultural hub, offering a distinct combination of traditions thanks to its rich heritage. The visits to Cuba comply with US Department of Treasury regulations that permit travel operators to transport approved US citizens to Cuba to engage in approved activities.

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MSC Grandiosa Cruises Open for Booking



MSC Cruises has announced that their new upcoming ship MSC Grandiosa is now open for booking within the MSC Voyagers Club. For her inaugural season, the first Meraviglia-Plus generation ship will set sail in the western Mediterranean. Bookings for the public will open on March 19, 2018.

The new vessel will offer, among other features, two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows created just for MSC Grandiosa guests. The partnership between MSC and Cirque du Soleil will result in a total of eight original shows available on the line’s four Meraviglia generation ships. Grandiosa is the third to feature the exclusive entertainment concept. Four other shows have already been created for MSC Meraviglia and Bellissima. 

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MSC Grandiosa will showcase an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the feature unique to Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus prototypes. Serving as the social hub of the ship, the promenade features an array of shops and specialty restaurants, as well as a new bar and lounge, L’Atelier Bistrot, which will offer lounge seating with a stage and dance floor. Throughout the day and evening, the promenade will host surprise performances, including flash mobs and themed parties as well as projections on a 323 foot LED Sky screen.

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When booking MSC Grandiosa over the initial, two-week booking period in addition to benefitting from being able to have the first pick of staterooms, Voyagers Club members will receive a special 5 percent early booking discount, in addition to the current 5 percent loyalty discount. All other guests will enjoy a 5 percent early booking discount until September 4, 2018. MSC Grandiosa will commence sailing from Genoa, Italy on November 16, 2019.

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MSC Cruises Reveals 2019/2020 Winter Schedule



MSC Cruises has revealed the schedule for the October 2019 to March 2020 winter season. With 17 ships and a large array of destinations around the world, the line has an itinerary for every guest looking for a winter cruise getaway.


With bookings opening on March 5, 2018, MSC Grandiosa is one of two ships that will enter into service in 2019, and will be spending her inaugural winter season in the western Mediterranean. The ship is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, which will be fitting for the ultra-modern mega ship.

MSC Sinfonia will offer longer 11, 12, and 14-night cruises in the Mediterranean for those looking for a longer break. New for this season will be a 14-night voyage that calls at the historic port of Haifa, Israel with two full days to explore Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This new itinerary also calls in Civitavecchia (Rome), Messina, Genoa, Barcelona, Marseille, Rhodes, Limassol, and Heraklion.

Sinfonia will also be sailing a new 12-night itinerary from Genoa to exotic destinations across the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Destinations include the sun-drenched island of Tenerife and the Moroccan city of Tangier, known for its huge local markets and white-washed hillsides. Other highlights include the Roman-Spanish city of Cartagena, the Gothic-tinted Portuguese city of Funchal, and Civitavecchia which is the port entry to Rome.

North America

Before MSC Meraviglia begins cruising from Miami, MSC has introduced new voyages from New York City. The ship will offer two 10-night cruises from the Big Apple, calling in Bar Harbor, Boston, Portland, Charlottetown, Corner Brook, Halifax, Québec, St. John, and Sydney. Prior to arriving in New York, Meraviglia will complete a 17-night transatlantic cruise from Kiel, Germany with ports of call in Denmark, the UK and Ireland, Iceland, and Canada.


During the 2019-2020 winter season, MSC Cruises will deploy six ships in the Caribbean. A key highlight will be the opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, a new private island just for MSC guests. The Bahamian paradise will offer 40 acres of golden beaches split into six unique areas. MSC Seaside, Meraviglia, Divina, and Armonia will all call at the island’s specially-built pier, so that no tendering is required to get to shore.

From her new Miami homeport, Meraviglia will offer two itineraries in the western Caribbean. MSC Seaside will continue to sail seven nights from Miami to the eastern and western Caribbean.

MSC Seaside

MSC Divina will return from the Mediterranean in November 2019 offering two long cruise from Miami. The ship will offer an 11-night voyage to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. A 10-night cruise will include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, Tortola, and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

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MSC Preziosa will offer two embarkation ports in the French Antilles, setting sail from Fort de France in Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The two 7-night/7-port cruises can also be combined into a 14-night cruise, visiting Tortola, St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.

United Arab Emirates

MSC Cruises will be introducing one of its newest ships to the United Arab Emirates. MSC Bellissima will enter service in March 2019 in the Mediterranean, and then will move to the Middle East for winter. There, it will offer two different 7-night itineraries taking guests to Sir Bani Yas Island, exclusive to MSC guests when in port, and to Khasab and Muscat in Oman or Bahrain and Qatar. MSC Lirica will join Bellissima in the region with a series of long cruises in the Persian Gulf. The 14-night cruise includes calls in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Goa with an overnight, while the 11-night stops in Muscat and an overnight stay in Oman.

World Cruise

With a brand new itinerary, MSC’s second World Cruise will commence on MSC Magnifica from Civitavecchia, Genoa, Barcelona, and Marseilles in January 2020. With more than 40 destinations in 23 countries, guests will be able to cross five continents on a three-month plus voyage to some of the world’s most popular destinations.

The earlier you book with MSC, the better the benefits. By booking ahead guests can enjoy significant savings and a wider choice of cabins within the Fantastica, Aurea, or MSC Yacht Club experiences. To learn more, visit

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