MSC Seascape Christened in Manhattan
MSC Cruises’ newest ship MSC Seascape was christening last night during a ceremony at Pier 88 in Manhattan.
Italian actress Sophia Loren served as godmother, virtually naming and blessing the ship. Alexa Aponte-Vago, daughter of MSC founder and chairman Gianluigi Aponte, cut the ribbon that released the bottle to smash against the hull. Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s son Matteo performed on stage during the ceremony.
In addition to the christening ceremony, invited guests enjoyed a gala dinner and performance by Ne-Yo in the atrium.
Starting December 11th, MSC Seascape will sail a year-round schedule of voyages to the Caribbean from Miami.
Wonder of the Seas Overbooked
Some guests on this weekend’s Wonder of the Seas sailing got an unpleasant shock when they received an email saying that because of an undisclosed error, certain stateroom categories aboard the ship had been overbooked.
There is, however, a potential upside as impacted passengers are being offered the opportunity to relocate to an inside stateroom and receive a full refund. This means they will be able to enjoy the cruise, but only pay taxes, port fees, and their onboard expenses.
There’s no word on what Royal Caribbean plans to do if they’re unable to convince enough guests to accept the offer.
Carnival Celebration Debuts New Kids’ Activities
Carnival Cruise Line has announced new activities for kids, teens, and families that are debuting aboard Carnival Celebration.
Kids under two can take advantage of new turtle-themed activities including the Baby Turtle Trek – an event where babies can race against each other in a reenactment of a baby sea turtle’s journey. Kids in Camp Ocean can take part in a new Nautical Explorer program where they’ll design their own cruise ship, learn to use a compass, meet a ship’s officer, and more.
In Dr. Seuss Bookville, characters from Dr. Seuss books will come to life and interact with kids in experiments, hunts for green eggs, and more.
On Carnival Celebration, teens can take part in new activities inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan, take new anime drawing lessons, and more.
Many of these new activities will be available across the Carnival fleet by this spring.