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MSC Cruises Reveals 2017-2018 Winter Schedule

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MSC Cruises has announced their most comprehensive range of winter cruising options in company history.  The expanded options are part of an exciting year for the line, as two new ships will enter service in 2017 alone.  MSC Meraviglia will arrive in June and spend the winter in the Mediterranean, and MSC Seaside will arrive in December 2017 and sail the Caribbean from Miami.

Caribbean

Guests looking for Caribbean voyages will have a great variety to choose from.  There will be nearly 50 departures to choose from during the season.  MSC Seaside will be christened in December 2017 and feature a beach condo design, 360 degree outdoor promenade, two glass-floor catwalks, and elevators with an ocean view.  The ship will offer an eastern Caribbean itinerary stopping in San Juan, St. Maarten, and Nassau, and a western Caribbean schedule stopping in Ocho Rios, the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel.

MSC Fantasia will introduce 7 and 14-night cruises in the southern Caribbean from Martinique or Guadeloupe.  New ports of call on the itineraries will include Kingstown, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.

Mediterranean

MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Meraviglia will launch next month, and sail the Mediterranean for her inaugural season.  For those looking to sail in Europe during the quieter winter season, the ship will offer 7-night western Mediterranean cruises until April 2018.  Designed as a ship for all seasons, guests can enjoy a variety of activities no matter what the weather outside looks like.  There’s exclusive Cirque de Soleil at Sea shows, a number of bars and restaurants, an authentic Balinese spa, and more.

MSC Orchestra will be offering a brand new series of 10, 11, and 12-night cruises with four ports of embarkation: Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, and Civitavecchia.  The 10-night will offer only one day at sea with lots of ports to see, and the 11-night itinerary will stop in Corfu, Greece and Crete, with only two days at sea.  Also new for the season is the 12-night voyage calling in destinations such as Madeira, the volcanic landscape of the Canary Islands, and Morocco.

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South America

MSC will have four ships based in South America for the winter season.  MSC Preziosa and Magnifica will offer cruises of up to seven nights from São Paulo, Brazil; MSC Poesia will offer 8 and 9-night cruises from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and MSC Musica will offer a range of voyages from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Itineraries on these sailings include stops in exotic destinations such as Salvador and Rio, Ilhabela and Ilha Grande islands, and Punta del Este and Montevideo in Uruguay.  Throughout the season, guests can choose from over 70 departures that are 7-9 nights long.

United Arab Emirates

The line will continue to offer their popular UAE cruises with two embarkation ports: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  MSC Splendida will be new to the region and offer guests the most modern ship facilities in the area, including the MSC Yacht Club.

All itineraries will include a call at Sir Bani Yas Island, one of MSC’s private beach destinations.  It offers 387,500 square feet of pristine beaches and access to a massive safari reserve exclusive to the line’s guests.  Other stops will include Muscat, Oman; Khor al Fakkan; Doha Qatar; and Bahrain.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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