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MSC Seaside is Christened in PortMiami Ceremony

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MSC Cruises has officially christened their newest ship, which has been purpose-built for the North American market – MSC Seaside. During the event in Miami last night, they also announced partnerships with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and restauranteur Joe Bastianich.

PortMiami Christening

To celebrate the coming into service of the “ship that follows the sun,” the cruise line held a traditional christening ceremony in PortMiami. Headlining the entertainment for the ceremony was multiple Grammy winner Ricky Martin. Beloved by fans around the world, he encompasses the international spirit of both MSC Cruises and the city of Miami.

Making a guest appearance was Miami football legend Dan Marino, who was with the Miami Dolphins for 17 years. Earlier this year, MSC signed a partnership with the Dolphins, and became the team’s official cruise line. Last night, Marino presented MSC Cruises USA President Roberto Fusaro with a signed football helmet, to be displayed onboard the ship as a symbol of the partnership.

The finale of the evening was the tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow of the ship, as MSC Seaside was officially named aloud. The vessel’s godmother, Sophia Loren, presided over the naming. She is now godmother to her 12th MSC Cruises ship. As one of the most celebrated Italian actresses of our time, she’s basically a part of the MSC Cruises family.

In charge of the entire evening was actor and American TV host Mario Lopez, who served as Master of Ceremonies. Lopez also welcomed guests to the festivities on the “Blue Carpet,” where celebrities gave interviews, took photos, and met the crowds.

Image: PRNewsfoto/MSC Cruises USA

Andrea Bocelli Foundation Partnership

MSC Cruises announced a partnership with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, where guests’ donations will support ABF’s valuable work in Haiti – one of the poorest countries in the world. Every dollar donated onboard by a guest will go directly to the foundation, where they are establishing schools that become community centers and launching projects like the Mobile Clinic that provides health care assistance, clean water, lighting, and agricultural development.

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To mark the launch of the partnership, none other than Andrea Bocelli himself took to the stage during the naming ceremony with 30 children from the Voices of Haiti, which is a choir of Haitian school students from 6 to 14 that bring music into the schools of the ABF and St. Luke Foundation for Haiti.

“The sea is a place of freedom; it is the guardian of fascinating wonders, of answers that help us grow. Being an artist means being an explorer. It is therefore a particularly joyful opportunity for me to bring on board my singing and most importantly the voices, joy and enthusiasm of the children’s choir the ‘Voices of Haiti,’” said Andrea Bocelli. “This choir is the result of one of the educational projects carried out, in Haiti and beyond, by the Foundation bearing my name.”

In collaboration with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, the project with MSC aims to reach over 2,550 children in five Haitian communities.

Joe Bastianich Partnership

Also at the ceremony, MSC announced a new partnership with Joe Bastianich – an award-winning restauranteur, author, and TV personality with thirty successful restaurants around the world. Bastianich will become the newest addition to MSC Cruises’ lineup of chef and restauranteur partners, and will create a signature dish just for MSC Seaside that will be on the Elegant Night menu.

High quality dining is one of MSC’s key highlights, and Seaside is taking that to the next level with six specialty restaurants. One of those is a brand-new experience from pan-Asian chef and culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi, which whom MSC created the Asian-Fusion concept Asian Market Kitchen.

MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean, offering 7-night eastern and western itineraries starting December 23.

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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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