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New MSC ship named MSC Seaside

New details have been released on the MSC Seaside set to debut in November 2017 and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.

Designed for warm weather, the ship’s biggest selling point will be the aqua park that will span two decks and include five water attractions including Slideboarding, a two-storey, 367-foot (about 111 meters) slide that challenges riders to match the colors of the flashing strobe lights projected inside the tube with corresponding buttons on the raft.

MSC Cruises MSC Seaside

With a capacity of 4,140 guests, the Seaside will be the largest cruise vessel built by Italian shipmaker Fincantieri.

On the Duelling High-Speed Aquatubes, guests race against other riders through 525 feet (about 160 meters) of twists, turns and drops on slides that extend over the side of the ship for a dizzying views of the sea below.

MSC Seaside aqua park

And the Adventure Trail is built as a ropes course, where guests climb, crawl and slide through the trail while trying to dodge the fire of water spray cannons from their friends and family below.

Wine on a ship

Cruises explore Mediterranean wines

Wine on a ship

This fall,  will operate three new cruises spotlighting the wines of the Mediterranean.

While sailing around Southern Europe, passengers of the “On the Wine Routes” cruises will be invited to hone their palettes and expand their expertise when it comes to fine wine. Each cruise will include tasting sessions and seminars led by Masters of Wine, or “leading experts on the art, science and business of wine,” according to the cruise operator.

Held on the MSC Splendida, the eight-day and seven-night cruises will depart from Marseille, France (November 1, November 8) and from Genoa, Italy (November 2, November 9 and December 13).


MSC Splendida in Valletta

The November cruises will drop anchor in Naples and Messina, Italy; Tunis, Tunisia; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille. The Italian stops for the December cruise will be in Civitavecchia, near Rome, and Palermo, Sicily.

On each trip, travelers will have the opportunity to visit a winery or cellar in France, Spain or Italy depending on their cruise’s ports of call.

Reservations are now open, and cruise packages are available from €459 per passenger. The price includes room and board, an excursion to a winery or cellar and a beverage package with high-quality wines served with meals.

MSC Preziosa photo

Europe’s largest cruise ship makes first voyage

MSC Preziosa line cruiser

Europe’s largest cruise ship the MSC Preziosa — a behemoth longer than the Eiffel Tower — cast off on its first voyage Thursday, from Saint-Nazaire in western France to the southern port of Marseille.

The Preziosa was initially ordered by Libyan state shipping firm GNMTC in 2010, before shipbuilder STX France sold it on to Swiss-Italian operator MSC Cruises a year ago after Libya stopped making payments amid the revolution against slain leader Moamer Kadhafi.

It measures 333 metres (1,093 feet) long, can hold 4,300 passengers and 1,400 crew, has four swimming pools, and is decked out in black and purple velvet, white-veined black marble and giant mirrors in front of passengers’ beds.

At a christening ceremony Thursday, French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg said the Preziosa was a symbol of French shipbuilding prowess.

The Preziosa measures among the 10 largest ships in the world. But MSC loses out in the size battle to Miami-based Royal Caribbean International, which has five ships larger than the Preziosa.

Allure of the Seas wedding

The best cruise ships on which to get married

Allure of the Seas wedding

If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist.

Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event.

The travel agency, which specializes in organizing large events at sea ranging from business meetings to theme cruises and reunions, picked ships with between 56 and 2,700 cabins, including the enormous Allure of the Seas.
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Abu Dhabi vies with Dubai for cruising crown

Abu Dhabi is set to challenge Dubai for dominance of the region’s fast-growing cruise market, announcing October 25 that MSC will become the first cruise line to call the emirate home.

MSC Lirica, a 59,000-ton, 2,199-guest liner, will be the first ship ever to use Abu Dhabi as a home port, beginning October 2011.

It will sail 19 seven-night cruises from Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed Port, traveling round the Arabian Gulf peninsula to Muscat, before turning round en route for the UAE’s eastern emirate of Fujairah on the Indian Ocean.
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