10 Talking points about the MSC Meraviglia.

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MSC Meraviglia will be one of the worlds largest ship in terms of passenger capacity.
  • Bigger is better – When it launches in June, MSC Meraviglia will become one of the largest ships in the world, catering for 4,500 passengers at double occupancy, Max. Cap. of 5,714 pax., and a crew of 1,536.
 
  • Prepare for launch – Meraviglia is due to be christened in Le Havre on June 3rd 2017, and will then sail on a range of itineraries around the western Mediterranean; out of three home ports Genoa, Barcelona, and Marseille.
 
  •  Cabins with a view – The ship will have a total of 2,244 cabins across 14 categories – 75% of all cabins will have balconies. These include 23 interlinked “cluster” cabins that can be used by families or groups of up to 10 people, plus 8 suites with balconies and whirlpool baths.
 
  • They will entertain you – A major selling point will be nightly performances of two exclusive shows by Canadian theatrical producer Cirque du Soleil, who will be the head line act of the programme offering 20 hours of daily entertainment. The major onboard venue will be the 985-seat Broadway Theatre, while other facilities include an 80 meter LED screen with daily shows,a full size bowling ally, casino and 10 dancing floors to boogie the night away.
 
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  • Making a bigger splash – Onboard water-based activities will be based around four pools and the ships Aqua Park with three water slides including the high speed Champagne bowl slide plus a Himalayan Bridge across the entire width of the deck.
 
  • Fun for all the Family – As well as the water parks there will be a amusement park and children’s area located on the same deck. Doremi Tech Lab will allow kids to try the latest technology and the Lego Experience onboard is sure to be a big hit. There will also be a room especially for babies and their families, that has been created with Italian baby research centre Chicco. There is also a separate room for the Teens.
 
  • A feast for cruisers – Meraviglia will offer 12 separate dinning options, including Katio Sushi Bar and Butchers Cut American Steakhouse, as well as a chocolate “Atelier” and creperie from pastry chef Jean Phillippe Maury. Flexible dining will be on offer with 8 sittings per night at selected dining venues and fresh food will be available at the buffet 20 hours a day. There will be a choice of 20 bars and lounges for pre- and after dinner drinks.
 
  • Shop to you drop – Onboard shops will feature a range of 300 brands plus 250 products that will be exclusive to MSC. The line also say there will be a 15% on average in its shops compared with shore prices.
 
  • Relax and get Pampered – The ship will feature a 1,100sqm Balinese-themed MSC Aureau Spa offering an extensive range of 20 massages and 26 facials. There will also be a gym and walking track for the more energetic.
 
  • Enhanced Yacht Club – The MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive area of the ship featuring Royal and Deluxe suites, 24 hour butler service, a private treatment room in the Spa, private pool on the ships highest deck and a separate 130 seat restaurant. The club will accommodate 78 suites, 15 inside cabins and 2 apartments.

The stretching of MSC Sinfonia is underway

MSC Cruises’ €200m Renaissance Program will see the second ship in drydock for the next 10 weeks as the MSC Sinfonia arrived in Sicily for her stretching.

Fincantieri’s marine engineers will carefully bisect MSC Sinfonia’s hull, after which the two halves of the ships will be slowly drawn apart.

On January 20-21 they will insert a prebuilt 2,200-ton, 24-metre midsection containing 193 extra cabins. Then they will refit and renew much of the ship’s interior, bringing an enhanced sense of comfort and space.

On Jan. 9, the new midsection was floated into the shipyard and hauled into the drydock area where MSC Sinfonia will remain for the duration of her stay.

Once the work is complete and sea trials completed, the larger MSC Sinfonia will weigh anchor from the shipyard on March 25 for Genoa, from where she’ll begin for her maiden cruise to Ajaccio, Barcelona and Marseille.

MSC Sinfonia will feature new purpose-built areas for children created in partnership with Chicco and LEGO,  and a new Baby Club, Mini Club, Young Club and Teens Club. MSC Cruises has also reimagined the onboard dining experiences, keeping the buffet open 20 hours per day and installing fresh new dining spaces, a brand new lounge and an extended restaurant.

The ship’s MSC Aurea Spa will also be enriched with additional massage areas, and a new outdoor spray park will be added on deck 13 – an exciting series of playful water features and jets.

The remainder of the Renaissance Program will progress according to the following schedule:

•    MSC Opera: 2 May to 4 July 2015
•    MSC Lirica: 31 August to 2 November 2015

MSC Cruises currently carries roughly 40,000 guests per day, but by 2022 will double its capacity to 80,000 guests a day – 3.4 million per year – once the Renaissance Programme is completed and the last of seven planned ships is delivered.

 

New MSC Armonia cruise countdown promotion

New MSC Armonia cruise countdown promotion

MCS Cruises now has a page dedicated to the New MSC Armonia cruise countdown, which has the number of days, hours and minutes left. There are currently 42 days, 9 hours and 30 minutes as of writing this. That’s not all, as the company is also showing off a countdown promotion for the newly refitted Armonia.

If you manage to book on the inagural MSC Armonia cruise it will be an all-inclusive one, and so comes with a free drinks package, 3 MSC excursions, and a 30 percent discount off all laundry services. That is not all, as this first cruise following the MSC Armonia’s refurbishment will be packed with a number of celebrations while heading to the Canary Islands.

Remember, this is a one-off and so you really do need to get on this cruise, as you will be one of the first to try out the new facilities. Such as the refitted staterooms, improved restaurants, revitalized shows and tasty food during the Special Gala Dinner.

MSC has said the Armonia changes have been made with the passengers in mind, as everything onboard will suit your needs.

WHAT’S NEW ON MSC ARMONIA

 

CABINS TAILORED TO YOU
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There are few cruise experiences that compare to stepping onto your own private balcony and gazing out at the ocean.

MSC Armonia will have 94 beautifully appointed balcony cabins, each redesigned to bring our guests total comfort and style with a wealth of wonderful features.

Quality pillows and mattresses created by leading Italian bedding designer Dorelan mean always waking up refreshed and primed for a new day of discoveries.

And our en suite bathrooms are fitted with stylish contemporary units that optimise space without compromising on comfort.

 

DINING TAILORED TO YOU
We believe food is a key ingredient that can turn a good holiday into a great one.

With choice’ the watchword, MSC Armonia has exciting new restaurants and bars so that you can experience the authentic pleasure of an Italian ice cream parlour, savour timeless Italian favourites and world cuisine influenced by the itinerary’s ports of call.

La Pergola
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Aurea experience and balcony cabin guests can enjoy exclusive service at La Pergola, a smart panoramic restaurant offering diverse delicacies from around the globe three times a day.

Enjoy a beautifully presented international breakfast in the morning and discover our Pronto Bistro menu featuring sought after  dishes from around the world at lunchtime – including lunch specials by MSC corporate chef Paolo Tarantino – and an atmospheric, upscale dinner when the mood takes you, thanks to the completely time flexible “My Choice Diningoption.

Marco Polo Restaurant
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For attentive service in a relaxing setting at breakfast or lunch head for the Marco Polo Restaurant. Our new breakfast options offer a fantastic choice, from granolas and fresh fruit to cakes and cold cuts. At lunch, treat your palate with the fashionable selection from the Pronto Bistromenu, a daily special chef’s salad or a variety of vegetarian options, and top off your meal with a dessert or something from the fruit bar.
La Brasserie and Lido Buffet
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La Brasserie buffet will be open for 20 hours a day – an ideal solution for those who live life at their own pace. La Brasserie offers hot and cold breakfast selections, a lunch choice including delicious burgers and handmade pasta and pizza, and a range of casual dinner options. Anything from La Brasserie can be enjoyed in the open air before a stunning, unhindered view of the ocean.
Bars and lounges
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MSC Armonia’s distinct bars and lounges have each been designed to have individual personality and soul, although one service is common to all of them: good food available non-stop.
Bar del Duomo
Aperitif and wine corner; Non-stop snacks and bar bites.

Red Bar – Martini & Alchemist Experience
Discover the Fusion List combining the classic soul of Martini and the innovative spirit of the Alchemist’s cocktail with creative recipes like Jelly and Molecular Cocktails.

The White Lion
An authentic English pub at sea! Relax at the Beer Bar or find a quiet corner to enjoy a whisky or choose from a full list of premium spirits. There’s a complimentary selection of ‘pub grub’ including roast beef, club sandwiches, English cheese and pickle platter; or hot sausages and pies.

The Coffee Bar
A special place to enjoy a selection of hot and frozen coffee delights from around the world. We will surprise you with the amazing Milk Art. Enjoy a selection of sweet treats available throughout the day.

The Gelateria
An authentic Gelateria Italiana offering a range of quality ice creams

Vitamin Bar
Fresh fruit smoothies and cocktails made to order

AREAS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
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MSC Cruises puts a lot of thought into younger travellers’ needs, which can be very different from those of their adult counterparts. Many Renaissance enhancements are being made with this in mind, not least of which a new Youth Centre housing separate clubs for the Baby (0-3), Mini (3-6), Juniors (7-11), Young (12-14) and Teens (15-17) age groups.

MSC Armonia will be the first ship in our fleet to offer dedicated areas and activities for 12-14 and 15-17 year olds, including a well- equipped state-of-the-art NAMCO® virtual arcade. In addition, any guests from 7 to 17 can sharpen their gaming skills on Wii, PlayStation or Xbox consoles.
BABY CLUB
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Our new Baby Club, for under threes, has been developed with market-leading childcare company Chicco. Not only will it be the first under 3 MSC area, but it will also be the first baby area at sea to carry the famous Chicco brand.

The whole MSC BabyCare experience has been built with Chicco’s knowledge, expertise and products – from training MSC’s child carers and defining onboard activities, to the strollersbottle warmersbaby bouncers and shore excursion backpacks we offer to parents. With Chicco, MSC Cruises has made cruising totally stress-free for young families.

OUTDOOR SPRAY PARK
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What is more, the renewed ships will each feature a fantastic new outdoor spray park – a fun-filled wet zone packed with interactive water jets, musical fountains and slides.
WELLNESS TAILORED TO YOU
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MSC Cruises has created a range of special pampering spa experiences that will help make your cruise a meaningful journey that leaves you rejuvenated, centred and happy.

Additional room has been devoted to our unique Aurea Spa massage spaces. MSC Armonia now has a massage room for individuals and another for couples, where a menu of select treatments can be enjoyed.

MSC Aurea Spa is unique to MSC Cruises, offering the latest gym, spa treatment and beauty facilities in sumptuous surroundings. You will be served by expert Balinese masseursbeauty therapistsmanicuristspedicuristshair stylistsyoga instructors and personal trainers. A qualified spa doctor will be on hand with a private consultation room available as required.

ENTERTAINMENT TAILORED TO YOU
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An MSC cruise is always packed with entertainment for all ages and tastes. Each day onboard MSC Armonia will offers 20 hours of spectacular shows and activities, many inspired by the fascinating countries and cultures encountered en route.

Music, dance, creative workshops, fitness and wellbeing, kids’ parties and inspiring expert talks are just some of the choices in our extensive programmes.

And our dedicated onboard spaces provide the perfect setting to bring our itineraries on board, be it a full-blooded Flamenco performance, a spicy Moroccan evening or a multi-faceted show inspired by the wonder of nature.

MSC Armonia’s elegant new music lounge, her Fenice Theatre, bars bursting with personality and shimmering dance floors are where firm friendships are made and memorable moments shared.

Why not leave the winter in your wake and enjoy a cruise aboard an elegant ship full of new and innovative features?