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Three Inaugural Calls for Dover in May

Three Inaugural Calls for Dover in May

Viking Sun

The Port of Dover saw three first-time cruise calls in May, highlighted by the Viking Sun and also including the Deutschland and Zenith.

The ships were greeted in true Dover Cruise style with a water salute from Dover Tugs Doughty and Dauntless, the port said.

In addition, the first bank holiday weekend saw the historic Western Docks at full capacity for the first time since 2016 with three cruise ships berthed together.

There was also a call from the expedition vessel, the Silver Cloud. The ship’s guests enjoyed a unique kayaking experience to view the iconic White Cliffs up close.

Holland America Line’s Prinsendam arrived in port on the Royal Wedding day on Saturday, May 19 to a celebratory great British Street Party in Cruise Terminal Two.

“Complimentary tempting food and drink were provided along with musical entertainment from the talented Nick Bosworth on piano and keyboard. Life-size cardboard figures of the Royal Family were positioned in the terminal where guests enjoyed taking selfies with them creating unique holiday memories. It was marvellous to see the affection passengers from all over the world have for our Royal Family,” the port said.

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.



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.


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
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
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
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
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

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.
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.

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.
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.

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?