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February 23, 2012

What's New With MSC Cruises?

MSC Cruises is a great cruise line. In North America its fairly unknown so I thought I would share with you the signature distinctions that make MSC Cruises special!

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1. WORLD' S FASTEST GROWING CRUISE LINE
With a strong seafaring heritage in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises has become the fourth largest cruise line in the world, featuring 12 magnificent ships and growing. Our family-owned fleet is one of the most elegant and eco-friendly on the seas today, with strict standards to ensure the safety of our ships and our guests.

2. GENUINE MEDITERRANEAN STYLE
Our cruise line is known for Mediterranean glamour and style, from our European inspired décor to our fleet's Godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren. When you sail with MSC Cruises you'll enjoy a truly international experience with the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world.

3. ONE-OF -A-KIND ITINERARIES MSC
Cruises offers a vast array of itineraries calling on well over 100 must-see destinations. We depart from a wide variety of ports and explore fascinating cultures and hidden gems year-round in the Mediterranean, and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Abu Dhabi and the Emirates, South Africa and South America.

4. MSC YACHT CLUB & MSC AUREA SUITES
Our Fantasia-class ships offer two luxurious new choices. MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive, inclusive oasis with plush suites, Butler service and a private club ambiance. Our spacious new MSC Aurea Suites offer private entrance to the MSC Aurea Spa, unlimited thermal suite access and select complimentary services such as a Balinese massage and facial.

5. A QUIET, COSMOPOLITAN ATMOSPHERE
A refined ambiance defines our ships and adds to a more enjoyable
experience on board. Notable is the absence of non-stop broadcast messages--only essential ones are made. There are no waiters
pushing drinks--only servers fulfilling wishes. And our serene MSC Aurea Spa offers soothing Balinese treatments in a tranquil
Zen-like atmosphere.

6. FRESH INTERNATIONAL CUISINE
Guests enjoy a variety of delicious dining choices, from regional Mediterranean specialties to classic American favorites. In addition to our elegant main restaurants and casual eateries such as pizzerias, our contemporary ships also offer specialty dining ranging from sushi bars to Tex Mex and sophisticated Asian fusion restaurants.

7. OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT
Lavish theater productions feature performances by talented international artists who garner standing ovations night after night. Guests, travel agents and the press agree, we have some of the finest entertainment at sea, with our own brand of surreal theatricality. In addition to a different show each evening, we offer live music from piano to jazz and classical throughout the ship.

8. SPOTLESS SHIPS, IMPECCABLE DÉCOR
The atmosphere on our ships is one of understated elegance with fine artwork, flowing design and open vistas offering stunning views. Our public rooms boast some of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea. And our hallmark is that we always exceed the white-glove test--our ships are among the cleanest afloat.

9. KIDS 11 & UNDER SAIL FREE
Our signature Kids Sail Free program plus special rates for kids 12-17, makes MSC Cruises one of the best year-round values in cruising. Add to this our complimentary Kids Clubs and captivating play areas, plus a Teen Club and special high-seas hangouts just for them, and you have a fantastic and affordable vacation for all ages.

I had the pleasure of sailing on MSC Splendida two years ago and was so impressed with the ship. I am going back this summer on the brand new MSC Divina. Join in as the deals are great!

View Cruise Specials with MSC Cruises!

Posted by Denise at 04:38 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2012

MSC Cruises is Taking Luxury to the Next Level with MSC Divina

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Countdown to the May Arrival of the Newest Fantasia-Class Ship

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2012) - When MSC Divina joins the MSC Cruises fleet in May, she will take the line's flagship Fantasia-class of ships to another level.

Named in honor of MSC Cruises' "godmother," Italian film icon Sophia Loren, and with decks named after the Gods of Ancient Greece, MSC Divina will feature several design enhancements that make her truly a "divine goddess," as MSC Cruises continues its successful partnership with award-winning De Jorio Design International.

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Among the differences between MSC Divina and sister ships MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida are:

  • Increased capacity, with 1,751 staterooms hosting 3,502 guests (double occupancy) on the 139,400 ton ship, making it the largest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet
  • Infinity Garden Pool and "beach zone" in the aft, with spectacular views of the ship's wake
  • Cutting-edge technical changes that include more powerful propulsion motors, new alternators and state-of-the-art HVAC chillers
  • A new fresh water production system requiring 40 percent less power, assuring less environmental impact
  • Like her sister ships, MSC Divina will feature the exclusive MSC Yacht Club. With 69 suites (verses 72 on sister ships) in this "ship-within-a-ship," guests indulge in comfort and convenience, from their own personal Butler to complimentary wines and spirits available any time of the day in the MSC Yacht Club's exclusive lounges and pool area. This oasis of tranquility includes several private venues, including Le Muse panoramic restaurant, Top Sail Lounge, pool and relaxation area.

    All MSC Divina guests have access to three restaurants and a Tex-Mex alternative dining restaurant, Acqua Park (with 150 fountains and water jets, whirlpools and pool bar), MSC Aurea Spa with Balinese-inspired treatments, children's and teen areas, interactive 4-D Cinema, virtual Formula 1 auto racing, acclaimed international entertainment in the 1,603-seat Pantheon Theatre and much more.

    Following her May 26 christening in Marseille, France, MSC Divina sails May 27 on a 6-night cruise to Venice, calling at Civitavecchia, Messina, Valetta and Dubrovnik. The ship will then begin a series of 7-night Eastern Mediterranean roundtrip itineraries from Venice and Bari, calling in Katakalon, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik, through October 2012.

    For more information about MSC Cruises contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

    View Europe Cruise Specials on MSC Divina!

    Posted by Denise at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

    February 15, 2012

    CARNIVAL LEGEND TO OPERATE WIDE ARRAY OF EXCITING EUROPEAN CRUISES IN 2013, INCLUDING LINE?S FIRST EXTENDED PROGRAM FROM UK

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    Schedule Features Variety of Itineraries, Including Baltic, Mediterranean, British Isles, and Norway

    MIAMI (February 14, 2012) - Carnival Cruise Lines will launch its widest array of European itineraries ever with Carnival Legend offering an exciting choice of options, including the line's first Norwegian fjords itinerary and its first extended program from the UK, as well as cruises to the Baltic, Mediterranean and British Isles, beginning in spring 2013.

    Carnival Legend's schedule will encompass 12-day voyages to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic departing from Dover (London), along with 12-day Mediterranean cruises departing from Venice, Barcelona and Dover.

    In total, Carnival Legend will operate 17 European cruises between April 22 and Oct. 31, 2013, visiting 34 ports across 18 countries.

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    "For the Carnival Legend's 2013 European season, we've assembled a truly outstanding collection of ports that offer our guests an exciting diversity of experiences, from viewing breathtaking Norwegian fjords and the lush Irish countryside to visiting centuries-old landmarks and exploring UNESCO World Heritage cities such as St. Petersburg and Tallinn," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

    Norway/Western Europe, British Isles Cruises Round-Trip from Dover
    For the first time, Carnival Legend will offer an extended series of voyages from Dover (London) with 12-day cruises to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic, each offering a spectacular array of interesting and awe-inspiring ports of call, from quaint villages to cosmopolitan cities.

    The program includes a "Norway & Western Europe" cruise offering a unique combination of ports, as well as the unforgettable experience of sailing the Norwegian fjords. The voyage will operate Sept. 1-13, 2013, and visit Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, and Oslo, Norway; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge (Bruges), Brussels, Belgium; and Le Havre (Paris), France.

    A "British Isles, Norway & France" voyage will depart Sept. 13, 2013, and feature stops at Stavanger, Norway; Edinburgh, Invergordon, and Glasgow (Greenock) Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; and Le Havre (Paris), France.

    Six "Baltic Wonders & St. Petersburg" cruises will also be offered, visiting Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight call); Tallinn, Estonia; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Departure dates include June 21, July 3, 15 and 27, and Aug. 8 and 20, 2013. The June 21 departure will visit Zeebrugge (Bruges), Brussels, Belgium, instead of Amsterdam.

    12-day Mediterranean Cruises
    Several different Mediterranean cruises will also be offered, providing guests an opportunity to experience and explore some of the region's most popular and picturesque ports of call and enjoy a wide variety of dining, shopping and sightseeing choices.

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    The schedule includes 12-day cruises from Venice to Barcelona departing May 4 and 28, and Oct. 31, 2013. On these voyages, guests can tour medieval castles, sample delicious local cuisine, and marvel at ornate churches and other historic architecture as they visit Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Livorno, Italy; and Marseilles, France. The May 4 and Oct. 31 departures also include Athens, Greece; and Izmir, Turkey; while the May 28 voyage stops at Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

    Carnival Legend will also operate 12-day Western Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona to Dover June 9-21 and from Dover to Barcelona Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2013. These cruises offer guests the chance to sample all the region has to offer with extended visits to stunning seaside destinations in five countries, including Marseilles, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Malaga, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal.

    Also featured are three "Grand Mediterranean" voyages sailing from Barcelona to Venice April 22, May 16 and Oct. 19, 2013. These voyages feature stops at Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseilles, France; Livorno, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Messina, Italy; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, along with an overnight call in Venice to provide guests with ample opportunities to explore this world-class city. The Oct. 19 voyage will include a stop at Olbia (Sardinia), Italy, instead of Monaco.

    Rounding out Carnival Legend's 2013 Europe program is a 12-day voyage round-trip from Barcelona Oct. 7-19, 2013, with calls at Marseilles, France; Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice (overnight call) and Messina, Italy.

    15-Day Transatlantic Crossings in April and November 2013
    Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Tampa on April 7 and arriving Barcelona April 22, 2013. Featured ports on this voyage include King's Wharf, Bermuda; Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; and Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

    Following its European schedule, the ship will operate another 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Tampa Nov. 12-27, 2013, calling at Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.

    From Tampa, Carnival Legend will sail on a special four-day cruise before resuming seven-day Caribbean service Dec. 1, 2013. The week-long cruises call at Half Moon Cay; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Key West, Fla.; or George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Mahogany Bay, Roatan; and Belize City, Belize.

    For more information please contact a Europe Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

    View Carnival Cruises Europe Cruise Specials

    Posted by Denise at 08:48 AM | Comments (0)

    February 01, 2012

    Oceania Cruises Launches Wave Season Promotion

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    MIAMI, January 30, 2012 - Oceania Cruises launches high-value Wave Season promotion today, offering Business Class air upgrades from just $999 per person, one-way, on select 2012 summer sailings, plus two-for-one deposits on all sail dates. The offer is good on new cruise reservations booked now through March 31, 2012.

    The Business Class air upgrade is available for those guests booked in Category A to Owner's Suite category.

    "Oceania Cruises' guests have come to appreciate our two-for-one fares and free airfare. This reduced deposit and Business Class upgrade Wave promotion is yet another way that we provide extraordinary value," stated James Rodriguez, the line's senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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    Oceania Cruises is renowned for intriguing itineraries, gourmet cuisine and gracious and friendly service onboard elegant, mid-size ships. Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Riviera, will debut in May 2012.

    "Wave Season is off to a record start and we strongly encourage guests to book early to secure the stateroom of their choice before prices increase on April 1," added Rodriguez.

    For more information, contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837 or online at www.cruising2europe.com.

    Oceania Cruise Specials From $1650 US!

    Posted by Denise at 08:36 AM | Comments (0)