History of Cruising

MSC Announces their Biggest Ever Ship

MSC Cruises is the largest privately-owned cruise line in the world, and the 4th-biggest overall cruise line. The line is also rapidly expanding and has one of the youngest fleets, with a ship on order every year until 2026. MSC started out with humble beginnings in 1970, with just one ship, and expanded to passenger cruise ships in 1988.  Some of its first ships included the Achille Lauro, the MSC Melody and MSC Rhapsody, all of which acquired and retired since. There are five new MSC cruise ships that have piqued our interest: The MSC Bellissima will be ceremonially launched in Southampton in March 2019, and is highly anticipated as […]

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History of Cruising

Everything You Need to Know About the MSC Seaview

MSC Seaview is the second of MSC’s Seaside Class of ships and will launch in June 2018.  The 160,000-ton, 5,179-passenger ship will offer Western Mediterranean cruises, homeporting in Marseille, Genoa, and Barcelona and also calling in at Malta, Naples, and Messina in Sicily.   The winter itinerary will cover some of the top Brazilian highlights. The Seaview – along with its sister ship, the MSC Seaside – has the largest ratio of outdoor space of any cruise ship at sea. A Brilliant and Unique Design The MSC Seaview promises an experience like no other.  The first thing you notice about the ship is its incredibly striking design.  It was inspired by […]

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Norwegian Bliss in Alaska rendering

Cruise Line of the Month – NCL

Norwegian Cruise Line, more commonly known as NCL, have been well regarded for their ?freestyle? approach to cruising inspired by the more relaxed and easily paced Norwegian lifestyle, meaning that there are no set times or seating arrangements for meals, and formal attire is not required on board. Packages In 2017, however, they upped their ?Free at Sea? game by introducing a Premium All Inclusive service across their entire fleet. In addition to the standard dining options, this new option allows passengers to access a wider range of more premium beverages in any of the lounges or bars on board your cruise ship. Lavazza speciality coffees are also available, as […]

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Repositional Cruises

Cruise line of the month: MSC

Renowned for not only their excellent value cruises but also their fantastic itineraries around the Mediterranean, it?s no surprise that MSC are a cruise line known and loved by seasoned cruisers around the world. That?s why we?ve chosen to name MSC as our first Cruise Line of the Month and to highlight some of the excellent routes they offer. MSC run a fleet of 14 elegant ships and have more ships planned to launch over the course of the next few years. Last year it was announced that MSC would inaugurating their World Class ships, predicted to have the capacity for the most passengers on any cruise ship on earth. […]

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The Difference Between MSC Fantastica and MSC Bella Experiences

Learn more about the different cruise experiences offered by MSC cruise line including MSC Fantastica and MSC Bella. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at Cruise Nation is the difference between two of MSC cruise line’s different cabin grades, Fantastica and Bella. If you’re new to cruising these terms can be quite confusing, especially if you’re also looking at other cruise lines for your first ever cruise holiday and these also have their own terms for different cabin grades. The whole experience can be quite overwhelming and difficult to get to grips with. This is why we wanted to clearly explain the differences, so you can […]

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The new MSC Seaside

The MSC Seaside Has Its Float Out Ceremony!

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri shipyard celebrate the MSC Seaside float out as the countdown to the ship entering service begins.   MSC Cruises and FINCANTIERI (one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world), last week celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside, one of two new groundbreaking mega-ships that MSC Cruises is bringing into service between June and December 2017. The ceremony took place this weekend at the Monfalcone shipyard, where the ship is being built. MSC Seaside will homeport in Port Miami as of December 2017 and will sail year round in the Caribbean, further enriching MSC Cruises? offering in the region ? which, with the addition of […]

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