Last Saturday I was invited to tour the MSC cruise ship, Poesia, docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was a lovely afternoon made all the more special by the appearance of Richard Hickey, the Manager of National Accounts for MSC. MSC is a newer cruise line poised to welcome the family cruise market to their fleet of beautiful ships. You can show your kids the world for free with MSC. Kids ages 11 and under sail free on MSC. Let me show you what else the MSC Poesia cruise ship has to offer.
The MSC cruise line evolved from an Italian family’s cargo ship company. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company.
MSC is the fastest growing cruise line in the world. They are very popular in Europe and are making inroads in the US market.
The interiors are opulent and new. In fact, the MSC cruise line has the newest ships in the industry.
The new ship Divina will begin making Caribbean voyages from Miami in winter of 2013/2014.
Although known as “quiet ships” with a minimum of announcements, MSC cruisers stay up late in the many bars and lounges. Music continues into the wee hours.
The clientele on MSC ships is quite cosmopolitan. You will experience many nationalities, cultures, and languages.
The food onboard is amazing. They pride themselves on their outstanding cuisine of all sorts, as well as their wine and drink selection. The Italian influence shines through in these areas, deliciously.
From sushi, to Northern Italian, to Caribbean, to pizza…..you’ll find whatever cuisine you enjoy onboard the MSC ships.
The staterooms are nicely appointed. I was told the founder’s daughter and wife personally chose the fabrics, marble, tile, artwork, and furniture found throughout the ship. It really is a family affair onboard MSC.
A standard balcony stateroom on the Poesia is 213 square feet. It comes with an intimate verandah.
You can go right from the Aurea Spa and Fitness Center to the casino, refreshed!
The casino suits every gambler’s tastes.
A popular highlight of the MSC cruise line is that kids sail free. MSC is very family-oriented and anxious to expand into the multi-generational American market. For family reunions, anniversary and/or wedding celebrations, or for an extended-family cruise, MSC will make your travel special. Please call me at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the options MSC Cruises has to offer to you and your family. I look forward to introducing you to this gracious and welcoming cruise experience. Visit my website at www.susanmcdanieltravel.com.
I have held my tongue about the Carnival Cruise debacle for days now, and the media frenzy continues. I can no longer keep my thoughts to myself. Here is my take on the Carnival Triumph cruise mess (it was not a disaster, no matter how you slice it).
First, this is a wonderful case for why everyone should be required to have passports when they embark on a cruise. The requirement right now is if the cruise originates and returns to an American port, you can get by with a birth certificate and a photo government issued ID. The fact that people onboard the Triumph did not have passports is why they could not dock in Mexico and fly everyone home.
So, in my opinion, the people who were too lazy, too cheap, or unable (!) to procure a passport were the real reason everyone had to suffer. A passport should be a requirement for cruise travel in the future because people will balk at getting one if they have the option not to make the effort.
Second, the ship is 14 years old. Now that’s not old, old by industry standards, but it’s old to me. A more modern ship would have back-up generators and other features that would have prevented the recent incident. As a cruise consultant, it’s my job to think about this older ship making a trek across the open Gulf of Mexico. As a cruiser, most people generally don’t think about any such details. They board the ship and that’s it. If that older ship was hopping down the east coast, jumping around the Bahamas, or even headed to the Caribbean, it wouldn’t give me pause. There would be a convenient port not too far away. But I wouldn’t put a client on an older ship doing a trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific voyage either. I’m just a worrier, I guess.
Third, cruising is an amazingly safe form of travel and a cost-efficient one at that. To focus on this one “unfortunate incident” is a disservice to the entire cruise industry.
Thanks for listening!