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MSC Cruise Ships Welcome Families Aboard

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.

MSC Poesia cruise ship

The MSC Poesia

The MSC cruise line evolved from an Italian family’s cargo ship company. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company.

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I’m in the right place

MSC is the fastest growing cruise line in the world. They are very popular in Europe and are making inroads in the US market.

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The MSC Poesia grand staircases are done in Swarovski crystals

The interiors are opulent and new. In fact, the MSC cruise line has the newest ships in the industry.

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The theatre seats 1000 people in two levels. It’s beautiful.

The new ship Divina will begin making Caribbean voyages from Miami in winter of 2013/2014.

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The MSC Poesia pool and “movies under the stars”

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.

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Of the 15 bars onboard the cruise ship Poesia, the Zebra Bar was my favorite

The clientele on MSC ships is quite cosmopolitan. You will experience many nationalities, cultures, and languages.

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More Zebra Bar

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.

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What can I fix you from the sushi bar?

From sushi, to Northern Italian, to Caribbean, to pizza…..you’ll find whatever cuisine you enjoy onboard the MSC ships.

MSC Poesia balcony stateroom

The staterooms are comfortably sized.

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.

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A balcony stateroom verandah

A standard balcony stateroom on the Poesia is 213 square feet. It comes with an intimate verandah.

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I’ll have a hot stone massage, please. An Aurea Spa treatment room.

You can go right from the Aurea Spa and Fitness Center to the casino, refreshed!

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Casino aboard the MSC Poesia cruise ship. Craps is my favorite.

The casino suits every gambler’s tastes.

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Slots in the MSC Poesia casino

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 susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com 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.

MSC Cruises is Italy’s largest privately owned...

MSC Cruises is Italy’s largest privately owned cruise line. The company operates eight cruise ships and has a further two vessels under construction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thoughts About the Carnival Triumph Cruise Mess

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).

Carnival Triumph, a Carnival Cruise Line ship,...

Carnival Triumph, a Carnival Cruise Line ship, is anchored off George Town, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands). The ship entered service in 1999, and carries 2,750 passengers. From the three ships, there were at least 7,800 cruise passengers in George Town that day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Smooth sailing ahead to everyone! Let me know if I can help you with your travel plans. E-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com or visit my website: http://www.susanmcdanieltravel.com.

Thanks for listening!

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