We’ve all had moments when we wished for a more optimized vacation planning that could be simplified before, during and after our cruise, leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy our getaway. Well it seems someone was reading our minds because MSC Cruises is getting ready to roll-out the very latest advancement in customer-centric technology on its first, next generation mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia! The fleet-wide digital innovation program known as ‘MSC for Me’ will capture the very essence of a personalized, holistic and guest-centric experience.
Debuting this June in the Mediterranean, MSC Meraviglia will be equipped with “16,000 points of connectivity, 700 digital access points, 358 informative and interactive screens, and 2,244 staterooms with RFID/NFC access technology.”
After working with the world’s leading digital, technology and behavioral science experts, the following innovative features will be made available on MSC Meraviglia, 11 upcoming next-generation mega-ships, and 12 existing cruise ships:
- Navigation: Similar to a smart map, this digital way-finder will help you locate your children anywhere onboard and find your way to any location on this 1000+ foot-long ship.
- Concierge: Make real-time 24/7 reservations, book excursions and request services with this amazing tool.
- Capture: Use digitally immersive, interactive screens to preview excursions and a unique gallery telling a story of your trip in a virtual reality format. You can also share this with friends and family in real time.
- Organizer: Use your mobile device to check in, book trips, save seats for shows and make dinner table reservations prior to embarkation or when on board.
- TailorMade: Use interactive bracelets to activate geo-located suggestions through 3,050 Bluetooth beacons and connect to the ship’s services. Your digital, personal advisor will also elevate the level of personalized service offered using intelligent face recognition.
March 10, 2017 No Comments
Take a virtual ship tour of MSC Cruises’ next state-of-the-art cruise ship, MSC Meraviglia, in The Cruise Web’s newest infographic (click to expand):
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MSC Meraviglia is on sale NOW! She will debut to the cruising public in June 2017 in Marseille, France. Her inaugural season of 7-night Mediterranean cruising will take her to Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta. Also, make sure you check out our recent blog about the new ‘MSC for Me’ onboard technology debuting aboard the MSC Meraviglia.
To learn more about the MSC Meraviglia and her itineraries, contact The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383.
March 9, 2017 No Comments
The Cruise Web was recently honored as MSC Cruises’ Northeast Account of the Year as part of the line’s 4th Annual MSC True Partnerships’ Awards.
The 2016 MSC True Partnerships Awards were presented to MSC Cruises’ top performing North American travel partners for the year based on overall business growth, as well as continuous partnership support and innovative marketing efforts driving increased consumer awareness.
Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA, stated, “We are thrilled to recognize our leading travel partners who have gone above and beyond in their efforts in selling and raising awareness about MSC Cruises and congratulate all of them on their hard work.”
The Cruise Web is proud to celebrate this honor with MSC Cruises, and looks forward to our continued success.
To learn more about MSC Cruises, contact the our friendly cruise experts today at 1-800-377-9383.
January 24, 2017 No Comments
As we approach the end of the year, many cruise lovers are still looking for that perfect escape to the tropical islands in the Caribbean for a well-deserved vacation. If you happen to be one, you’re in luck! MSC Cruises continues to provide extraordinary onboard experiences aboard its ultra-modern ships, and its holiday sailings are no exception.
Get ready to pack all your favorite holiday traditions as you head down to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas. Depart November 19, 2016 aboard MSC Divina and spend Thanksgiving Day with family and friends at sea as you engage in festive activities like the Thanksgiving Day costume parade and show, a very traditional Turkey dinner, and all-day Thanksgiving football displayed in the sports bar. Kids onboard will also participate in a special Turkey Day cooking class and a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt.
November 14, 2016 6 Comments
Kids-friendly activities have always been a part of the core guest offerings on MSC Cruises; the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line in Europe, South America and South Africa. As a result of this, the introduction of a kids-dedicated cooking class designed with Michelin-starred chef, Carlo Cracco, and a sports program designed in collaboration with King’s Active, are welcomed additions to the extensive family-friendly activities across the company’s fleet.
This innovative sports program known as DOREBRO is open to children and teens from ages 3-17 with an immense love for sports. DOREBRO is now available on MSC Cruises in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Also starting this summer is the interactive cooking class named after the official mascot of MSC Cruises, Doremi. DOREMI Chef was introduced by Carlo Cracco and it’s meant to teach the art of pasta making from scratch. The homemade recipe will be taught among others, and upon completion of the course, an official mini-chef certificate will be awarded to each child.
July 29, 2016 No Comments
Guests sailing on MSC Fantasia starting in December 2016 can look forward to exploring Sir Bani Yas Island- a stunning tropical paradise off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi, exclusively owned by MSC Cruises. This 1.5 mile stretch of land filled with exotic seaside views, hundreds of swaying palm trees, shaded cabanas, and 387,500 square feet of fine golden beaches is the perfect way to experience the unique beauty of the natural surroundings in the Emirates.
Sir Bani Yas Island is an exclusive tropical beach oasis with natural sunbathing spots, sun-drenched walking trails, a large wildlife reserve and ongoing archaeological excavation sites meant to enrich the cultural discoveries of guests sailing on MSC Fantasia. As you curiously tour the ruins of an early Christian monastery site from 6th century AD, explore the biodiversity of the Arabian Wildlife Park, and mountain bike your way to expedition sites, you will understand why this island is a unique destination experience for anyone who embarks on a cruise getaway in the Persian Gulf with MSC Cruises.
June 2, 2016 4 Comments
MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company has captured the growing consumer trend and demand for wellness travel by partnering with Technogym, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company to develop a comprehensive wellness program exclusive to MSC Cruises.
This personalized 360° wellness experience at sea gives guests the option of taking well-deserved cruises to unforgettable destinations while staying on top of personal health and wellness goals with cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, specialized food and beverage offerings, and exclusive shore excursions.
Beginning with access to a scientific pre-cruise questionnaire, guests will be able to create individualized programs featured on an Aspiration Map. This will assist the MSC Master Trainer when customizing one-on-one consultations with guests once onboard. Following the in-depth consultations, an MSC Doctor will conduct a body scale analyzer test, blood pressure test, electrocardiogram and lipid panel.
March 16, 2016 2 Comments
MSC Cruises has boosted its passion for world-class onboard services by partnering with widely-acclaimed chocolatier and pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury, to bring new culinary delights aboard its prestigious ships. As the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, MSC Cruises has demonstrated its dedication to improving dining experiences by seeking the culinary services of one of France’s best pastry chefs and two-time gold medalist of the World Pastry Team Championship. According to the president of MSC Cruises USA, Jean-Philippe Maury is a “world pastry champion who embodies passion, elegance, innovation and excellence – the same characteristics that distinguish MSC Cruises.”
The first of Maury’s top-notch dessert offerings will be featured aboard the ultramodern MSC Divina, sailing from Miami to the Caribbean all-year-round. Original recipes served in specialty restaurants, buffets and MSC Yacht Club will receive a touch of Maury’s culinary twists. After the initial introduction of his products on MSC Divina, his menus will be rolled-out on other ships as well. Guests are assured of constant surprise and delight with new culinary experiences, in addition to the authentic Mediterranean and international culinary currently offered on all fleet.
February 19, 2016 No Comments
MSC Cruises recently announce a new partnership with Cirque du Soleil, the famed acrobatic entertainment troupe. This marks the latest in a series of exciting partnerships that also includes the LEGO Group.
This exclusive partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil will premier aboard the upcoming MSC Meraviglia, which debuts in July 2017. MSC Cruises worked directly with Cirque du Soleil to design a unique Entertainment Lounge aboard the MSC Meraviglia; one that would allow for all the breathtaking stunts and acrobatics that turned Cirque du Soleil into a household name. Guests will also be able to dine and enjoy cocktails while attending shows at the 10,700-square-foot Entertainment Lounge.
Aboard the MSC Meraviglia, as well as on her three sister ships that will debut between 2019 and 2022, Cirque du Soleil will present six intimate evening performances per week, alternating between two shows designed exclusively for MSC Cruises.
To experience this partnership aboard the MSC Meraviglia, contact The Cruise Web’s expert consultants today at 1-800-377-9383, or complete our electronic information request form.
November 12, 2015 2 Comments
The elegant and Mediterranean-influenced MSC Divina will be arriving in the Caribbean in just a few days. This will be her new permanent home as the ship will be sailing year round in this warm weather destination. In time for her Caribbean debut, MSC Cruises has announced partnerships with several European-themed food and drink companies to feature their products onboard.
The partnerships are:
- Segafredo Zanetti – This is a gourmet coffee brand from Italy that will be responsible for the coffee and chocolate drinks on the ship’s Caffe Italia menu.
- Venchi Gelateria – This company has been making gelato since 1878 and uses 100% natural ingredients. Onboard you’ll be able to get a scoop or two near the pool. MSC promises new flavors on a daily basis.
- Nutella – The makers of the delightful hazelnut and chocolate spread will have a “Nutella Corner” on the pool deck where guests will receive a special gift after purchasing a Nutella filled crepe. All families sailing on the MSC Divina will get a welcome kit with a Nutella & Go snack. [Read more →]
October 31, 2013 2 Comments