February 16th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
With a fleet of 14 stunning floating marvels, and another 10 currently on order, MSC Cruises is quickly becoming one of the largest cruise lines in the world. Offering an Italian touch to both the cruise experience and the decor of its ships, MSC Cruises is the perfect cruise lines to explore the Mediterranean with. Here are a few reasons why you should consider taking an MSC cruise.
International audience with an Italian charm
MSC Cruises is a popular choice with many European cruisers. The majority of guests will likely be from Italy, Germany, and France. The numerous nationalities and languages add a unique multi-cultural flare, from the varied live music and entertainment offerings, to the abundant food options. MSC Cruises is an Italian brand, so expect plenty of amazing pizza, pasta, wine, and gelato. The decor is simply stunning, ouzing with charm and glamour. You’ll find lots of marble, gold and on some ships even Swarovski diamond encased glass stairs!
MSC Magnifica from Southampton
MSC Cruises will be offering a season from the UK in 2018. MSC Magnifica will offer cruises from Southampton to the best of Northern Europe, such as Amsterdam and Hamburg. The 2,550 passenger ship will also offer sailings to the Baltic, Norway and the British Isles as well as Spain and France. After a strong response to 2018 sailings, MSC Cruises will base the even larger ship MSC Preziosa out of Southampton in 2019.
MSC Status Match
Being loyal to one cruise line is rewarding, but with Status Match, MSC will acknowledge your loyalty with other lines and match your loyalty points to the equivalent in their membership scheme, MSC Voyagers Club. So before you’ve even taken your first MSC cruises, you could be reaping the fantastic rewards of MSC’s Black top tier. MSC is confident they will win your loyalty after your first experience, and in order to keep your loyalty status, you’ll have to sail with them at least once every 3 years – with excellent value-for-money cruises, this is easy to achieve.
All Inclusive Drinks Package
MSC Cruises offers one of the best All Inclusive drinks packages at sea. The choice is amazing and the package offers great value for money. From just £20 per person per day, you can be enjoying refreshing cocktails, spirits, beer, soft drinks, and the most delicious milkshakes and gelato!
MSC Cruises offers cruises to all the most iconic destinations in the world. From Dubai and the Middle East, to Caribbean and Cuba, South America and South Africa. The Mediterranean is MSC Cruises speciality with the majority of the fleet based out of the area. Unlike other cruise lines where a ship will vary itinerary week by week, MSC ships mostly run on a set timetable and itinerary. This means that each port of call can be used as an embarkation port offering greater convenience and flexibility.
For more information about taking an MSC cruise or to book, call our friendly team on 0800 368 9059.
December 29th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
With the new year, comes new cruise ships. Here are the top new ships set to launch in 2018, and what an amazing line up it is!
Carnival Horizon (March 2018)
After the successful launch of Carnival Vista in 2016, Carnival’s latest ship Carnival Horizon will bring all the fun to Europe and the Caribbean sailing from Barcelona and New York. From the SkyRide – a suspended cycling track with the best views out to sea – to making a splash at the Dr Suess Water Park, all ages will have a blast on this brand new ship.
Symphony of the Seas (March 2018)
Symphony of the Seas is the fourth in Royal Caribbean International’s ever-popular Oasis class. It will become the new largest cruise ship when it launches in March out of Barcelona, taking the title from its older sister, Harmony of the Seas which launched in 2016. From a ten-storey slide for the ultimate adrenaline rush, to robotic bartenders, a vintage carousel, and a park with hundreds of plants and trees, Symphony of the Seas will be the ultimate cruise ship.
Norwegian Bliss (April 2018)
Following an inaugural cruise from Southampton and a transit of the Panama Canal in April and May, Norwegian Bliss is set to debut in Alaska from June. With improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska’s environmental regulations, a giant panoramic lounge, and a go kart track and water park on top deck, Norwegian Bliss is sure to be the hottest ship sailing in Alaska.
MSC Seaview (June 2018)
MSC Seaview is the second of two identical next generation cruise ships for MSC Cruises. Featuring racing zip lines, a Miami Beach condo inspired aft pool area, and spacious outdoor space and interiors, MSC Seaview is set to change the way of cruise ship design.
Scenic Eclipse (August 2018)
Leaders in river cruising and land tours, Scenic Eclipse – the first luxury discovery yacht – is Scenic’s foray into the ocean cruise sector. This six star ship includes return flights, butler service for every guest, spacious all-verandah accommodation, complimentary beverages, a focus on wellness, expert local guides, and zodiac excursions, this is truly the ultimate all inclusive luxury package.
Nieuw Statendam (December 2018)
Holland America Line’s newest Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam will combine classic style with contemporary appointments, engaging new experiences, and carefully crafted itineraries. Cruise the Caribbean, relax in elegant comfort, and delve deeper onboard and ashore.
Celebrity Edge (December 2018)
Celebrity Edge will change everything when she launches in December. From the incredible multi-purpose Magic Carpet that moves from the top deck down to sea level, the Infinite Veranda staterooms that bring the outdoors inside, to the 3-deck-tall Eden lounge with giant panoramic windows, this revolutionary new ship will sail the Caribbean and Europe.
December 4th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Book a 2018 cruise with MSC Cruises from Southampton aboard MSC Magnifica and you’ll receive complimentary UK coach transfers!
Your holiday starts from the moment you get on the coach from one of the 24 pick up locations in the North West, Midlands, and Yorkshire. Relax in style with free Wi-Fi, and comfortable reclining seats. A transfer with Eavesway takes away all the hassle of travelling to your destination. Once your luggage is loaded onto the coach, you won’t see it again until your cabin steward delivers it to your room, so there’s no struggling on escalators, travelling on the train or having to get a taxi, as the coach will drop you off outside the doors of the cruise terminal.
With this latest MSC free coach transfer promotion, you could save up to £127 per person on return coach travel when you book your next MSC cruise by 14th December 2017. Speak to one of our friendly sales team today on 0800 368 9059 for more information about this promotion, or about MSC cruises.
November 30th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
A cruise is the perfect type of holiday to choose for all the family to enjoy. On cruise there is something for everyone, from children clubs and play parks for the little ones, to rock climbing walls and unlimited ice cream for the teens, to adult-only retreats, spas, and fantastic entertainment. Choosing not just the right cruise line for your family needs, but also the right ships is important. Here are 5 top cruise ships we recommend for that dream family holiday…
Symphony of the Seas
The largest cruise ship in the world launches in 2018. Symphony of the Seas is filled with fun activities and amazing experiences. Sailing in the Mediterranean from Barcelona during summer 2018, the ship will then reposition to Miami for the winter months. There’s everything you could ever think of on this behemoth. From ice skating and rock climbing, to a zip line, traditional wooden carousel, Hairspray The Musical, and a robotic bartender. This truly is the ultimate cruise ship for families.
Top things for Children: Adventure Ocean youth club, Splashaway Bay water park, traditional carousel, mini golf, AquaTheatre
Top things for Teens: Starbucks,The Living Room teen lounge, basketball, Ultimate Abyss slide, Flowrider surf simulator
Top things for Adults: Solarium, Central Park, Rising Tide Bar, Bionic Bar, Vitality at Sea Spa
Also why not try: Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas
Norwegian Escape is one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ships. There are plenty of things to do onboard.
Top things for Children: Splash Academy youth club, video arcade, family slide, mini golf, aqua park
Top things for Teens: Aqua Racer, ropes course, Entourage teen lounge, Dolce Gelato, hot tub
Top things for Adults: Headliners Comedy Club, Spice H20, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Food Republic, The Supper Club
Also why not try: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas is one of the most popular cruise ships sailing from the UK. Set sail for fun from Southampton and enjoy all the wonderful activities onboard. In early 2018, Independence of the Seas will receive an extensive makeover, which will add many new features, such as waterslides, laser tag, and a trampoline park.
Top things for Children: Trampoline park, Splashaway Bay, Adventure Ocean youth club, Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store, waterslides
Top things for Teens: Laser tag, Studio B ice rink, Fish & Ships, Escape Room, rock climbing wall
Top things for Adults: Solarium, Vitality at Sea Spa, Chops Grille, Casino Royale, cantilevered whirlpool
Also why not try: Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
P&O Cruises flagship Britannia is a family friendly ship based out of Southampton. P&O is the most popular cruise line in the UK, and Britannia – the largest cruise ship built specifically for the UK – caters to all ages.
Top things for Children: The Reef youth club, children’s play area, deck games
Top things for Teens: Pizzeria, The Studio cinema, Lido Pool, Arena sports court, ice cream parlour
Top things for Adults: The Retreat, The Cookery Club, Oasis Spa, The Glass House, Limelight Club
Also why not try: Azura, Ventura
The newest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet has just launched. MSC Seaside is a revolutionary new cruise ship which will offer Caribbean cruises from Miami. The ship has been designed to maximise deck space, and with a wide promenade deck, plenty of sun lounging space, and a Miami beach condo inspired aft pool area, this is the perfect ship for relaxing in the sunny climates of the Caribbean.
Top things for Children: Arcade games, bowling, Doremiland, Forest Aquaventure Park, Club Logo
Top things for Teens: F1 simulator, zip line, poolside movie screen, XD cinema, Infinity Bridge
Top things for Adults: MSC Aurea Spa, South Beach Pool, Champagne Bar, Sports Bar, Waterfront Boardwalk
Also why not try: MSC Seaview
As you can see, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a cruise. These are just five family cruise ships to enjoy, but there are plenty more ships and amazing activities we haven’t mentioned. Speak to one of our friendly sales team today on 0800 368 9059 to book your next family cruise!
November 15th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
MSC Cruises has announced its next new cruise ship will be named MSC Grandiosa, which will feature the first fine art museum at sea, during the steel-cutting of the ship at the STX France shipyard.
The new 6,334 passenger, 177,000 GT Meraviglia-Plus cruise ship will debut in 2019, as part of an expansion plan which will see the fleet increase by 11 ships by 2026. MSC Meraviglia was the first ship to launch as part of the expansion earlier this year, and currently offers Mediterranean cruises. MSC Seaside is expected to make its debut next month sailing from Miami. MSC Seaview – a sister to MSC Seaside – will launch in June 2018, followed by MSC Bellissima in March 2019. A further Meraviglia-Plus ship will set sail in 2020, followed by a third Seaside class ship in 2021, and four World class ships between 2022 and 2026.
MSC Grandiosa will elevate the features and facilities found aboard MSC Meraviglia – such as the Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows – and introduce new exciting options for guests.
MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago commented: “MSC Grandiosa is named to signify magnificence and grandeur, a fitting name for this even richer, ultra-modern mega-ship. With MSC Grandiosa we continue to innovate in product. Just as MSC Cruises ‘democratised’ the luxury cruise experience when we were the first cruise brand to introduce a ship-in-ship luxury concept – the MSC Yacht Club – we are now doing the same for art and culture with the very first fine art museum at sea. MSC Grandiosa will be the third of only four MSC Cruises ships to exclusively feature Cirque du Soleil at Sea, hosted in the uniquely complex, custom-built Carousel Lounge.”
Itineraries, and further information about the ship will be announced at a later date.
September 29th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
On September 7, Ocean World Travel and a group of our customers boarded MSC Magnifica in Southampton for a ship tour, and lunch.
MSC Magnifica was launched in 2010 and can accommodate 2,550 passengers. 2018 will see the ship homeport in Southampton with several enhancements, including a British cruise director and tea making facilities in all cabins.
Accommodation on MSC Magnifica is spacious and comfortable decorated in pastel colours. Cabins feature either two soft chairs or a sofa which can also be turned into a double bed. There's also a vanity table with a pouffe. When the ship sails from the UK, the cabin will have a kettle, with a selection of tea and coffee, including Yorkshire Tea. Bathrooms are standard size for a cruise ship and feature a shower.
For an Italian ship, it's no surprise that the pizza and pasta aboard is always amazing! In the Sahara buffet, pizza chefs work their magic expertly cooking various flavours of pizza. Best of all you can see the process from them kneading the dough, to adding toppings, and popping them into the oven, before guests tuck into them within minutes. The buffet has plenty of choice and has a range of worldwide cuisine as you enjoy eating with floor-to-ceiling views of the destinations outside. MSC Magnifica has two main restaurants, the Quattro Venti and L'Edera. The food in the restaurants is a let down compared to other cruise lines, but the food is still nice enough. It's likely that food offerings will change to meet British expectations when the ship sail from Southampton for the season in 2018.
The magnificent emerald green Royal Theatre is nothing short of spectacular. Here, there's not much the MSC entertainment team don't do; They sing, dance, do magic tricks and perform amazing stunts. There are plenty of bars onboard MSC Magnifica to enjoy a drink in - there's 11 in total, and plenty of seating areas dotted around the ship. The purple L'Amestista lounge is the main evening entertainment lounge, home to evening disco cabaret, game shows and comedic acts. This is a great sociable space, with a mix of small tables, large bench seating for groups, and high tables for drinking near the bar. And for when you're ready to move on for the night, head straight up to the T32 Disco - a late-night lively disco on the top deck of the ship, playing all the latest popular chart music, and Latin dance music. For any sports fan, the L'Olimpiade bar is the best place to be on the ship. The lounge is filled with iconic sporting memorabilia, and shows the latest sports games, including top UK football games and popular events, such as Wimbledon, and the World Cup.
The MSC Aurea Spa is the perfect place to relax on a day at sea. Enjoy a beauty treatment with a spectacular view, or enjoy a tranquil day in the thermal spa. With impressive vistas out to sea, going to the gym and exercising is definitely worth it. Deck 16 is home to an exclusive sun deck, accessible for an additional charge, with waiter service, private hot tubs, and giant sun loungers. MSC Magnifica has two main pools. A spacious outdoor pool and an indoor pool which remains perfectly warm no matter what the weather is like outside - definitely useful for the unpredictable climate of the UK!
With fantastic family facilities, a combination of traditional and glitzy decor, plus spacious accommodation, MSC Magnifica is perfect for the UK market. If you are looking for a great-value cruise, perfect for the family, look no further than an MSC cruise from Southampton.
Call 0800 368 9059 or contact us to discuss booking your perfect cruise with MSC Cruises. Remember, when you book with Ocean World Travel, you'll benefit from exclusive savings, plus great customer service.
August 3rd, 2017 by Fafavie Lumax
MSC Cruises ongoing commitment to provide wide and diverse entertainment offerings has just gotten better with the announcement of their partnership with MasterChef! MasterChef is a not only a hit TV show, but a successful global brand which reflects MSC’s focus on providing excellence to its customers by creating unique on-board experiences. ‘MSC MasterChef At Sea’ will not only create an opportunity for MasterChef fans to engage with the brand off-air but also allow cruise ship guests to combine food with entertainment for a unique and authentic experience.
The new collaboration will mimic the popular TV show through a cooking competition onboard an MSC Cruise ship allowing guests to put their culinary flair to test competing against other guests. MSC Cruises and MasterChef hope to bring some of the MasterChef magic from the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and China to MSC Cruise guests and encourage culinary exploration whist at sea.
Each cruise will have a winner crowed that will receive a MasterChef prize on board and then entered into a yearly prize draw to win one of two prizes!
1st prize will be a dinner at the winner’s house or local venue with one of the MasterChef stars as a personal chef, a MasterChef collection of 50 exclusive recipes and the possibility to enter the official casting process for the MasterChef TV show.
2nd prize will be the chance to be part of the show’s audience while dining in one of the restaurants featured on the show with three friends as well as the MasterChef collection with 50 exclusive recipes.
We would love to hear if you are entering this years competition! Get in touch with your winning entries.
August 2nd, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Now is the best time to book with MSC Cruises!
MSC Cruises has launched a brand new 'Get The Best' promotion and you certainly will get the best deal possible!
MSC Magnifica will embark on 23 exciting sailings from Southampton with six unique itineraries to the Norwegian Fjords, Northern Europe, France, Spain and Portugal ranging from five to 14 nights.
What is the 'Get The Best' promotion?
If you book a 2018 cruise aboard MSC Magnifica from Southampton, you'll receive:
- A complimentary upgrade from an Inside stateroom to a Balcony!
- Free car parking at the Port of Southampton for the duration of your cruise!
- Kids sail for just £99 on every sailing!
- Add regional flights from Belfast and Glasgow to Southampton for just £99 return!
European flare, British comforts
Ahead of her arrival, MSC Magnifica will receive several enhancements before arriving in the UK.
Cruises will be hosted by a British Cruise Director and managed by a British Hotel Director, along with popular British entertainment. BBC, ITV, and football games will be available on the stateroom TVs.
After a survey to find the nations favourite brand of tea, MSC Cruises will offer tea and coffee making facilities in all staterooms. Bars will stock an increase of UK lagers and ciders, as well as Guinness on tap. Dining room menus will be tailored to British tastes, and the buffet will offer themed nights and traditional dishes, such as Indian night, Fish & Chips, English breakfasts, and popular UK condiments.
Our recommended sailings
16 April 2018 | 7 nights
Southampton - Le Havre - Zeebrugge - Amsterdam - Hamburg - Southampton
Balcony fr - £599pp
Family of 4 Balcony fr - £1396
4 June 2018 | 10 nights
Southampton - Le Havre - Invergordon - South Queensferry (Edinburgh) - Newcastle upon Tyne - Amsterdam - Hamburg - Southampton
Balcony fr - £849pp
Family of 4 Balcony fr - £1896
Spain & France
23 August 2018 | 11 nights
Southampton - Le Havre - La Coruna - Bilbao - Le Verdon-sur-Mer - Amsterdam - Hamburg - Southampton
Balcony fr - £999pp
Family of 4 Balcony fr - £2196
February 23rd, 2017 by Francesca Bandini
MSC Meraviglia is being christened in less than 100 days, on the 3rd June 2017. To celebrate this event MSC Cruises is offering a special sailing from only £719pp with Free drinks* and flights. Read the rest of this entry »
December 20th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
The newest ship of the MSC Cruises fleet, Seaside is ready to set sail from her home port in Miami next December 2017, the ship is part of an expansion project to provide more sailings in the Caribbean.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, commented: “This is another exciting milestone in our ambitious expansion plans as we see the second of our 11 next-generation ships entering the final stages of her construction. MSC Seaside has been specifically designed to provide our guests with a unique onboard experience in warmer regions and boasts one the highest ratio of outdoor space in the industry so that guests can enjoy a range of open-air activities such as dining and drinking al fresco, strolling along the promenade or simply taking in the beautiful sea views from the privacy of one of the many balcony cabins.”
We are all excited to discover this marvellous new ship sailing in one of the most popular regions and delivering a distinctive Mediterranean flair and elegance. Let’s discover the unique feature of Seaside, the first ship of this kind.
MSC Seaside: the first of next generation ship
- Beach condo inspired: Seaside will have a lot of outside space to take full advantage of the good weather
- 360° ocean level promenade: unique promenade to admire the marine scene
- Glass lifts: even on a lift guess can admire the ocean
- 30-metre bridge on the top deck with a panoramic view
- 76% of cabins are outside
- Special cabins for groups – accommodating up to 10 people
- Enhanced Yatch Club: this is one of the most exclusive places of an MSC ship, in Seaside the there will be also two luxurious apartments, private restaurants and private deck to sunbathe.
MSC Seaside will be sailing from December 2017. She will be the biggest sister of MSC Seaview, launching in 2018 and another one launching in 2021.
Figures on MSC SEASIDE:
- 160,000 tonnes
- maximum capacity of 5,179 guests
We are all curious to take a look at the interiors of the ship, which is happening right now. Continue to read our blog and we will update you soon.