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9 Reasons to Cruise on Mega Cruise Ship Coming to New York and Miami

In just a few short months, you’ll have the opportunity to cruise on another mega cruise ship from New York and Miami.  One of the world’s largest cruise ships, MSC Meraviglia, will make her North America debut in October.

From exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows to gourmet specialty restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs to a state-of-the-art, authentic Balinese Spa, here are nine reasons to book a cruise on MSC Meraviglia this fall.

1. Take advantage of limited Canada & New England sailings timed perfectly with the changing fall colors

MSC Meraviglia will offer two cruises from New York to Canada & New England, before journeying through the Caribbean to home port in Miami, becoming the first MSC Cruises’ ship to visit its new private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, opening November 2019.  View Prices on Cruises on MSC Meraviglia

2. Experience world-class performances of a lifetime

Enjoy the two distinct shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea — VIAGGIO and SONOR — created exclusively for MSC Meraviglia in the purpose-built entertainment and dining venue, the Carousel lounge.

These shows, not found anywhere else in the world, are part of a longstanding partnership with the entertainment leader for a total of eight original shows on MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia class ships. MSC Meraviglia is home to the first shows ever created from this unique partnership.

3. Stroll along a Mediterranean-style promenade under the longest LED sky at sea

Guests can browse a wide variety of shops, or dine along the promenade choosing from a variety of cuisines, while taking in special animations and shows all day and night on the LED dome.

4. Taste food from around the world from an award-winning pastry chef and a two Michelin-starred chef

On board, MSC Meraviglia offers 12 distinct dining venues and 20 bars, with food from around the world, including HOLA! Tapas Bar by two Michelin-starred Spanish chef Ramón Freixa; Kaito Sushi Bar and Teppanyaki; Butcher’s Cut, a modern American steakhouse; and Jean-Philippe Chocolat & Café, the ideal place to grab a treat by world-renowned pastry chef, Jean Philippe Maury.

5. Be among the first to experience a brand new private island

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises’ new private island destination in the Bahamas, debuts this November. MSC Cruises is currently restoring the 64-square-mile stretch of land in the eastern Caribbean from an industrial sand extraction site to a natural oasis.

The island experience has been designed to immerse guests in the natural beauty of their surroundings. Guests will enjoy eight distinct beaches, including a dedicated family beach. For those who wish to discover the marine life up close, there will be snorkeling and other water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Spa-goers can enjoy a new luxurious concept, The Spa at Ocean Cay, offering a variety of unique treatments using products from AVEDA, a beauty brand known for its natural products.

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A variety of food and drink options will be available on the island, including a range of bars, a buffet, and food cart options. With docking until 11 p.m., day and night activities will keep guests busy, including a traditional Junkanoo parade in the evenings. Guests will also have an opportunity to learn about and connect with nature, including activities to learn about ocean preservation and MSC Cruises’ coral restoration efforts surrounding the island.

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6. Discover different cultures and destinations in one trip

The MSC Cruises experience not only brings people together from around the world, but also immerses guests in the destinations they visit. MSC Meraviglia offers a wide range of itineraries this fall, and in the Caribbean, guests have the unique opportunity to book specially curated Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions that focus on some of Martha’s favorite activities while allowing MSC Cruises’ guests to discover some of the authentic and hidden treasures of destinations throughout the Caribbean.

7. Decompress after a long summer with exclusive wine-inspired treatments

MSC Cruises offers the only Balinese-style spas at sea, and on MSC Meraviglia the MSC Aurea Spa features 22 different spa treatment rooms with a vast choice of health and beauty treatments developed exclusively for MSC Cruises. Relax in the thermal area with 13 different areas for a holistic sensory experience, equipped with a salt relax room, ice waterfall, sauna and dark sensory steam bath.

For a special treat, guests can opt for MSC Cruises’ signature collection of Vinotherapy spa treatments (wine-inspired beauty treatments), using LAJATICA vinotherapy products made from Bocelli Wines.

8. Try something new and exciting every day

The entire family will be entertained with seven different areas for kids on board, including LEGO-designed play rooms; a ‘super amusement park’ with a sports zone, 2 full size bowling lanes, a flight simulator, F1 simulators and an interactive XD cinema; as well as and a polar themed Aqua Park with four action-packed water slides and a Himalayan Bridge ropes course.

Those looking for exclusivity and privacy can book their stay within the MSC Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ innovative ship-within-a-ship concept. Guests booking in the private area can pamper themselves in the private solarium and pool on the top decks of the ship, dine in the area’s private restaurant, enjoy cocktails and music in the exclusive Top Sail Lounge, and experience highly tailored service with a 24-hour butler and concierge.

9. Enjoy vacationing with total peace of mind, powered by technology

MSC for Me is MSC Cruises’ multi-channel digital program that enables guests to interact with the ship and crew members anytime, in any place, to better serve their needs, save them time and really make the most of their vacation. Key features include a handy app for smartphones, an interactive TV in the stateroom and interactive digital screens around the ship, meaning guests can access information, book services — like specialty restaurants and on board performances — navigate around the ship, and more.

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Ben Souza
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