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western med 6Short duration cruises of less than seven nights, are the perfect long weekend breaks, and in the past Costa Cruises has been the leader for short duration cruises, with some itineraries ranging from three to five nights, embarking in either Barcelona or Genoa, and calling into ports such as Marseilles, Corsica and Majorca, to name a few. As these durations are becoming increasingly popular, cruise lines such as MSC, Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Oceania have a handful of four and five night duration sailings, the amount of time in port is less than longer duration sailings, however there may only be one day at sea, or none at all.

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The more popular Western Mediterranean itineraries are generally durations between seven to twelve nights, and depart from ports such as Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, and guests can expect to visit the well known ports whilst enjoying some leisurely days at sea in between. Itineraries such as these, can include porting in the Canary Islands, Tunisia and Morocco

A perfect way to cruise the Western Mediterranean region, without the hassle of flying and checking in at airports, is to sail out directly from a UK port, such as the well known Southampton, with Harwich and Dover also being popular embarkation ports. Although this is a great option, not only for ease, but for an unlimited luggage allowance, there is of course a downfall, and this is the famous Bay of Biscay, which can either be a smooth sailing experience, or can be an extremely rocky sailing experience!

A cost effective way to cruise, is by sailing on a repositioning cruise, these cruises generally sail from the Mediterranean, over to the Caribbean, or from the Caribbean over to the Mediterranean. These itineraries can usually be found in April, May, September, October and into early November. These itineraries usually embark in Barcelona or Rome, and call into various Western Mediterranean ports, the Canary Islands and Morocco, before heading to the Caribbean

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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When you picture St. Lucia what do you see? Exactly! I see the picture above. St. Lucia is located in the turquoise seas of the Caribbean drenched in year round sunshine and with temperatures soaring into the high 80’s all year round it makes this island a must see destination. The Caribbean is a popular destination with in its own right but St’ Lucia stands out from the rest with glorious sandy beaches, lush rain forests and 5 star luxury resorts to name but a few. Located in the Eastern Caribbean just across the sea from Barbados makes island hopping very easy, maybe you could do a twin centre holiday? Or if you have fallen in love with this island then simply sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine with a cocktail of course. The north of the island boasts a very impressive modern marina full of sea front bars and excellent restaurants. Soufriere located in the south of the island has more of the traditional Caribbean vibe with pretty little villages, fish fry up stalls on the beach or barbeque stalls on the road side.

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The capital of St. Lucia, Castries is a popular area to visit and also houses a cruise port where many of the cruise lines dock into, from here many people will have the added  advantage of one of many shore excursions to visit one of the many sights this stunning island has to offer. From champagne sunsets, beautiful palm fringed beaches, wonderful mountains, delicious dining, award winning spas and world class diving, there is something for everyone.

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us. 

  MSC Seaview is the second of two identical ships in the Seaside generation. Launching in June 2018 she will have three homeports within the Mediterranean: Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona

Quick Facts:

The maximum capacity is 5,429 guests

154,000 tonnes

323 meters long

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The MSC Seaview is designed to bring guests closer to the sea, giving you more time outdoors to relax, drink and eat.

Boasting a 360 degree promenade which will run around the entire ship

Public areas have been carefully planned to make the most of the sea and sunshine

Cabin types will vary from inside to super family cabins to suites with a whirlpool bath

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The Aquapark is designed for everyone and will be multi-story, including a interactive game, complete with lights, music and a 367 foot water-slide

Full sized bowling alleys

Enjoy the ocean-views while you eat. With a dedicated ‘kids only’ buffet, a total of 9 eateries including 5 speciality restaurants

Entertainment features include:

A choice of classy bars and loungers to choose from

Comedy Club

Cioccogelateria & Coffee Bar, Gelateria & Creperie

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Her sister ship, MSC Seaside debuts in November 2017 and will homeport in Miami giving us all a great insight into how the MSC Seaview will look and feel. Keep checking back with us for upto date information on her launch and other exciting information. Until then both ships have itineraries on sale now and are proving very popular (as are all new ship launches), so if your dreaming of a Mediterranean Cruise next summer why not consider MSC Seaview

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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On board any cruise line all guests are treated to treated to breakfast, lunch, evening meal and all snacks and treats from the buffet restaurants throughout the day, most cruise ships also give guests the extra opportunity to visit one of many speciality dining restaurants (local cover charge will apply). MSC Cruise Lines does not disappoint with there offerings and have several different restaurants on each ship (some restaurants wont feature on every ship).

Firstly we have the Sports Bar (American style sports bar) serving fantastic America style finger food in a fantastic and very friendly atmosphere, they serve quick bites from burgers, fish and chips, ribs and desserts. They also serve various beers from around the world, the meals that are served from the restaurant are generally served for lunch and evening meal but will stay open longer to accommodate for sports events.

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Tex Mex and Steak house (now this would have to be my favourite) serving prime Angus beef steaks, various superb authentic Mexican favourite’s (Mexican Tapas), chilled beers from around and also firm favourite with many guests ice cold Margaritas. They also serve wines from all corners of the globe and also offer a child’s menu. This restaurant is only open for lunch and evening meal.

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We then have Eataly serving serving mouth watering dishes from Italy. Eataly prides itself on being one of the best loved and healthiest at sea, they will offer various types of Italian dishes, ranging from authentic Italian pasta dishes, pizzas, seafood, meats and cheese’s so there will be a atleast one meal on the menu that takes your fancy. All served in a relaxed ambience.

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Galaxy Disco Restaurant – its a must that you visit this brilliant restaurant where you will dine like a star, the restaurant features fifties style Dolce Vita black and violet decor, live music and unforgettable sea views. Luxury brunch – where they offer guests a fixed price All Inclusive service option combined with an a la carte menu, you will be treated to the luxury selection and excellent buffet all accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne. Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine evenings – will feature a wide range of tasting menus, a la carte menu and Galactic style cocktails. Sushi Fusion Cuisine – a wide range of a la carte and tasting menus, japanese drinks (plum wine, sae and tea) and Galactic cocktails

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Kaito Sushi Bar – this restaurant has earned its title as ” Best sushi at Sea” acolade from the Berlitz guide. All guests can take advantage of extensive range of authentic sushi specialities, Japanese aperitifs and Japaese flavoured teas. Do you fancy sitting in the great restaurant being served from a varied extensive Japanese menu in true a la carte style.

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As seasoned cruisers or even first time cruisers choosing the correct and perfect cabin for you can be very stressful, some people like to be on a certain deck, near a certain location, in a certain position or some will take pot luck and be allocated any kind of cabin from the cruise line, this is all down to each person’s personal preference.

Here is a description of the cabins and services each one has to offer with the fantastic MSC Cruise Lines.

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Firstly we start with the Bella Experience, the Bella Experience can be found on the Inside, Outside and Balcony Cabins. The Bella Experience guarantees you a particular grade of Cabin of your choice but on a guarantee basis, this means at time of booking you will be allocated a cabin with or without a cabin number and your preferred dining time captured, the cruise line will then allocate the cabin and dining time nearer to sailing (this is where your preferred dining time may change and the cabin number which can be changed by the cruise line at anytime). The Bella Experience will still receive full board dining options onboard and room service will be chargeable and not complimentary.

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Secondly MSC Cruise Lines have the Fantastica Experience, again this can be found on the Inside, Outside and Balcony Cabins. The Fantastica Experience gives you more options than the Bella Experience. With the Fantastica Experience you can choose upfront the cabin that you require and your preference for dining will be allocated to your preference. Room service also will be complimentary.

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We then move onto the Wellness Experience which focuses on passengers who are dedicated to fitness, passengers on board will under go a medical evaluation with the on board doctors, they also have the chance of one to one check ups,  with fresh and delicious healthy foods served to them. MSC Cruise Lines will provide all Wellness passengers with a work out mat and resistance bands and will also offer passengers complimetary laundry service for all exercise clothing.

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Introducing the amazing Aurea Experience, this experience combines all the extra comforts from Fantastica and Wellness Experience with the added advantage of complimentary well being products, complimentary drinks (soft and alcoholic) unlimited use of the Thermal area and spa treatments. The Aurea Experience is for guests that like to feel relaxed and spoilt on their holiday, an experience not to be missed and should be tried by all.

Finally we have the amazing Yacht Club which houses luxury suites, private part of the ship including a lounge, pool and restaurant, 24 hour butler service and concierge reception. Every guest booked into the Yacht Club will be waited on hand and foot and even have private access to the unbelievable MSC Aurea Spa. Yacht Club Passengers also receive complimentary alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for the duration of the cruise. On check in there will be no queues for you as you will have your very own check in area which will help you avoid standing in lengthy lines, disembark the ship first for tenders, for excursions and to leave the ship on the final day.

The information shows you the benefits of each cabin, the cabin you choose will all be down to the experience that you want to receive and of course the monetary vlaue you have spend.

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Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511

Our Managing Director has just experienced the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’ – Welcome MSC Meraviglia. Fresh from her christening in Le Harve, France on 3rd June 2017 we bring you his insights and honest opinions from onboard

Designed for the future and surrounded in smart technology

The Godmother of all MSC ships is the beautiful and stylish Sophia Loren, a global icon of Italian cinema

Best described as the style of a Celebrity ship with all the fun of a Royal Caribbean Cruise.

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Polar Aqua Park

Highlights include:

Impressive kids clubs, & includes under 3’s club (accompanied)

Top wines

Widest ship afloat

Complete resort

Waterpark with huge spilling bucket to get you drenched

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MSC Yacht Club Restaurant

For those who have sailed with MSC before you will be pleased to know that the Yacht Club facilities are located in one area, forward on decks 16 – 19.

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Duplex Suite

Now the cabin: allocated a duplex suite which covers two decks. A large living area and balcony complete with a whirlpool bath. Located on deck 12, aft of the ship. Due to the location the balcony is covered with glass (protecting you from the winds), so no sunbathing – but rather spectacular views, peace and tranquillity

Evening meal was a gala meal located in the Panorama restaurant on deck 6. The food and service was top notch with fine wines served to match.

The highlight of the evening was the private showing of the exclusive ‘Cirque Du Soleil’s’ first ever performance at sea. Located in the Carousel Lounge, which has been custom designed to accommodate the world famous circus. Spectacular special effects with some amazing jaw dropping moments, definitely a must on your list!

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A must mention is the amusement park, fun for all ages. With Formula 1 racing cars, interactive cinema, flight simulator and a full size bowling alley – its thrills for all the family. Opposite is the Sportsplex idea for younger guests.

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LED Dome, the longest LED Sky screen at sea

Up early in the morning from the night before and walking around the indoor promenade with the tranquil sights and sounds of birds lit up along the LED sky screen. This changes throughout the day and really is utterly impressive and the largest at sea

This ship is designed with fun and family in mind. The facilities are awe inspiring and our DM liked it so much that he is booking his family summer 2017 cruise holiday back onboard MSC Meraviglia! With so many highlights onboard we highly recommend booking to experience all that is great about this ship….. you won’t be disappointed

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Paul Edge – MD, Cruise Club UK

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The MSC Bellissima  which translates in English to the ‘’Most Beautiful ‘’  will be offering some of the most stunning features that any Cruise ship would be proud of.

Starting with the MSC for Me technology which you can view details by clicking here you will be able to keep in contact with fellow guests as well as the crew and what’s happening on board the ship itself. This amazing technology lets you be in charge of your own plans.

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Not enough with one, the MSC Bellissima will boast a two deck promenade which features an LED dome at a staggering 80 metres long.

Along the promenade you will find plenty of places to eat and drink as well as shops. Besides speciality restaurants you definitely will not struggle in finding somewhere to eat in one of the 10 dining establishments and that is besides the 20 bars for you to pop in to for your favourite tipple.

With 2 shows designed especially for the MSC Bellissima which just happen to be the world famous and personally brilliant Cirque du Soleil who could ask for more.  The show is on twice every night six times a week in the MSC Bellissima’s custom built 1,000 sqm lounge which holds up to 450 guests

That’s not all, why not relax in the desert themed waterpark where adults and children can relax .

With an average of 10sqm per guest the poolside area boasts one of the biggest areas pro rota at sea. Known as the Atmosphere pool its beautiful lighting makes the pool area even more stunning at night time.

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For those who love sun bathing the Horizon pool area offers even more open space during the daytime. At night time this stunning outdoor area transforms into a dance area and also a place for entertainment.

The MSC Bellissima also boasts one of the best waterparks at sea which includes three twisting slides a Himalayan Bridge and pools which will keep your children and not to mention us adults entertained daily.

With a full size bowling alley on board my favourite is still the F1 Simulator.

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The Bellissima offers extraordinary features that offer the perfect experience at sea in any season, with prices starting from only £499pp be one of the first to book you place on MSC Cruises new flagship!

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Ian@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2564

 

 

MSC for Me” allows guests to have the technology to pre book restaurants, shore excursions and other services even before guests board the cruise ship. The new technology will be rolled out and debut on MSC Meraviglia in June 2017 and then joined by MSC Seaside in November 2017 and the continuously throughout the fleet. Just imagine deciding what you want to do, where to eat, what excursion to take a the touch of a button, its remarkable how the times have changed, I wonder what the future technology will bring to us?

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MSC for Me will have 130 functions enabling passengers the chance to use the app, a smart watch, tablet and website, plus the use of the TV in the cabins. With this brand new technology passengers will be able to access menus, locate the route back to your cabin, the smart watch can even used in the swimming pool and will also allow passengers to access their cabins and make purchases.

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Medtiterranean Shipping Company was founded in 1970 with a single ship, the line now have over 465 vessels, In 1988 MSC Cruise Lines was formed by purchasing the iconic liner Moneterey. They have gone from strength to strength and in 2003 announced a 5.5 billion euro investment programme to build the worlds most modern cruise fleet.

In 2014 the cruise line announced a 5.1 billion euro investment with the order of upto 7 new ships and the Renaissance programme to enlarge four of their older ships.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Colin@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2511

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Have you heard of the membership status match with MSC Cruise Line?

There are a lot of passengers who sail with a particular cruise line purely based on their membership level. I mean, who can blame them, they have taken a long time (usually many years) in building up their loyalty points and membership level with the cruise line they fell in love with 15 years ago.

Well, things change, and cruise lines change. What may have been the best cruise line for you a few years ago, may not be the case now. With more and more ships being built, the cruising industry has never been so popular with returning and new guests.

MSC Cruise line are a wonderful 4* Italian owned cruise line who sail the globe. They offer large inside staterooms, outside, balcony and suite staterooms. If your feeling like splashing out, you could even try their MSC Yacht Club which is their exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” experience.

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MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

The Italian line offer a ‘Status Match’ programme which is applicable to all other cruise line memberships. They will match your loyalty status from the other cruise lines to their equivalent membership.

For example, I have just booked my first cruise on board the MSC Cruise Line, MSC Divina cruise ship for April 2017. My membership with Royal Caribbean is currently Emerald (with just ONE sailing away from becoming a Diamond member) – this has been matched as GOLD status with MSC, which gave me a discount off of my cruise and also an on board spend! Not too shabby! – especially as I have never sailed with them before, this is the second to highest level in their membership.

As well as my discount and on board spend, I am in for lots of other benefits when I embark my cruise. such as a fruit basket upon arrival in our cabin, exclusive on board discount, a free photograph of my choice, welcome cocktails with the captain and so on.

Unlike other cruise lines, MSC do not just award points based on the category of cabin you have booked and for how many nights the cruise is. Yes, they award points for this, but they also award points for on board spend. For example, every £150 spent on board will give you 100 points.

If you are booked or are thinking of booking an MSC cruise line and are not already a member, get your membership status match!!!!

Check back in May for my blog on the MSC Divina Caribbean cruise I will be taking. (yes I am counting the days already, the ship looks amazing!!!)

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MSC Divina – Balcony Cabin

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Michellehaslam@cruiseclubuk.com or call me directly on 0161 798 2512.

   ‘Experiences’ with MSC are customised to accommodate your every need. With many experiences on offer I thought I would take the time to explain what each one includes & if booking from 26th December 2016, upgrade to ‘Fantastica’ and get the All-Inclusive drinks.

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Valid on new bookings if booked before 28th February 2017

Departure: Summer 2017 & Winter 207/2018 sailings

‘Best Lowest Price’ – with Bella Experience or ‘Best Value’ – with Fantastica Experience includes all inclusive drinks package

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BELLA EXPERIENCE

This is the cheapest lead in price with MSC. Available with balcony, ocean view, partial view and inside cabins.

What you get:

Choice of dinner sittings (not available on board MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview)

Freedom to change booking details, dates and guest names

Turndown service to prepare your bed each night

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FANTASTICA EXPERIENCE

Designed for even greater comfort & flexibility

Available with suite, balcony, superfamily, ocean view & inside cabins.

You get the ‘Bella’ experience plus extra privileges:

Cabin on the upper decks in the most desirable areas on the ship

Priority choice of dinner sitting

Connecting SuperFamily cabins (if available)

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WELLNESS EXPERIENCE

Designed to give you wellness at its best

You get the ‘Fantastica’ experience plus a range of extra privileges:

Wellness welcome kit in cabin (t-shirt, shorts, sport towel, bracelet)

One to one health check

One to one inbody analyser test

Personalised indoor/outdoor Wellness program – 1 gym class per day

Exclusive wellness shore activities

Free water in bars, restaurants, buffet & cabin

One sports drinks per day

Laundry service

1 group picture off all guests on Wellness Experience

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AUREA EXPERIENCE

Designed to offer reinvigorating, all-inclusive comfort

You get the ‘Fantastica’ experience plus a range of extra privileges:

Superior sea view cabins on the upper decks

All-Inclusive unlimited drinks*

Flexi time dining

Priority boarding

Spa package includes a welcome cocktail, massage of your choice, tanning shower, private wellness consultation & free access to the thermal area for the duration of your cruise

  • ALL-INCLUSIVE 24HR DRINKS Nothing stands between you and pure pleasure during your Aurea Experience, with all-inclusive alcoholic and soft drinks whenever thirst strikes. Allegrissimo Package in euro areas, and More for Less Package in dollar areas. Ask our staff for full information. (*Starting from summer 2017, these package will be renamed All-Inclusive Restaurant & Bar Drink Package and All-Inclusive Classic Drink Package)

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For more information the MSC Yacht Club please click here for our previous blog

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Becky@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2518