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MSC Cruises’ new ‘Wellness’ Experience takes centre stage in 2017-18

A new on-board category has been introduced by MSC Cruises in 2017 for guests who want their holiday to be active and healthy.

Designed in partnership with global fitness brand Technogym, “Wellness” joins MSC Cruises’ existing on-board experiences “Bella”, “Fantastica”, “Aurea’ and “MSC Yacht Club”.

Guests opting for the Wellness Experience receive a personalised exercise and nutritional programme along with a raft of dedicated activities and privileges during their cruise.

MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia features for the first time in the Western Med over the winter

These include exclusive active shore excursions, specially created menus, fitness classes, and sporting goods such as clothing and towels, sports drinks and free laundry for their kit. All guest are monitored via an MSC Cruises version of Technogym’s “mywellness” smartphone app.

The cruise line’s comprehensive winter selection focuses largely on the Mediterranean, with many itineraries available with multiple ports of embarkation, along with year-round sailings from Miami and Cuba and winter in the Emirates.

A number of other debuts and innovations include the first programmes of new-build ships MSC Meraviglia in the western Mediterranean, and MSC Seaside in the Caribbean from Miami.

A number of Caribbean itineraries on a selection of ships also feature the new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve – the company’s purpose-built resort island in the Bahamas which is scheduled to open in time for MSC Seaside’s inaugural season.

Winter 2017 - 18 highlights

Mediterranean: For some winter sun closer to home guests can opt for seven-night or 12-night cruises aboard MSC Meraviglia and MSC Fantasia.

MSC Meraviglia -  Seven-night Western Med fly-cruise from Barcelona, Spain; calling at Marseille, France, Genoa (Portofino); Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Tunis, Tunisia; and Barcelona. November 2017-April 2018.

MSC Fantasia - 12-night Western Med fly-cruise from Genoa, Italy, calling at Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Funchal, Madeira; Malaga, Spain; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and Genoa. October 2017-March 2018.

Caribbean: The arrival of MSC Seaside in December 2017 means MSC Cruises will have four ships in the region - MSC Seaside and MSC Divina from Miami; MSC Orchestra, operating out of Bridgetown, Barbados;  and MSC Armonia from Havana. MSC Divina will offer five long sailings of either 10- or 11-nights to the Dutch Antilles and Central America, and the Eastern Caribbean.

MSC Seaside: 14-night fly-cruise from Miami calling at Charlotte Amalie, USVI; Nassau, Bahamas; Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Bahamas; Miami; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve; and Miami. December 2017-May 2018.

MSC Divina: 11-night Central America sailing from Miami calls at Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Belize City; Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve; and Miami. January-February 2018. From £609pp cruise-only.

MSC Orchestra: 14-night fly-cruise from Bridgetown calling at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; St George, Grenada; Roseau, Dominica; Fort de France, Martinique; Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Philipsburg, St Maarten; Road Town, Tortola/British Virgin Islands; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis; St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Fort de France, Martinique; Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Castries, St Lucia; and Bridgetown. Dec 2017-Feb 2018.

Emirates: MSC Splendida offers two alternating seven-night cruises over a 14-week season. The two itineraries both include a call at Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas nature reserve. Embarkation at Dubai and Abu Dhabi available.
MSC Fantasia: Seven-night fly-cruise from Dubai, calling at Abu Dhabi; Sir Bani Yas island; Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai (overnight stay). Or Dubai; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Khor al Fakkan, UAE; and Dubai (overnight stay). December 2017-March 2018.

Posted on 1st November 2017 at 10:31 am in Cruise Lines | Mediterranean Shipping Cruise Line (MSC) |

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