MSC CRUISES’ NEW ON BOARD TOUR

May 26, 2013

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When sailing on a cruise ship, enjoying all the services they have to offer, have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to make everything magically just happen.

MSC Cruises can now satisfy that curiosity for travellers on board its Fantasia and Musica class ships, with their newly created “Big Reveal: Come and See How We Do It” tour, perfect for those passengers who want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

DSCN9059This new tour allows passengers a sneak peek into the inner workings of their ships, allowing access to off limit areas such as the backstage area of the theatre, laundry, galley, food storage area, and the MSC Yacht Club on Fantasia class ships.  The tour closes with a culinary demonstration followed by a tasty treat from the gourmet kitchens.

The tour takes place on cruises of seven days or more, generally in the morning of a full day at sea and entertains participants for two and a half hours, sharing MSC’s passion for the seas and some of the secrets behind its unique Mediterranean way of life.

Travellers will be entertained with fun facts such as, for a seven night cruise, MSC Preziosa used:  29,827 kilo of fresh fruit, 3,770 litres of vegetable oil, 8,735 kilos of flour, 8,600 kilos of pasta,13,900 kg fish was cooked,12,879 kg of fresh vegetables and 2,285 kg of sugar.

MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil and operates across the globe.  Sailing throughout the year in the Mediterranean, they also offer a wide range of seasonal itineraries in southern Africa, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the French Antilles, South America, the Red Sea, and the United Arab Emirates.

Their modern fleet comprises twelve ships: Fantasia-class MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia; Musica-class MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Musica; Lirica-class MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica.

DSCN9023MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the “7 Golden Pearls” award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility.  MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both on shore and on board.

MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, a long term partnership with UNICEF was undertaken in 2009 to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. To date, MSC Cruises has raised over two million euros for the initiative.

Sandra Tiltman.

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SAN JUAN – HOME OF PINA COLADA by Sandra T.

January 15, 2012

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was our destination after crossing the Atlantic aboard SeaDream I in November.  My first glimpse of this quaint town was while having breakfast on the deck, watching as we proceeded past the dark stone fortress walls.  After gathering all my suitcases (I never travel light), we headed to the Old Town, a mere five minutes away from the quayside by cab, and pulled up at El Convento Hotel.  This very imposing building had begun life as a convent and after being left empty for many years, was converted into a hotel, much to the delight of all the guests.

The cobble stoned streets and brightly coloured buildings made me glad that I decided to spend two nights enjoying my break here before heading on to New York.  I discovered a fantastic shopping street and left San Juan with even more luggage than I had arrived with.

Another very important discovery I made while walking around the centre of town was finding the Barrachina Restaurant which was the birthplace of the Pina Colada.  Naturally I had to dine there that evening to take in the atmosphere and try their famous invention.

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