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  1. Last month of work on board: MSC Seashore crew area:
  2. Cruise Lines Association ‘In Talks’ To Reopen Malaga And Barcelona Ports - EuroWeeklyNews.com The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), is currently negotiating with the Government a possible opening of these ports in a bid to open up the Spanish tourism sector. The situation in the Spanish tourism sector is becoming more and more critical. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly subdued the activity of tourism companies after the ban imposed by the Government on cruise ships docking in Spanish ports ruined their competitiveness in the international market. Faced with the situation that Europe is getting ready to go back to normal, Puertos del Estado has intensified its conversations with the Government in order to speed up opening the ports in time for the summer campaign.
  3. Big News for Barcelona and MSC Seashore Cruises: Among MSC Cruises' newly announced Mediterranean itineraries are the company's first sailings back at the Port of Barcelona. Dan Solon | Apr 15, 2021 From August through October, new flagship MSC Seashore will be based there for seven-night cruises to Genoa, Naples, Messina, Malta and Marseille. Test operations in June The announcement follows declarations earlier this week by Mercé Conesa, chairman of the Barcelona Port Authority, and Barcelona's first deputy mayor, Jaume Collboni, confirming plans agreed by the port, the city government and the Catalán regional Generalitat, for test operations by various cruise lines during the second half of June. The focus of these activities will be on the health and safety of passengers, crew and the local public.
  4. The decision of whether or not to get the drinks package for your cruise is always a tricky one. To further confuse matters, MSC Cruises has introduced five new drinks packages for 2021 and 2022 cruises. Plus, they’ve removed all of the drinks package prices from their website! They will adjust prices according to the season. There are five different packages to choose from. So let’s take a look at what’s included in each, compare the prices and pick the best one. MSC Cruises offers five different drinks packages: Easy Package Easy Plus Package (was called Premium) Premium Extra Package (was called Premium Plus) Alcohol-Free Package (was called Non-Alcoholic) Minors Package (was called Non-Alcoholic Child) The new drinks package names apply to cruises departing in November 2021 onwards. MSC Cruises no longer publish the prices of drinks package on the website. Instead, guests are asked to log in to see the prices for their cruise. This makes things tricky for people who want to know how much the drinks package costs before they book a cruise. The pricing for MSC beverage packages has always been a little complicated because you will pay in pounds sterling, US dollars or Euros depending on where you live. There are different prices depending on where in the world your ship departs from. In the future, there may also be different prices for summer and winter cruises. To give you a rough idea of the prices of MSC drinks packages in 2021 and 2022, I have included a table of the old drinks package prices for cruises departing before November 2021. New drinks packages for winter 2021 and 2022 cruises will cost about 10% more than this. Old MSC drink package prices until November 2021 (Add 10% to these prices for cruises departing November 2021 onwards) Mediterranean, Europe, Emirates, Antilles, Cuba Caribbean & North America South America Easy £27 / $35 / €29 £27 / $35 / €29 £27 / $35 / €29 Premium £36 / $47 / €39 £45 / $62 / €52 £41 / $56 / €47 Premium Plus £51 / $62 / €55 £57 / $79 / €66 £48 / $65 / €55 Non-Alcoholic £17 / $23 / €19 £21 / $28 / €24 £18 / $25 / €21 Non-Alcoholic (Child) £12 / $17 / €14 £12 / $17 / €14 £12 / $17 / €14 For MSC Grand Voyages, the price is based on the port of embarkation. NEW MSC drink package prices (November 2021 onwards) While MSC Cruises hasn’t published any prices for the new drinks packages, cruisers with winter 2021 and 2022 bookings who have logged into their MSC accounts have reported that the prices have increased by around 10%. How much are MSC drinks packages in 2021 and beyond? MSC drink packages prices for European cruises in winter 2021 are approximately: Easy Package: $38 / £27 per day Easy Plus Package: $49 / £35 per day Premium Extra Package: $69 / £50 per day Alcohol-Free Package: $25 / £18 per day Minors Package: $19 / £14 per day You can check the drinks package price for your cruise in your MSC account for exact pricing. Drink package prices for Caribbean cruises may cost more, please refer to the table above as a guide. What’s included in MSC drinks packages? 1. MSC Easy Drink Package Previously all drinks up to 6 euros were included in the easy package. The big question is whether this is still the case because it is not explicitly mentioned. Who knows the answer to this? MSC Easy Drink Package Menu: Draught beer (Heineken) Selection of house wines by the glass Selection of classic cocktails Mixed drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails Soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass Bottled mineral water Classic hot drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea) Drinks can be consumed in all bars, buffet, main dining room but NOT in speciality restaurants or the Starship Club. This package offers great value for money and is ideal if you’re on a budget and happy to stick with drinking draft Heineken, the same wines or choosing from a small list of cocktails. 2. MSC Easy Plus Drink Package This package includes all drinks priced up to $9 or €8. MSC Easy Plus Drink Package Menu: Variety of draught and bottled beers Selection of wines by the glass Variety of frozen and classic cocktails Non-alcoholic cocktails Well spirits Liqueurs and cordials Soft drinks Mineral water Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.) Hot chocolate and hot teas 10% discount on bottles of wine purchased on board With the Premium package, drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet and the main dining room as well as speciality restaurants. This is an important difference from the Easy package, which doesn’t allow you to order drinks in speciality restaurants. If you plan to dine in a few speciality restaurants during our cruise, this deal is probably a better choice than the Easy drinks package. 3. MSC Premium Extra Drink Package This package includes all drinks priced up to $15 or €13. MSC Premium Extra Drink Package Menu: Selection of draught, craft and bottled beers Entire selection of wines and champagne by the glass Extensive variety of frozen and classic cocktails Premium brand spirits Liqueurs and cordials Sodas Fruit juices Energy drinks Mineral water Coffee (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.) Hot chocolate and teas 25% discount on wine and champagne bottles purchased on board Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room and speciality restaurants. It doesn’t however, include drinks in the onboard Lavazza coffee shops and other signature venues. The old Premium Plus drink package also included drinks from your minibar. However, there’s no mention of the minibar being included in the new Premium Extra package, so be careful! 4. MSC Alcohol-Free Drink Package MSC Alcohol-Free Drink Package Menu: Wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails Sodas Energy drinks Mineral water Flavoured water Fruit juices Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.) Soft drinks Hot chocolate Hot teas Soft-serve ice cream Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room but NOT speciality restaurants. 5. MSC Minors Drink Package This package is for children aged 3 to 17 on European cruises and aged 3 to 20 on North American and Caribbean cruises. MSC Minors Drink Package Menu: Wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails Sodas Energy drinks Mineral water Flavoured water Fruit juices Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.) Soft drinks Hot chocolate Hot teas Soft-serve ice cream Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room but NOT speciality restaurants. How much are drinks on MSC Cruises? The cost of drinks on MSC Cruises is pretty reasonable. You won’t pay much more for drinks on the ship that you would do on land. Here are some examples of the MSC bar prices: MSC drinks prices Glass of wine: €5 – €8 Pint of beer: €5.50 Bottle of beer: €6 – €7 Cocktail: €5 – €9 Spirit and mixer: €6 – €6.50 Soft drink: €2.50 – €3 Water (500ml) – €1.90 Coffee: €1.70 – €3.50 What drinks are free on MSC Cruises? These drinks are included on MSC Cruises: Water Coffee Tea Ice tea Lemonade Milk Chocolate milk Juices (at breakfast only) Not all drinks are available for free in all bars. For the best selection of free drinks, head to the Main Dining Room or the casual (buffet) restaurant. How much is a glass of wine on MSC Cruises? A glass of wine on MSC Cruises costs between $5 and $11 Euros. This equates to approximately £4.50 to £9.50 for Brits or $6 to $13 for US cruisers. How much is a beer on MSC Cruises? A pint or bottle of beer on MSC Cruises costs between $5.50 and $7 Euros. This equates to approximately £4.80 to £6 for Brits or $6.50 to $8 for US cruisers. Is water free on MSC Cruises? Tap water is available free of charge on MSC Cruises. Bottled water costs $1.90 for a 500ml bottle. This equates to approximately £1.65 or $2.25. Bottles water is free if you have a drinks package. Is tea and coffee free on MSC Cruises? On MSC Cruises, tea and coffee is available free of charge but only at the buffet area. You can get all kinds of teas and coffees such as cappuccino and espresso for free with a drinks package. Other drinks packages on MSC Cruises MSC Yacht Club drinks package The luxurious MSC Yacht Club gives guests many perks including: A luxury suite in the Yacht Club area of the ship Access to the Top Sail lounge Private dining in the Yacht Club restaurant Entry to the exclusive pool area Priority boarding Butler service Premium internet package Included drinks MSC Yacht Club guests enjoy the equivalent of the Premium Extra drinks package which can be used in all bars and restaurants throughout the ship. Yacht Club guests also enjoy a free minibar. MSC Aurea drinks package MSC Cruises Aurea Experience is an upgrade which is available to guests staying in balcony cabins or suites. Aurea fares include: Easy drink package Free access to the exclusive sun deck Wellbeing package (massage, tanning booth, welcome cocktail in the spa, private MediSpa doctor consultation, access to Thermal Area) Bathrobe and slippers in your cabin Choice of dining time MSC for Me wristband Free gift
  5. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), is currently negotiating with the Government a possible opening of these ports in a bid to open up the Spanish tourism sector. The situation in the Spanish tourism sector is becoming more and more critical. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly subdued the activity of tourism companies after the ban imposed by the Government on cruise ships docking in Spanish ports ruined their competitiveness in the international market. Faced with this situation, Puertos del Estado has intensified its conversations with the Government in order to speed up opening the ports in time for the summer campaign. Since MSC cruises has huge succes by the reopening of cruising in Europe, and a lot of itineraries in the ports of Barcelona and Malaga this summer, it will be a great step forward.
  6. During these voyages, the seaview sails first through Norway for a week and then through the Baltic for a week. That's no different than the virtuosa would, deviated and deviated between Norway and the Baltic states.
  7. Thats a different story then what you said first, and that was incorrect; 'So it seems like Seaview will only sail the Baltics instead of Norway.' Take a look at the arrival list on the port of flam website and the official statement of MSC cruises and you can see that the plans are: 'The MSC Seaview is scheduled to operate sailing itineraries of 7 nights and longer to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic capitals, according to their current schedule.' If ports are open by june 20th, nothing changes, except the ship. Thats the correct information fore now.
  8. If you look on the website port of flam (norway) and check the ship arrivals, you can see that seaview is on there. So the information of @Ulsteinvik is incorrect. The seaview is a great ship, i think that you are lucky that they did not put you on a much older ship. The Splendida is not on the arrival list of flam anymore, she will sail in eastern europe this summer.
  9. MSC Virtuosa was previously scheduled to serve itineraries in Northern Europe out of Germany, she will be replaced by MSC Seaview. Booked guests and travel agents will be contacted directly. Seaview itineraries starts from Kiel in June 2021. Not a bad switch in my opinion! If we take a look to the last switch from Seashore to Fantasia, that was awful! The seaview is a great vessel and maybe guests get some OBC. I will take it...😁
  10. MSC Virtuosa was previously scheduled to serve itineraries in Northern Europe out of Germany, she will be replaced by MSC Seaview. Booked guests and travel agents will be contacted directly. Seaview itineraries starts from Kiel in June 2021. Not a bad switch in my opinion! If we take a look to the last switch from Seashore to Fantasia, that was awful! The seaview is a great vessel and maybe guests get some OBC. I will take it...😁
  11. The msc virtuosa will soon be leaving her homeport to sail on to antwerp. What she is going to do there is completely unclear to me... Couldn't she have sailed directly to her new homeport in keel? That is where the virtuosa is planned for this summer season. Or would this ship be used for the english market? Because the uk is nearby. Or will the ship wait patiently in antwerp to see what norway will decide in a month's time regarding cruises in that country? Because norways restrictions on cruising ends in may. To be honest, I don't really see what the virtuosa is doing now, she will clearly sail northward, but what will she do next?... ... Who knows more? 😁
  12. And MSC is still sailing... for now the cruises in Europe has nothing to do with infections on the mainland, as long the safe bubble restrictions will be followed strictly. And they succed by that. It looks like cruising in Europe is on the most safe holidays if you want a zero low chance of infections. It will take some time but it looks good for cruising in Europe, in a new way but good.
  13. For the US its clear now that there is nothing by summer. For the EU there is a much better perspective.
  14. Thats right! @CruisingFox27 "The whristbands will be rolled out along the line’s nine remaining ships in its 11-ship building program over the next 10 years. MSC will also retrofit its 12 existing ships with the technology soon." I good chance that, due the pandemic, it had a steady roll out on the existing ships.
  15. We all know that Europe is lagging behind in terms of vaccination. but that has nothing to do with cruising. After all, it is not for nothing that ships from different shipping companies already sail in Europe and America is not while this is simply possible. Because in Europe they look forward to see what can be done in the last steps of this pandemic. I foresee that more and more ships will make a start in Europe towards the summer, but that will initially only be for European guests as it is now. We are now seeing it happening this way in the UK to. This summer I don't see guests from other parts of the world boarding in Europe, I would gamble on vacation in your own continent. Europe is really making big strides to make cruises possible this summer, as is the UK and some Asian countries, which are now looking at what can be done while we still get vaccinated while the risks will be a little less each day. In America, this seems to be slowly diminishing with the cruise industry still on a strict line from CDC. Goodluck there! If the CDC holds that strict policy there will be no cruising from America happening yet soon, let alone that the population can and may come to Europe to get a boat here. Unfortunately, but I can understand that ships like the Seaside set sail through Europe. The CDC just doesn't provide perspective and the rules they set are way too strict. Let's hope the Americans can soon come to Europe for a cruise to show the CDC how it fares in other parts of the world. But for this summer is see a big NO on cruise holidays for the Americans.
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