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Six must-book experiences on board MSC Meraviglia in the Mediterranean this December holiday

Six must-book experiences on board MSC Meraviglia in the Mediterranean this December holiday

MSC Meraviglia, known as the ship for all seasons, returns to the Mediterranean towards the end of this year and is the perfect ship for enjoying this stunning region.

Packed with features, this award-winning ship[1] is a destination in its own right with around-the-clock entertainment, an incredible family offering, a range of different accommodation options, an impressive 20 bars and lounges, 12 restaurants and much, much more.

  1. Exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows

One of the highlights onboard MSC Meraviglia is Cirque du Soleil at Sea, where guests can enjoy two contrasting shows, created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests.

These unique shows are performed in the Carousel Lounge – a custom-made entertainment venue equipped with cutting-edge technology and special rigging that enables Cirque du Soleil at Sea artists to deliver sublime performances.

With a sound at its heart, the show “Sonor” takes us on an auditory adventure with dancers, acrobats and characters all moving to the rhythm. Its beat stimulates the senses and fuels your emotions.

“Viaggio” is the story of a passionate and eccentric artist who hears the call of his Faceless Muse, a woman he has attempted to paint many times but always in vain. Mysterious and seductive, she beckons the Painter to boldly cross the threshold between reality and illusion into the vivid landscape of his unbridled imagination where he will finally complete his masterpiece. Book in advance to benefit from a discount and sip on a speciality cocktail while enjoying the show for €15 (R272), or indulge in a three-course menu of palate-pleasing dishes served just before the show for €35 (R635). For more information visit www.msccruises.co.za.

 

  1. Relax like a VIP in the MSC Yacht Club

 MSC Meraviglia features an enhanced MSC Yacht Club, the unique “ship within a ship” concept developed for guests seeking added exclusivity and privacy.

With 78 suites, including coveted apartment suites with two balconies containing a private whirlpool bath, guests can enjoy the world-class entertainment, speciality restaurants and boutiques that MSC Meraviglia has to offer, while still having their own private, luxurious haven.

With unparalleled luxury, MSC Yacht Club also provides key benefits including the Top Sail Lounge –an entirely self-contained private club offering panoramic sea views – and the One Pool Deck, featuring a private pool, whirlpool baths and solarium. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/o3vbwW.

 

  1. Gourmet dining from around the world

In addition to the three main restaurants, where guests can enjoy sophisticated dining in stylish surroundings, and a buffet serving international cuisine freshly prepared by highly trained chefs, guests can vary their dining experience by trying the gourmet speciality restaurants on board:

The Butcher’s Cut is a modern American-style steakhouse concept that celebrates the skill of a master butcher serving speciality cuts of meats and embraces American heritage, where guests can watch specialist chefs work their magic in an open-fronted kitchen.

Kaito Teppanyaki brings the modern East-West cooking style of Japanese cuisine to guests via four teppanyaki grills where chefs will create a visual spectacle for diners as they prepare a range of fresh and authentic Asian dishes.

Kaito Sushi Bar voted as offering the ‘best sushi at sea’ by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, serves the freshest sushi, sashimi and tempura created by expert sushi chefs.

Ristorante Italiano and Eataly Food Market by global Italian food expert Eataly serve authentic Italian dishes to transport guests on a journey of discovery through food and wine.

Pre-book a trio dining package to experience three distinct dining experiences and save 34% compared to onboard prices.  For more information, visit https://goo.gl/QAqusz.

 

  1. Relax and rejuvenate in the MSC Aurea Spa

MSC Meraviglia features an authentic Balinese spa, the MSC Aurea Spa, boasting an exotic interior of natural stone, precious woods and rich mosaics and offering over 75 different treatments.

The spa also has a comprehensive Thermal Area that is equipped with state-of-the-art saunas, Mediterranean baths, cold rooms, a salt relax room and aromatic showers that wash the body with different scents and colours.

For the ultimate in relaxation, try the new signature collection of spa treatments created with LAJATICA vinotherapy products from Bocelli Wines. Strengthened by the anti-ageing and firming properties found in grapes, these luxurious facial and body treatments are made with natural extracts from the Bocelli family vineyards and blended with Tuscan plants and essential oils.

Pre-book a vinotherapy anti-ageing & rejuvenating spa package that includes 1 Cabernet body rejuvenating treatment, 1 Vinotherapy facial, 1 Mediterranean citrus body treatment and a consultation with the Spa doctor for just €192/$229 (R3487/R4159) – a saving of 35% compared to onboard prices. For more information visit:  https://goo.gl/MHmMzY.

 

  1. Festive fun during Christmas and New Year

What better way to spend Christmas and New Year than with family or friends on a seven-night sailing around the Mediterranean? Escape the madness of the busy shops and crowded restaurants and spend some quality time together on board a ship where there will never be a dull moment.

Forget about having to cook and entertain friends and family at home; MSC Meraviglia guests can sit back and enjoy an exquisite Gala Night menu, consisting of traditional seasonal specialities and signature dishes created in collaboration with two Michelin Starred Spanish chef Ramon Freixa.

On top of this, there will be a whole host of festive activities, limited-edition cocktails, a busy entertainment schedule, as well as an appearance from Father Christmas himself.

  1. Take home beautiful memories of the cruise

While everyone loves to take photos with their mobile phones, nothing can compare to images taken by a professional photographer. Throughout the cruise, a team of photographers are on hand to capture those special moments from the first day to the last, including embarkation, meeting the captain, and all the fun times in between. Guests can download, edit and share these photos immediately on a smart device, or print them at a discounted price at the kiosks in the photoshop onboard. Save up to 25% by booking the All-Inclusive Digital Photo Package before the cruise. For couples and families who want to opt for a stylish portrait to share with friends and family back home, book the Family Moments photo package in advance and save up to 47% for 10 professional high-quality prints and their digital files. For more information visit  https://goo.gl/WXK79Y.

Guests wishing to experience the jewels of the Mediterranean this December holiday can also sail on MSC Sinfonia offering 10-, 11- and 12-night eastern Mediterranean and western Mediterranean itineraries calling at exotic destinations including Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Valletta (Malta), Corfu (Greece), Funchal (Portugal) and Tangier (Morocco), among many others. For more information on MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean itineraries for the December holiday, please visit: www.msccruises.co.za.

[1] Best Cruise Line for Families – Cruise Critic Editor’s Pick Awards 2017

 

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