MSC Bellissima –Dazzling High-Tech Ship Preview

msc14002488.jpgMSC Bellissima, a name that embodies the splendor of this ultra-modern mega-ship. She will bring lots of excitement when she debuts in 2019 as the new flagship of MSC Cruises. The 167,600-ton, 4,500-guest stunner will provide mall you desire to fully enjoy your dream cruise vacation, with an exceptional array of activities and amenities. For her inaugural season she is currently scheduled to home-port in Genoa, Italy. The Meraviglia-class ship will be  designed, like her gorgeous award-winning sister, MSC Meraviglia. This high-tech beauty will feature favorite MSC signatures, such as an atrium stairway sparkling with Swarovski crystals, spectacular décor and spacious well-appointed accommodations will provide a delightful setting for your cruise vacation.

Onboard discoveries include an abundance of restaurants, bars and lounges, world-class entertainment, a huge sports area and a fitness center by Technogym. Enjoy time out at the lavish MSC Aurea Spa with a relaxing Balinese massage, saunas, whirlpools and more. Her social hub will be the two-deck Mediterranean-style inside promenade, brimming with restaurants, boutiques, bars and plenty of places to simply relax and socialize with new friends. Covering the ceiling will be an immense LED screen that will stunningly animate the area with sunsets, sunrises, beautiful vistas and more, throughout the day and night. Evenings, the area will become a lively social gathering spot with parties, music and nightly parades.

Amenities will also include a two-story lounge, an adults-only solarium with its own pool, a variety of specialty restaurants, jaw-dropping entertainment and the line’s largest and newly enhanced MSC Yacht Club.  This exciting ship will also have such fun features as two Formula 1 virtual reality race car simulators and a full-size two-lane bowling alley. The complimentary youth programs include a variety of age-appropriate activities for different age groups including a baby room, where parents will be able to participate. Toddlers and young children will have a Lego-themed area.  A lounge exclusive to teens, will keep everyone entertained and your young techies will love the unique “studio” designed for them.

msc17010799.jpgThrills will be on tap at the huge outdoor Polar Aqua Park, complete with adrenaline-inducing twisting slides, a champagne bowl and a splash pool. A nail-biting ropes course called the Himalayan Bridge will let you attach yourself to a rope and cross the ship 200 feet above deck. Enjoy hours of fun at the incredible two-deck indoor amusement park, Sportsplex, with various sports and games during the day in addition to socializing and dancing in the evenings.   Bask in the sunshine as you recline on a comfortable lounge chair at the relaxing Atmosphere pool with an incredible 100-square-feet of poolside space per guest. After dark, the pool area will be transformed and highlighted by spectacular lighting along with a giant movie screen. The Horizon pool is also situated in a spacious open-air area perfect for sun-worshipers during the day and at night, becomes an alluring spot for dancing and entertainment options.

Virtual “Personal Assistant”

A unique virtual “personal assistant” – will make its debut on the MSC Bellissima as part of the line’s MSC for Me “smart ship” technology to enhance your onboard experience. The voice-activated digital assistant will use “artificial intelligence” to “learn” and then predict guests’ needs and provide related suggestions for a more personalized cruise experience. Passengers will get personalized and instant information including onboard events, entertainment selections, cruise updates and even playing your favorite music by using a simple voice command. This new perk will provide tailored information and quickly answer questions from the comfort of your stateroom. The assistant will be offered in several languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Mandarin. Features will also enable guests to easily access their staterooms, make payments, as well as geo-locate children and more with their cruise card or Smartphone.

Exceptional cuisine is a hallmark of MSC and two new dining concepts will make their debut on the ship – L’Atelier Bistrot, a French bistro with terrace seating will be situated on the Promenade, plus Market Street, an eatery serving modern street food. The Butcher’s Cut steakhouse and Kaito Sushi & Teppanyaki are among other specialty restaurants waiting to please the palates of guests. An amazing buffet is open almost around-the-clock, brimming with mouthwatering international dishes.

Stunning accommodations will be featured on the MSC Bellissima, including family-friendly “cluster cabins” – where you can combine up to three staterooms for a maximum of 10 people. The ship will also feature “solo cabins” for those traveling by themselves. Luxurious Duplex Suites will boast their own solarium, lounge, restaurants and a swimming pool. The enhanced MSC Yacht Club, replete with key card access and exclusive amenities, including butler service will also be a wonderful option.

msc1216301_di_casino_lrg.jpgRaising the bar for thrilling entertainment, exclusive world-class shows will include two new and original Cirque du Soleil shows coupled with an incredible culinary experience in the beautiful Carousel Lounge, purposefully designed for these productions. You’ll also enjoy a karaoke bar, 24-hour cocktail bar, comedy club, TV studio & Bar.  A nearly 1,000-seat theater will feature Broadway and Las Vegas-style productions and every seat is a great seat.  A swanky casino is always an exhilarating adventure.

With so many exciting amenities, activities, entertainment choices, exceptional restaurants and gorgeous accommodations, this ship is sure to deliver an exceptional cruise experience for everyone in the family.

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Royal Caribbean Names Cruise.com as its 2017 Online Partner of the Year

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Alaska Cruise Excursions and Tours

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Tulip River Cruises – Springtime Fantasy Vacation

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The Benefits of Transatlantic and Repositioning Cruises

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Disney Cruise Line’s Destinations

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Cruise Ship Entertainment: From Theater to Thrilling

Cruise Line Entertainment

Long gone are the days when cruise ship entertainment simply meant after-dinner dancing to a live orchestra and passenger talent shows. Today cruises feature fantastic choices that get more thrilling every year, with offerings varying by cruise line and ship. Shipboard entertainment has been elevated with creative shows, unique performance areas and state-of-the-art productions.

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