Five Things You Missed About Cruising #3

Five Things You Missed About Cruising #3

Seaside at Port Miami

MSC will port the first of the Seaside class at Port Miami when the lead ship comes online in late 2017.  Projected to carry an estimated 4,140 passengers the ship represents the latest and boldest move by MSC to build its presence in the north American cruise market.  

MSC Seaside

The design of the Seaside is innovative in ways normally seen only among the Royal Caribbean fleet.  The Seaside will live up to her name by introducing a wide and close to the water pool deck aft, along with generous promenade space along the sides of the ship.  At a time when ship design is increasingly turning passenger attention away from the ocean the Seaside embraces it in bold fashion.  Some bemoan the growing size of cruise ships but like the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis classes, size does bring the means to create environments at sea unlike any before them.  

MSC Divina

Previously MSC has featured the Divina in marketing to north American cruisers.  Where the MSC Divina is a highly regarded but very conventional design, the Seaside class will  the Seaside will represent a true "signature" ship to define the public's mental image of the line.  Her placement at Port Miami also represents a very high profile location at a time when the busiest cruise port in the world is experiencing a surge of new ships and lines as well as the return of lines as Cruise Aficionados reported earlier this week.

MSC Seaside Water Slides

Five Things You Missed About Cruising #4

Five Things You Missed About Cruising #4:

Harmony of the Seas arrives!

The third unit in the landmark, ground breaking, Oasis class (all terms related to land being used to discuss ocean going ships) is now officially part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet.  The ship exceeds the original two ships by just over 2,000 GRT and features many refinements to the 2010 design.  

"I'd like to teach the world to cruise, in perfect Harmony."

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Five Things You Missed About Cruising

Five Things You Missed About Cruising:
#5

RAMMING SPEED!

Lisa Andres from Riverside, USA - Carnival Pride anchored in Cabo San Lucas

We are polishing the FTYMAC format a bit, posting each item by the day.  Countdown style.  So let us begin the week with breaking news.  Or news of breaking.  In this case the gangway bridge at Baltimore cruise port Sunday morning.  The Carnival Pride, arriving from a Bahamas cruise impacted the gangway as it was docking.  The structure crashed to the ground, smashing three cars but did not result in any injuries.  

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Images of Cruising: Sunset departing St. Kitts.

Images of Cruising: Sunset departing St. Kitts.

If one has to explain this then maybe the casino and discos are your thing and not the promenades and balcony cabins.  That these spaces are as open and unoccupied as this speaks to both what I think some people miss and the fact you can always find someplace to escape it all.  I've scheduled meals, activities and even picked cruises to ensure I see as many sunsets and departures from ports as I can.  

Images of Cruising: The Waters Off St. Kitts.

Images of Cruising: The Waters Off St. Kitts.

St. Kitts is an even more compact port of call than St. Maarten.  Easily walkable from the ship you can literally drive around the entire island within a couple of hours.  It is also among the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.  The port entrance has the usual array of duty-free shops and is among the new breed of design.  Just beyond the edge of the newest development area line of older buildings and finally the open town beyond it.  

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