NYC Cruise News: One of the world’s largest cruise ships sets sail from NYC in October 2019.
Itineraries on the MSC Meraviglia include voyages to Europe, Canada and the Caribbean, and can be booked now.
Launched in 2017, the 171,598-ton MSC Meraviglia is the fourth largest cruise ship in the world, holding up to 5,714 passengers, with 19 decks.
Meraviglia’s sailings from New York will include two 10-night round-trip voyages to Canada, and one 13-day trip to the Caribbean.
One itinerary features stops in Sydney, Nova Scotia; Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and an overnight stay in Quebec City, Quebec.
The other visits Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Portland, Maine; and Boston.
Prices start at $799 per person, based on double occupancy.
The Caribbean voyage is a 13-night trip features stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort de France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint George, Grenada; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba, and ends in Miami, where the ship begins its winter cruise season.
The sailings from New York will be preceded by a 17-night trans-Atlantic voyage, including stops in Germany,Denmark, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Canada.
Some of the mega-ships’s standout features include:
- world-class entertainment with two exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows.
- a Mediterranean-style promenade, with the longest LED dome at sea, at 262 ft., displaying a variety of digital skies 24 hours a day.
- an expanded partnership with global Italian food expert Eataly and a partnership with world-renowned pastry chef, Jean Philippe Maury.
- an amusement area with race car simulators, a flight simulator, a 4D cinema and a full-sized bowling alley.
- an enhanced MSC Yacht Club, the cruise line’s luxury offering.
In addition, the ship caters to families, with modular connected staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 people, multiple LEGO-designed play areas for all ages, and a polar themed aqua park, featuring four water slides. and a “Himalayan Bridge” sky walk that allows passengers to cross the vessel nearly 200 feet above the water.
MSC is well-known in Europe as an upscale cruising brand, but still relatively unknown in North America. Meraviglia will change that.
Nineteen decks high and more than 1,000 feet long, Meraviglia is the first MSC vessel to rank among the top five biggest cruise ships, and its debut kicked off a period of rapid growth at the line that likely will see it compete more closely with such North American-based cruise giants as Royal Caribbean.
Like the latest vessels from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line — the two brands that operate nearly all of the world’s 15 biggest cruise ships — Meraviglia is a floating mega-resort with multiple pools, showrooms, lounges and restaurants.
Among its deck-top diversions is a sprawling Aqua Park with three water slides and a “Himalayan Bridge” sky walk that allows passengers to cross the vessel nearly 200 feet above the water.