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This was our first cruise so everything was new to us. However I had done my research via various websites and had therefore picked up lots of basic information. For example, we had learned about the lifeboat/muster drill; about the on-board cashless system; and about the two-sitting dining experience; and when we encountered all of […]

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As I mentioned in the previous post, our first cruise was very port-heavy. A 7-night cruise, and therefore 6 full days, it had a port every day. Here’s the itinerary: Genoa: embarkation and departure at 17:00 Naples: 12:00 – 20:00 Palermo: 08:00 – 17:00 Tunis: 08:00 – 13:00 Palma: 14:00 – 01:00 Barcelona: 09:00 – […]

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Memories of our first cruise

Part 1 – Introduction and overview Fifteen years ago (today, as I write) we were on our first cruise. It was on MSC Sinfonia, lasted for 7 nights/6 full days, and was a fly cruise from/to Genoa. It was very port-heavy – six full days, six ports. This was long before I’d started this blog […]

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Politics and Protests in Venice

I’ve dug up some further information about the recent accident in Venice, and also some suggestions as to why nothing has happened about this issue over the last two years. First, it does now appear that the ship, MSC Opera, suffered some failure of the engine management system as a result of which it was […]

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Following the collision between MSC Opera and a river vessel on 2 June, MSC Opera has remained docked in Venice at the Venice cruise terminal. During this time unspecified repairs have been performed on MSC Opera. MSC have published an update on their website as follows:- “Following the recent incident in the Port of Venice […]

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You might have thought that First Class had disappeared with the advent of cruising in today’s purpose-built cruise ships. But while there are different classes of cabin in today’s ships, from Inside to Penthouse Suites, broadly speaking passengers in all accommodation classes, from suites to inside cabins, share the same facilities with each other. In […]

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MSC

It’s time to talk about MSC which over recent years has been steadily growing and growing. Last week their latest and largest ship, MSC Meraviglia, was christened at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire and handed over to MSC. With a tonnage of nearly 172,000 and with capacity for 4,500 passengers, she definitely counts […]

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So here’s the last post on this topic, this time covering ships under construction or on order for Royal Caribbean, MSC and TUI. I ought to say that these lists have not been built using information directly from the relevant lines. Although I asked Royal Caribbean (twice) I’ve not received a reply from them. (I […]

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Yet another very quiet week from me, I’m afraid. However things will improve quite soon – we embark Azura in just over a week’s time for a 14-night cruise to the Western Mediterranean. We booked this in April last year, so we’ve been waiting almost eighteen months; let’s just say that we’re good and ready […]

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Stretching Armonia

There’s a video on YouTube showing MSC Armonia being cut in two and moved apart, prior to having a new mid-ships sections added. I don’t actually think it’s the best video of this type I’ve ever seen, but perhaps as they do more of the job it will get better. This story caught my eye […]

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