MSC Cruises MSC Meraviglia Caribbean Cruise


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Cruise Details

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Cruise Type: Ocean

Length of Stay: 7 Days

Departure From: Miami

Departure date: 11/10/2019

Return date: 11/17/2019

Itirenary

Day 1 : Miami, Florida

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to see Miami. It’s a city of wildly diverse districts, jigsawed into a vast urban corridor from two technically separate cities: mainland Miami and the huge sand bar known as Miami Beach.

If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, though, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. During an MSC cruise in the Caribbean most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries, trendsetting restaurants, and much of its boisterous club scene.

Heading north, Central Miami Beach was where 1950s screen stars had fun in the sun and helped cement Miami’s international reputation as a glamorous holiday spot. Surprisingly few tourists venture beyond Miami Beach, and so miss out on some of the most enticing parts of the city.

Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are the city’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti.

The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.

Day 2 : At Sea

At Sea

Day 3 : Costa Maya, Mexico

Puerto Costa Maya, where the Caribbean and Antilles MSC cruise ships dock, is out of sight north of Mahahual, but its influence is felt on cruise-ship days, when the village springs to life with souvenir stands and jet-ski rentals along the slick seafront promenade, an extremely miniature version of Playa del Carmen.

The two towns in the area, Mahahual and the smaller Xcalak, were hit hard by Hurricane Dean in 2007. Mahahual was rebuilt, but Xcalak is still quite battered. On an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise you will typically stay around Mahahual, while divers and anglers head south to Xcalak. If you stop for only one ancient site in the Río Bec area, Kohunlich is your best excursion choice.

The ruins, seldom visited by anyone other than enormous butterflies and wild parrots, are beautifully situated, peering out above the treetops. The buildings date from the late pre-Classic to the Classic periods (100–900 AD) and the majority are in the Río Bec architectural style. Foliage has reclaimed most of them, except for the Templo de los Mascarones, which is named after the five 2m-high stucco masks that decorate its facade.

Disturbing enough now, these wide-eyed, open-mouthed images of the sun god, Kinich Ahau, once stared out from a background of smooth, bright-red-painted stucco. Also look for an elite residential area called the 27 Escalones, worth the detour to see the great views over the jungle canopy from the cliff edge on which it is built. Set in a drier area with sparse trees, these two neighbouring ruins are an interesting contrast to Kohunlich.

Kinichná’s hulking pyramid, built in metre-high stones, layer upon layer by successive leaders, barely clears the trees, but you can look over the surrounding terrain (and spot a glimpse of the Dzibanché ancient Maya archaeological site), now broken into farmland.

Day 4 : Belize City, Belize

For those who spend some time in Belize City during an MSC Caribbean cruise to Belize, this town will reveal a distinguished history, several superb sights and fascinating cultural spectacles.

The city’s astonishing energy comes from its 76,000-plus inhabitants, who represent every ethnic group in the country, with the Creole descendants of former slaves and British Baymen forming the dominant element and generating an easy-going Caribbean atmosphere.

This relaxed attitude blends with an entrepreneurial flair, for Belize City is the country’s business capital; banks, offices and shops line the main streets, while fruit and fast-food vendors jostle for pavement space with others selling plastic bowls or cheap jewelery. The jubilant September Celebrations, which pack the already full streets with music, dancing and parades, culminate in Carnival, with gorgeously costumed dancers who shimmer and gyrate through the city to electrifying Caribbean rhythms.

A cruise to Belize will show you two of the very best colonial structures carefully restored which are open to visitors; the former city jail, built in Victorian times, now the Museum of Belize, and the even earlier Government House, a museum and cultural center. The city is divided neatly into north and south halves by Haulover Creek, a delta branch of the Belize River.

The pivotal point of the city center is the Swing Bridge, always busy with traffic and occasionally opened up to allow larger vessels up and down. The surrounding Belize District, which extends north, west and south of the city, is tailor-made for excursions and includes some of the country’s top sights, including the Altun Ha Maya site, the splendid Belize Zoo and the Community Baboon Sanctuary.

Enjoy the very best that Caribbean has to offer with one of our Belize cruises!

Day 5 : Isla de Roatan, Honduras

Undoubtedly the Caribbean has always represented one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in the world, a dream for every tourist looking to relax in magnificent settings, long stretches of white sandy beaches, palm trees, exotic fruit, the coral reef, bustling with multi-colored tropical fish and a turquoise color sea.
During a Caribbean cruise, it is difficult, if not impossible, not to be stunned by the magnificent spectacle offered by these islands: from Barbados to Martinique, from Jamaica and St. Lucia to the Bahamas, from Guadeloupe to Trinidad and Tobago and even the Virgin Islands, where you can let yourself go to the sound of the lapping waves and, why not, indulge in shopping and night life in trendy Miami or the mysterious Mexican Costa Maya.

All this surrounded by an atmosphere which seems to have stopped the clock, leading the traveler to an ancient world made of colonial villages, rum plantations and pirate coves.

Discover MSC Caribbean cruises and enjoy an incredible vacation surrounded by breathtaking islands with white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Day 6 : At Sea

At Sea

Day 7 : Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Bahamas

Eastern Caribbean cruises, Western Caribbean cruises and Southern Caribbean cruises on an MSC cruise ship will take you to the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located in the same part of the Atlantic that washes the beaches of Florida’s Malibu and Miami, the Bimini are a group of islands belonging to the Bahamas.

MSC Cruises has helped this country set up an environmental paradise and an exclusive spot for vacationing in harmony with nature on one of its more remote locations: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

You will see over ten splendid beaches, a vast, calm lagoon, the harmonious lines of the typical houses of a Bahamian village and much more. The crown jewel of Ocean Cay are the aquatic sport activities, suitable for adults and children.

In addition, a part of the island is dedicated to families. Located a short distance from where the ships are docked, the area is fully equipped. The more romantic cruise goers, on the other hand, will be able to visualize their wedding on the northern beach or simply take a stroll at sunset.

MSC Cruises excursions include an underwater exploration of the MSC Marine Reserve with its astounding tropical underwater life. During your Caribbean cruise, you will also be able to independently snorkel and swim in the waters of Ocean Cay.

The attractions of this unique island also include its seaside restaurants and tiki bars. A second island, linked to the main island, hosts the Ocean Cay Yacht Club and Spa, where you will be able to relax under the expert hands of masseurs in rooms shielded by dense vegetation.

Day 8 : Miami, Florida

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to see Miami. It’s a city of wildly diverse districts, jigsawed into a vast urban corridor from two technically separate cities: mainland Miami and the huge sand bar known as Miami Beach.

If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, though, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. During an MSC cruise in the Caribbean most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries, trendsetting restaurants, and much of its boisterous club scene.

Heading north, Central Miami Beach was where 1950s screen stars had fun in the sun and helped cement Miami’s international reputation as a glamorous holiday spot. Surprisingly few tourists venture beyond Miami Beach, and so miss out on some of the most enticing parts of the city.

Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are the city’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti.

The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.

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