In The Loop Travel Correspondent
The arrival of MSC Meraviglia to New York City was a significant moment not only for MSC Cruises but for the entire city, as well. By placing one of the largest cruise ships in the world (with a capacity of over 5,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,500), MSC is making a big commitment to this popular cruise port.
New York City is now MSC's third U.S. port with year-round sailings, and this should provide a significant boost to the city's economy.
MSC Meraviglia is a luxurious cruise ship that offers state-of-the-art amenities, making it a great escape for those seeking a high-end vacation experience. Upon the ship's arrival at Brooklyn Harbor, I had the opportunity to tour the magnificent vessel and experience quite a bit of what it has to offer.
Upon stepping aboard the MSC Meraviglia, you immediately notice the ship's attention to detail and its luxurious and modern design. The two-deck indoor promenade, the Galleria, is a standout feature, with an impressive 262-foot-long LED sky dome that displays different scenes throughout the day.
Meraviglia is incredibly popular for cruisers who place a high value on their dining experience, which I dare say would be most of us.
The ship boasts a vast selection of dining options, with 12 venues -- ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. The ship offers a wide variety of cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, French and American, making it a foodie's paradise. The quality of the food and drink available on the ship was impressive and likely a highlight of any journey.
This ship-within-a-ship experience gives cruisers the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. MSC Yacht Club features a private pool, restaurant, and lounge, as well as butler service for guests staying in its suites.
For travelers who want to explore New York City, the excursion program has a nice variety of options, especially if it's your first time in the city.
Try a tour of Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a half-day tour of Midtown Manhattan with a visit to the Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center or a journey through New York by Land & Sea that takes you through some of the city's most popular attractions by motor coach, including a 60-minute tour of the iconic waterways on a ferry.
These excursions provide travelers with an opportunity to experience some of the city's popular landmarks before or after their cruise.
Large menu of dining experiences serving cuisines from around the world.
Entertainment options, including Broadway-style shows, live music and a cinema.
The Galleria, the two-deck indoor promenade with an LED sky dome that displays different scenes and video productions.
The MSC Yacht Club ship-within-a-ship retreat with exclusive dining, amenities and butler service.
A state-of-the-art fitness center with a wide range of equipment and fitness classes.
MSC Meraviglia's arrival in New York City is certainly a significant moment for MSC Cruises and the city. But beyond the economic impact, the ship offers travelers a chance to get on this fun ship for an affordable vacation. It will be especially attractive to New Yorkers and New Englanders who now have another great option within driving distance.