Arrivals & Departures Bookings open for MSC Cruises' new Mediterranean mega-ship

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MSC Grandiosa will have two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, a full-size bowling alley and Formula 1 simulators. 

Bookings are now open for voyages aboard MSC Cruises' MSC Grandiosa, set to launch in November 2019.

The new ship is being billed as the "richest in features" in the MSC fleet, and will have two new shows from the cruise line's Cirque du Soleil at Sea partnership. 

Grandiosa will also have a "Mediterranean-style promenade" — a social hub with shops, restaurants and a new bar and lounge called L’Atelier Bistrot. The space will also host themed parties, projections and surprise performances including flash mobs. 

The ship will have 12 dining venues, along with family activities and entertainment including water slides, Formula 1 simulators, a full-size bowling alley and the DOREMI Studio Lounge, where kids can record songs and perform in their own music videos. 

MSC Cruises chief executive Gianni Onorato said Grandiosa would be the fifth new ship to join the MSC fleet in 2.5 years. 

"She represents the further evolution of the already highly-successful Meraviglia prototype, first introduced only nine months ago," he said. 

Set to launch in Genoa, Italy, on November 16, 2019, MSC Grandiosa will offer cruises in the western Mediterranean during its inaugural season. 

Its seven-night voyages will visit Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseilles. Prices are from $899 per person twin share.

Bookings are initially open to members of the MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program, who will receive 5 per cent off in addition to their 5 per cent loyalty discount.

Sales will open on March 20 to the general public, who can take advantage of a 5 per cent early booking discount until September 4 this year.  

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