As veteran cruisers, it's always exciting to experience a new ship, and a new brand, for the first time. So Pam and I were looking forward to our first voyage on MSC, taking MSC Seaside from the Port of Miami.
MSC, well-established in Europe and South America, is looking to capture the American market with big, shiny new ships like Seaside, the first in its Seaside Class, which launched in late 2017. Sister ship Seaview debuted in 2018, with two more planned for 2021 and 2023. The company also showcased a new, state-of-the-art terminal coming to Port Miami at SeaTrade last month.
Our seven-night cruise will take us to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Nassau and back to Miami. We opted to go the port from our home in the Palm Beaches via Brightline (now known as Virgin Trains in partnership with Richard Branson's Virgin brand), the private intercity rail line serving West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. (See the Related link up top for the new MSC-Brightline partnership just announced.) For us, it eliminates the stress of driving on I95 and parking at the port. Rumor has it they are working on extending the train directly to the port. Sign us up for that!
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