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Oceania Cruises Announces $100m Overhaul of R-Class Ships - First Step in the OceaniaNEXT Initiative

New Stateroom Design for Oceania's R-Class Ships

Oceania Cruises announced that they're going to be doing significant work to "re-inspire" four of the line's six vessels in a $100 million project that is just the first project in an initiative they're calling OceaniaNEXT.  The project will mean that the 684 guest R-Class ships, Insignia, Nautica, Regatta, and Sirena, will each have 342 suites and staterooms redesigned with a whole new look, custom furnishings, a refreshed color pallette of soft sea and sky tones, lush carpets, and more.  Further, they'll introduce... Read more about Oceania Cruises Announces $100m Overhaul of R-Class Ships - First Step in the OceaniaNEXT Initiative

Virgin Voyages Names First Ship, Aims to Keep Sailors & the Environment Healthy

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages is sure to be an interesting cruise line when they start sailing in 2020.  The adult-only line focusing on unique experiences and a different take on cruising revealed more about what guests can soon expect, including how they'll help keep "sailors" (their term for guests) and the environment healthy.  They also took this opportunity to name their first vessel.   Read more about Virgin Voyages Names First Ship, Aims to Keep Sailors & the Environment Healthy

While We Were Away

Frequent visitors may have noticed that we spent a bit of time away this past month, and we wanted to share why, as well as briefly mention some of the things we missed that we look forward on circling back on. The past month has been full of change for us.  We moved our home, the CruiseHabit Shop headquarters (yet still shipped all orders within days!), started a new career, took a cruise on MSC, a line completely new to us, and took an unrelated land trip.  Life happens, and this time it happened with timing that just didn't let us keep you and the rest of the internet as up to date on the cruise world as we'd have liked.  In fact, there was some cruise news that we wanted to cover while we were still sailing on MSC Seaside - too much multi-tasking for this cruiser to endure for sure... Read more about While We Were Away

MSC Seaside Live Blog Day 7, Nassau, Bahamas/The Final Day

Evening Sunset Colors on MSC Seaside

This morning we woke up to the last day with that terrible feeling of it being our last day of the cruise, but a beautiful last day in Nassau and a great way to sunset our very first (but certainly not last) cruise with MSC.  This will prove to be a somewhat short post, partially because we really took it easy and did "more of the same", taking in another round of what we enjoyed most about MSC.  Also though, we were lucky enough to tour and enjoy MSC's Yacht Club today, learning about all it has to offer guests in this exclusive suite area.  MSC was one of the lines integral in creating the "ship in a ship" experience, and we want to talk all about that...in a future article.  While this leaves a bit of a gap in our final day's post, we hope you see it more of a teaser, and we're really excited to share photos and information about Seaside's Yacht Club in an upcoming post. Still we managed to enjoy a nearly empty-ship, take in more impressive entertainment, and say goodbye to new friends on this, the last day of our first MSC cruise. Read more about MSC Seaside Live Blog Day 7, Nassau, Bahamas/The Final Day

MSC Seaside Live Blog Day 6, Sea Day

Wake Trail on MSC SeasideAs much as I love visiting new places, I really love sea days.  This is especially true when on a ship that has a lot to offer, and at a point in the cruise that I’ve found my favorite spots.  What I’d not done until today was really site outside and enjoy the Caribbean.  Today’s weather was perhaps the best of the cruise, so I set out to take some of it in and then enjoy more of the wonderful entertainment on MSC Seaside. Read more about MSC Seaside Live Blog Day 6, Sea Day

MSC Seaside Day 5 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan and MSC Seaside as seen from Fort San CristobolOur stateroom bed on MSC Seaside is quite comfortable.  Still, I somehow woke up the morning after only about five hours of sleep.  Looking out the window, I saw we’d arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and then went back to bed for a bit - despite wanting to start the day early.  Round two of waking up was slightly more successful, so we got dressed and headed to breakfast. Read more about MSC Seaside Day 5 - San Juan, Puerto Rico