By Nourah Khan
Travel Writer, The Times Kuwait
The experience of traveling on a cruise ship is like no other, a combination of opulence, adventure and relaxation that elevates the idea of a vacation. I do not know why many people hesitate to experience travel on a cruise. I always tell those close to me that whoever has not experienced the joy of traveling on a cruise has missed many opportunities to enjoy travel and life.
On board one of the MSC ships, the MSC Seaside, I discovered a world where the limits of possibilities seem endless, and every day is a new opportunity to explore, relax and create lifelong memories.
From the moment I stepped on board the MSC cruise ship, I was greeted by an atmosphere of luxury and sophistication. The ship’s stunning design, size and elegant decor left me in awe. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time traveler, you are guaranteed to feel like royalty from the moment you arrive.
My cabin, a comfortable retreat with a private balcony overlooking the vast ocean, became my sanctuary during the cruise. MSC Cruises offers a range of accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets, from cozy ensuite cabins to luxurious suites. The attention to detail and comfort in each cabin kept me feeling pampered throughout my stay.
One of the highlights of cruise sailing is the dining experience. Ships usually have a range of dining options that cater to all tastes. From lavish buffets featuring international cuisine to specialty restaurants serving gourmet dishes, every meal feels like a culinary adventure. The talented chefs on board MSC Cruises make dining an art form, and I enjoyed every bite.
The evenings on the cruise ship were a whirlwind of entertainment. From Broadway-style shows to live musical performances and themed parties, there was never a dull moment. I found myself fascinated by the talent of the performers and the variety of activities available. Whether you prefer to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet cocktail on deck, it is all there for you.
While the activities on board were great, the real excitement lies in the stops at some of the world’s most amazing destinations, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and natural beauty. Exploring exotic locales, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and visiting historical sites were just a few of the exciting adventures you could embark on during the trip.
The duration of the cruise was a week, and we set off from the Port Canaveral in Florida to Mexico, and then to the Bahamas.
Our first port of call was Ocean Cay in the Bahamas. Entering the island was like entering a postcard with its soft white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. I spent the day snorkeling among the colorful coral reefs, indulging in the local cuisine, and exploring the vibrant culture of this tropical paradise. The Bahamas was the perfect start to our trip.
The next stop of our cruise took us to two parts of Mexico, the island of Cozumel, and to Mexico’s popular cruise port of Costa Maya. In Cozumel, I had the opportunity to explore ancient Mayan ruins, swim in cenotes, and taste authentic Mexican tacos. The juxtaposition of the rich history and natural beauty of Cozumel left a lasting impression on me.
For those seeking relaxation, MSC Cruises offers their exotic Aurea Spa that provides a haven of tranquility. With a range of rejuvenating treatments, a serene atmosphere, and experienced therapists, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. In addition, the ship’s pool areas, complete with whirlpools and sun loungers, provide the perfect place to relax in the sun.
Sailing with MSC Cruises is an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. It is a journey where luxury meets adventure, where every day is a new opportunity to create unforgettable memories. From fantastic accommodations to delicious restaurants and exciting entertainment.
The cruise experience redefines the meaning of a dream vacation. If you are looking for a tourist experience that will leave you enchanted and rejuvenated, then look no further than a cruise. It is an adventure of a lifetime waiting to be explored.
Noura Khan, a travel influencer and content creator, is a Kuwaiti national, holds a degree in law from Kuwait University and has worked as a journalist prior to taking up a position in the government. In 2018 she started blogging on travel and visited more than 57 countries since. She has more than 54k followers on her blog post @nourajtraveller is well appreciated for content and travel information. Noura writes exclusively for The Times Kuwait on her travel visits.