Nordic Maiden’s Italian Fling

“Something this had never happened to her before. It was like the stars had aligned in most splendid fashion to lead her to this point in time. As she laid on her comfortable bed, still half asleep, her hands ran over the smoothness of the padded velvet headboard as if to reassure her it wasn’t just a dream. When she finally opened her eyes and lifted her head from the warm cocoon that was her bed, her gaze met a reflection of herself in the large mirror on the wall across from the bed. The tousled hair in the mirror made her smile, especially as the memories came flooding and confirmed that she was indeed awake and what had happened wasn’t a fantasy.

As she laid in her bed she found herself conflicted by the feelings she was having. Feelings she wasn’t sure she should resist. She had listened to advice and stayed well clear of him. Resisted his Italian allure for a very long time. After all, people had talked and warned her of his ways. However charming and seductive he would seem, his embrace would never lead to happiness, they had warned her. But she wasn’t so sure now as her heart told her otherwise. They had said he is too different. Too loud. Too foreign in his southern ways. Mediterranean. Italian even. How they could never have a future. But she couldn’t help it, having that wee flutter in her heart. The three days and their short liaison had left her changed.”

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MSC Splendida Aurea Spa balcony cabin we had for 3 days

Earlier this summer I discovered that I was one of the lucky winners of a competition on an online cruise forum. The prize in question was a three-nighter taster cruise onboard MSC Splendida from Hamburg to Southampton for myself and a friend. At the start of September we joined a varied group of winners/cruisers from all over the UK and had a great time onboard.

I went home having had my prejudices proved wrong so many ways. Having previously cruised with other US-based cruise companies for special occasions with my husband and Royal Caribbean and Carnival for the cheeky wee fun cruise I wouldn’t have considered MSC for the latter – but have now been won over. Or rather been seduced by their Continental charm.

Based on our three nights I am now looking to sail with MSC again – and am already looking at a couple of itineraries for 2017. Am not sure if this fling will develop into anything more serious and long term, but right now I am looking forward to more fun.

Think they will charm you too, if you will let them 😉

(Many thanks to Cruise.co.uk and MSC cruises UK for the competition and our great prize)

0 thoughts on “Nordic Maiden’s Italian Fling

  • November 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm
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    I’ve always been skeptical about American cruises so I’ve never been on one, so maybe I should check out MSC! What was the biggest difference with that cruise?

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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      MSC are Italian but have ships all over the world – apparently the Miami sailings are catered more towards the US market (food etc) but at least on this Northern European sailing we had continental food & asian food. Lots of pasta, pizza. Just not a ‘US’ menu really. Staff were mostly Eastern European or from the far east and Philippines. Service wasn’t as uniform and obviously as so many languages onboard, the entertainment is different to mostly English language cruising. I found this blog post that might be helpful to you http://www.selenatheplaces.com/2014/01/cruising-101-american-versus-european.html

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  • November 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm
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    I love the entry, it drew me in. This sounds like a wonderful inclusive cruise from a company I didn’t really know about before.

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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      Thanks Cindy. I knew of this Italian company but had heard comments that had made me doubt they’d be one for me – but now I know I’ll happily dabble with them too in the futre. This was just a teaser post, with more to come..first day blog post just gone live and will do another one on food specifically (from vegan angle). Although MSC are Italian they do sail from Miami too and wil soon be calling at Havana and a brand-new private Caribbean island resort they’re building. Plans look fab, hope to try that one day too!

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  • November 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm
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    Creative approach to this topic! Your trip sounds wonderfully luxurious 😍

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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      Thanks Robin, someone called that #50shadesofcruising but it didn’t really go that far 😉 But hinted at it, perhaps. I’ve got more posts to come to talk about it greater detail – lovely cruise, can’t wait to go back. Just posted a ‘day one’ entry to expand on this ‘teaser’ 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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  • November 13, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    Wow congrats! What particular thing about this cruise won you over? 🙂 And how long was it? 🙂

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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      Hi Sarah, thanks for reading & commenting. Think my new post out just now will answer both of your questions 😉 I will write at least one more post on food (the vegan angle) in addition to today’s post. But yes, this was a three night taster although the cruise actually was a 7 day roundtrip to Hamburg. I was overwhelmed by the quality of the ship: public venues and the cabins (see the new post) and there were a number of staff who were excellent – just wonderful.

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  • November 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    Good write up. Facinating fling ahahah

    Also never been on cruise before, some day, and its on my bucket list 🙂

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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      Hi SKD, you should definitely try a cruise. With the right ship (demographics of passenger, food, decor) and the right itinerary you can see so many fascinating ports over one holiday. Every day (almost) in a new destination, travelling overnight. In August we started from Barcelona and called at Cartagena (southern Spain), Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa and Florence..and ended in Rome. What a whirlwind week on the Med. Beachy cruises exist too but you can expore cities as well 🙂 Plus I love the fact that food is included, sometimes even drinks (like on my MSC cruise) so all you need to budget on is your excursions & shopping 😉

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  • November 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    I will have to look into MSC cruises more! I’m one who’s not sure if I’d love cruising, so I’m always interested in some alternatives to the big names.

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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      Laura, thx for your comment 🙂 For professional (blogging) interest, why do you think you might not enjoy a cruise? Am thinking of writing a blog post on why people may not book one (misgivings etc).

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  • November 16, 2016 at 1:30 am
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    Such a creative approach to this topic, and your trip sounds stunning!! I’ve been won over with cruises, too–such a great way to see a bunch of places in one trip (with amazing food that you’ve already budgeted for)!

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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      Exactly! On my May cruise RC gave us a free drinks package (the lowest of the 3 tiers, though nowadays they only do one and only premium) and on this three-day cruise MSC gave us one too. Charge otherwise would’ve been about 25usd per day – which is very competitive if you know what the US big names are charging these days (twice as much plus gratuity)

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