Duncan Writes

Adventures of a part-time traveller.

Maiden Voyage to Barcelona

Sailing on MSC Bellissima, March 2019

A Maiden Voyage

🏡 Pre-Cruise – 28 February 2019

Alex and I are currently packing to begin our exciting trip on the maiden voyage of MSCs newest ship, MSC Bellissima. Learn about how this trip came about and where we’ll be headed in this first post on my new-look blog.

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Travelling by Train

🇬🇧 Southampton, UK – 03 March 2019

We’ve arrived in Southampton after a wonderful weekend in London and some fun travels by train. Excitement is mounting after our first glimpse of MSC Bellissima currently docked in Southampton’s City Cruise Terminal.

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The Most Beautiful Ship at Sea?

🇬🇧 Southampton, UK – 04 March 2019

Today we boarded MSC Bellissima, started our exploration, and found some fun quirks with Zoe, MSC’s virtual assistant. We also had our first meal in our included dining room, Le Cerisier.

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A Rough Start

🌊 At Sea – 05 March 2019

We’ve hit some rough seas which resulted in a slow start and a lazy day. I’ve taken the time to write an illustrated review of our inside stateroom with all of its modern touches. We also tried our first theatre show tonight, and had a very low-key evening as the rough seas get to Alex. A change of itinerary is also announced.

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Wet & Wild

🌊 At Sea – 06 March 2019

Today was another wet and windy day at sea. We enjoyed a relaxed breakfast at the French bistro, ventured outside for some very revitalising sea air, and tried our first speciality dinner at HOLA! Tapas Bar.

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Sun, Friends, and Natas

🇵🇹 Lisbon, Portugal – 09 March 2019

We’ve just spent a wonderful couple of days with our very loving friends in Lisbon who we stayed with for the two nights we were docked here. Today, we’re back on the ship for Cirque du Solait and sushi dinner at Kaito Sushi Bar.

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Smooth Sailing

🌊 At Sea – 10 March 2019

Today was a very relaxed day, making for a very short blog post! We enjoyed some board games with a sea view, plenty of cocktails, and a wonderful steak dinner. Tonight is an early bed in preparation for our port day tomorrow.

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Meandering Parks & Bustling Markets

🇪🇸 Valencia, Spain – 11 March 2019

Today we docked in sunny Valencia and enjoyed a long walk into town, some sightseeing, and a lovely food market. Back on the ship, we enjoyed our final night on board.

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Bye Bye Bellissima

🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain – 17 March 2019

In this final blog of the series, we say goodbye to MSC Bellissima and say “hello” to Barcelona. Find out where we stayed and what we got up to in Barcelona, and the joys of travelling home while ill on a delayed flight.

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