Monday, December 29, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Italian Cruise Line Brings "Eataly" Out To Sea

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Italian Cruise Line Brings "Eataly" Out To Sea
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

A new Caribbean cruise based in Miami aims to bring more than a taste of Italy to passengers seeking a flavorful journey. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

The Italian-flavored cruise line, MSC, arrived at the port of Miami in style, making quite a first impression with a floating escort of four Fiat 500’s.

The Fiats aren't the only Italian export lending some dolce vita to the MSC Divina, the first of the brand's ships positioned in North America year round, in this case, sailing from Miami to the tropics.

"We are Italian and we know that these kind of little treats and little extra that things we can put aboard this ship will make someone really realize there is a difference in the Caribbean," says Richard Sasso, President and CEO of MSC Cruises.

Divina is the second ship in the MSC fleet with an Eataly restaurant at sea, a brand familiar to New Yorkers with its Flatiron district location.

"For those who have been there in New York it's a great experience, it's a lot of fun, the tastings, the pizzas, the steaks," says Ross Spalding of Crown Cruise Vacations.

Debuting on a recent a press cruise, Eataly features two specialty restaurants on Divina; Italia, an intimate space with a prixe fixe menu as well as a larger, a la carte steakhouse.

"I can say in English, welcome to our restaurant and in Italian, 'Bon Apetito,'" says Enrico Borniotto, Eataly's Food and Beverage Director.

But will passengers want to ante up the extra dough for a meal on a ship that already has an abundance of food factored into the cost of the cruise?

"Gives you a nice atmosphere, different from a dining room with 800, a thousand people in there at any one time," Spalding says.

With Divina, Eataly offers its first Italian market at sea. So now, outside of the casino, the biggest gamble might be packing a jar of thick red spaghetti sauce in your checked luggage for the flight home.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party.
 
 
10.11.12.248 ClientIP: 54.205.122.62, 23.0.160.15 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP