As readers of the blog cannot miss, I am a big fan of cruising. I have mostly traveled on Cunard and P&O. I am now about to learn and find out more about the Italian owned cruise line MSC Cruises. I have been chosen to be one of three official MSC Cruise Bloggers covering the launch of one of their new ships called the MSC Preziosa that launches in March 2013.
I got the opportunity after attending the Travel Bloggers Elevator Conference in Genoa earlier in the year. MSC Cruises were one of the sponsors and asked blogger to suggest how to cover the launch. They chose three of us.
Here is some extracts from the Press Release issued by MSC Cruises about the program, with more details about what I will be covering and who the other two official bloggers will be:
MSC CRUISES ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF MSC PREZIOSA BLOGGER COMPETITION
Winners to attend star-studded christening event as official bloggers.
MSC Preziosa, the latest precious addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet, will be christened in Genoa, Italy, on 23 March 2013. To mark the 100 day countdown to this glamorous event, MSC Cruises is pleased to announce that Kelley Ferro of Tripfilms, Gary Bembridge of Tips for Travellers and Alexandra Kovacova of Crazy Sex Fun Traveller are the winners of the MSC Preziosa blogger competition and have been named official bloggers of the event.
Launched during this year’s Travel Blogger Elevator conference, the MSC Cruises’ competition set delegates the challenge of coming up with a creative pitch on how to engage travellers aged between 30 and 40 in the christening ceremony of MSC Cruises’ latest ship. The winning entries were impressive in both scope and content and the bloggers will be able to put their exciting pitches into practice from front-row seats at the star-studded ceremony in Genoa next year.
The Winners and Official MSC Cruises Bloggers for the MSC Preziosa launch
Passionate cruiser Gary Bembridge and cruise virgins Kelley Ferro and Alexandra Kovacova will create the perfect blogger team, sharing unique stories of their very first cruise ship christening through various social media channels.
Kelley Ferro lives in New York city and is a travel host, filmmaker, and executive producer for Tripfilms.com, the web’s largest travel video site. Kelley’s travel assignments have brought her face to face with sharks in Australia, taken her to hidden markets in Istanbul, and seen her surfing the waves of Ipanema Beach. Kelley’s goal is to find the “soul of a place” and she does this by trying to experience as much of the authentic culture as possible. Until now, luxury cruise ships have never figured in her travel adventures, but her planned MSC Preziosa video postcards will make sure to take her viewers straight to the very heart and soul of authentic Mediterranean cruising.
London-based Gary Bembridge grew up in Zimbabwe, went to university in South Africa, and has been able to travel to exciting destinations all around the world thanks to a career in global marketing. In September 2005, Gary launched Tips for Travellers, a blog and podcast about luxury travel experiences which today counts 90,000 blog visitors a year, 24 million YouTube views, and 500,000 downloads of audio and video podcast content. Gary is already a keen cruiser and will no doubt fall in love with MSC Preziosa’s elegant design and fantastic new features. He will concentrate his posts on the luxury features of the new ship and what it takes to get the ship ready to welcome passengers and meet their expectations of luxury.
Alexandra Kovacova was born in Slovakia and developed an early love of travel through summer road trips all over her home country and shopping trips to Poland, Hungary and Ukraine with her parents. After studying English and Spanish in the Czech Republic and then living in Spain, Scotland, Italy and Mexico through her job as an air stewardess, Alexandra realized that she doesn’t just love to travel, she lives to travel. Alexandra likes nothing more than exploring new places and experiencing different cultures, local food, music and customs and sharing her crazy travel, fun adventures and sexy photos through her blog. She writes about spas, swimming, snorkelling, massages, adventures, flying, beaches, hiking, animals, city breaks and all the experiences a fun loving travel blogger can ever dream of.