Baseball Cruisin' With The Greats Of The Game On MSC Cruises' MSC Opera!
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- MSC Cruises is hitting a home run with fans who dread "baseball withdrawal" after the last out of the World Series the cruise line has added a winter Baseball Theme Cruise featuring a lineup of baseball greats to its roster of cruises sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.
The Dec. 11 sailing of the new MSC Opera will feature some of the sport's all-time greats, including Hall-of-Famers Bob Feller and Earl Weaver. Also on the roster of baseball heroes sailing with MSC Cruises are Vida Blue, Tommy Davis, Bert Campaneris, Graig Nettles, Darrell Evans, Stan Bahnsen and Dave Campbell.
The baseball greats will share memories of their playing days as the ship sails a seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary that calls at Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Roatan Island. While on board, guests can test their baseball knowledge in a player-hosted trivia game, participate in question-and-answer sessions and obtain player autographs. Players will also host pitching, hitting and defensive strategy clinics.
Guests can take a "seventh-inning stretch" from talking baseball to explore Cozumel's Mayan ruins, snorkel in the Grand Cayman's turquoise waters of coral and tropical fish and swim with dolphins off Roatan Island in Honduras.
There will also be time to enjoy the elegance, Italian cuisine, ambiance, and exceptional service of the new MSC Opera in its inaugural Caribbean season of presenting "Premium Class With a True Italian Signature."
The Dec. 11, 2004 Baseball Greats cruise-only prices begin at $495 per person based on double occupancy. Best-available ocean view staterooms begin at only $995 per person and suites at $1,850 per person.
Along with the Baseball Greats Cruise, MSC Opera will offer several other theme cruises during its inaugural season:
· Dec. 4, 2004 7-night Eastern Caribbean: Comedy Cruise
· Dec. 18, 2004 10-night Panama Canal Cruise: Holiday Cruise
· Dec. 28, 2004 11-night Deep Caribbean Cruise: Classic Rock & Comedy New Year Blast
· March 19, 2005 7-night Western Caribbean: Classical Music Cruise
MSC Lirica will also be hosting a series of theme cruises on its 11-night Deep Caribbean and 11-nigh Panama Canal sailings:
· Jan. 13 and 24, March 31 and April 11, 2005: Big Band
· Feb. 4 and 15, 2005: Good Time Oldies '50s & '60s Festival
· Feb. 26, 2005: Classic Country Branson Country Festival
· March 9 and 20, 2005: Jazz Festival
Backed by one of the world's largest container shipping companies, MSC Cruises USA has emerged as a fast-rising star in the European-style premium cruise market. The company launched a $3 billion expansion program in 2003 with the introduction of the new MSC Lirica in 2003.
MSC Cruises added the MSC Armonia (built in 2001) to its fleet in spring of 2004 and the new MSC Opera debuted in June 2004. The line purchased the MSC Sinfonia (built in 2002) in July 2004 (the ship begins cruising in March 2005) and has two Panamax ships on order for delivery in 2006 and 2007.Posted by Denise at November 5, 2004 05:55 PM