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September 27, 2005

MSC Cruises Presents The Caribbean With A Distinctly European Flavor, Both Onboard And Ashore



FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Sept. 12, 2005) – Visiting the Caribbean onboard an MSC Cruises’ ship is not your “typical” Caribbean cruise experience. MSC Cruises combines its uniquely authentic Italian culture and cuisine (which are part of every MSC cruise) with a distinctly European way of experiencing Caribbean destinations to create lifetime memories for its guests.

“We present our guests with a bit of Italy in the Caribbean Sea,” says Richard E. Sasso,president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, “taking them to not only the customary and popular ports of call but also the less crowded, undiscovered gems of the Caribbean.”

There are many exciting and memorable experiences to be found – both onboard and ashore – on MSC Cruises’ Caribbean sailings of MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. Onboard, guests will enjoy the line’s “True Italian Signature” experience. An Italian-owned company, MSC Cruises features fine cuisine ranging from traditional authentic Italian recipes to gourmet delights and perennial All-American favorites. The ambiance is further enhanced by the ships’ elegant Italian design, the incomparable hospitality of the Italian officers and international crew, and the European-style entertainment – including the roaming Pagliacci troupe – that consistently earns rave reviews.

With this distinctly European ambiance as a backdrop, guests can swim or soak up some sun on deck, enjoy pampering in the spa, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, play miniature golf, or take part in some unique programs – perhaps even learn to speak Italian! MSC Cruises is also hosting several special theme cruises during the 2005-06 Caribbean season:

• Baseball Greats: Dec. 10 and April 22(MSC Lirica) and Jan. 28, Feb. 18, and March 11 (MSC Opera) – Six former “greats of the game” (player lineup varies by sailing) share tips, stories and complimentary autographs.

• Big Band: Jan. 13, March 20 and April 22 (MSC Lirica) – The 15-piece Les DeMerle Big Band features vocalist Bonnie Eisele.

• The Ink Spots: Jan. 24 (MSC Lirica) – With more than 80 hit records and numerous million sellers, The Ink Spots will delight audiences with the wonderful harmonies and arrangements that have made the group a musical legend around the world.

• Jazz: Feb. 15 (MSC Lirica) – Jazz pianist Joe Augustine and award-winning singer Dana Paul will be featured on this musical cruise, lending their stylings to the music and lyrics of the “greats” of yesterday and today.

On shore, MSC Cruises’ 7-, 10- and 11-night Caribbean itineraries offer an assortment of shore excursions with something for everyone’s interests, whether it is relaxing and rejuvenating on white sandy beaches or more adventurous island explorations. “Our exciting itineraries feature an array of shore excursions designed to let guests experience the Caribbean as they would like to, tailoring the onshore experiences to their own interests,” says Sasso. MSC Cruises’ private paradise, Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic, is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2005-06 Caribbean season. Known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, the Samana Bay that surrounds the island is also where humpback whales migrate each winter to give birth, making it ideal for whale watching.

Guests Guests who enjoy sightseeing and exploration can choose to tour the historic sites and picturesque scenery by bus, Jeep, catamaran, bicycle, or even by helicopter. Golfers who want to enjoy their hobby while on vacation will find themselves challenged by some of the Caribbean’s most renowned championship courses. Several Caribbean port calls also offer guests the opportunity to try something adventurous, such as kayaking, clay shooting, skeet shooting, off-road ATV adventures and whitewater rafting, or horseback riding along the shore or through rainforest and countryside. Since the best way to get close to marine life is in the water, guests can dive in and learn to scuba dive, go snorkeling, or swim with dolphins. MSC Lirica departs Genoa Nov. 23, 2005 on a 17-night transatlantic journey that brings her to Fort Lauderdale Dec. 10. MSC Lirica’s first sailing of the 2005-2006 Caribbean season is a 7-night itinerary that departs Fort Lauderdale Dec. 10, 2005 and calls at San Juan and St. Maarten in addition to La Romana and Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic. The ship then sails several itineraries roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale:

• 10-night Deep Caribbean Holiday Cruise (Dec. 17) – San Juan, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Nassau.

• 11-night Panama New Year’s Cruise (Dec. 27) – Montego Bay, Cartagena, Cristobal, Puerto Limon, Roatan Island and Cozumel.

• 11-night Panama Cruise (Jan. 13, Feb. 4, Feb. 26, March 20, April 11) – Ocho Rios, Cartagena, San Blas, Cristobal, Puerto Limon and Roatan Island.

• 11-night Deep Caribbean Cruise (Jan. 24, Feb. 15, March 9, March 31, April 4) – San Juan, St. Maarten, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, and Cayo Levantado.

MSC Opera departs Genoa Dec. 27 on an 18-night westbound transatlantic itinerary to Fort Lauderdale that includes eight nights at sea and calls at Valencia, Funchal, Grenada, Margarita Island, Martinique, St. Maarten and San Juan. MSC Opera begins a series of seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Jan. 14-April 1. The itinerary includes calls at San Juan, St. Maarten, La Romana and Cayo Levantado. MSC Opera departs Fort Lauderdale April 8 on a 17-night transatlantic crossing that calls at Cayo Levantado, Tortola, Martinique, Funchal, Malaga and Marsiglia before arriving in Genoa. MSC Lirica begins her return to Genoa May 3 on a 17-night journey that includes calls at Cayo Levantado, Tortola, Martinique, Funchal, Malaga and Barcelona. “When you take the lush Caribbean destinations, add in the extensive assortment of shore excursions and top that off with MSC Cruises’ ‘True Italian Signature’ experience, you are sure to have memories that will last a lifetime,” says Sasso.

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Posted by Denise at September 27, 2005 08:37 AM

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