FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, MAY 14 — Because interest in its previously announced Big Band theme cruise has been so high, MSC Cruises is bringing the theme cruise back for an encore with special oceanview stateroom rates. The line will host a second Big Band theme cruise on MSC Lirica’s 10-night Caribbean featuring Panama roundtrip sailing from Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 22, 2009. The first Big Band cruise is scheduled for MSC Lirica’s 10-night Dec. 3, 2008 Deep Caribbean itinerary.
Both sailings will feature the 15-piece Les DeMerle Big Band, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Drummer Les DeMerle has toured and recorded with the Harry James Big Band and Wayne Newton and has accompanied many top singers. The Les DeMerle Big Band is sure to have toes tapping, bodies swaying and guests singing along to the sounds of Ellington, Basie, James and Miller, plus Broadway hits, rock classics, hot Latin grooves and show-stoppers from the ’40s through today. The band will also present a jazz concert and lecture on the Big Band Era.
The Dec. 3 sailing visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic.
The Feb. 22 itinerary calls at Costa Maya, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rico; Cristobal, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; and Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic.
Both itineraries feature a call at Cayo Levantado, the line’s private paradise experience. There, guests have the option to explore pristine beaches, enjoy turquoise waters and natural rainforest or view humpback whales as they arrive in the warmer Caribbean waters to mate and enjoy their newborns.
On all MSC Cruises’ sailings, kids 17 or younger sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit your local travel professional.