Experience Autumn In The Mediterranean With MSC Cruises

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AUG. 21, 2007) – This autumn, let yourself become part of the vibrant Ramblas in Barcelona, transport yourself to the exotic bazaars in Tunisia, and admire the elegance of timeless St. Tropez or cruise along the Turkish coastline and the Greek Islands under the mild autumn sun, as MSC Cruises offers seven different itineraries with a rich selection of ports on board MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Melody, MSC Lirica and MSC Opera.

Choose one of MSC Cruises’ fabulous autumn voyages and be better prepared to face the winter months.

Rates quoted are based on MSC Cruises’ “Best Fare, Best Room” promotion. Pricing for this promotion has been simplified into categories of interior, oceanview, balcony, etc., depending on the ship. All prices reflect interior accommodations and are USD, cruise only, per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional.

As an added bonus, North American residents who place a reservation need only place a $100 deposit per person, based on double occupancy. Prices vary by sail date and category. In addition, kids sail free when staying in a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

The following are a sampling of MSC Cruises’ autumn Mediterranean itineraries; additional departure dates are available. Shore excursions are optional and available for purchase.

MSC Orchestra departs from Venice Saturday Oct. 27 (Sunday, Oct. 28 from Bari) with the following itinerary:
Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia (7 nights). Ports of call include Bari, Katakolon, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik before returning to Venice. Prices from $995.
Optional excursions include:
Matera (from Bari): Visit the famous Rocks of Matera, real caves inhabited up to a few decades ago and where Mel Gibson recently filmed his film, “The Passion”.
Ephesus (from Izmir): Tour of the prestigious Hellenic –Roman city, with the Odeon Theatre that hosted up to 1,400 spectators, the Library of Celso and Adrian’s Temple with its well preserved bas-relief.

MSC Musica departs from Barcelona Friday, Oct. 26 (Sunday, Oct. 28 from Genoa and Monday, Oct. 29 from Naples) with the following itinerary:
Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia, Balearic Islands (7 nights). Ports of call include Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Tunis, and Palma de Majorca, before returning to Barcelona. Prices from $995.
Optional excursions include:
Palermo and Monreale:Transfer to Monreale to visit the Duomo, famous for its splendid mosaics. Then onto Palermo to view the Cathedral at the church of Martorana, Piazza Pretoria and the Massimo Theatre.
Palma of Majorca: Tour to discover the capital of Balearics stopping off at the Bellever Castle, visit the majestic Cathedral and Plaza de Toros, free time at the Gothic Barrio.

MSC Sinfonia departs from Rome Sunday, Oct. 28 (Monday, Oct. 29 from Genoa) with the following itinerary:
Italy, Principality of Monaco, Spain, Malta, Tunisia (7 nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Monte Carlo, Valencia, Valletta, and Tunis, returning to Rome. Prices from $995.
Optional excursions include:
Valencia: City coach tour to include walking tour of the ancient alleyways and piazzas. Stop off at the Cathedral for a guided tour.
Tunis: Visit Medina of Tunis, typical Arab market with lively streets and shops, offering artisans’ wares.

MSC Armonia departs from Venice Sunday, Oct. 28 (Monday, Oct. 29 from Bari) with the following itinerary:
Italy, Greece, Croatia (7 nights). Ports of call include Bari, Santorini, Mykonos, Piraeus, Corfu, Dubrovnik and return to Venice. Prices from $995.
Optional excursions include:
Santorini: Tour of Oia, traditional island village with its lattice streets and blue tiled roofs typical of the Cycladic Isles. Time to enjoy the spectacular views.
Corfu: Visit the Palace of the Achilleion, summer home to the Empress Sissi, beautifully decorated surrounded by splendid gardens.

MSC Melody departs from Livorno Saturday, Oct. 27 with the following itinerary:
Italy, France, Spain, Balearic Isles, Tunisia (7 nights). Ports of call include St. Tropez, Barcelona, Ibiza, Tunis, Messina and Naples before returning to Livorno. Prices from $795.
Optional excursions include:
Ibiza: Tour of this typical Mediterranean island, stopping off in the Saline and the white church of San Josè. Free time at St Anthony’s for a stroll along the streets of this old city.
Naples: Tour on foot to discover this amazing city, stopping off at Saint Gregory Armeno, to the Church of the New Christ, the Basilica and the cloister of Saint Chiara.

MSC Opera will depart from Trieste Monday, Oct. 29 with the following itinerary:
Italy, Greece, Croatia (7 nights). Ports of call include Ancona, Gythion, Sparta, Piraeus, Corfu and Split, returning to Trieste. Prices from $945.
Optional excursions include:
Gythion and Sparta: Panoramic tour, visiting Monemvasia, city on the edge of the sea, with its Byzantine Church of Christ and the Church of Santa Sofia. From here travel on to Sparta, one of the most important Greek cities with views to ancient Acropolis and the Sanctuary of Athens.
Split: Visit this ancient city, constructed around the Palace of Diocletian during the Roman era.

MSC Lirica will depart from Genoa Saturday, Oct. 27 with the following itinerary:
Italy, France, Spain, Morocco (7 nights). Ports of call include Marseille, Valencia, Tangiers, Malaga and Civitavecchia before returning to Genoa. Prices from $995.
Optional excursions include:
Avignon (from Marseille): Visit the Palace of Popes and enjoy a stroll in the historic city. In the afternoon visit Les Baux de Provence, typical provincial town sculptured from a limestone spur.
Tangiers: Tour of the city that spans Europe and Africa, with its sensational souks and fragrant markets.

For more information about MSC Cruises and its fall Mediterranean itineraries, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or a local travel professional.