First Free Cruise Winner Chosen By MSC Cruises In Online Contest

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (JUNE 9, 2008) – MSC Cruises has selected the winner of the first free cruise in the cruise line’s year-long celebration leading up to the arrival of one of its newest ships, MSC Orchestra, in North America.

Marcia Pascuito of Sarasota Springs, NY, is the first winner of a free 7-night cruise on MSC Orchestra in the Caribbean. She was the lucky winner selected from those who entered online at the line’s new website,

Additional free cruises will be awarded before MSC Orchestra arrives in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 2, 2009 for her inaugural Caribbean season.

“We invite everyone to visit to learn more about this magnificent ship and the MSC Cruises experience,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA). “Plus, by entering the contest daily, they increase their chances of being the next winner of a free cruise or other free gifts.”

Guests who visit the website also will find:

  • Ship information, including an extensive slide show and flash presentation complete with factoids;
  • Fun & Free Stuff, including free downloadable wallpaper and e-cards, several shuffle picture puzzles and memory games;
  • Special promotions on MSC Orchestra itineraries, including the line’s “Kids Sail Free” offer, where youngsters under the age of 17 sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

MSC Orchestra will sail alternating 7-night roundtrip itineraries through April 25, 2009:

  • Eastern Caribbean, calling at Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John, Antigua; and Nassau, Bahamas, and two days at sea.
  • Western Caribbean, calling at Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic, and two days at sea.

A special 7-night roundtrip Bermuda sailing departs Fort Lauderdale April 25, 2009 and includes three days in King’s Wharf, Bermuda and a day in Nassau, Bahamas, and two sea days.

MSC Orchestra will depart Fort Lauderdale May 2, 2009 on an 18-night voyage that includes a two-day visit to New York City before heading eastbound to Copenhagen, with calls at Ponta Delgado, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; Vigo, Spain; La Coruna, Spain; and Dover, England.