Follow The Sun To The Western Mediterranean

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Aug. 15, 2007) – Let yourself be transported to the exotic and fascinating bazaars of Tunis. Discover the hidden treasures of Sicily, symbolic meeting place between east and west. Lose yourself in Barcelona’s Gothic inspiration, with authentic tapas and exciting flamenco.

MSC Cruises offers five different Western Mediterranean itineraries and a rich choice of excursions on board MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Melody and MSC Lirica.

Guests can take advantage of MSC Cruises’ “Best Fare, Best Room” promotion, which provides them with the best stateroom available within their desired category at the time of booking. 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.

MSC Musica departs each Friday from Barcelona through Oct. 26 to cruise Italy, Tunisia, the Balearic Islands, Spain and France (7 nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Tunis, Palma, Genoa and Marseille, returning to Genoa. Rates begin at $995.
Excursion offerings include:

  • Palma: Excursion to the city to visit the Bellever Castle, the gothic Barrio, the majestic Cathedram and Toros Square.
  • Barcelona: Tour of Gaudi’s city, stopping off at Casa Batio, Mija, Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia, the undisputed masterpiece of the Catalan architect.

MSC Sinfonia sails weekly roundtrip cruises from Rome through Nov. 18, departing on Sundays and cruising to Italy, Monaco, Spain, Malta, Tunisia (7 nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Monte Carlo, Valencia, Valletta, Tunis and Genoa. Rates begin at $895.
Excursion offerings include:

  • Valencia: Travel the roads and piazzas of this Spanish city tour by coach and on foot, including a guided tour of the Cathedral.
  • Tunis: Visit the Medina of Tunis, a typical Arab market with vibrant streets flanked by shops selling a host of artisans’ wares.

MSC Melody departs each Monday from Barcelona through Oct. 22 on 7-night roundtrip cruises to Italy, France, Spain, the Balearic Islands and Tunisia. Ports of call include Livorno, St. Tropez, Ibiza, Tunis, Messina and Naples before returning to Livorno. Rates begin at $795.
Excursion offerings include:

  • Ibiza: Tour of this typical Mediterranean island, stopping off at the salt lake and the white church of San Jose. Free time at Saint Anthony’s for a stroll across the old town.
  • Naples: Walking tour stopping off at Saint Gregorio Armeno, the Church of the New Christ, the Basilica and the Cloister of Saint Chiara.

MSC Lirica offers two itineraries. The 7-night roundtrip itinerary sails on Fridays from Civitavecchia and calls in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco Sept. 21-Nov. 9. Ports of call include Genoa, Marseille, Valencia, Tangiers, and Malaga. Rates begin at $895. The second itinerary is a 3-night cruise Sept. 12 visiting Italian ports – Genoa, Civitavecchia and Olbia. Rates begin at $325.
Excursion offerings include:

  • Avignone (from Marseille): Visit the evocative Popes Palace and walk through the historic city center. In the afternoon visit Les Baux de Provence, a typical provincial town perched on a barren rock face.
  • Tangiers: Tour the city that straddles Europe and Africa, with its mixture of languages, especially evident in the colorful souk and the fragrant markets.
  • Rome: Grand tour of the eternal city to discover the ancient civilization and the roots of Christianity: from the Coliseum and Piazza Navona to the Imperial Gateway and Fontana di Trevi, plus Saint Peter’s Basilica.

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.

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