MSC Cruises’ Ship Arrives for Inaugural Caribbean Season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (November 10, 2009) – Welcomed by local and port officials and popular television star and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers, MSC Poesia arrived in Port Everglades today to begin her inaugural season of Caribbean sailings.

“We are very excited to introduce MSC Poesia to North America,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. “It is an elegant ship in every respect – spectacular public areas, and a wealth of choices for dining, entertainment and activities, all with a style that epitomizes MSC Cruises.”

Somers presented Sasso with a plaque commemorating the ship’s arrival.

“MSC Poesia is poetry in motion and we are excited to have her sail to our shores,” said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.

The Italian, family-owned line is bringing the elegant MSC Poesia to Fort Lauderdale for a season featuring itineraries of 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10 nights throughout the Caribbean and to Bermuda during the winter season before returning to Europe in spring 2010.

MSC Poesia features 1,275 staterooms, of which 80% are outside staterooms and 65% have a balcony. Guests can enjoy 2 pools and 4 hot tubs, a 13,000-square-foot spa, and four restaurants, including a Sushi Bar themed restaurant.

MSC Poesia arrived in Fort Lauderdale this morning after a 17-night transatlantic journey from Venice. Her Caribbean season will include:

* 5-night sailings: Nov. 10 and Nov. 15
* 10-night itineraries – Nov. 20, Nov. 30, Dec. 10
* 7-night Christmas itinerary, departing Dec. 20
* 7-night New Year’s itinerary, departing Dec. 27
* 7-night itineraries – a variety of eastern and western itineraries Jan. 16-April 10
* 7-night Bermuda itinerary – departing April 17, features 3 nights in Bermuda
* 3-night Bahamas cruise, departing April 24

MSC Poesia departs Fort Lauderdale April 27 on an 18-night voyage to Hamburg.

During the 2009-10 season, MSC Poesia will host an extensive lineup of theme cruises, including:

1. President’s Cruise: Nov. 10, 2009 — 5-night “Caribbean Escape”
2. Latin Music: Jan. 23, 2010 — 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”
3. Comedy:Jan. 30 2010 — 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”
4. Country Music: Feb. 20, 2010 — 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”
5. Oldies Music: March 20, 2010 — 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Dream”
6. Festa Italiana: April 10, 2010 — 7-night “Island Treasures & Ancient Temples”
7. Baseball Greats: Nov. 20, 2009 10-night “Dazzling Dutch Caribbean & The Panama Canal”; 7-night sailings: Jan. 16, 2010 and Feb. 6, 2010 “Island Treasures & Ancient Temples”; March 6, 2010 “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”; April 3, 2010 “Eastern Caribbean Dream.”
8. Big Band: Dec. 10, 2009 — 10-night “Remarkable Rainforests & The Panama Canal”
9. Polka:Jan. 9, 2010 — 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”
10. Baseball Greats & Big Band: Feb. 27, 2010 — 7-night “Island Treasures & Ancient Temples”
11. Life Modification Cruise: January 16, 2010—7 night “Island Treasures & Ancient Temples”

On each sailing, guests will enjoy the line’s highly acclaimed entertainment, European-style ambiance, dishes from “La Cucina Italiana,” and top-of-the-line pampering.

For more information on MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or a local travel professional.