MSC Cruises: A Grand Ocean Experience

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Aug. XX, 2007) – Discover three continents — Europe, Africa and North America – with a fascinating collection of adventures to cruise Spain and Morocco, as well as Madeira and Barbados, along to Venezuela, Martinique, Puerto Rico and Florida.

These cruises will appeal to the first-time cruiser as well as the experienced cruiser wishing to savor the days at sea. Each cruise on board MSC Lirica, MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia and MSC Melody will also offer a wide selection of exciting excursions.

Rates quoted are based on 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 (paying only government fees and taxes) when staying in a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

MSC Lirica will depart from Genoa Saturday, Nov. 17 on the following itinerary:
Italy, Spain, Morocco, Canaries, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Florida (17 nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Bridgetown, St. George’s, Fort de France, San Juan and Fort Lauderdale. Prices from $1,249.
This is a Bridge Cruise with multilingual instructors and mini tournaments – a great chance to learn the terminology and technical aspects of the game
Optional excursions include:
Bridgetown: A trip among the well-known attractions on the island of Barbados, including a stop at Cherry Tree Hill or the Pelican Village, famous for its art centre.
Fort de France – Beach and Snorkeling Tour: An inspirational underwater experience around Martinique. Immerse yourself from the steps of the jetty or enjoy rowing across the emerald waters. The transparent and inviting waters offer an unforgettable experience to marvel at the underwater world.
Fort Lauderdale: Excursion to Miami, across the renown quarters with a stopping off at Bayside Market to indulge in shopping.

MSC Opera departs from Venice Monday 05 November 2007 on the following itinerary:
Italy, Tunisia, Spain, Canaries, Brazil (18 nights). Ports of call include Trieste, Venice, Ancona, Tunis, Malaga, Tenerife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Santos. Prices from $1,349.
This is an Art at Sea Cruise to enjoy creativity and informative art courses, participate in auctions and claim a certificate.
Optional excursions include:
Tenerife: Transfer to Puerto de la Cruz, principal tourist center and shoppers paradise. Visit the Botanical Gardens with its variety of tropical plants.
Rio de Janeiro: One of Rio’s most visited sights has to be its long, golden beaches. A short boat transfer will transport you to the famous Copacabana and Ipanema.

MSC Sinfonia departs from Genoa Monday, Nov. 19 on the following itinerary:
Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canaries, Brazil, Argentina (2O nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Lisbon, Funchal, Tenerife, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Prices from $1,449.
This is a Dance Cruise with lessons by qualified teachers and dancing competitions for adults and children alike.
Optional excursions include:
Lisbon: Visit the Museum of Royal Carriages, with a rich collection and then onto the Monastery of San Geronimo with its cloister. Stop off at the Tower of Belem and to the monument dedicated to maritime discoveries.
Buenos Aires: Tour of Buenos Aires across the Palermo quarter, “Plaza de Mayo,” and the municipal buildings, the Pyramid of May, the Metropolitan Cathedral, “La Boca” quarter, with the famous Calle Caminito mainly inhabited by Italians.

MSC Armonia departs from Venice Saturday, Dec. 1 on the following itinerary:
Italy, Croatia, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco, Canaries, Brazil (18 nights). Ports of call include Venice, Dubrovnik, Tunis, Malaga, Casablanca, Tenerife, Recife, Salvador, Buzios and Rio de Janeiro.
Prices from$1,349.
This is a Hobby Cruise with games, courses, tournaments, art & crafts plus many more activities.
Optional excursions include:
Casablanca: Excursion to Marrakech, the “Pearl of the South,” visiting places of major interest: the Tomb Saadiane, the Gardens of Menara and Bahia Palace. Last stop of the tour is piazza Djeema-El-Fna, with its snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers and musicians.
Salvador de Bahia: Panoramic tour by bus along the long beaches of Bahia, including “Mirante del Ondina”,“Ondina”, “Amaraina”. Free time to relax and enjoy the sun and sea.

MSC Melody departs Genoa Saturday, Nov. 17 on the following itinerary:
Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa (21 nights). Ports of call include Genoa, Naples, Port Said, Suez Canal, Aqaba, Safaga, Port Victoria, Port Louis, Saint-Denis and Durban. Prices from $1,499.
Optional excursions include:
Petra (via Aqaba): Tour of Petra, the rose red city made of stone and one of the most mystical places in the world. The excursion includes a short horse and carriage ride from the entrance of the “Siq,” a place that extends along the imposing walls of stone (650 feet high) and leads the visitor into the ancient city.
Cairo (via Port Said): Visit the archaeological site at Giza and the pyramids of Cheope, Chefren and Macerino, to the Valley of the Temples of the Sphinx. Visit the Egyptian Museum to view artifacts from the time of the Pharaohs and the treasures of the tombs of Tutankhamen.
Coral World (via Port Victoria): Excursion of St Anne on a glass bottom boat to enjoy the magnificent underwater. Free time to snorkel.

For more information about MSC Cruises’ grand ocean voyages, visit www.msccruisesusa or a local travel professional.