MSC Cruises: New Tastes On The High Seas

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Oct. 29, 2007) – Satisfy your palate and discover new tastes with a Food & Wine Cruise on board MSC Lirica, MSC Poesia or MSC Orchestra.

These special programs include cooking demonstrations by professionals. Enjoy learning how to prepare exquisite Italian regional dishes and specialities from the countries you visit on your itinerary. Learn the tricks of the trade as the chefs suggest how to prepare the perfect pasta, rice, meat and fish dishes. There will also be tips on selecting and preserving the best ingredients.

Lovers of fine wines will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge under the guidance of an expert and passionate sommelier. Taste the best quality wines spanning the length and breath of Italy’s wine-producing regions. Discover the technical aspects of wine making and how to combine the best wines with regional speciality dishes. Then watch and learn from the barmen as they concoct the best cocktails on the high seas. Guests will also receive a wine dictionary to increase their knowledge of wines produced around the globe.

Special attention will be paid to the art of hospitality at home, with lessons on how to set a table, including the center piece and place cards.

There will also be light-hearted games and contests, all with a culinary theme. A quiz will test your memory on the names of drinks, international dishes or ingredients. Aspiring chefs will have the opportunity to compete against one another.

Each evening will be a celebration of food featuring different menus served at the various onboard restaurants. These will include light menus, vegetarian dishes, as well as desserts for diabetic guests and special dishes for kosher meals.

Whichever destination one chooses on board MSC Cruises, “foodies” and aspiring chefs will enjoy their own idea of heaven on the sea. All prices quoted are cruise-only based on MSC Cruises’ “Best Fare, Best Room” promotion, which provides guests with the best stateroom available within their desired category at the time of booking. Rates reflect interior accommodations and are USD, cruise only, per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional.

Here are the dates and exciting itineraries for the Food & Wine Cruises:

MSC Poesia departs Venice April 19 and again on Sept. 13. These 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises will call at Bari, Olympia (Katakolon) in Greece, Izmir and Istanbul in Turkey and Dubrovnik in Croatia before returning to Venice. Prices from $999.

MSC Orchestra departs May 9 from Barcelona on a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise. The ship visits Marseille in France, Genoa and Naples in Italy, Palermo in Sicily and Palma de Mallorca in Spain before returning to Barcelona. Prices from $1,099.

MSC Lirica deoarts Rome Oct. 4 on a 7-night cruise of the Western Mediterranean. Ports of call include Genoa in Italy, Marseille in France, Valencia in Spain, Tangier in Morocco and Malaga in Spain before returning to Rome. Prices from $999.

MSC Poesia will depart Nov. 15 from Venice on a 10-night cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean ending in Genoa. Ports of call include Bari, Corfu, Piraeus and Rhodes in Greece, Antalia in Turkey, Heraklion on Crete, Tripoli in Libya, and Valletta on the island of Malta before heading to Naples and Genoa. Prices from $999.

Join one of these special cruises on any of these magnificent ships and taste the emotion of a cruise from start to finish.

For more information about MSC Cruises and its Food & Wine theme cruises, contact a local travel professional or visit www.msccruisesusa.com.