Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan 2 â€“ With tug boats spraying a watery welcome, MSC Orchestra arrived in Port Everglades today to begin her inaugural season of Caribbean sailings.
â€œWe are very excited to introduce MSC Orchestra to North America,â€ says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. â€œIt is an elegant ship in every respect â€“ spectacular public areas, and a wealth of choices for dining, entertainment and activities, all with a style that epitomizes MSC Cruises.â€
MSC Orchestra is the largest of the lineâ€™s ships to sail in North American waters. At 92,400 gross tons, the MSC Orchestra can carry 2,550 passengers and the majority of staterooms have private balconies. With more than 236,800 square feet of public areas and 5 restaurants (Lâ€™Ibiscus, Villa Borghese, La Piazzetta, Four Seasons, the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant â€“ the only dedicated Chinese restaurant at sea), 10 bars (two of which are open air), 3 meeting and conference rooms, a 21-foot by 12-foot outdoor LED screen, and the 16,146 square-foot Body and Mind Spa, MSC Orchestra represents the perfect combination of grace and style.
MSC Orchestra will sail alternating 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Jan. 10-April 18, 2009:
- Eastern Caribbean: calling at Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John, Antigua; and Nassau, Bahamas, as well as 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. This itinerary includes three days in Kingâ€™s Wharf, Bermuda and a day in Nassau, Bahamas, as well as two sea days.
During her inaugural season, MSC Orchestra will host baseball greats on its Jan. 24 Western Caribbean itinerary, and its Feb. 28, March 28 and April 11 Eastern Caribbean itineraries. On each of these special sailings, unique insight into the world of Major League Baseball as seen through the eyes of some of the greats of the game.
MSC Orchestra is scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale May 2, 2009 on an 18-night voyage that will include a two-day visit to New York before heading eastbound to Copenhagen. The itinerary includes calls at Ponta Delgado, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; Vigo, Spain; La Coruna, Spain; and Dover, England before arriving in Copenhagen.
On each sailing, guests will enjoy the lineâ€™s highly acclaimed entertainment, European-style ambiance, dishes from â€œLa Cucina Italiana,â€ and top-of-the-line pampering. For more information on how you can celebrate MSC Orchestraâ€™s arrival, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or a local travel professional.