Polka Cruise Joins Baseball, Big Band Theme Cruises During MSC Cruises’ 2009-10 Caribbean Season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (NOVEMBER 12, 2008) – In addition to having two state-of-the-art ships sailing Caribbean itineraries for the first time– the new MSC Magnifica, fresh from her inaugural, and MSC Poesia – MSC Cruises’ 2009-10 Caribbean season will feature several already popular theme cruises and the line’s first Polka Cruise.

Baseball Theme Cruises: Because MSC Cruises has received such strong response from previous seasons to guests who have had the opportunity to mingle and learn from some of the greats of the game, five baseball theme cruises are slated for the 2009-10 Caribbean season:

MSC Magnifica
Jan. 2 and Feb. 6, 2010: 7-night “Island Treasures & Ancient Temples” Western Cribbean; rates begin at $499.
March 6 and April 3, 2010 “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”; rates begin at $549.
MSC Poesia
Nov. 20 10-night “Dazzling Dutch Caribbean and Panama Southwestern Caribbean”; rates begin at $799.

Big Band Cruise: MSC Poesia’s 10-night “Remarkable Rainforests and the Panama Canal” Deep Western itineraries departing Dec. 10 and Feb. 27 will feature the 15-piece Les DeMerle Big Band with vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Featuring the sounds of Ellington, Basie, James and Miller, plus Broadway hits, rock ‘n’ roll classics, hot Latin grooves and show-stoppers from the ‘40s through today. The band will also perform a Big Band Jazz Concert and conduct a lecture on the Big Band era. Rates begin at $749 per person.

Polka Cruise: A new additon to the Caribbean season theme cruise lineup is a Polka Cruises. Guests will be able to kick up their heels to the sounds of two polka bands on MSC Poesia’s Jan. 8 10-night “Tropical Splendor and European Charm” Southeast Caribbean sailing. Rates begin at $749 per person.

All rates quoted are cruise only, per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional. All itineraries are round trip from Fort Lauderdale.

Children ages 17 and younger staying in the same stateroom with two full-fare paying adults cruise for free (government taxes and fees are additional, per person) on all MSC Cruises’ sailings.

For more information about MSC Cruises and its lineup of theme cruises for both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Caribbean seasons, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or a local travel professional.