Countdown to the Caribbean: MSC Cruises Ready For Exciting Season with MSC Poesia, Lineup of Theme

The countdown continues as MSC Cruises prepares for an exciting 2009-10 Caribbean season that includes the much-anticipated arrival of MSC Poesia in North American waters, a wide variety of special theme cruises and interesting itineraries.

The Italian, family-owned line is bringing the elegant MSC Poesia to Fort Lauderdale for a season featuring itineraries of 3-, 5-, 7-, 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. There will be 2 pools and 4 hot tubs, a 13,000-square-foot spa, and four restaurants, including a Sushi Bar themed restaurant.

MSC Poesia will arrive in Fort Lauderdale Nov. 10, 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.

Guests can experience an extensive lineup of theme cruises during the 2009-10 season, including:

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

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