Save on Balcony Staterooms with 2009-2010 Winter Mediterranean Itineraries on MSC Cruises’ Newest Ship

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (July 30, 2009) – Now is the ideal time to book a 2009-10 winter European cruise vacation with MSC Cruises while taking advantage of more than 60 percent in savings on balcony staterooms cruising two of the world’s newest ships, MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, when booked through August 31.

These special balcony rates begin at $1,099 per person for a balcony stateroom on select 8, 10, and 11-night cruises to some of Europe’s most exotic Mediterranean destinations while cruising on two of the world’s newest ships and largest ever ordered by a European ship owner, MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida.

Both ships have received honors and awards for utilizing green technology in an effort to preserve and protect the environment including the prestigious “Six Golden Pearls” award by the Bureau Veritas. MSC Splendida achieved unique status as the first ship to earn the “Energy Efficient Design” award also from Bureau Veritas. This worldwide recognition cites the cruise ship’s use of best-practice standards throughout its design and onboard systems to conserve energy, according to the international rating agency.

MSC Cruises’ Mediterranean sailings are available November 2009 through March 2010 with cruise itineraries offering numerous departure ports including Barcelona, Naples, Genoa, and Civitavecchia while sailing to exotic destinations like Athens, Greece; Ashdod, Israel; Alexandria, Egypt; Malaga, Spain; Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Valetta, Malta; and La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia. Guests can also experience special 8-night holiday cruises over Christmas and New Year’s.

Cruise-only rates begin at $1,099 per person for a balcony stateroom, based on double occupancy (government fees and taxes for all guests are additional) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Children ages 17 and younger sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

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