MSC Cruises, a luxury cruise liner, has added MSC
Orchestra and MSC Poesia to its fleet.
MSC Orchestra’s inaugural Caribbean sailing
season received a warm, watery welcome from several tugboats
heralding her arrival into Port Everglades, Florida, USA in
The largest of MSC Cruises’ line of high-end
cruise ships sailing in North American waters, the MSC Orchestra
boasts 92,400 gross tons, and can carry up to 2,550 passengers.
The majority of the MSC Orchestra’s staterooms have private
The MSC Orchestra claims more than 236,800
square feet of public area and 5 restaurants with a variety of
flavours to suit the tastes of every guest. Restaurants include
L’Ibiscus, Villa Borghese, La Piazzetta, Four Seasons and the
Shanghai Chinese restaurant. MSC Orchestra also features 10 bars
(two of which are open air), 3 meeting and conference rooms, a
21-foot by 12-foot outdoor LED screen, and the illustrious Body
and Mind Spa, occupying an impressive 16,146 square feet.
Until April 18, 2009, the MSC Orchestra will
sail the following alternating 7-night courses:
Caribbean: Calling at Cayo Levantado, Dominican
Republic; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John, Antigua;
and Nassau, Bahamas, as well as two days at sea.
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 King’s Wharf, Bermuda and a day
in Nassau, Bahamas, as well as two days at sea.
MSC Orchestra also features the
exclusive Shorex Program which offers an extensive range
of activities for guests to choose from. For each
destination on the ship’s itinerary, guests can opt for
a half day tour of their city, a beach retreat, or
perhaps snorkelling off a boat in the middle of the
ocean alongside sea animals. Costa Maya, in Mexico, for
example, offers catamaran sailing and snorkelling, a
dolphin swim encounter, and an adventure tour of the
Chaccoben Mayan ruins. The stop in Grand Caymans also
offers introductory scuba lessons, kayaking, and
swimming with stingrays.
In celebration of her inaugural
season, the MSC Orchestra will host some of baseball’s
greatest stars on its February 28, March 28 and April 11
Eastern Caribbean itineraries. On each of these special
sailings, the Orchestra’s guests will have the exclusive
opportunity to receive unique insights into the world of
American Major League Baseball as seen through the eyes
of some of the greats of the game.
MSC Orchestra is scheduled to depart
Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 2, 2009 for an 18-night
voyage that will include a two-day visit to New York
before heading eastbound to Copenhagen, Denmark. The
itinerary includes calls at Ponta Delgado, Azores;
Lisbon, Portugal; Vigo, Spain; La Coruna, Spain; and
Dover, England before arriving in Copenhagen.
Joining MSC Orchestra in the 2009-2010
seasons is the elegantly refined MSC Poesia. Featuring
itineraries of 3, 5, 7, 8, and 10 nights to stunning
locations across the Caribbean and Bermuda, MSC Poesia
will be quick to join the ranks of the most lusted-after
MSC Poesia will arrive in Fort
Lauderdale, USA on November 10, 2009 after a 17-night
transatlantic voyage from Venice, Italy. Her Caribbean
season itinerary will then commence, lasting through
April 27, 2010, at which point she will make an 18-night
sailing to Kiel, Germany.
Featuring 1,275 staterooms, 236,000
square feet of public space, 2 pools, 4 hot tubs and a
13,000 square foot spa, MSC Poesia lacks nothing short
of the finest. Dining options include 4 delectable
restaurant venues, and include the fresh and creative
dishes of the Sushi Bar for those seeking an alternative
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