Cruise company: MSC CRUISES

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It is part of the Italian holding Mediterranean Shipping Company, which was founded in 1970 and is now the world’s second largest shipping company, owning a fleet of more than 270 cargo ships. The MSC Crociere Cruise Division was founded in 1988 and, until 2002, operated with only three ships – Monterey, Rhapsody and Melody – without any claim to leadership in the cruise market. The situation changed when MSC purchased four modern liners from Festival Cruises and seriously declared its ambitions on the world cruise market. In 2005, four ships in the MSC Crociere fleet – MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia – were rated 4 stars by Berlitz, the most competent annual cruise guide.

Today, with a fleet of eight ships, MSC Crociere offers tourists worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, the Atlantic Ocean, South America, South Africa and the Caribbean.

Two new MSC Orchestra liners, MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra, each with a capacity for up to 3,000 passengers! The MSC Musica will begin cruising in the summer of 2006, with the MSC Orchestra set for launch in spring 2007.

The company’s enviable growth dynamics is based on the vast experience of its staff, the vessels’ high seaworthiness, stability and fidelity to tradition.

MSC Crociere cruises are characterized by refined interior design, perfect service, excellent European cuisine, great entertainment programs – in a word, “made in Italy”.

The true meaning of travel will be clear to you as soon as you embark on a cruise with MSC.
To help you relax and rejuvenate, to entertain with imagination, to discover the charm of a real cruise is the mission of our wonderful staff, who will be at your complete disposal at all times, so you can feel the luxury of traveling with MSC to the end.
Upon embarkation, the Captain and on-board officers will greet you with a “Welcome” cocktail – and that’s just the beginning of a cruise full of surprises.

OUR LITTLE PASSENGERS
With the MSC, parents and children are always fun. Each ship has a mini-club where your kids can have fun at any time of the day.
They will be separated by age groups and will play and have fun under the supervision of competent staff.
While the kids are having fun, you can devote that time to each other and take advantage of the peace that everyone looks for in a vacation. And in the evening, if you want to have dinner for two, go to the cinema, theater, disco or go to the shore – use the paid services of baby sitting, by prior arrangement.

TASTE OF ITALIAN CUISINE
Fragrant basil greens, fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes. Masterfully combined in a freshly baked margarita pizza, designed for your indulgence. And it’s one of countless delicacies you’ll taste on board.
The best of Italian cuisine sails with you on your cruise: specialties and an abundant buffet await you on elegantly set tables, in the company of the most famous Italian wines.
Our chefs will give you a unique taste of the world’s most famous gastronomic tradition.
For those who love to cook, our chefs have provided special gastronomic encounters to delight you with their countless recipes and the amazing taste of Italian cuisine.

Sailing/Cruise Regions:
Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands, Western and Northern Europe, Russia

Company liners
MSC Lirica
MSC Opera
MSC Armonia
MSC Melody
MSC Musica
MSC Orchestra
MSC Rhapsody
MSC Sinfonia
MSC Poesia
MSC Fantasia
MSC Splendida
MSC Magnifica
MSC Divina