Thursday, October 12, 2006

MSC: Oops! No Cuba After All ...

No, no, no, definitely not Cuba: First came a press release that had MSC Cruises calling in Cuba. That, of course, was all wrong, as evidenced by the quick clarification to erase whatever internal confusion precipitated that political hot-potato no-no. What’s right: Countdown continues for Nov. 15 arrival of MSC Lirica in Fort Lauderdale, signifying launch of MSC's Caribbean season. Time's also ticking on grabbing savings on MSC 11-nighters aboard MSC Lirica and MSC Opera, arriving in January. These elegant liners sail from mainland destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Honduras to ports in Jamaica, Antigua, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Four dream itineraries feature MSC's ‘Beautiful. Passionate. Italian.’ Experience. For details, call (800) 666-9333.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Celebrity Launching New Class ...

Solstice First of Three: Celebrity Cruises took its first step today (10/11) toward physically launching Celebrity Solstice in Fall 2008, with line President Dan Hanrahan ceremoniously pressing the start button for the plasma cutter creating the vessel's first steel plate at German shipyard Meyer Werft. "While it's too soon to reveal any details, I'm convinced our travel agent partners and guests are going to find this ship to be the perfect manifestation of what they appreciate most about Celebrity," Hanrahan said. First first in a class of three ships, Celebrity Solstice carrying up to 2,850 guests, measuring 1,033 feet long and 121 feet wide, will feature larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of verandas, and a boatload of guest-inspired whistles and bells. For details, call (800) 647-2251.