NEW MSC 3000-PASSENGER SHIP TO VISIT ST. KITTS DURING 2009-2010 SEASON

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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) –

More good news for cruise tourism in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

It has been announced that MSC Cruises, the fastest growing cruise line with the youngest fleet, will have one of its two new ships calling at St. Kitts’ Port Zante during the 2009-2010 cruise ship season.

MSC Cruises’ newest ships will join the Caribbean lineup with a series of seven- and 10-night sailings throughout the region.

The MSC Poesia will arrive in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 10, 2009, following a 17-night transatlantic crossing. The Poesia will depart North American waters on March 9, 2010, on an island-hopping return cruise before arriving in Venice on March 26.

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The MSC Magnifica will be christened in Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 5, 2009, and will depart two days later on a 19-night “Grand Passage to the New World” itinerary.

The Magnifica “Tropical Splendors, European Charm” — 10-night Southeast Caribbean departs Nov. 30, 2009, Jan. 8 and 28, 2010, calling at Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

The Magnifica will leave the Caribbean on April 24, 2009, for a 19-night Atlantic crossing that will arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Both 3,000-passenger ships, the MSC Magnifica and MSC Poesia feature 1,275 staterooms, of which 80 percent are outside staterooms and 65 percent have a balcony. There will be 236,000 square feet of public spaces, 2 pools and 4 hot tubs, plus a 13,000-square-foot spa. On each ship, guests can select from four restaurants, including a Sushi Bar alternative dining restaurant.

In addition, MSC Magnifica features a Magrodome that allows guests to enjoy the pool area no matter what the elements.

Like their sister ships (MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra), both MSC Magnifica and MSC Poesia feature sophisticated and elegant decor and the finest in international entertainment and Italian hospitality that ensures guests enjoy a “Beautiful. Passionate. Italian.’ experience.

Passengers age 17 and under sail for free when sharing a stateroom with two adults paying full fare full fare.

MSC Cruises, the fastest growing cruise line with the youngest fleet has nine ships: MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, South America, Indian Ocean and South Africa. In the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida will be launched. In fall of 2009, MSC Magnifica, the 12th ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, will enter service.