MSC’s 2012 smorgasbord

It’s that time of year when MSC Cruises reveals their 2012-2013 Australia and New Zealand program.

And it’s bound to get you excited. Their remarkable fleet now boasts 13 ships, with the addition of the state-of-the-art MSC Preziosa. With even larger family cabins, more value offers and the introduction of some beautiful international ports, MSC Cruises continues to prove why they are the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean.

One hundred and fifty cruise itineraries pack the brochure, and a double page spread illustrates MSC Cruises’ new destinations of the French Antilles and the Red Sea, as well as ports in Europe, Saint Tropez on the Mediterranean Sea and Constanta on the Black Sea.

Single passengers are encouraged to get booking, with the surcharge reduced by 50 per cent on selected cabins and reduced ‘by 100 per cent on suites including those on the MSC Yacht Club, recognised as the “ship within a ship”.

Whether it’s the Mediterranean you’re interested in, the Caribbean, Northern Europe or maybe South America or South Africa, the itineraries of the 13 cruise ships are included in the new program.

The 140,000-tonne MSC Preziosa will be launched in Italy in March, 2013. The MSC Divina, which was christened earlier this year, was lucky enough to be named by none other than Sophia Loren.

MSC Preziosa joins MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia as the fourth member in the MSC Fantasia Class which feature the MSC Yacht Club in their design.

“This new brochure brings together stunning destinations, state-of-the-art ships, delicious dining options, great entertainment, warm Mediterranean hospitality and the art of relaxation and well-being”, said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.

“The authentic discovery of destinations that MSC Cruises provides for its guests starts here,” she said. “Colourful, clear and easy to navigate, the new brochure is packed with textual and visual information about the company’s state-of-the-art fleet of 13 ships, the elegant design by acclaimed naval architects De Jorio Design International.”

The 2012-2013 program also reveals the cruise line’s partnership with UNICEF has raised over 1 million euro’s. Readers can also learn about its innovations in eco-friendly ship design, easy-to-use online services and the range of special promotions.

A great new feature is the Signature Series Packages, which offer clients inclusive ranges of air, land and sea packages in 2013. Clients can relax with a single booking process.

If you’re considering a getaway for you and your partner, you’ll be pleased to know that MSC Cruises can arrange on-board Romantic Ceremonies and Anniversary packages.

If you’re concerned about what food and beverages may set you back, don’t be. The brochure contains a comprehensive section on special food and beverage packages. Loyalty card holders for MSC Cruises benefit with a range of onboard and pre cruise privileges.

As for families, the new Super Family cabins, available on MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa, are designed to sleep up to six people with two connecting triple cabins, two bathrooms and two balconies. The fixed per-cabin price remains, regardless of how many people use it.

The 2012-2013 MSC Cruises brochure is a must-see for every traveller. Contact MSC Cruises on 1300 028 502 or

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