Sophia offers free upgrade on MSC Med cruises

MSC Cruises is offering passengers the chance to “move up the world” with a free upgrade on a selected number of its Grand Mediterranean cruises.

Furthermore, the family-owned cruise line is offering complimentary transfers between Venice and Genoa to link the back-to-back seven-night Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruises which make up the Grand Mediterranean package.

The offers apply to combo bookings on MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia from July 20 until October 19, 2012, as well as MSC Splendida and the yet-to-be-launched MSC Divina in October, 2012.

“Pay for an inside category one cabin and you will be upgraded to a category six to 10 ocean view cabin on some of the cruises,” informed Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC_Orchestra2MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.

“That means you can have an ocean view cabin from $1318 per person, twin share for a combo cruise on MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia in October,” she said.

“That’s 14 nights for less than $100 a night with the free transfer between ships (Venice and Genoa) thrown in – fantastic value.”

On the program, the MSC Armonia sets sail from Venice and calls on Ancona in Italy, Corfu, Greece’s Santorini, Athens and Atgostoli before cruising to Kotor in Montenegro and back to Venice.

Passengers are then transferred to Genoa where they board MSC Sinfonia for a round cruise which includes calls on Civitavecchia (Rome), Salemo (Amalfi Coast), Tunis, Ibiza, Palma and Marseille.

In October, with prices starting at $1598 with an upgrade to a category 4 or 5 ocean view cabin, MSC Divina will cruise from Venice to Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik before the passenger transfer to Genoa for a cruise aboard MSC Splendida to Barcelona, Tunis, Valletta, Messina and Civitavecchia (Rome) and back to Genoa.

The number of inquiries and bookings for MSC Cruises programs continue to grow at a “healthy” rate as the cruise line prepares to launch the luxurious MSC Divina.

Mediterranean cruises remain the cruise line’s strength with many Australians opting for a Grand Mediterranean experience.

“This will be an especially important year for MSC Cruises as we will soon have a 12th member to the fleet, the MSC Divina, which will be christened by screen legend Sophia Loren at a gala ceremony in Marseille in late May,” said Mrs Clarke.

“The ship’s maiden voyage will be a six-nighter from Marseille to Venice before it begins a series of seven-night East Mediterranean cruises, prices from $939 per person twin share,’ she said.

Details: MSC Cruises, phone (+61) 1300 028502,

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