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Magnificent MSC Cruises are full steam ahead for fall

Fall is just around the corner and it’s not too late to consider celebrating its arrival by book yourself a cruise. And to motivate your mojo, MSC Cruises is offering seasonal departures featuring a Grand Voyage that explores the capitals of Europe and South America and a series of themed “On The Wine Routes” cruises.

MSC Magnifica offering fall voyages
Courtesy MSC Cruises

For starters there’s a 20-night Grand Voyage of MSC Magnifica departing Hamburg (Germany) on November 8, 2014 that includes 12 peaceful days at sea with calls in eight diverse destinations. Following calls at Le Havre (France) and Southampton (England), gateways to Paris and London, the ship will head to Lisbon (Portugal) and then Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. During its docking in Santa Cruz de Tenerifie, passengers on the Magnifica can take part in the first Tenerife Marathon on November 16, 2014.

Three scenic options of varying difficulty level are available, including an 8K through the city streets; a half marathon around the town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and along the coastal road; and, a full marathon that starts at the harbor of Santa Cruz, cuts through the city center and along the coastal road. The booking deadline is October 25, 2014. The ship will sail from the Canary Islands on a five-night transatlantic crossing to Brazil, with visits to Recife, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro; before reaching the final port of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Departures for the Grand Voyage of MSC Magnifica start at $2359 per person for a balcony stateroom.

Sipping wine on MSC Splendida

Wine lovers might want to consider November sailings of the MSC Splendida on which there will be three wine-themed cruises in ports along the Mediterranean such as charming Provence, buzzing Barcelona or the historic Roman port of Civitavecchia. The eight-day/seven-night cruises on MSC Splendida depart from Genoa, Italy, on November 2 and 9, with calls in Naples and Messina (Italy); Tunis (Tunisia); Barcelona (Spain), and Marseille (France); and December 14, making stops in Civitavecchia, near Rome, and Palermo, Sicily (Italy) as well as Tunis; Barcelona, and Marseille. On the Wine Routes sailing packages start at $583 per person. Each of the theme On The Wine Routes cruise include city tours, enlightening talks, tastings of a wide range of fine local wines and qualified insights by Masters of Wine, leading experts on the art, science and business of wine.

The cruise package includes one excursion to a wine producer or cellar in France, Spain or Italy, and a high quality beverage package, comprising superior wines served with onboard meals* and a bottle of fine sparkling wine on Gala Night. Wines will vary between departures but will always reflect the itinerary.

For more information about MSC Cruises visit, call 1-877-665-4655 or contact a travel agent. For MSC Cruises’ latest news and updates, like MSC Cruises’ Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter at

MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships: MSC Armonia, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Lirica, MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Opera, MSC Poesia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Splendida. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, South and West Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the Red Sea. MSC Divina began sailing the Caribbean from PortMiami on November 20, 2013, becoming the line’s first ship dedicated to North American travelers. In March 2014, the line announced the construction of two new cruise ships by STX France due for delivery respectively in 2017 and 2019. Two months later, the line announced the construction of two additional new builds by Fincantieri due for delivery respectively in November 2017 and May 2018. For more information, visit

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