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MSC Cruises strikes deal with AARP for discount cruises & upgrades

AARP and MSC Cruises have struck up a relationship where the retiree organization’s members get $50-$100 off cruises and up to a two-category upgrade on the Italian cruise line’s ships.

AARP member rates and upgrades can be combined with MSC’s Kids Sail Free promotion (kids traveling with two adults in same stateroom pay only government fees and taxes, as applicable) for a family vacation. Member benefits also include a reduced deposit rate of $100 per person and special pricing for members traveling solo.

“Family travel is on the rise, as is the popularity of multi-generational cruises like grandparents cruising with their children and grandchildren,” said Tim Fitzgerald, senior director of the AARP Travel Program. “We are pleased to make available to our members a discount that not only fits older Americans’ active lifestyles, but also offers the flexibility to bring younger family members along.”

MSC is continuing it's effort to get a foothold in the United States, with MSC Poesia currently doing Mediterranean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. The privately-owned line's future plans call for a year-round presence in America and a ship on the West coast.

“We’re in the business of creating memories, and MSC Cruises has provided more than a million guests with the experience of a lifetime on board our ships,” said Richard E. Sasso, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. “We look forward to the opportunity to reach even more guests through this relationship with AARP.”

MSC Cruises is making the offer valid for new bookings made through January 31, 2010 and includes additional savings on balcony staterooms with up to a five-category upgrade on select sailings to various ports in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Certain restrictions apply.

To take advantage of these offers, AARP members can call their preferred travel agent or MSC Cruises at 1-800-666-9333.

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