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MSC Cruises is launching its third Fantasia Class Megaliner in May this year that will include the renowned MSC Yacht Club “ship within a ship” offering.

Sydney, Australia, March 09, 2012 --( MSC Cruises is delighted to announce the launch of MSC Divina. The new megaliner will be christened in May this year in Marseille. The ship is part MSC Cruises enhancement program that brings its Fantasia class to three, joining MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida.

The vessel includes five restaurants, ten bars and lounges, four pools, a variety of onboard shopping options and well over twenty spa and entertainment options from casinos and live shows through to the art arcade and outdoor cinema.

MSC Divina will be the liners third vessel to include the MSC Yacht Club. The “ship within a ship” is an offering that provides privacy, and additional luxury for discerning cruise guests.

A Yacht Club guest can look forward to a variety of exclusive inclusions including 24 hour butler service, complimentary beverages, a private restaurant, bar, pool and Aurera spa facilities, and dining times that suit you.

As well as this, Yacht Club guests are offered private on board shopping times with personal delivery to your suite, exclusive shore excursion offerings, and your favourite daily broadsheet newspaper delivered to your door daily from anywhere in the world, even while at sea.

Managing Director of MSC Cruises Australasia. Lynne Clarke, said; “the Yacht Club is fantastic offering for guests who want to cruise, but value their privacy. All Yacht Club suites have sea views, and are extremely good value from only $35 per person per day over and above Balcony Suite.”

“Yacht Club guests also enjoy VIP check in services and their own private reception further ensuring their privacy. Given the added value, high level service and additional extras, the cost to upgrade into the Yacht Club is truly excellent value,” Mrs, Clarke added.

As well as 69 Yacht Club suites on the MSC Divina, the vessel also includes 28 Aurea Suites. Aurea Suites are located beneath the Yacht Club and include a welcome cocktail at the Aurea Spa Bar, unlimited access to the thermal suite, private consultation with the spa doctor, a solarium session and both a 30 minute Balinese massage and facial treatment.

MSC Cruises has a promotional offering for the MSC Divina. The liner is delighted to offer Australian guests free upgrades for Grand Mediterranean bookings made now until the end of May 2012 on MSC Splendida and the MSC Divina for travel in October, 2012 as an introductory offer to the new vessel.

The Grand Mediterranean combines two of the family owned liners most popular cruises, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean with a free land transfer between Venice and Genoa connecting passengers from their Eastern vessel to their Western one.

“The promotion is simple,” Mrs. Clarke stated. “Simply pay for an inside category one cabin and you will be upgraded to a category six to ten ocean view cabin.”

“That means guests will enjoy enchanting ocean views from only $1,598 per person for twin share bookings,” she said. “That’s 14 nights for $115 a night with the free transfer between ships (Venice and Genoa) thrown in – fantastic value.”

MSC Divina will cruise from Venice to Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik before returning to Venice. Guests will then be provided a free overland transfer to Genoa to meet MSC Splendida which will cruise through to Barcelona, Tunis, Valletta, Messina and Civitavecchia (Rome) before returning to Genoa.

The number of inquiries and bookings for MSC Cruises programs continue to grow at an astronomical rate with Mediterranean cruises remaining the cruise line’s core strength with many Australians opting for a Grand Mediterranean experience.

On the launch of MSC Divina, Mrs. Clark said, “this will be an especially important year for MSC Cruises as we launch our 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 nigh voyage from Marseille to Venice before it begins a series of seven-night East Mediterranean cruises, prices from $939 per person twin share,” she said.

MSC Cruises (Australia)
Ricki Hudson