MSC Cruises Announces Unprecedented South America Deployment

Italian cruise line MSC Cruises is increasing its presence in South America with the announcement that the MSC Magnifica will be deployed to the region for the 2012/2013 season. Arriving in Santos in November 2012, the 2,550-guest vessel will replace the MSC Armonia and take her place alongside sister ships MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra to operate short voyages through March 2013.


Argentina and Uruguay with MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica’s programme will include regular 7-night voyages to Argentina and Uruguay, covering ports such as Buenos Aires, Punta del Este and San Francisco do Sul. The ship will also operate short 3- and 4-night sailings to tropical islands off Brazil’s southeastern coast, including Ilhabela and Ilha Grande. A variety of shore excursions, ranging from salsa classes in the Argentinian capital to Dulce de Leche (traditional Uruguayan milk sweet) production at the famous Lapataia farm, await cruisers in their exploration of the continent and its diverse cultures.


Brazilian Explorations with MSC Fantasia

At 138,000-GRT, MSC Fantasia will be the largest cruise ship to operate a full season in Brazil when she homeports in Santos. The ship will sail an inaugural 3-night voyage after her arrival in South America before embarking on her regular itinerary visiting Buzios, Ilheus and Salvador da Bahia. She will also offer the exclusive MSC Yacht Club, a private area featuring 71 luxury suites, pool, restaurant and full butler service in addition to the wide array of facilities onboard.


Back by Popular Demand: MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra

MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra return to South America in late 2012 to spend the winter season cruising the waters off Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay from Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Both ships will again offer itineraries covering spectacular landscapes and a sampling of the continent’s famous party culture while retaining its quintessential Italian elegance.


Headquartered in Naples, MSC Cruises operates a fleet of 11 modern cruise ships sailing throughout the year in the Mediterranean and seasonal itineraries in Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean, Middle East and South America. The company prides itself on its Italian heritage, which is reflected in the sophisticated design and outstanding hospitality onboard its ships.


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