MSC Cruises announced today that television star, best-selling author and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers will welcome the MSC Poesia to North America when the ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on November 10, 2009 for its inaugural Caribbean season.

During a unique Welcoming Ceremony, Somers will present a special plaque to MSC Cruises (USA), Inc. President and CEO, Richard Sasso, and the Master of the MSC Poesia commemorating the special day. The plaque, inscribed "On behalf of the diverse inhabitants of the New World, I wish the MSC Poesia and all who sail with her safe passage and fair seas on the occasion of her inaugural visit to our shores…Suzanne Somers," will be displayed in the lobby of the MSC Poesia during her Caribbean sailings.

Somers will also offer a champagne toast to the MSC Poesia, her crew and MSC Cruises before she sails on the ship’s inaugural five-night Caribbean cruise.

"The introduction of the MSC Poesia to our Caribbean cruise programs is an important milestone in MSC’s continued commitment to the U.S. market," said Sasso. "Suzanne Somers is an iconic figure who captures the ‘American Spirit’, and we are delighted to have her act as an official ambassador welcoming MSC Poesia."