Experience a piece of Italy with a celebration at sea onboard MSC Poesia’s April 10, 2010 7-night “Festa Italiana” cruise. The sailing features opera singers and contemporary Italian vocal artists as well as the diverse ports in the Western Caribbean.

Dance the night away or sit back and enjoy performances by bands playing Italian and Italian-American favorites throughout the cruise. Participate in Venetian-mask making, a pizza-throwing contest, and tarantella dancing—a southern Italian folk dance for couples that is among the most recognized of traditional Italian music.

Taste the delicious Mediterranean dishes and learn the secrets to preparing them during cooking demonstrations by top Italian chefs. Other opportunities available to guests include lectures on Italian art and architecture, Italian automobiles, or Italian fashion and design.

The “Island Treasures and Ancient Temples” itinerary for this unique “Festa Italiana” theme cruise sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and calls at ports in Key West, Florida; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Nassau, Bahamas. Cruise-only rates including the “Festa Italiana” performances and festivities begin at $549 per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional. As on all MSC Cruises’ sailings, kids ages 17 and younger sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.