The Mediterranean Sea is at the heart of MSC Cruises’ business and continues to play a strategic role throughout the winter season. After the success of previous years, two ships from the MSC Cruises fleet – MSC Orchestra and sister ship MSC Musica – will cruise the Mediterranean waters from November 2007 through to February and March 2008.

These winter cruises will promote relaxation and personal harmony on board elegant and modern ships. Discover the beauty of the Mediterranean’s unique coastline from a balcony stateroom; rates begin at $1,649 per person, double occupancy (USD, cruise only).

After 7-night cruises to Greece, Turkey and Croatia, MSC Orchestra, the latest addition to the fleet, will depart Nov. 14 on its first winter cruise, with the last departure March 14, 2008. Two 11-night cruises alternate between Eastern and Western Mediterranean destinations. Ports of call for the Western Mediterranean itinerary are Genoa, Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Funchal, Malaga and Civitavecchia; the Eastern Mediterranean itinerary calls at Genoa, Katakolon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Alexandria for Cairo (Egypt), Marmaris, Heraklion, and Naples.

Sister ship MSC Musica, currently offering 7-night cruises to Tunisia, the Balearic Islands, Spain and France, will also be positioned out of Genoa for the entire winter season. The first cruise departs Nov. 4 and the season ends with the last departure on Feb. 22, 2008. MSC Musica will alternate a western Mediterranean cruise (Genoa, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Funchal, Tenerife, Arrecife, Malaga, Civitavecchia) with an eastern Mediterranean itinerary (Genoa, Ajaccio, Valletta, Rhodes, Alexandria for Cairo, Tripoli, Messina, Naples).