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Multi-Generation Family Groups a Specialty of MSC Cruises

Activities, Amenities Tailored to Each Family's Interests, Ages

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (August 31, 2009) - In keeping with the traditions and values of its Italian family owners, MSC Cruises takes special pride and satisfaction in serving multi-generational family groups.

"Our cruises are a great way for multigenerational families to travel together. With our 'kids sail free' program, it's a budget-conscious choice for parents and grandparents to spend quality time with their children and/or grandchildren," says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises, USA (Inc).

MSC Cruises is an expert in group travel and creates a memorable and enjoyable experience that fits the needs and interests of each family member.

MSC Cruises offers opportunities for guests of all ages to enjoy. Kids 17 and younger not only sail free, but also can let their imaginations run wild while participating in our complimentary Kids Clubs. Activities designed to enrich their minds while setting the stage for fun are found throughout spacious Kid Zones featuring waterslides, play areas, video arcade and more. Kids will savor food favorites including pizza, pasta, and cheeseburgers.

In addition to entertainment for kids and teens, there are activities for the entire family to enjoy like miniature golf, swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard. For quieter moments, there's an Internet Cafe, card room, library, and outdoor cinema.

Adults can pamper themselves in the spa, gamble inside the casino, dine in the many restaurants, sunbathe poolside, or enjoy a cocktail at one of the bars and lounges.

With the newest and most modern fleet of cruise ships in the world, MSC Cruises also offers the latest in facilities, and employee expertise onboard each of its 10 ships to accommodate special dinners and get-togethers for everyone as well as programs and activities to suit individual family members of all ages. And European-style service, outstanding cuisine and superb entertainment ensure that each member of the group will also enjoy a quality cruise experience.

Highlights of MSC Cruises multi-generational family cruise programs include:

* Children 17 and under sail free when sharing a stateroom with two adults paying full fare.
* Special arrangements for families traveling together on shore excursions, spa treatments, and other special services and amenities.
* Family groups earn "music points" based on the length of cruise, departure date and destination of the cruise. They can be used to provide complimentary shipboard credits, events and other services and amenities.
* Families interested in booking a trip should contact their preferred travel agent.

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About MSC Cruises:

MSC Cruises has the most modern fleet in the world with ten ships: MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia (the largest ships built for a European ship owner), MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North America and Canada, South America, the Indian Ocean, South and West Africa. MSC Magnifica launches in 2010. MSC Cruises recently forged a three-year, million-dollar partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project in Brazil while increasing awareness of this cause onboard its ships.

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