Originally established under the name Flotta Lauro, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises was taken over by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the largest shipping operators in the world, in 1990. Mediterranean Shipping Company, a privately owned company with a longstanding history on the seas headed by captain Gianluigi Aponte. After acquiring the Starlauro, a prestigious shipping company, and executing re-launch, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises was officially born. MSC Cruises combines a deep heritage at sea with an enthusiastic, young and motivated management team.
MSC Cruises uniquely blends maritime traditions, culture and famous Mediterranean cuisine to deliver the ultimate cruise experience. Mediterranean Shipping Cruises has made true Italian service the heart of its business.
The Mediterranean Shipping Cruises itineraries will transport you to the hidden corners of culture, history and nature in the land of Roman baths, ancient ruins, Napoleon's birthplace and sun-baked villages that are all part of the vastly diverse Mediterranean seaside. Relax under the Mediterranean sun blazing over the Greek Isles.
Explore the treasures of ancient civilizations - the beauty of the ruins of Ephesus, the mighty Acropolis in Athens or the Colossus of Rhodes. Sail through the Dardanelles to Yalta and Odessa, summer spots of the Russian Czars. Experience the mysterious isles of Corsica and Sicily or the quaint fishing harbor of Capri, known as the Isle of Love. In Naples you'll have a chance to feast on some of Italy's best food, float under the Bridge of Sighs on a gondola in Venice and watch a flamenco dance in Malaga, Spain. Bargain for intricate souvenirs in Turkish bazaars and North African Kasbahs.
Mediterranean Shipping Cruises caters to a primarily European clientele, but more and more U.S. passengers who prefer a more traditional European cruise experience with fellow passengers from many different countries have chosen the cruise line in recent years. MSC Cruises in conjunction with Seniors Holiday Travel invite you to join a special group departure. On Mediterranean Marvels tour you'll discover the ruins of Pompeii, the Pyramids of Egypt and the ancient cities of Rhodes, Malta and Tripoli in Libya. The tour also includes 2 night's accommodation pre-cruise and one night post-cruise in Vienna. Take advantage of great optional tours to Salzburg, a Mozart night concert or the impressive Schonbrunn Palace.
NCL Mediterranean cruises 2006 is also one of the most popular cruise line option. Choose NCL Greek Isles and Black Sea cruise and you'll meet an array of heroes, sultans and crusading knights. Ancient Holy Lands present the treasures of Israel and Egypt, and Classic Mediterranean is a grand passage.
Take a Royal Caribbean 12-Night Barcelona roundtrip aboard Brilliance of the Seas. Explore ancient ruins, savor delectable cuisine, haggle with vendors in Florence, and roll the dice in Monte Carlo. Witness the remains of ancient civilizations in Greece and Turkey. Tour the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Palace Square in St. Petersburg.
The choice is yours.