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Saturday, 26 April 2008

South African sailings on board MSC Rhapsody and MSC Melody

MSC Cruises is offering guests the chance to experience the sights of
stunning South Africa alongside warm Mediterranean hospitality on
board MSC Rhapsody and MSC Melody.

MSC Rhapsody will be sailing some breathtaking itineraries during the
festive season. Guests also have the option to begin the New Year in
style with a cruise on board this classic ship this winter.

Passengers can delight in the numerous on board facilities such as the
beauty centre and spa, casino, piano bar or swimming pool whilst
visiting the beautiful Seychelles and sandy beaches of Mauritius, as
part of a round trip from Durban. Departing 16th December, prices
start from £930 cruise only for a 12 day Christmas cruise on MSC
Rhapsody. Or perhaps you'd like to indulge in a New Year's cruise
departing 27th December from Durban and visiting Reunion Island and
Mauritius with prices also from just £1,030 cruise only for 12 days.

For those looking to dodge the January blues, MSC Rhapsody also
features a 12th January sailing for 15 days visiting Port Louis, Port
Victoria and Nosy Be, from just £830 cruise only. A long getaway
visiting the jewels of the Indian Ocean – what better way to start the
year?

For those looking to getaway in Spring, the ever popular MSC Melody is
offering an Easter Ocean voyage, the return leg of this October's
phenomenally popular voyage south. Calling at sought after locations
such as P.des Galets, Port Louis, Port Victoria and the exotic Safaga,
Aquaba and Sokna, she then sails back to Naples and docks in Genoa.
Prices start from £1,150 cruise only.

Guests who travel on board MSC Melody can also take advantage of an
optional pre-cruise Safari package, with the chance to see some of the
world's most exotic animals. Prices start from £580 for a double room
at a 4-star safari lodge for two nights.

Guests who simply prefer to extend their stay by spending time in
Durban can experience a one night pre-cruise stay itinerary from just
£100 for a double room.

MSC Rhapsody – departing from Durban on 16th December for 12 Days
visiting Fort Dauphin, Port Louis, and returning to Durban. Prices
start from £930 - cruise only (£2,510 including flights and transfers)

MSC Rhapsody – departing from Durban on 27th January for 12 Days
visiting P.des Galets, Port Louis and returning to Durban. Prices
start from £1,030 - cruise only (£2,610 including flights and
transfers)

MSC Rhapsody – departing from Durban for on 12th January 12 days
visiting Port Louis, Port Victoria and Nosy Be and returning to
Durban. Prices start from £830 - cruise only (£1,780 including
flights and transfers)

MSC Melody – departing from Durban on 17th April for 21 nights
visiting P.des Galets, Port Louis, Port Victoria, Safaga, Aqaba,
Sokhna, Naples and ending in Genoa. Prices start from £1,150 - cruise
only (£1,690 including flights an transfers)

Safari Tour (MSC Melody) includes 2 nights at a four star lodge in
Durban. Prices start from £580 for a double room (a single surcharge
of £90). A minimum of 8 participants are required for the Safari Tour
Package.

South Africa package (MSC Melody) includes one night at a 4 star hotel
in Durban. Prices start from £100 for a double room.

For more information visit www.msccruises.co.uk or call 0870 850 4883

Agents - to book visit www.msconline.com or call 0844 561 1955

Notes to editors:

MSC Cruises currently has a fleet of eight ships: MSC Orchestra, MSC
Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody
and MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean all year round,
Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and South America. The
fleet will increase to 12 ships by 2010. In the spring of 2008 MSC
Poesia, the third ship in the "Musica" class will join the fleet,
followed in the autumn of 2008 and spring 2009 by MSC Fantasia and MSC
Splendida. These will be two of the largest ships built by a European
ship owner. Then in 2010 MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in the Musica
class will enter service.

MSC Cruises is a partner of the city of Venice and a member of the
Club - 'Friends of Venice' as well as one of the supporters for the
project 'Venice Blue Flag,' which sets the standards for the carbon
emissions

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