Tuesday 4 October 2011


Leading family-owned cruise line MSC Cruises has unveiled an exciting 22-night package which includes a19-day continent-to-continent voyage from vibrant Rio de Janeiro to romantic Venice.

Priced from $4573 per person, twin share, the hot fly/stay/tour/cruise holiday - from March 14, 2012 - includes economy class flight with Emirates from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth with two nights' accommodation in Rio's Copacabana.

A guided tour which focuses on the dominating 710-metre high peak Corcovado with its famous statue of Cristo Redentor or "Christ the Redeemer" and Sugar Loaf Mountain is followed by the cruise aboard MSC Musica, including calls on fascinating Brazilian ports Santos, Ilha Grande and Salvador.

After crossing the Atlantic, the luxury ship will call on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, as well as Spain's Malaga, Palma in the Balearic Islands and Malta's Valletta before reaching Venice.

"It's a holiday of a lifetime," said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises (Australia and New Zealand), "at a price well below that you would expect to pay if you stayed in each of the ports," she added.

"When you consider all the inclusions and the fact that you are able to enjoy beautiful ports in Brazil and the Mediterranean in one holiday this package is sure to arouse much interest among Australian cruise fans."

Also included in the price are transfers, all main meals and entertainment while on board the ship, gala dinners and a captain's cocktail party, port charges and airport taxes and fuel charges. (Tour duration for travellers from Melbourne and Brisbane is 23 days due to return flight arrival the next day).

As with all cruises aboard MSC Cruises ships, children under 18 years cruise free when they share a cabin with two adults (pay only port charges).

Details: MSC Cruises, 1300 028502,

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