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MSC Announces Baseball, Big Band Theme Cruises For 2010-11 Caribbean Season

Written by: Cruise

May 17, 2010.

MSC Cruises has released the schedule for baseball and big band theme cruises for the 2010-2011 Caribbean aboard MSC Poesia.

The MSC Poesia will sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale.  Cruise-only rates begin at $529 per person, double occupancy (government fees and taxes additional) and participation in the theme cruise activities is complimentary.

Baseball Greats

The Baseball Greats theme cruises include free interactive guest/player activities, including a player-hosted trivia game in which guests can test their baseball knowledge, question-and-answer sessions with the players, a guest pitching contest and a story-telling session where players share candid revelations about their baseball experiences.

Players will also host pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running clinics. There’s an extremely popular free autograph session at the end of the cruise.

The following itineraries will be Baseball Greats theme cruises:

November 14, 2010: 7-night Eastern Caribbean calling at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas. Featured former players include: Bob Feller, Tommy Davis, Glenn Beckert, Clarence Jones, and Stan Bahnsen. Rates begin at $529 [plus $69.62 in government fees and taxes];

December 5, 2010: 7-night Western Caribbean, calling at Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. Featured former players include: Graig Nettles, Amos Otis, Dave Campbell, Stan Bahnsen and one more still to be announced. Rates begin at $529 (plus $69.62 in government fees and taxes);

January 9, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Stan Bahnsen and four more still to be announced. Rates begin at $549 (plus $69.62 in government fees and taxes);

January 23, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Rick Burleson, Jim Fregosi, Rick Wise, Stan Bahnsen one more to come. Rates begin at $49 (plus $69.62 in government fees and taxes);

February 6, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Stan Bahnsen and four more still to be announced. Rates begin at $549 (plus $81.35 in government fees and taxes)

(Stan Bahnsen is one cruising dude!  By the way, he was the 1968 American League Rookie Of The Year as a pitcher for the NY Yankees.)

Big Band

(I love this theme.)

The 15-piece Les DeMerle Big Band features vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Dynamic drummer Les DeMerle has toured and recorded with the Harry James Big Band and Wayne Newton; the band has also accompanied many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme and Al Jarreau.

The Les DeMerle Big Band is sure to have toes tapping, bodies swaying and guests singing along to the sounds of Ellington, Basie, James and Miller, plus the biggest Broadway hits, rock ‘n’ roll classics, hot Latin grooves and show-stoppers from the ‘40s through today. In addition to their performances, the band will present a Big Band Jazz Concert and conduct a lecture on the Big Band Era.

The following itinerary features the Big Band theme:

October 23, 2010: nine-night Canada/New England cruise departing from Quebec City, Quebec calling at Sydney, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and New York, New York, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Rates begin at $840 (plus $102.40 in government fees and taxes).

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