Follow us on the MSC Poesia in the Caribbean this week

We’ll be onboard and updating live via Twitter and Facebook from the MSC Poesia from Saturday, March 6 to Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Here’s our schedule:
Saturday: Leave from Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday: At sea
Monday: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tuesday: Philipsburg (St. Maarten)
Wednesday: Roadtown (Tortola)
Thursday: At sea
Friday: Nassau (Bahamas)
Saturday: Return to Ft. Lauderdale

This is also a Baseball Greats Cruise. We’re scheduled to be sailing with Amos Otis, Stan Bahnsen, Rennie Stennet, Gary Peters, Vida Blue and Rico Petrocelli. Click Here to check out all of MSC’s themed cruises.

As the Internet connection allows, we’ll be updating our Twitter and Facebook status with photos and/or video at least once per day. We’ll also try our best to answer any questions you may have about the ship.

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MSC Magnifica completes her sea trials – will be christened on March 6

MSC Magnifica — the fourth Panamax cruise ship in the MSC Cruises Musica class — successfully completed her sea trials on Sunday, returning to the Forme Joubert, Saint-Nazaire, France dock after 72-hours on the open seas.

Despite inclement weather and 50-knot winds, MSC Magnifica performed to the satisfaction of the MSC Cruises’ team. The trials involved a team of about 300 performing more than 60 separate tests involving everything from speed and manageability to acoustics and vibrations.

Following the sea trials, MSC Magnifica will participate in a flag-changing ceremony on Feb. 25, in Saint-Nazaire and be christened on March 6 in Hamburg, Germany. The christening celebration includes an evening of entertainment and celebration both onboard and ashore through a live broadcast shown on two giant screens.

Renowned Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti will perform on stage during the christening while MSC Cruises’ traditional godmother, Sophia Loren, participates in the ribbon cutting.

MSC Magnifica combines the intimacy of her three Musica Class sister vessels–MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Poesia–with the state-of-the-art facilities and comfort of the company’s larger flagships, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia.

A magrodome or retractable roof covers the pool area making it possible to enjoy one of the four pools onboard throughout the year. The Il Bar del Sole area on the top deck boasts its own whirlpools and solarium.

The ship’s 17 bars and lounges, four restaurants, and a large new buffet area will serve Italian and international cuisine; an à la carte restaurant, L’Oasi, will provide fine dining in an exotic Moroccan atmosphere. Entertainment features on board include a high-tech 4D cinema, mini-bowling alley and a billiard table in the L’Olimpiade sports bar.

The new addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet will sail the Eastern Mediterranean beginning March 20, for seven-night itineraries departing Venice, Italy and calling at Bari, Italy; Katakolon (Olympia) Greece; Izmir, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.