Cruising to the breathtakingly beautiful Carib isles

Enjoy the excitement of different colorful Caribbean islands. Explore them on land and in their unique, incomparable underwater vistas. A cruise ship is more than a means of seeing these islands – it’s a floating island itself.

This famous Italian line MSC Cruises features nine ships, each appropriately boasting a musical name. One of the newest masterpieces cruising the Caribbean is MSC Poesia, which means poetry in Italian. She’s truly a poem of the ocean as she sails with powerful majesty across the iridescent Caribbean waters. This winter MSC’s sisters will cruise the Caribbean waters.

Poesia and her sister ships cover endless Caribbean ports depending on the variety of itineraries one chooses. A few of Poesia’s eight-day cruises include:

Playa del Carmen in Cozumel in the Western Caribbean, Mexico’s only island, is home to quiet soft-sand beaches, friendly locals, exciting diving, sunbathing, snorkeling, Catamaran snorkelingv and beach party tours, and visits to many historic sites.

At Georgetown, Grand Cayman — famous among divers for the world’s cleanest waters, see underwater sea-life, glass bottom boats, and visit eerie rock formations named “Hell.” Be exhilarated swimming with tamed stingrays and enjoy the famous seven-mile beach.

Montego Bay, Jamaica. Christopher Columbus named this bay “The Gulf of good weather.” There are endless things to see and do this lively, colorful area. Visit popular Negril, to enjoy typical Jamaican ambiance. The famous late Jamaican singer, Bob Marley still reigns supreme. His music echoes everywhere. Don’t miss the many well-known sites- Rose Hill, home of Annie Palmer, the white witch of Rose Hill whose notorious past time was murdering husbands and raft on the famous Martha Brae.

Nassau, Bahamas isnalways popular for any activities; Discover Atlantis by boat and enjoy a narrated tour through the harbor until you see the famous Atlantis Resort. Upon arrival, begin the walking tour of the resort. See their outstanding Aquarium.

A “must” is the Athol Island snorkel tour. Board the snorkel boat and start cruising through Nassau harbor to reach the Athol Island Park. After a short safety course by experienced instructors, snorkel and take time to admire magical, live coral reefs. (Included in the New Year Cruise).

A sampling of other Caribbean ports on Poesia are: New Year Cruise – St.Thomas. U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten Christmas Cruise and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Cruising on Poesia or any MSC ship in the Caribbean for Caribbean-born people from the States or elsewhere, is a perfect occasion to revisit their native islands and reminisce.

Although the ship has Italian officers and crew, it’s quite an international cruise with guests from around the world. Enjoy every moment of this international adventure.

Warmth, friendliness among the staff and passengers radiate. Old friendships are renewed and new ones made.

“Friendship is better than gold and precious stones,” said the poet Longfellow. Associations made at sea always seem to have lasting qualities. No philosopher gives us the answer, but we believe the enormous expanse of the blue waters, and star-studded skies cement these friendships.

Many poignant songs were sung by performers and passengers, but there is never an “Arrivederci” (goodbye), for the pleasant memories will last forever.

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