MSC Poesia will bring 90,000 tourists to Turkey
MSC Cruises begins its 2008 summer season with the MSC Poesia, the newest and largest vessel in its fleet, which started its first tour from Turkey on April 22nd.
The MSC Poesia will call at Izmir and Istanbul for 30 weeks, bringing 90,000 tourists to Turkey with its regularly scheduled weekly sailings.
The cruise ship tourist season is officially open in Turkey, which is known to be a country with some of the most varied terrain in the world. A partner with Arkas in Turkey for the past four years, MSC Cruises brought its first Turkish passengers on board this year in Istanbul on Wednesday, April 23rd. The largest and newest vessel to call regularly at Turkish ports, the MSC Poesia offers an eight day, seven night tour of Istanbul, Izmir, Venice and Bari in Italy, Katakolon in Greece and Dubrovnik in Croatia.
For a long time, no cruise ships called at Izmir, but MSC Cruises has played a significant role in increasing the number of cruise ship tourists to 400,000. The MSC Poesia will dock at Izmir and Istanbul a total of 30 times between now and October, bringing 90,000 tourists to those ports.
An amazing floating design: MSC Poesia
Designed by Studio de Jorio, an Italian interior design studio, MSC is the newest pearl in the Mediterranean, a ship that makes its passengers feel special in every way. Built in 2008, the vessel is 293.8 meters long and 15 stories high. Its gigantic hull can accommodate 3,013 passengers and is fitted with 1,275 cabins, 809 of which have balconies. The vessel features 22,000 square meters of living area with a wide variety of activities, including three swimming pools (one that is just for children), fitness/recreation rooms, jogging track, sauna, Turkish Bath, hot tubs, four restaurants, 10 bars (including one outdoor bar), a three-story theater that seats 1,250 people, night clubs and shopping centers.
On the MSC Poesia, 1,500 square meters of space has been dedicated to a beauty spa. Featuring the latest, most professional treatments, the mystical atmosphere of the Aurea SPA center will make your skin feel relaxed, young and nourished. MSC Cruises is celebrating its 20th year in the cruise ship tourism sector and provides all of this at very reasonable prices without compromising on quality. Customers can take advantage of discounts of up to 400 Euro on all tours with early reservations.
A treat for children
The MSC Poesia offers impeccable service with almost one thousand well-trained personnel. Special attention is paid to Turkish passengers with : a Turkish hostess, Turkish menus in the restaurants , etc?. Children and youth will have a great time on the MSC Poesia, too. The ship has a video game room, a children"s play room and a Teen"s Club. MSC Cruises wants children to be able to share this wonderful experience with their parents and allows two children under 18 to go on this cruise by paying only port taxes if they share a cabin with their parents.
The environmentally-friendly MSC Poesia
The newest member of the fleet, MSC Poesia shows its concern for protecting the environment with special anti-pollutant paint called Intersleek 900. Just one of the many new features of the ship, Intersleek 900 is a high-performance paint that maximizes passenger comfort while protecting the environment from many negative factors.
Sophia Loren? the ?Godmother? of MSC Cruises ships since 2003
World-famous Sophia Lauren, an actress who captures the essence of Italian beauty, has been the official ?godmother? at Christening ceremonies for ships owned by MSC Cruises. This year for the first time, renowned musician Andrea Bocelli accompanied Loren as she cut the ribbon for MSC Cruises. By inviting these two famous artists, MSC Cruises proved once more its commitment to Italian culture in a Christening ceremony that featured plenty of music and excitement.
After a concert, Sophia Loren cut the ribbon, smashing a champagne bottle on the side of the ship. The ceremony continued with a fireworks display that lit up the Dover sky and music that kept everyone entranced.