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Old April 9th, 2009, 11:52 AM
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Male guest pianist (Cole Porter's piano at the Waldorf, etc.) on the 19-day/18-night transatlantic crossing of the beautiful new flagship of MSC Cruises, the "Orchestra" leaving Ft. Lauderdale May 2 (or can board in New York City May 5 or 6 for same price) can take one other person with him for $63 per day inclusive ($1197 total, including all port charges and taxes in an oceanview/balcony stateroom). This is 19 days for less than their lowest promotional price for an oceanview stateroom on their immediately-following 7-day cruise in Europe, as you can see below. It should be a great transatlantic voyage with interesting ports of call in the Azores, Portugal, Spain (2 ports), England and Denmark as well as lots of nice days at sea on an exceptionally beautiful ship with some of the best shows and entertainment on the high seas. Inexpensive air available. Here are the details:

MSC Orchestra - Trans-Atlantic

18 Nights 2 May 2009 - 20 May 2009
Florida, New York, Portugal, Spain, England, Denmark - 2009

Travel on board of the MSC Orchestra. Departing from Fort Lauderdale,Florida and calls to New York,New York, New York,New York, Ponta Delgada,Azores Islands, Lisbon, Vigo, La Coruna, Dover, Copenhagen .

Day Date Port Arrival Departure Notes
1 Sat Fort Lauderdale,Florida 07.00 PM
2 Sun At Sea ----- -----
3 Mon At Sea ----- -----
4 Tue New York,New York 08.00 AM 12.00 AM (MIDNIGHT)
5 Wed New York,New York 12.00 AM (MIDNIGHT) 05.00 PM
6 Thu At Sea ----- -----
7 Fri At Sea ----- -----
8 Sat At Sea ----- -----
9 Sun At Sea ----- -----
10 Mon At Sea ----- -----
11 Tue Ponta Delgada,Azores Islands 08.00 AM 04.00 PM
12 Wed At Sea ----- -----
13 Thu Lisbon 10.30 AM 05.30 PM
14 Fri Vigo 01.00 PM 09.00 PM
15 Sat La Coruna 08.00 AM 06.00 PM
16 Sun At Sea ----- -----
17 Mon Dover 09.00 AM 06.00 PM
18 Tue At Sea ----- -----
19 Wed Copenhagen 07.00 AM

Category: Stateroom: Prices
starting from: Early Booking
Prices from:
1 Interior $ 2400 $ 1199
2 Interior $ 2440 $ 1269
3 Interior $ 2500 $ 1299
4 Oceanview $ 2800 $ 1449
5 * Oceanview $ 2900 $ 1499
6 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3200 $ 1649
7 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3240 $ 1669
8 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3300 $ 1699
9 Superior Balcony $ 3600 $ 1849
10 Superior Balcony $ 3680 $ 1889
11 Superior Balcony $ 3800 $ 1949
12 Suite with Balcony $ 5200 $ 2649

For comparison to the much-reduced prices above of this 19 day/18 night transatlantic voyage via New York, take a look at their current sale pricing for a 7 night cruise, in this case, the cruise following. Note below the price of category 5-6 oceanview staterooms--originally $2400-2800 pp, now $1399-1599 pp plus port charges and government taxes, based on two in a stateroom (otherwise double--100% single supplement), which is about the same as the $1499-1649 pp plus port charges and government taxes for cat. 5-6 staterooms on the 18 night transatlantic, down from its original $2900-3200, above. In addition, the 7 night cruise costs more airfare--round-trip to Europe rather than just one way back, which is quite inexpensive with an air consolidator or internet specials. The current offer to the public is already a tremendous value for such a great itinerary on this elegant new ship. The cruiseshare price $1,197 total, including all taxes, is much lower still. In addition, there may be discounts on tours, invitations to cocktail parties, etc. as stateroom-mate of a staff member. Can board either in Ft. Lauderdale on May 2 or in New York on May 5 or 6--same price. Here's the 7-day cruise comparison:

MSC Orchestra - Northern Europe

7 Nights 23 May 2009 - 30 May 2009

Travel on board of the MSC Orchestra. Departing from Copenhagen and calls to Kiel, Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen .

Day Date Port Arrival Departure Notes
1 Sat Copenhagen 06.00 PM
2 Sun Kiel 08.00 AM 04.00 PM
3 Mon At Sea ----- -----
4 Tue Stockholm 08.30 AM 04.30 PM
5 Wed Tallinn 09.00 AM 04.00 PM
6 Thu St. Petersburg 07.00 AM 07.00 PM
7 Fri At Sea ----- -----
8 Sat Copenhagen 09.00 AM

Category: Stateroom: Prices
starting from: Early Booking
Prices from:
1 Interior $ 2200 $ 1099
2 Interior $ 2340 $ 1169
3 Interior $ 2400 $ 1199
4 Oceanview $ 2700 $ 1349
5 * Oceanview $ 2800 $ 1399
6 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3200 $ 1599
7 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3260 $ 1629
8 Oceanview with Balcony $ 3320 $ 1659
9 Superior Balcony $ 3500 $ 1749
10 Superior Balcony $ 3620 $ 1809
11 Superior Balcony $ 3740 $ 1869
12 Suite with Balcony $ 4700 $ 2349

Some information on the ship:

MSC Orchestra––A new jewel rides the ocean. The MSC Orchestra is a shining gem among cruise ships. In an atmosphere of luxury cruising, she boasts 18 decks, the spacious Body and Mind Spa with serene meditation area and a large fitness center overlooking the bow of the ship. You can choose from five restaurants onboard the MSC Orchestra, including authentic Italian cuisine and the sophisticated Shanghai, the only Chinese restaurant at sea. Stop by the MSC Orchestra’s Internet Café or take part in a game of tennis or basketball. Relax by the stunning Acapulco pool or the Cala Blanca pool with a massive LED screen for watching movies under the stars. Our state-of-the art cruise ship offers luxurious accommodations, most featuring private balconies.

We welcome you to join our new ship as she sails to exotic and delightful destination on the cruise vacation of your dreams.

MSC Orchestra

The Orchestra is MSC's newest flagship and blends together a unique mix of design, comfort and safety. Passengers can enjoy 18 decks full of amenities, including a tennis court, jogging track, gym, beauty salon, theatre, casino, internet cafe, library, art gallery and more. For relaxation, the Orchestra boasts a sauna, swimming pools, jacuzzis and a turkish bath. All staterooms have interactive TV, minibar, safe and radio.

Ship Statistics
Year Built 2007
Tonnage 92,400 tons
Registry Panama
Length 964 feet
Beam 106 feet
Passenger Capacity 3,013
Crew Size 987
Total Inside Cabins 275
Total Outside Cabins 1,000
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas 827
Suites 18
Maximum Occupancy per room 2
Age Restrictions One person must be 21 or older
Dinner Seatings 2
Seating Assignments Assigned
Dining Hours 6:00pm and 8:15pm on Caribbean sailings; 7:00pm and 9:15pm on all other sailings
Dining Room Dress Code 7-day: 2 formal nights, others 'neat casual'.
Tipping Recommended? Yes
Tipping Guidelines $12 per guest, per day automatically charged to onboard account (amount can be adjusted according to quality of service received). A gratuity is included on beverage orders.
Services & Amenities
Bars/Lounges 12
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes
Casino Yes
Chapel No
Disco/Dancing Yes
Elevators Yes
Hot Tub 4
Internet Access Yes
Laundry/Dry Cleaning Yes
Library Yes
Movie Theatre Yes
Onboard Weddings No
Self Serve Laundromats No
Shops Yes
Showroom Yes
Spa Yes
Video Arcade Yes
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball Court No
Fitness Center Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Ice Skating Rink No
Jogging Track Yes
Mini-Golf Course Yes
Rock Climbing Wall No
Swimming Pool 2
Tennis Court Yes
Water Sports Platform No
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room Service Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Safe Yes
Telephone Yes
Television Yes
Kids Facilities
Babysitting No
Children's Playroom Yes
Kiddie Pool Yes
Supervised Youth Program No
Teen Center Yes
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
(private connecting doors) Yes
Kosher Meals No
Single Occupancy Cabins No
Single Share Program No
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins Yes

Check for $1197 can be made out to Apple Bank in New York and held in escrow by bank manager until you are confirmed by MSC as the second passenger, at which time you would authorize deposit to my account.

Call (212) 628-3206 or e-mail immediately if interested. Could meet at the Harvard Club in New York if desired.

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