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More Than 12,000 MSC Cruises Guests Celebrate New Year

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More Than 12,000 MSC Cruises Guests Celebrate New Year

PHOTO: MSC cruise ships sit in the background as partygoers pack Copacabana Beach on New Year’s Eve. (Courtesy MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises, the Geneva-based global cruise line – No. 1 in Europe, South America and South Africa – docked four of its ships together Thursday night at the world-famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, as more than 12,000 guests aboard were given an unimpeded front-row view of the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve firework display.

Guests on MSC Splendida, MSC Poesia, MSC Lirica and MSC Armonia were treated to a privileged view of the magnificent 16-minute firework display from the four ships’ spacious exterior decks and thousands of balcony cabins. According to Brazilian tourism officials, more than 24 tons of fireworks were launched from 11 barges anchored off shore this New Year’s Eve. In addition, MSC Cruises guests enjoyed special New Year’s Eve dinners and an exciting night of partying and fun before a delicious New Year’s Day breakfast in the morning.

As the No. 1 cruise line in the expanding South American market, MSC Cruises offers the most comprehensive range of seasonal itineraries from Santos and Rio de Janeiro to the most desired destinations in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The simultaneous arrival of four MSC Cruises ships in Rio de Janeiro further underscores MSC Cruises’ leadership in the market as well as the company’s unrivalled offering of South American itinerary choices.

On her inaugural South American sailing, the 4,363-guest MSC Splendida arrived from Santos to Salvador, in Bahia, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. Before reaching Copacabana on Thursday, her guests had enjoyed a visit to Buzios, one of Rio’s prime spots for getting in touch with nature. Her last port of call on the seven-night cruise was Ilha Grande before returning to Santos.

The newly improved Renaissance Program ship MSC Lirica had sailed from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, then on to Cabo Frio, before returning to Codpacabana for the end-of-year celebrations. The ship’s final call was Ubatuba, one of Sao Paulo’s most famous beaches.

Sister ship of MSC Lirica, MSC Armonia, left Santos on Dec. 29 heading for Porto Belo, in Santa Catarina State. After New Year’s Eve in Rio, she sailed on to Ilhabela, one of Brazil’s most beautiful tropical islands and a scuba and free diving hotspot. Buzios and Ilha Grande will be the last calls on her six-night cruise. MSC Armonia is the first MSC Cruises ship to undergo the four-ship, $217 million Renaissance expansion project.

The beautiful 3,223-guest MSC Poesia had arrived from Buenos Aires, bringing mainly Argentinian guests to enjoy not only Copacabana’s unique fireworks display, but also Ilha Grande and Ilhabela as well as romantic Punta del Este in Uruguay.

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