Fans meet baseball greats on cruises

By Julianne Carelli

Pictured on board a previous MSC baseball cruise are (l-r) Tommy Davis, Jeff Torborg, Bob Feller, Dave Campbell, Clarence Jones and Stan Bahnsen. All (except Torborg who hasn’t yet confirmed) are expected be on the Nov. 14 cruise.

Fans looking to stretch the baseball season into the winter months can enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean with some of their favorite former Major League Baseball stars on an MSC “Baseball Greats” cruise onboard the MSC Poesia.

Guests can interact with former Major Leaguers who played and were stars of their sport. “Baseball Greats” cruises offer free guest/player activities including a player-hosted trivia game, a question-andanswer session, a guest pitching contest, and a lively storytelling session. The players host pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running clinics. One of the most popular aspects of the experience includes a free autograph session.

These Caribbean cruises are roundtrip from Port Everglades aboard the 2-yearold, 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia and feature the following itineraries and former Major League Baseball players:

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 14 with Indians’ Hall-of- Famer Bob Feller, Tommy Davis (Dodgers’ two-time batting champion), Glenn Beckert (Cubs’All-Star, Gold Glove second-baseman), Clarence Jones (player and hitting coach for 20 years with the Braves and Indians) and Stan Bahnsen (star pitcher for the Yankees).

Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Dec. 5 with Graig Nettles (All- Star, Gold Glove third-baseman for the Yankees), Amos Otis (All-Star, Gold Glove center-fielder for the KC Royals), Dave Campbell (infielder for the Tigers and Padres, and award-winning broadcaster for ESPN), Stan Bahnsen, and another player to be named.

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 9 with Andre Dawson (Cubs and Expos 2010 Hall-of-Fame inductee), Greg Luzinski (All-Star slugger for the Phillies and White Sox), Art Shamsky (outfielder and first-baseman for the 1969 “Miracle Mets”), Pete Mackanin (infielder for the Rangers and Expos, manager for the Pirates and Reds, and current bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies), and Stan Bahnsen. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 23 with Rick Burleson (Angels and Red Sox All-Star shortstop and appeared in the 1975 Red Sox versus Reds World Series), Rick Wise (No-hitter with the Phillies, and with the Red Sox, was the winning pitcher in game six of the 1975 World Series), Jim Fregosi (All-Star shortstop and managed the Phillies to the 1983 World Series), Stan Bahnsen, and another player to be named.

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Feb. 6 with Randy Hundley (Cubs All-Star, Gold Glove catcher), Roland Hemond (Baseball guru and two-time MLB General Manager of the Year in 1972 with the White Sox and 1989 with the Orioles), Stan Bahnsen, and two additional players to be named.

Depending on the cruise, ports may include St. Thomas, USVI; St. Maarten; Nassau, Bahamas; Key West; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. Caribbean cruise-only rates begin at $529 per person, double occupancy (government fees/taxes additional).

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit online at, call 1-877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

MSC Cruises is the fastest-growing cruise line in the world with the youngest fleet of 11 ships. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, U.S. and Canada (Fall 2010), South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa. MSC Cruises recently forged a three-year, million- dollar partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project in Brazil while increasing awareness of this cause onboard its ships.

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