MSC Cruises has announced that two cruise ships will be based out of Port Canaveral, Florida, offering new choices for cruisers, including visits to MSC’s private island.
Port Canaveral Will Have Two MSC Ships
Even more choice is coming to Port Canaveral now that two MSC cruise ships will homeport there with the first ship starting as early as this November. This will be the first time the cruise line has been based from the popular Florida port, starting with MSC Seaside from November and MSC Divina from March 2021.
Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA, said:
“Port Canaveral has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers. It is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides convenient access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to bring two of our modern and glamourous cruise ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina,to such a high-demand port for the first time, with sailings year-round to the sunny Caribbean and The Bahamas.”
“As we look toward the upcoming year, we are eager to bring our guests back to sea when the time is right, with health and safety as a top priority, following guidance from national and international health authorities. We are also excited to expand our presence in North America with new and enriching cruise experiences.”
MSC Seaside will be sailing three-, four-, and seven-night cruises out of Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Itineraries will include calls to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Nassau. Select itineraries will also include the cruise line’s new private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas. The large vessel will continue to sail from the port through March 2021.
MSC Divina will take over the same itineraries from MSC Seaside at Port Canaveral come March 2021. The cruise ship will continue to based there through November 2021. Bookings for the new itineraries are now available for reservations.
Once the new sailings begin everyone is hoping that the suspension of cruises will not be extended even further. Currently, the cruise line has suspended cruises in the United States through September 15, 2020, in line with the CLIA announcement last week.
The 5,331 passenger MSC Seaside debuted in December 2017 and is one of the most advanced in the fleet. There’s plenty to do on board the 153,516 gross ton vessel. MSC Divina has a gross tonnage of 139,072 with a guest capacity of 4,345.
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