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World’s Fastest-Growing Cruise Line to Homeport in Tampa

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As part of MSC Cruises huge North American expansion plans, MSC Armonia will homeport in Tampa starting from November 2020.

MSC Cruises to Sail from Tampa for First Time

MSC Cruises is expanding to a new homeport with the MSC Armonia and this comes as no surprise for the world’s fastest-growing cruise line! Starting from November 11, 2020 the cruise ship will be based from the Port of Tampa, Florida.

Ken Muskat, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of MSC Cruises USA, said:

“As MSC Cruises expands its presence in the U.S., the introduction of Tampa as a homeport plays an important role in our long-term deployment strategy for this region.”

“We’ve seen increased demand for cruise options from Tampa as vacationers from around the world look to explore the city and surrounding areas pre- and post-cruise.  We’re looking forward to bringing MSC Armonia, one of our more classic and charming ships, to Tampa and to introducing even more travelers to the MSC Cruises experience, inspired by our European heritage.” 

The ship will be offering a variety of 4- and 5-night sailings for the 2020-2021 winter season from Tampa. The options from the port are pretty good which will include calls at Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. The ship will even be calling at MSC’s new private island in the Bahamas named Ocean Cay. Here are some samples of the itineraries available:

  • Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2021 – (4-night): Tampa; Key West; Ocean Cay; At Sea; Tampa. Prices start at $239 per person.
  • Jan 14 – Jan 19, 2021 – (5-night): Tampa; At Sea; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; At Sea; Tampa. Prices start at $299 per person.
  • Jan 19 – Jan 24, 2021 – (5-night): Tampa; Key West; At Sea; Progreso, Mexico; At Sea; Tampa. Prices start at $289 per person.

Cruisers will be able to book back-to-back cruises and extend their voyage with even 9-night to 10-night vacations. &-night cruises for Christmas and the New Year will also be available. Following the winter season, MSC Armonia will continue to be based out of Tampa but will begin sailing week-long itineraries from May 2021 through November 2021.

Also Read: 16 Reasons You Should Cruise from the Port of Tampa

The 65,500 gross ton cruise ship is currently based out of Miami, Florida sailing 7-day cruises. The ship has a guest capacity of 1,950 at double occupancy.

Ship Photo: MSC Cruises

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