Due to popular demand MSC Cruises Divina, will be heading back to Miami for year-round Caribbean cruises starting Nov. 2015, according to an announcement today, April. 22, by what is billed as “ the world’s fourth largest cruise line and largest privately-owned cruise company.”
“North America is a key market for MSC Cruises as the company works to double its capacity by 2022,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “Since the arrival of MSC Divina in Miami in November 2013, we’ve seen significant growth in the market and strong demand by consumers and travel agents for MSC Divina to sail from North America year-round. We’re thrilled to be able to meet this demand, providing more opportunity for North American guests to enjoy the unique ‘Mediterranean Style Cruise’ experience that only MSC Cruises can offer.”
MSC Divina’s November 2015 through April 2016 itineraries will remain unchanged before a new schedule starts from April 2016 through March 2017 that will rotate between Eastern and Western Caribbean routes and include stops in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
MSC Cruises’ also announced that MSC Seaside, set to debut in November 2017, will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. “MSC Cruises has received extremely positive ratings from travel agents and guests, who rave about the beauty of our Mediterranean-inspired décor, quality of international cuisine, and world-class, standing-ovation quality entertainment,” said Rick Sasso, President of MSC Cruises USA. “Keeping MSC Divina in North America year-round will help us expose even more travel agents and consumers to the MSC Cruises’ brand as well as build excitement for the arrival of MSC Seaside in 2017.”
“PortMiami welcomed MSC Cruises for the first time in November 2013 with MSC Divina,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “MSC Divina is among the most modern and elegant ships in the industry today. We are extremely proud to welcome her back home for year-round sailings starting November 2015 and are excited for MSC Seaside to join her at PortMiami a few years later.”
Bookings for cruises from April 2016 through March 2017 for the MSC Divina will open for booking on Friday, May 1, 2015. To promote the launch promotion, MSC Cruises is offering consumers a value-added offer that includes shipboard credit, a beverage package and a WiFi package, depending on the category of stateroom booked.
MSC has also created an appealing Mediterranean itinerary on the same class, 3,274 passenger, MSC Fantasia that will sail Mediterranean cruises with seven ports in seven days from Genoa. This itinerary includes a visit to one of the French Riviera’s most iconic destination – Cannes – followed by a call to Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, two iconic destinations in the Med. From Barcelona, MSC Fantasia will set sail towards one of France’s most beautiful islands and a new destination on this itinerary: Corsica and the city of Ajaccio. The next call will offer MSC Cruises’ guests the chance to visit Pompeii and see Mount Vesuvius for themselves, with a call in Naples, followed by a unique opportunity to see Cinque Terre or Florence and Tuscany through a call in La Spezia, before returning to Genoa. The line is also bringing back its popular all inclusive fly & cruise packages to Barcelona for summer 2016.
For more information on MSC Cruises and its current fleet of 12 ships, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.