MSC Cruises announced its intention to strengthen its focus on the North American markets by deploying MSC Divina from Miami year-round in 2016. This decision will allow a global audience to benefit from added itineraries and increased availability of the unique MSC Cruises experience in the Caribbean.
Having proved hugely popular, the stunning 3,500-guest MSC Divina will remain in the USA next summer (Northern Hemisphere) to sail 26 seven-night itineraries from PortMiami to multiple Caribbean ports. What is more, these itineraries can now be combined into a magnificent 14-night voyage to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten.
The sharpened Caribbean focus comes only a month after MSC Cruises revealed that MSC Seaside, the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships, will also sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean starting November 2017. Moreover, MSC Cruises’ Miami-based operations will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.
MSC Divina will be replaced by her sister ship, 3,274 passenger MSC Fantasia, on her Mediterranean itineraries to meet strong demand for the unique MSC Cruises product there as well. She will sail Mediterranean cruises with seven ports in seven days from Genoa. This itinerary includes a visit to one of the French Riviera’s best-known destination – Cannes – followed by a call to Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, two iconic destinations in the Mediterranean. 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.
MSC Fantasia’s initially scheduled itineraries in Northern Europe will nevertheless be made available to MSC Cruises guests and cruise enthusiasts with the redeployment of MSC Musica in the region.
These developments attest to the Company’s growing commitment to the North American market, and to its commitment to provide a best-in-class experience and quality of service across its key markets on Mediterranean and Northern European destinations.