(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 22, 2020) — MSC Cruises — the world’s fastest growing cruise line — will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this Winter and offer a year-round presence, starting with the modern and glamourous MSC Seaside from November – March 2021, followed by the elegant MSC Divina, starting at the end of March. The arrival marks a significant milestone for both MSC Cruises and Port Canaveral, as the port welcomes an MSC Cruises ship for the first time. Guests eager to sail from the sunshine state to the Caribbean and The Bahamas can experience MSC Cruises’ signature European style and enjoy increased flexibility with three-, four- and seven-night cruise options departing on Sundays and Thursdays. Starting today, guests can book MSC Cruises’ sailings from Port Canaveral online at MSCCruises.com or though their preferred travel advisor partner.
With nearby access to Orlando, the city’s theme parks and attractions, guests can enjoy an extended stay before or after their cruise, with options of either a short weekend getaway, or a week-long cruise. Itineraries uncover hidden treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve — MSC Cruises’ private Bahamian destination.
“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,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “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.”
“We’re very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and excited to be the homeport for the beautiful MSC Seaside and MSC Divina,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray. “This exciting new partnership is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner providing the best possible experience for their guests.”
HIGHLIGHT ITINERARIES FROM PORT CANAVERAL
MSC Seaside and MSC Divina will uncover the treasures of the Caribbean and The Bahamas with itineraries to allow guests to escape with a quick weekend getaway or a week-long vacation under the sun. And, with MSC Seaside beginning sailings starting in November, guests can start planning their time together with a much-needed vacation for the holidays.
Aboard MSC Seaside, guests can choose from three-, four- and seven-night cruises starting November 2020 through March 2021, visiting George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.
MSC Divina will replace MSC Seaside in Port Canaveral come March 2021, continuing her itineraries with a diverse set of three-, four- and seven-night cruises through November 2021, and visiting George Town, Cozumel, Nassau and Ocean Cay.
IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES IN OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE
As a highlight of MSC Cruises’ Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, guests will experience the cruise line’s exclusive private Bahamian destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Cruises has transformed Ocean Cay into a one-of-a-kind destination within a flourishing marine reserve, providing guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture and reconnect with themselves and each other.
In Ocean Cay, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of crystal blue waters and more than two miles of white pristine sand spread across eight world-class beaches, including a dedicated family beach. Water activities in Ocean Cay have been created to help guests discover marine life close-up, including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports. Guests can also relax with private cabanas for rent, or book a massage at the island’s exclusive, luxurious spa concept — The Spa at Ocean Cay — offering treatments designed to immerse guests in the natural environment. With late evening stays on several itineraries, guests have the opportunity to enjoy unique evening activities, such as an incredible lighthouse light show and a high-energy Junkanoo parade.
MSC CRUISES’ NEW COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL
MSC Seaside and MSC Divina’s sailings from Port Canaveral will follow MSC Cruises’ new comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol which are being developed in collaboration with relevant national and international health authorities with the support of a team of external medical experts. The new enhanced protocol will encompass every aspect of the guest’s journey, ensuring that the health and safety of guests and crew is protected, while preserving the uniqueness of the guest experience. Full details of the new precautionary health and safety measures will be announced in the coming days.
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