MSC Cruises’ First Ship To Sail From Port Canaveral Approved To Resume Cruise Operations After Successful Completion Of Simulated Voyage

MSC Cruises to enter brand new U.S. homeport when MSC Divina begins cruising from Port Canaveral beginning September 16, 2021

Guests can select from 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises to The Bahamas & Caribbean, including stops at MSC Cruises’ private island destination Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

 

COURTESY MSC: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2021) — MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest and fastest growing major cruise brand, has announced that its glamorous ship, MSC Divina, has received approval from the CDC for its Conditional Sailing Certificate, following the successful completion of a simulated voyage last week. With approval granted, MSC Divina is set to not only become MSC Cruises’ 11th ship to resume cruising globally, but also the company’s first to set sail from its brand-new homeport, Orlando / Port Canaveral.

“After officially resuming cruises from the U.S. with MSC Meraviglia in early August, we are thrilled to cross another significant milestone toward bringing our entire fleet back to sea around the world for safe, relaxing and enjoyable cruises,” said Rubén Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “In the U.S. in particular, MSC Divina’s restart will bring us into an entirely new, easily accessible embarkation destination, providing our guests with more choice when cruising with us to popular destinations in The Bahamas and Caribbean, including our stunning new private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.”

With MSC Divina’s upcoming restart, MSC Cruises’ guests can now select from a variety of 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries from two embarkation ports in Florida:  Miami and Orlando / Port Canaveral. Following MSC Divina’s restart, MSC Meraviglia will add 7-night cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean.  All cruises will continue to operate under MSC Cruises’ industry-leading health and safety protocol, including testing measures, vaccine requirements, mask-wearing, social distancing, enhanced sanitization and more. With comprehensive health measures in place, cruisers on board can enjoy virtually the same experience they look forward to, with gourmet dining, award-winning entertainment and enriching activities.

MSC Cruises itineraries from Florida ports also feature stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, named Best New Cruise Destination, where guests can enjoy the island’s natural beauty, discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas. With ships docking at the island from early morning into the evening — and often overnight — guests can spend a full day enjoying two miles of pristine, white sand beaches and activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, thrilling wave runner rides and more.

Health & Safety

MSC Cruises’ top priority is protecting the health and safety of its guests, crew and the communities the Company’s ships visit. All MSC Cruises’ ships cruising from the U.S. will sail under the protection of the Company’s comprehensive health and safety protocol which includes COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for guests, fully vaccinated crew that  are tested weekly, physical distancing, mask-wearing, protected shore excursions for guests who are not fully vaccinated, enhanced sanitation measures and personal hygiene recommendations, such as increased hand-washing and sanitizing stations. For additional details on MSC Cruises’ health and safety measures, please visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures.

For more information on MSC Cruises’ first cruises from Port Canaveral and to book, guests should contact their preferred travel advisor, or visit www.msccruises.com.

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About MSC Divina

Inspired by MSC Cruises’ godmother and award-winning actress Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance and sophistication with the detailed European-inspired design MSC Cruises is known for. With seven distinct dining venues, guests can taste gourmet cuisines from around the world, including prime cuts of meat at Butcher’s Cut and fresh sushi and sashimi at Galaxy Kaito. The on board MSC Aurea Spa offers cruisers a range of treatments as well as a thermal area to relax and rejuvenate throughout the cruise. Guests will also find an array of entertainment options with onboard activities including a waterslide, F1 Simulator, 4D cinema and a gaming arcade. Additionally, guests can marvel at one of the largest theaters at sea, showcasing full-scale theatrical productions each evening of the cruise.

About Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

MSC Cruises has transformed Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve into a one-of-a-kind destination within a flourishing marine reserve, providing guests a unique opportunity to relax on pristine beaches, discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of Bahamian culture. On Ocean Cay, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of crystal blue waters and more than two miles of white pristine sand beaches. Guests can discover marine life up close, with activities like snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more, or relax with a private cabana or oceanfront massage. With late-night stays, and in some cases overnight visits, guests have the opportunity to enjoy unique evening activities, such as an incredible lighthouse light show and a high-energy Junkanoo parade.

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises — the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025 with options for six vessel orders in place through 2030.

MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs and the very latest user-friendly technology on board.

The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve.  In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol please see here.

MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship with a long-term goal to achieve zero emissions for its operations. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment please see here.

Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments please see here.


Cover photo courtesy MSC Cruises — MSC Divina Lobby

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