MSC Cruises to resume cruises from US ports
MSC Meraviglia will begin 3- and 4-night itineraries from Miami on August 2 and will continue with 7-night cruises starting September 18. MSC Divina will restart with 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises from Port Canaveral on September 16
MSC Cruises, the world's third-largest and fastest-growing cruise brand, announced its resumption plans for cruises from US ports starting in August. The announcement follows CDC approval of the Company's Phase 2A Port Agreements for the Port of Miami and Port Canaveral, as well as the provisional approval of its requirements to conduct a simulation cruise, which will take place. on the MSC Meraviglia from the Port of Miami on July 17, 2021.
MSC Meraviglia will begin the resumption of MSC Cruises from August 2, 2021, with cruises of 3 and 4 nights from Miami to The Bahamas and with the new exclusive destination, the private island of MSC Cruises, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Then, starting September 18, 2021, MSC Meraviglia will add 7-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Divina will resume sailing from Orlando (Port Canaveral) on September 16, 2021, offering 3, 4 and 7 night cruise options from The Bahamas and the Caribbean, which also include stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
"With our vast experience sailing in Europe since August 2020 along with our industry leading health and safety protocol, our American guests can book with confidence knowing that we are well prepared for a successful restart in that market," said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO “To ensure the safest experience for our guests, we previously announced a fleet-wide vaccination program for the entire crew, and we hope that the majority of our guests who book a cruise this summer will plan to get vaccinated before sailing. The rapid distribution of vaccines in the US has been a positive step in helping guests return to travel, and we encourage our guests to take advantage of this protection tool when they return to travel this summer. "
MSC Cruises will reveal additional itinerary details for cruises aboard MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina in the coming week, as well as health and safety measures and guidelines for guests. Cruises will welcome both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Those not yet vaccinated will be subject to requirements such as additional testing, as well as restrictions, to be announced at a later date.
MSC Cruises is also today canceling existing US-based voyages affecting Florida-based ships: MSC Divina scheduled to sail from Port Canaveral, and MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia scheduled to sail from the Port of Miami, as follows:
• Cruises aboard MSC Divina from July 1, 2021 to September 15, 2021 inclusive.
• Cruises aboard MSC Meraviglia from July 1, 2021 to September 17, 2021 inclusive.
• Cruises aboard MSC Armonia from July 1, 2021 to October 24, 2021 inclusive.
Guests affected by the aforementioned cruises will receive the details of the letter of credit that can be used for any MSC departure that is available for sale (with the exception of MSC Virtuosa departures for the British public in 2021 or those destinations restricted by health issues).
New MSC Cruises itineraries from the US aboard MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina will officially open for reservations in the US on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.