Cruise NewsMSC Cruises Adding a 3rd Cruise Ship in Miami Later This Year

MSC Cruises Adding a 3rd Cruise Ship in Miami Later This Year

MSC Cruises, the largest privately owned cruise line in the world, announced that they will be adding a third cruise ship sailing out of PortMiami beginning in December 2018.

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MSC Armonia will add Miami to its seven night Cuba and Caribbean itinerary and will homeport there alongside MSC Divina and MSC Seaside.

With the addition of Miami, guests will be able to enjoy an even richer itinerary across the Caribbean, as well as benefit from more in- and outbound traveling options for their cruise vacation. Moreover, MSC Cruises will be the only cruise line offering a 7-night program regularly including two days in Havana, featuring the largest and most modern cruise ships calling Cuba.

MSC Armonia was the first ship in MSC Cruises’ $250 million Renaissance Program and has been recently and extensively overhauled, in late 2014. The cruise ship has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families; exquisite, varied dining offerings; outstanding, all-hours entertainment; a broad choice of relaxation and wellness options, and more, all provided with a touch of Mediterranean flair and flavor.

With her new 7-night itinerary, MSC Armonia’s guests will embark in Miami on Mondays, with the ship then calling Montego Bay (Jamaica), Georgetown (Cayman Islands), and Cozumel (Mexico) before arriving in Havana, the Cuban capital, on Saturday and staying through to Sunday. Upon departing Havana, the cruise ship will return to Miami.

While in Cuba, guests will be able to choose from a broad range of shore experiences rich in cultural and historical discovery. The Caribbean island is a unique cultural hub, offering a distinct combination of traditions thanks to its rich heritage which is unique in the region.

The visits to Cuba comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved U.S. citizens to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control. As such, all sailings to Cuba from the U.S. offer shore excursions that comply with the people-to-people educational exchange activities requirement as set forth in the U.S. regulations.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, gave the following statement: “Miami is known internationally as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and it is often referred to as the world’s leading cruise port as it continues to excel in its principal homeport status with modern passenger terminal facilities, great accommodation options and outstanding end-to-end logistics and supply chain infrastructure.

It is a truly exciting destination in itself and guests who visit Miami will enjoy a destination unlike any other, with a dramatic skyline, bustling cultural life, arts, great food, entertainment and so much more, as well as all that the state of Florida and beyond has to offer.”

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