MSC Cruises is Sailing from Port Canaveral

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MSC Cruises begins sailing from Port Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises.)

MSC Cruises is sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time in the cruise line’s history when the MSC Divina departs for a 3-night tour of the Bahamas and Caribbean tonight. Guests planning their fall or spring vacations can now select from 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises visiting popular destinations as well as MSC Cruises’ private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. MSC Divina’s return to sea not only expands MSC Cruises’ U.S. presence to a brand-new homeport, but also marks the line’s 11th ship to resume operations globally.

“We are thrilled to bring MSC Divina to Port Canaveral and offer our guests even more choice when cruising with us from the U.S.,” said Ruben Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA, in a press statement. “Following the successful return of MSC Meraviglia, we are excited to see our guests so eager to get back to sea, especially as the winter holiday season approaches. By bringing MSC Cruises’ world of discovery to this accessible port—near popular attractions and major cities like Orlando, Tampa and South Florida—our guests have an ideal opportunity to take a much-deserved family vacation.”

“We’re very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and excited to be the homeport for the beautiful MSC Divina,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray, in press materials. “This exciting new partnership speaks to 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.”

MSC Divina will sail 3-night cruises beginning today and will add 7-night eastern, western Caribbean cruises starting Sept. 19, 2021, 4-night cruises on Sept. 26 and add more 7-night cruises in mid-October.

Highlight itineraries include

September 2021:

  • Three-night cruises embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for an overnight stay.
  • Seven-night cruises visiting Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, and Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico from Port Canaveral.
  • Four-night cruises visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for an overnight stay.

October 2021:

  • Seven-night cruise embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica the Cayman Islands, and Ocean Cay, MSC Marine Reserve.
  • Seven-night cruises visiting MSC Marine Reserve, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico from Port Canaveral.

November 2021:

  • Ten-night cruise embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, MSC Marine Reserve, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

The MSC Divina brings features a detailed European-inspired design with seven distinct dining venues that offer 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, with 1,600 unobstructed seats, showcasing full-scale theatrical productions each evening of the cruise.

MSC Cruises’ Comprehensive Health & Safety Protocol
MSC Cruises continues to implement health and safety protocol onboard each ship, including requiring proof of vaccination for guests ages 12 and older in accordance with the local mandate in The Bahamas; COVID-19 testing at embarkation; vaccination and testing of crew; social distancing; mask-wearing; enhanced sanitation measures and more.

This comprehensive and continuously evolving protocol has been key to MSC Cruises’ global restart more than 12 months ago when MSC Cruises was the first major cruise line to restart cruising with MSC Grandiosa sailing in the Mediterranean.

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