MSC Cruises has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami, the company’s exclusive homeport in the U.S.
The new agreement extends MSC Cruises’ existing Saturday preferential berthing rights also to Sundays. Additionally, the new terminal—projected to be completed by October 2022—will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ next-generation, still under construction MSC World Class cruise ships carrying up to 7,000 guests.
Currently, the MSC Seaside, which debuted in late 2017, sails year-round from Miami to the Caribbean from the recently completed Terminal F. MSC Divina also sails seasonally to the Caribbean from October through March, and MSC Armonia will join MSC Cruises’ North American-based fleet beginning year-round cruises to Havana, Cuba in December 2018. In addition, as of November 2019, MSC Meraviglia, the company’s largest ship with the capacity to carry 5,714 cruise guests (4,488 at dbl occupancy), will join the other three ships at PortMiami.
“PortMiami is committed to providing a world-class experience to its guests and thanks to a long-standing collaborative relationship with Miami-Dade County we are thrilled that in less than 18 months MSC Cruises will have four ships sailing from the port,” said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA, in a press release statement.
“In 2017, MSC Cruises worked with PortMiami on the completion of Terminal F, home to MSC Seaside, the first MSC Cruises ship to be built specifically for North American market and the Caribbean,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA, in a press release statement. “The construction of another cruise terminal is further testament of our commitment to U.S. travel partners and their guests, as it will allow us to continue to enhance our service, starting right from embarkation.”