MSC Adds First U.S. Homeport for Cuba Cruises: Miami

Miami // Photo by Mindy_Nicole_Photography/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images
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MSC Cruises is adding its first U.S. homeport for Cuba cruises. Starting December 10, the MSC Armonia will sail from Miami on a seven-night Caribbean itinerary that includes two days in Havana. The MSC Armonia will join fellow Miami-based MSC ships, the MSC Divina and MSC Seaside.

MSC Cruises said that the move will make it the only cruise line to offer a seven-night program regularly including two days in Havana. On the new seven-night itinerary, the 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 ship will return to Miami.

In a written statement MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said that having Miami as a homeport will offer U.S.-based guests a greater array of inbound and outbound travel options. It will also give European and international guests an opportunity to add a pre- or post-cruise portion to New York, Orlando or other U.S. cities.

While in Cuba, guests will be able to choose from a number of culture- and history-focused shore excursions. All visits comply with the U.S. Department of Treasury and OFAC people-to-people regulations regarding Cuba travel.

MSC Armonia was the first ship in MSC Cruises’ $250 million Renaissance Program, undergoing an extensive overhaul in late 2014. The ship has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families; varied dining offerings; all-hours entertainment; a broad choice of relaxation and wellness options, and more.

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