MSC Cruises has announced that, starting in November 2015, MSC Divina will resume sailing year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.
“North America is a key market for MSC Cruises as the company works to double its capacity by 2022,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “Since the arrival of MSC Divina in Miami in November 2013, we’ve seen significant growth in the market and strong demand by consumers and travel agents for MSC Divina to sail from North America year-round.”
MSC Divina’s already published November 2015 through April 2016 itineraries will remain unchanged. New itineraries from April 2016 through March 2017 will rotate between Eastern and Western Caribbean routes and include stops in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
MSC Cruises also recently announced that MSC Seaside, set to debut in November 2017, will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.
“Keeping MSC Divina in North America year-round will help us expose even more travel agents and consumers to the MSC Cruises brand as well as build excitement for the arrival of MSC Seaside in 2017,” said Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA.
In addition, MSC Cruises’ Miami-based operations will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.
Booking Information and Special Launch Promotion
April 2016 through March 2017 sailings on MSC Divina will open for booking on Friday, May 1. As a special launch promotion, MSC Cruises will offer consumers a value-added offer that includes shipboard credit, a beverage package and a Wi-Fi package, depending on the category of stateroom booked.
The line will also offer 18 percent flat commission for group bookings, along with complimentary stateroom upgrades and shipboard credit for guests in the group.
Summer 2016 in the Mediterranean
MSC has also created a Mediterranean itinerary on a ship in the same class, the 3,274 passenger MSC Fantasia. That ship will sail Mediterranean cruises with seven ports in seven days from Genoa. This itinerary includes a visit to Cannes on the French Riviera, followed by a call to Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. From Barcelona, MSC Fantasia will set sail towards the island of Corsica and the city of Ajaccio, a new destination for this itinerary. The next call in Naples will offer MSC Cruises’ guests the chance to visit Pompeii and see Mount Vesuvius for themselves, followed by an opportunity to see Cinque Terre or Florence and Tuscany through a call in La Spezia, before returning to Genoa.
Additionally, MSC Cruises will once again offer its all-inclusive fly and cruise packages to Barcelona for summer 2016.