MSC CRUISES’ FIRST SHIP TO SAIL FROM PORT CANAVERAL APPROVED TO RESUME CRUISE OPERATIONS AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SIMULATED VOYAGE
- MSC Cruises to enter brand new U.S. homeport when MSC Divina begins cruising from Port Canaveral beginning September 16, 2021
- Guests can select from 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises to The Bahamas & Caribbean, including stops at MSC Cruises’ private island destination Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 9, 2021) — MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest and fastest growing major cruise brand, has announced that its glamorous ship, MSC Divina, has received approval from the CDC for its Conditional Sailing Certificate, following the successful completion of a simulated voyage last week. With approval granted, MSC Divina is set to not only become MSC Cruises’ 11th ship to resume cruising globally, but also the company’s first to set sail from its brand-new homeport, Orlando / Port Canaveral.
“After officially resuming cruises from the U.S. with MSC Meraviglia in early August, we are thrilled to cross another significant milestone toward bringing our entire fleet back to sea around the world for safe, relaxing and enjoyable cruises,” said Rubén Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “In the U.S. in particular, MSC Divina’s restart will bring us into an entirely new, easily accessible embarkation destination, providing our guests with more choice when cruising with us to popular destinations in The Bahamas and Caribbean, including our stunning new private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.”
With MSC Divina’s upcoming restart, MSC Cruises’ guests can now select from a variety of 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries from two embarkation ports in Florida: Miami and Orlando / Port Canaveral. Following MSC Divina’s restart, MSC Meraviglia will add 7-night cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean. All cruises will continue to operate under MSC Cruises’ industry-leading health and safety protocol, including testing measures, vaccine requirements, mask-wearing, social distancing, enhanced sanitization and more. With comprehensive health measures in place, cruisers on board can enjoy virtually the same experience they look forward to, with gourmet dining, award-winning entertainment and enriching activities.
MSC Cruises itineraries from Florida ports also feature stops at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, named Best New Cruise Destination, where guests can enjoy the island’s natural beauty, discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas. With ships docking at the island from early morning into the evening — and often overnight — guests can spend a full day enjoying two miles of pristine, white sand beaches and activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, thrilling wave runner rides and more.
Health & Safety
MSC Cruises’ top priority is protecting the health and safety of its guests, crew and the communities the Company’s ships visit. All MSC Cruises’ ships cruising from the U.S. will sail under the protection of the Company’s comprehensive health and safety protocol which includes COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for guests, fully vaccinated crew that are tested weekly, physical distancing, mask-wearing, protected shore excursions for guests who are not fully vaccinated, enhanced sanitation measures and personal hygiene recommendations, such as increased hand-washing and sanitizing stations. For additional details on MSC Cruises’ health and safety measures, please visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures.
For more information on MSC Cruises’ first cruises from Port Canaveral and to book, guests should contact their preferred travel advisor, or visit www.msccruises.com.
SOURCE MSC Cruises
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