MSC Cruises is set to become the fifth major cruise line to operate from Port Canaveral, as its cruise ship MSC Divina has received approval to sail for the first time from its new homeport on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Swiss-based MSC Cruises announced recently that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the MSC Divina for a conditional sailing certificate after the 3,500-passenger cruise ship successfully completed a simulated voyage.
The 1,094-foot-long MSC Divina will be MSC Cruises’ second ship to restart cruises from the U.S. with three-, four- and seven-night voyages from the Port’s Cruise Terminal 10 on Thursdays and Sundays. The MSC Meraviglia resumed cruises from PortMiami in August.
“After officially resuming cruises from the U.S. with the 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, the 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.”
All MSC Cruises ships from the U.S. will operate under the company’s health and safety protocol which includes universal COVID-19 testing at embarkation for all guests, weekly testing of crew, physical distancing, mask-wearing, and specific additional requirements and restrictions for guests who are not fully vaccinated.
Known for its luxurious ships, MSC Cruises joins Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International with ships based at the Port.
The ship will depart on her inaugural cruise at 6 tonight. Port Canaveral is inviting visitors to Jetty Park for a “wave off” event to mark the first cruise. Regular entrance fees to Jetty Park apply, or visitors can use their annual pass.
Go to msccruisesusa.com for more information or itineraries.