MSC Cruises to Sail From a New Floridian Port in 2021

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Caribbean and Bahamas cruises call on MSC's new private island, Ocean Cay. - Photo by MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has announced their cruise schedule for March through November 2021, which includes a new-to-them homeport in Florida. The line also pushed back their return to sail date, which is now scheduled to be August 1, 2020. 

Those impacted by the July 11-31 canceled cruises will automatically receive a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit of the original cruise fare paid by June 19, to be used on a sailing on or before December 31, 2021. In addition, all passengers currently booked with MSC Cruises USA between August 1 and October 31, 2020 will now be eligible for Cruise Assurance, which allows them to cancel their sailing up to 48 hours prior to departure and reschedule with a 100 percent Future Cruise Credit good for any ship and itinerary through December 31, 2021. 

The cruise line also reconfirmed their March through November 2021 schedule, which will include two new ships that are currently under construction for a total of 19 vessels, as well as a series of new itineraries and homeports.

 

Caribbean and the Bahamas

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve - Photo by MSC Cruises

MSC Meraviglia will continue to sail from Miami, offering 7-night cruises departing every Saturday. MSC Armonia will also continue to depart from Miami, sailing new 3 and 4-night getaway cruises that depart on Mondays and Fridays. For the first time for MSC, MSC Divina will be sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida offering a mix of 3, 4, and 7-night cruises departing Sundays and Thursdays. 

MSC’s new private Bahamian island 'Ocean Cay' will be a key highlight of Caribbean cruises, with all three ships calling there. The island is located just 64 miles from Miami, and is surrounded by 64 square miles of marine reserve, giving visitors a unique opportunity to discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of the Bahamian culture. Ocean Cay features two miles of pristine beachfront across eight beaches, and activities there include snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. In the evening, the island comes alive with a lighthouse show, authentic Junkanoo parade, and dancing under the stars with live music from Bahamian artists and DJs. 

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Seaside Ships in the Mediterranean

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Marseille, France - Photo by MSC Cruises

The three award-winning Seaside class ships will all be deployed together for the first time in the Western Mediterranean in summer 2021 — including MSC Seaside which has recently been operating Caribbean sailings from Miami. Seaside along with her sister ships MSC Seaview and MSC Seashore were designed for warm weather, and boast ample outdoor space for those who want to soak up the sunshine and stunning ocean views. 

MSC Seashore was scheduled to make her grand debut in spring 2021, but with shipyard delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic she will now enter service on August 1, 2021. For the time period between when Seashore was scheduled to debut and when she will actually enter service, MSC Fantasia will temporarily cover the itinerary. This “Six Pearls” itinerary calls in Genoa, Naples, Sicily, Malta, Barcelona, and Marseille.

MSC Seashore will be joined by MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview in their Genoa homeport, operating 7-night cruises there. The line will also be returning to Tunisia in August 2021 when MSC Fantasia sails 7-night cruises from Genoa that call in Marseille, Barcelona, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), and the port of La Goulette in Tunis, Tunisia. 

Nine to 12-night voyages will also be offered from Genoa in late summer to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal, Greece, and Haifa, Israel aboard MSC Poesia.

 

Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries

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Venice, Italy - Photo by MSC Cruises

New for summer 2021, MSC Lirica will be deployed from Venice, Italy and will also offer embarkation in the northern Italian port of Trieste with an itinerary calling in Zadar, Dubrovnik, and Split, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; and Corfu, Greece. MSC Musica, Orchestra, Opera, and Sinfonia will operate 7-night cruises also departing from Venice and calling in the Greek islands, Montenegro, and Croatia. 

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Northern Europe

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Nordkapp (North Cape), Norway - Photo by MSC Cruises

Beginning on May 8, the brand-new MSC Virtuosa will spend her first summer season sailing 7 to 14-night cruises from the German port of Kiel, alternating between the fjords and Baltic capitals. All of these itineraries will offer embarkation in both Kiel and Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The famous fjords of the Norwegian west coast and the Baltic capitals can also be enjoyed on a 7 or 14-night (back to back cruises) itinerary on MSC Splendida. The ship will also offer 10 and 11-night voyages to the Baltic capitals or North Cape. 

MSC Magnifica will homeport in Southampton, England and offer 7-night cruises to the Norwegian fjords, 14-night voyages to the Baltic capitals or the Mediterranean in mid-August, 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands, and a 7-night voyage calling in the “Northern Pearls” of Hamburg, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Le Havre, France.

MSC Preziosa will offer 9 to 14-night cruises from Hamburg with destinations in Ireland, Iceland, and North Cape and Spitzbergen, Norway.

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Note: With the new 2021 Caribbean deployment, MSC Cruises canceled some previous existing itineraries. 

 

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