MSC Cruises to Resume Cruising in the U.S. This Summer
MSC Cruises is the latest cruise line to officially announce that it will resume in the United States this summer. Starting in August, the line will sail two of its vessels from Florida ports. According to MSC Cruises, this restart follows the approval by the CDC of their Phase 2A Port Agreements for PortMiami and Port Canaveral, as well as an approval to conduct a simulation cruise, which will be held on MSC Meraviglia from PortMiami on July 17, 2021.
“After what has been a challenging period, we’re thrilled to say it’s finally time to cruise again. We are excited to be officially announcing our restart this summer from the U.S., and Florida in particular, as excitement is building for vacationers to get back to traveling and plan a much-deserved getaway,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “We want to thank our guests and partners, as well as Governor Ron DeSantis and the State of Florida, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami Dade County, PortMiami and Port Canaveral port officials. and the CDC for their strong support in bringing cruising back to the U.S. so we can get back to doing what we do best, providing our guests incredible and enriching vacations at sea.”
MSC Meraviglia will kick off the line’s restart on August 2, 2021, with 3- and 4-night cruises from PortMiami to the Bahamas, and will include a stop at the line’s new private island Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Starting September 18, 2021, MSC Meraviglia will add 7-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
MSC Divina will resume cruising from Port Canaveral on September 16, 2021, offering 3-, 4- and 7-night cruise options from to the Bahamas and Caribbean, also stopping at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC Cruises will welcome both vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests on these sailings. Those who are not vaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be subject to requirements such as additional testing, as well as more restrictions which the line will be sharing at a later date.
“With our vast experience cruising in Europe since August 2020 along with our industry-leading health and safety protocol, our guests can book with confidence knowing we are well prepared for a successful restart in the U.S.,” said Rubén Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA. “To ensure the safest experience for our guests, we previously announced a fleet-wide vaccination program for all crew — thanks to the support of The State of Florida, local government and port officials, and our partners,— and we expect that the majority of our guests booking a cruise this summer will plan to be vaccinated prior to sail. The rapid distribution of vaccines in the U.S. has been a positive step toward helping vacationers get back to traveling, and we encourage our guests to take advantage of this added layer of protection when resuming travel this summer.”
With this announcement, the line has canceled the following existing U.S.-based sailings: Cruises onboard MSC Divina from July 1, 2021 - September 15, 2021; Cruises onboard MSC Meraviglia from July 1, 2021 - September 17, 2021; Cruises onboard MSC Armonia from July 1, 2021 - October 24, 2021.
Bookings for these new sailings on MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina will go on sale starting June 16, 2021. Additional details, including itineraries and health and safety protocols, will be released by the line at a later date.