MSC Cruises, the world's fourth largest cruise line and largest privately-owned cruise company, announced that when MSC Divina – one of the cruise line's most ultra-modern and elegant ships – returns from her season in the Mediterranean, she will once again sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean starting November 2015.
"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. We're thrilled to be able to meet this demand, providing more opportunity for North American guests to enjoy the unique 'Mediterranean Style Cruise' experience that only MSC Cruises can offer."
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.
A testament to the company's long-term commitment to North America, MSC Cruises' also recently announced that MSC Seaside, set to debut in November 2017, will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. "MSC Cruises has received extremely positive ratings from travel agents and guests, who rave about the beauty of our Mediterranean-inspired decor, quality of international cuisine, and world-class, standing-ovation quality entertainment," said Rick Sasso, President of MSC Cruises USA. "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."
"PortMiami welcomed MSC Cruises for the first time in November 2013 with MSC Divina," said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. "MSC Divina is among the most modern and elegant ships in the industry today. We are extremely proud to welcome her back home for year-round sailings starting November 2015 and are excited for MSC Seaside to join her at PortMiami a few years later."
In addition, MSC Cruises' Miami-based operations will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.