A glimpse of the interior of MSC Divina, Port Canaveral’s newest cruise ship

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Port Canaveral has resumed operations and this week welcomed a new vessel of MSC Cruises.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

“Just so excited! Oh my God,” Debra Milner said.

She and her husband, Mike, were the first to board.

MSC Cruises had already departed from Miami, but the company chose to add Port Canaveral due to its strategic location.

“Our passengers are a lot of ‘training market’ passengers – people who don’t want to fly today,” said Ken Muskat, CEO of MSC Cruises.

He said the ship normally holds 3,500 people, but currently has about half of them in reserve.

“It’s not completely sold out,” he said. “We did it on purpose because we are going up slowly.”

Port Canaveral Commission Chairman Wayne Justice said MSC is their fifth cruise ship partner to operate from the port. They are still waiting for the return of the Norwegian Cruise companies.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas for the very first time and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

“Over the past 15 months, Port Canaveral has lost over $ 115 million in revenue – revenue that would normally be invested in our economy here,” Justice said.

He said the pandemic has not been easy for the 260 employees working at the port, as well as for local businesses.

“We have laid off about 40% of our staff and rehired about 10%, and as the number of cruises increases, we will be booking as many people as we need.”

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas for the very first time and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

MSC Divina sets sail for the very first time from Port Canaveral in the Bahamas and passengers are struggling to contain their excitement.

This is why cruise ships like the Divina are simply divine for the local economy.

“It’s about transportation, about moving people. It’s about hotels and their facility. It’s about people supplying these ships. All the food, water, drink, all that back. is back, ”added Justice.

MSC Divina will provide an exciting trip to help keep local businesses afloat, as people like the Milners make their way to port from Jenson Beach.

“Parking was easy, everyone is friendly. It’s probably our choice from now on,” said Mike Milner.

MSC Divina will offer three, four and seven night trips to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

MSC Cruise has announced that a second ship, MSC Seashore, will make its Port Canaveral debut in November.

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