MSC Cruises is set to become the fifth major cruise line to operate from Port Canaveral, as its cruise ship MSC Divina received clearance to depart for the first time from its new home port on Thursday 16 September.
Switzerland-based MSC Cruises recently announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved MSC Divina for a conditional navigation certificate after the 3,500-passenger cruise ship successfully completed a mock voyage.
The 1,094-foot-long MSC Divina will be the second MSC Cruises ship to resume cruises from the United States with three, four and seven-night trips from Cruise Terminal 10 in the port on Thursdays and Sundays. MSC Meraviglia resumed cruises from PortMiami in August.
“After officially resuming cruises from the United States with MSC Meraviglia in early August, we are delighted to take another important step to bring 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 United States in particular, the restart of MSC Divina will bring us to a whole new boarding destination that is easily accessible, offering our customers more choice when sailing with us to popular destinations in the Bahamas and the Caribbean,” including our beautiful new private island destination. , Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
All MSC Cruises ships from the United States will operate under the company’s health and safety protocol which includes universal COVID-19 boarding testing for all guests, weekly crew testing, a physical distancing, mask wear, and specific additional requirements and restrictions for guests who are not fully immunized.
Known for its luxury ships, MSC Cruises joins Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International with port-based ships.
The ship will depart on its inaugural cruise at 6 a.m. this evening. Port Canaveral invites visitors to Jetty Park for a “wave off” event marking the first cruise. Regular entrance fees to Jetty Park apply, or visitors can use their annual pass.
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