MSC Cruises Resumes U.S. Cruising

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MSC CRUISES OFFICIALLY RESUMES U.S. CRUISING FROM PORTMIAMI WITH MSC MERAVIGLIA

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2021) — MSC Cruises — the world’s third largest and fastest-growing major cruise brand — is back, marking its return to cruising from the U.S. as MSC Meraviglia prepares to depart from PortMiami. This evening, the glamorous cruise ship will embark on a four-night cruise to The Bahamas, featuring a stop at MSC Cruises’ private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. 

MSC Cruises’ first guest cruise in the U.S. in nearly 18 months is a landmark moment in the Company’s global plan to have more than half of its fleet back at sea by the end of the summer. Its U.S. return also kicks off a countdown to brand new itineraries and ships for North American guests to look forward to this fall.

“As of today, we once again have the pleasure of showcasing our word-class experiences to U.S. guests, offering them the cruise experience they know and love with upscale dining, dynamic entertainment and immersive activities, including our new private natural paradise, Ocean Cay,” said Rubén Rodríguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “It has been a long road, and we are delighted to see demand continue to increase as cruisers grow eager to get back to sea. We are confident that they will find the rich onboard experience that we’re known for, while feeling reassured that their health and safety is our highest priority.”

MSC Meraviglia’s Return to the U.S.

MSC Meraviglia is one of the hottest vacation destinations at sea, packed with innovative features for an unforgettable experience. Guests will be reintroduced to dazzling features, including a two-story, Mediterranean-style promenade lined with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment; a luxurious Balinese spa; MSC Yacht Club; our thrilling Polar Aquapark with a Himalayan Bridge ropes course; and multiple pools and sundecks. Cruisers will be captivated by world-class entertainment in the Broadway-style theater each evening, Formula 1 simulators, a bowling alley and many other entertainment options. Diverse, internationally-inspired cuisine ranges from prime cuts at Butcher’s Cut, fresh sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki at Kaito and Mediterranean-style seafood at Ocean Cay, to name a few.

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MSC Meraviglia will sail 3- and 4-night cruises beginning today and add 7-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises starting September 18, 2021. Highlight itineraries include:

  • August and September 2021: Four-night cruises embarking from Miami and visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for an overnight stay. Prices currently start at $269 per person for a balcony stateroom.
  • September 2021 and beyond: Seven-night cruise embarking from Miami and visiting Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Nassau, Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and a second stop at Ocean Cay before returning to Miami. Prices currently start at $409 per person for a balcony stateroom.

MSC Divina will then be MSC Cruises’ second ship to return to cruising from the U.S., with three-, four- and seven-night itineraries beginning Sept. 16 from Orlando (Port Canaveral) – a new homeport for the Company. Itinerary highlights include:

  • Sept 2021 and beyond: Three-night cruise from Port Canaveral visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Prices start at $129 per person for a balcony stateroom.
  • September 2021 and beyond: Seven-night cruise from Port Canaveral visiting Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve; Cozumel, Mexico; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Prices start at $329 per person for a balcony stateroom.
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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, is a highlight of MSC Cruises’ itineraries cruising from Florida to The Bahamas & Caribbean.  Ocean Cay is MSC Cruises’ private island paradise and the island was named Best New Cruise Destination.  It offers guests more than two miles of white sand beaches in an eco-friendly 64 square mile marine reserve. Guests will enjoy the island’s natural beauty, discover local marine life and soak up the spirit of The Bahamas with ships docking at the island from early morning into the evening and in many instances overnight. Guests can spend a full day enjoying activities for all ages, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, thrilling wave runner rides and more.

What’s Ahead for MSC Cruises in the U.S.

Delivered just last week as the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, MSC Seashore – MSC Cruises’ newest flagship – will arrive to her new homeport in Miami on November 18, 2021. As an evolution of the Seaside class, the ship will bringguests closer to the sea than ever before with 140,000 sq. ft of outdoor space, the most of any MSC Cruises ship in the U.S., numerous outdoor bars and dining, pools and deck area for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as a variety of brand new spaces for guests.

Health & Safety Measures

The health and safety of guests, crew and the communities we visit is MSC Cruises’ top priority.  In line with this commitment, MSC Cruises implemented an industry leading health and safety protocol onboard each ship, which includes universal COVID-19 testing at embarkation; vaccination and periodic testing of crew; social distancing; mask-wearing; enhanced sanitation measures and more. MSC Cruises will welcome both vaccinated and not fully vaccinated guests onboard with additional requirements and restrictions for guests who are not fully vaccinated.  

This comprehensive protocol has been key to MSC Cruises’ successful global restart, in practice since MSC Cruises was the first major cruise line to restart cruising in August 2020 with MSC Grandiosa resuming operations in the Mediterranean. Over the last year, the Company has successfully provided safe and enjoyable cruise vacations to tens of thousands of guests.

For more information on MSC Cruises’ first cruises from the U.S. and to book, guests should contact their preferred travel advisor, or visit here

To learn more about MSC Cruises’ comprehensive health and safety protocol, visit here.

MSC Cruises’ Health & Safety Protocol:

In advance of its restart in Europe in August 2020, MSC Cruises developed its leading health and safety protocol that effectively set a standard for the industry. The Company set up a cross-functional task force, comprised of in-house experts in the areas of Medical Services, Public Health and Sanitation, Hotel Services, HVAC and other Shipboard Engineering Systems, Information Technology and Logistics, as well as leading global healthcare provider Aspen Medical to further assist with the development of the protocol and operating procedures. 

In addition, MSC Cruises has established a blue-ribbon COVID Expert Group – a panel of highly qualified and internationally respected public health, epidemiology, and medical experts to inform and review our initiatives and ensure that the actions taken are appropriate, effective and informed by the best available science and health practices.

Using the latest data, research and technology, MSC Cruises’ health and safety protocol is designed to prevent and mitigate the risk of infection and transmission during an MSC Cruises’ vacation, easily adapt to a changing environment, and immediately respond in the event of any suspect cases to prevent spread.

For its resumption of cruising from the U.S., MSC Cruises has adapted and enhanced its protocol to protect guests, crew and the communities MSC Cruises’ ships visit, meeting the needs of the current environment and the destinations in which the cruises will sail. The health and safety protocol includes the following pillars:

  1. Universal health screening of all guests prior to embarkation that includes a health questionnaire and a COVID-19 antigen test. Guests that are not fully vaccinated are also be required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR NAP test result at embarkation, taken within 72 hours of departure. Nearly 100% of crew members are fully vaccinated, and all crew members are tested for COVID-19 up to three times prior to embarkation, prior to disembarkation, and periodically during their contract. 
  2. Specific additional requirements for guests who are not fully vaccinated. Guests who are not fully vaccinated are required to purchase MSC Cruises’ Travel Insurance & COVID-19 Protection Services and they are subject to more stringent protocols on board.  At the moment, these include but are not limited to the required purchase of MSC sponsored shore excursions in order to go ashore, and required testing upon embarkation and while on board. Separately, there are specific areas on board dedicated to fully vaccinated guests.
  3. Elevated sanitation, cleaning and hygiene measures supported by the introduction of deep cleaning methods and the use of hospital-grade disinfectant products. Increased hand washing and sanitization stations are placed throughout the ship and guests are encouraged to frequently wash or sanitize their hands during the cruise.
  4. 100 percent fresh air circulation in both staterooms and public areas throughout the ship, with no recirculation of air.
  5. Social distancing is enabled through careful control of capacity of venues, public areas and spaces on board, allowing for more space for guests. Activities have been modified to allow for smaller groups and guests are able to pre-book services and activities to manage guest numbers.
  6. Mask-wearing is required while indoors in public areas. Guests are allowed to remove their masks when seated at their socially-distanced tables at dining venues, bars and lounges. Separately, masks are not required in areas dedicated exclusively to fully vaccinated guests
  7. Protected shore excursions available which are required for not fully vaccinated guests in order to disembark the ship.  Fully vaccinated guests are permitted to visit freely in port. All guests can enjoy Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve at their leisure or with any one of the offered shore excursions on the island.
  8. Enhanced medical facilities and services with highly qualified staff, including testing facilities.  Dedicated isolation staterooms are available to enable isolation of any suspected cases and close contacts.
  9. A contingency response plan will be activated if a suspected COVID-19 case is identified, in close cooperation with the CDC and local health authorities. The suspected case and close contacts will follow isolation measures and may be disembarked according to local and national regulations.

For additional specifics on MSC Cruises health and safety measures, visit here.

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises — the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025 with options for six vessel orders in place through 2030.

MSC Cruises offers its guests an enriching, immersive and safe cruise experience inspired by the Company’s European heritage, where they can enjoy international dining, world-class entertainment, award-winning family programs and the very latest user-friendly technology on board. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ itineraries and experience on board its ships please see here.

The Company’s number one priority has always been the health and safety of its guests and crew, as well as the communities at the destinations its ships serve.  In August 2020, MSC Cruises implemented a new comprehensive and robust health and safety protocol to become the first major line to return to sea. To learn more about MSC Cruises’ health & safety protocol please see here.

MSC Cruises has long been committed to environmental stewardship with a long-term goal to achieve zero emissions for its operations. The Company is also a significant investor in next-generation environmental marine technologies, with the objective to support their accelerated development and availability industry wide. To learn more about the Company’s environmental commitment please see here

Finally, to learn more about the MSC Foundation, MSC Group’s own vehicle to lead, focus and advance its conservation, humanitarian and cultural commitments please see here.

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