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MSC Cruises is expanding into the United States and taking on the major players in the industry. European cruise line MSC Cruises announced this week that it would add a luxury liner to its main cruise ship hubs in the United States

As part of the updated SMC plan, 5 vessels in total will operate from Port Miami, Port Canaveral in Florida, as well as its port in New York just in time for the holiday season at the end of 2023. Here are all the details we have so far.

The MSC Seaside cruise ship passes palm trees on South Beach as it departs PortMiami, the busiest cruise terminal in the world.

A new ship will leave by the end of 2023: the MSC Divina

The newly announced liner operating from the United States will be the company’s 3,502 passenger, MSC Divina, which will operate out of Port Miami.

This ship has previously sailed in the region and served cruisers in North America.

    MSC Seashore cruise ship moored at tropical island Ocean Cay, Bahamas during Caribbean voyage

Expansion of MSC in the United States

MSC’s new cruise line for the US market means the cruise line will expand its itineraries in the Atlantic regions of Bermuda, New England, Canada, the Caribbean and the Bahamas for the 2023/2024 travel season.

In March this year, MSC announced that it would launch its maiden voyage from New York in early 2023, which will be the 4th MSC liner to leave the United States.

The three MSC liners currently in service are two in Port Miami and another operating out of Port Canaveral. The launch of the new ship will make for two ships operating out of New York Harbor.

Aerial photo of MSC Meraviglia Miami

MSC Cruises US President Rubén Rodríguez made the following statement during the announcement“Bringing more ships to the United States allows us to offer a wide variety of itineraries, add new destinations and provide more opportunities for travelers to experience our unique international flavor.”

“It is especially exciting to know how many of these guests will experience Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and to see firsthand how we have embraced the natural beauty of the island and how committed we are to sustainability. ocean and showing our guests the true extent of its wonder drives everything we do at MSC Cruises,” he continued.

Cruise passengers arrive at the cruise ship to check in and board the MSC Seaside cruise ship which sails from Cozumel to Miami.

MSC ships: North American itinerary for 2023

To review, here is the new schedule for MSC operations outside of North America by the end of 2023:

New York City: New York’s Brooklyn-based port will see the likes of MSC Meraviglia, a cruiser the size of 4,500 passengers. When it launches from its new US port next summer, it will take cruisers to destinations in New England and Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) before heading to Bermuda and back to New York.

The fall and winter itinerary for 2023 also calls for the liner to sail south to Bermuda, Florida, and the Bahamas. Reservations for 2023 are currently available on the official MSC website.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Port Canaveral: Operating from Orlando, the new 4,540-passenger MSC Seashore liner will replace her sister ship, MSC Seaside. Cruise itineraries for 2023 and 2024 will range from 2 nights to 2 weeks, taking cruise passengers to destinations in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexican Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republicand more).

PortMiami: The luxurious fleet of 4,540 passengers, the MSC Seascape, will offer week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Miami throughout the year. The MSC Magnifica, a 2,500-passenger liner, will offer shorter cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Key West.

Finally, the MSC Divina will have everything from 3 to 11 night cruises departing from Miami by the end of next year. Longer itineraries will sail to cruise destinations in Central and South America for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Path to the beach in Key West Florida

MSC currently has 19 ships operating in ports around the world, and this 5th US-based cruise ship will mean almost a quarter of its ships will leave North America.

Please note that vaccinations are currently no longer mandatory to be on the safe side. board an MSC boat. You can check the website for the latest details on the company’s travel restrictions.

msc crusie ship seaside

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