Cruise line leaves Port Canaveral for the first time


MSC Cruises first left Port Canaveral this week when one of their cruise ships took a three-night cruise to the Bahamas.

This is the first time that MSC Cruises has a cruise ship home port in Port Canaveral. MSC Divina will operate three, four and seven night cruises from the port to the Bahamas and the Eastern / Western Caribbean.

“We are very happy to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and delighted to be the home port of the magnificent MSC Divina,” said Captain John Murray, CEO of Port Canaveral. “This exciting new partnership is a testament to our commitment to excellence and the investments we have made in our cruise operations. We look forward to working with our new cruise partner to provide the best possible experience for their guests. “

MSC Divina’s return to sea not only expands MSC Cruises’ U.S. presence to a whole new home port, but also marks the cruise line’s 11th ship to resume operations globally.

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“We are delighted to bring MSC Divina to Port Canaveral and offer our customers even more choice when sailing with us from the United States,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “After the successful return of MSC Meraviglia, we are delighted to see our customers so eager to get back to sea, especially as the winter holidays approach. By bringing the world of discovery from MSC Cruises to this accessible port, close to popular attractions and major cities like Orlando, Tampa and South Florida, our clients have the perfect opportunity to take a well-deserved family vacation.

The MSC Divina was built in 2011, is 1,093 feet long, 124 feet wide, and weighs 139,072 gross tons. The cruise ship has 1,751 cabins and 1,388 crew members to accommodate 4,345 passengers.

Inspired by award-winning MSC Cruises godmother and actress Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance and sophistication with the detailed, European-inspired design for which MSC Cruises is known.

The spa on board MSC Aurea offers cruisers a range of treatments as well as a thermal area to relax and rejuvenate throughout the cruise. Guests will also find an array of entertainment options with onboard activities including a slide, F1 simulator, 4D cinema, and game room.

Additionally, guests can marvel at one of the largest theaters at sea, with 1,600 unobstructed seats, featuring large-scale theatrical productions every night of the cruise.