MSC Meraviglia Welcomes Passengers On Board, Marking MSC Restart In The United States – Cruise Industry News


MSC Meraviglia became the last MSC cruise ship to welcome guests on board again after the pandemic when it left PortMiami, Florida last night.

MSC Cruises said it was a key step in the line’s global plan to get more than half of its fleet back to sea by the end of this summer, after the initial restart of the line in the Mediterranean in August 2020 and in recent months. months the return to sea of ​​several of its ships across the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, the United Kingdom, the Red Sea and now in the Caribbean outside the United States

Tens of thousands of guests have returned to enjoy a sea cruise on an MSC Cruises ship since last summer, the cruise line said, under the protection of its health and safety protocol which is now also available for cruises departing from US ports.

MSC Meraviglia is now on its first four-night cruise to Nassau, the Bahamas and the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, where the ship will stay overnight to allow guests to stay longer to experience the new private island destination of the company.

According to a press release, the destination offers its guests more than two miles of white sand beaches in a 64 square mile ecological marine reserve. Guests can enjoy the nature of the island, discover the local marine life and soak up the “spirit of the Bahamas” with the ships moored on the island from early morning until evening and in some cases overnight.

Guests can spend a full day enjoying activities for all ages, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling and more.

MSC Meraviglia will operate three and four night cruises and add seven night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from September 18, 2021.

MSC Divina will become the second MSC Cruises ship to resume cruising from the United States, with three, four and seven-night itineraries starting September 16 from Orlando (Port Canaveral) – a new port of attaches to the company.

Delivered last week, MSC’s new flagship, Seashore, will arrive at its new home port in Miami on November 18, 2021, following its inaugural season in the Mediterranean. As an evolution of the Seaside Class, MSC said the ship will bring guests “closer to the sea than ever before” with 140,000 square feet of outdoor space, the largest number of MSC Cruises ships in the United States. , many outdoor bars and restaurants. , swimming pools and terrace for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as a variety of new spaces for guests.

MSC has said the health and safety of its guests, crew and the communities visited by its ships is its top priority. Since last summer, MSC Cruises has implemented a health and safety protocol on board each ship, which includes universal COVID-19 tests on boarding; regular crew tests; physical distancing; wearing a mask; improved sanitation measures and more. In the United States, MSC Cruises will accommodate both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers on board, with additional requirements for unvaccinated passengers.