MSC Cruises to start sailing from Cuba

Posted: 06-Jul-15 11:26

Swiss-based, global cruise company MSC Cruises has just announced that it will start offering Caribbean week-long cruises aboard the MSC Opera vessel departing from Havana as of 22nd December 2015. With a seasonal schedule that ends in April, the selected ship, which has capacity for up to 2,120 passengers, will sail along Jamaica, Mexico's Gulf Coast and the Cayman Islands before to returning to Cuba and docking off in Havana.

MSC Cruises to start sailing from Cuba

Becoming the largest cruise line to ever offer cruises from Cuba, MSC recently revealed their plans to launch a new sailing route along the Caribbean departing from Havana.

Starting 22nd December 2015 and ending April 2016, this coming winter season the new cruise will take passengers from Havana to Montego Bay in Jamaica, to the island of Cozumel in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and lastly to Georgetown in the Cayman Islands.

The stopover in Cuba will include two nights and two-and-a-half days in Cuba's capital city, with shore excursions provided through Cubanacan, Cuba’s leading tour management agency.

Gianni Onorato, MSC’s Chief Executive said about the company’s newest pioneering venture in Cuba:

"The move to Cuba attests to our steadfast commitment to offer our experienced guests and holidaymakers the best and most sought-after destinations as they become accessible, thus further enhancing our global offering while providing travellers best-in-class experiences and service,"

Onorato also wanted to add a special thanks to Cuba’s transportation and tourism ministries for “their continued highly professional contribution.”

MSC Opera will be the chosen vessel for providing the new cruise from Cuba, with capacity for up to 2,120 passengers, instantly beating Canada’s Cuba Cruise, which had been the island’s largest cruise operator previously, with capacity for up to 1,200 passengers aboard the Celestyal Cristal ship, which is scheduled to sail again in 2015-2016’s winter season.

The chosen vessel for the new cruise departing from Cuba is currently undergoing renovations as part of a $220 million plan to refurbish and upgrade four of MSC’s older ships.


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