MSC Cruises to send a second ship to Cuba

Posted: 12-Nov-15 10:25

Just months after announcing their first cruise itinerary to Havana for the 2015-2016 winter season, the Swiss-Italian cruise company, MSC is announcing it will add yet another cruise ship to their operations in Cuba, this time to cover next year's (and the following) winter season 2016-2017.

MSC Cruises to send a second ship to Cuba

After the announcement they made in July this year regarding the launching of a new cruise departing from Havana and to be in full operation from 22nd December 2015 all the way until the end of the 2016 winter season, MSC Cruises is ready it seems to add another cruising programme to the island onboard a new vessel, the details of which have not been released yet.

MSC’s new cruising plans in Cuba were recently announced during a press conference held to mark the occasion of MSC Lirica’s finished refurbishment. Gianni Onorato, MSC’s CEO made the announcement about the addition of a second ship in Cuba without revealing on what vessel it would be transporting passengers to the Cuban capital. He did specify however that it will be one of the recently renovated ships after it passes through the last stages of the Renaissance Programme, a plan to upgrade and modernise all of the company’s vessels.

Already, said programme is responsible for the lengthening of MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and the recently re-launched MSC Lirica (the first to be finished) by around 24 metres, in addition to the extensive refurbishment carried out across all cabins and public areas of these vessels.

The first of MSC’s cruise liners to dock in Cuba this coming 22nd December will be the MSC Opera, stationed in Havana during the whole 2015/16 winter season and instantly becoming the first mainstream cruise to homeport in Cuba, offering 16 Caribbean cruises from this departing point. It will be bringing up to 2,120 passengers to the island and the voyage includes a first port of call in Havana at the start of the cruise on 18th December, and after days of sailing around Caribbean waters and docking at other regional ports it will head back to Cuba as the final destination on 22nd December 2015.


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