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MSC Cruises introducing new ships, ports and a private island in winter 2019/20

MSC Armonia, one of two ships sailing from Cuba with overnights in Havana
MSC Cruises’ global winter 2019/2020 program features 17 ships including two new entrants, longer sailings in the Med, an exclusive private island in the Bahamas and a second world cruise.  

Sales are opening next week for MSC Grandiosa sailings - one of two newbuilds coming into service for MSC Cruises in 2019. The vessel will be spending her inaugural winter season in the Western Mediterranean.

Also in the Med, MSC Sinfonia will offer longer cruises of 11, 12 and 14 nights in winter 2019/2020 including a new itinerary of 14-nights that calls at Hafia, Israel with a full two days to discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Also featured are Civitavecchia (Rome), Messina and Genoa to Barcelona, Marseille,  Rhodes, Limassol and Heraklion, Crete.

MSC Sinfonia will also be sailing a new 12-night cruise from Genoa to Tenerife, Tangier, Cartagena, Funchal and Civitavecchia.

Before MSC Meraviglia commences homeporting from Miami, the ship will undertake two 10-night round trip itineraries from New York calling at Bar Harbor, Boston, Portland before moving onto Canadian ports Charlottetown, Corner Brook –Halifax, Quebec, St. John and Sydney.

Prior to arriving in New York, MSC Meraviglia will commence a 17-night transatlantic cruise from Kiel, Germany with ports of call in Denmark, UK & Ireland, Iceland and Canada.

For winter 2019/2020, six ships will be deployed in the Caribbean, offering a wider choice of ships, itineraries and experiences than ever before and including the opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in winter 2019, a new private island exclusively for MSC Cruises guests.

Located in the Bahamas Ocean Cay will offer 40 acres of beaches, split into six unique areas, each with its own distinctive atmosphere. MSC Seaside, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia will all call at the island where the ships will berth at a specially built pier.

MSC Meraviglia will offer two different itineraries out of PortMiami in the West Caribbean and MSC Seaside, will continue to sail 7 nights from Miami to Western Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean.

MSC Divina will return from the Mediterranean in November 2019 offering an 11-night cruise to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. A 10-night cruise will include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC Preziosa will sail from two embarkation ports in the French Antilles: Fort de France in Martinique and Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The two 7-night-7 ports itineraries can also be combined in a 14-night cruise, visiting the British Virgin Islands (Tortola), St Maarten, Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada as well as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.

Based year-round in Cuba, MSC Armonia will give guests two and half days and two nights in Havana from Saturdays to Mondays. The itinerary includes Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands.

MSC Opera will sail two different 7-night itineraries from Havana, offering two days and one night in the Cuban capital, the first itinerary will take guests from Havana to Belize City, before heading for the beaches of Isla de Roatan in Honduras, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. The second itinerary spends two and half days and two nights in Havana and then moves on to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Georgetown, Cayman Islands and also Cozumel.

MSC Bellissima will come into service in March 2019 in the Mediterranean and will then move to the Middle East for winter, with two different 7-night itineraries calling at Sir Bani Yas Island, Khasab and Muscat or to Bahrain and Qatar. MSC Lirica will also join MSC Bellissima on a series of longer cruises in the Gulf. The 14-night itinerary includes calls in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Goa with an overnight stay whilst the 11-night cruise features Muscat and an overnight in Oman.

MSC Cruises second world cruise will commence on board MSC Magnifica from Civitavecchia, Genoa, Barcelona and Marseilles in January 2020 visiting more than 40 destinations and 23 countries on a three-month voyage.