Anne Kalosh

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Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor, Seatrade Cruise Review Anne Kalosh covers global stories, reporting both breaking and in-depth news on cruising's significant people, places, ships and trends. A sought-after expert on cruising, she has moderated conferences around the world, including the high-profile State of the Industry panel at Seatrade Cruise Global. She created and led the acclaimed itinerary-planning case study for Seatrade's cruise master classes held at Cambridge and Oxford universities. She is the cruise columnist for AFAR.com, and her freelance stories have appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New York Times to The Miami Herald.

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MSC’s former Cuba ship in Miami adds extended Ocean Cay calls

From November to April 2020, MSC Armonia will sail Mondays from PortMiami, giving long-haul travelers an opportunity to spend the weekend in South Florida. Departures shift to Sunday from April to November 2020

MSC Armonia — which was deployed to PortMiami in December 2018 to initiate MSC Cruises’ first Havana sailings from US shores — is going to stay in Florida at least through November 2020 despite the end of US-Cuba sailings.

The ship’s revised Western Caribbean itineraries will add a call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve just one week after MSC’s new private island in the Bahamas opens in November.

14-hour Ocean Cay stays

MSC Armonia will stay docked at the island from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., allowing passengers to take part in beach activities during the day, retreat to the ship to freshen up then return ashore to experience sunset and evening activities like a traditional junkanoo parade.

From November to April 2020, MSC Armonia will sail Mondays from PortMiami, giving long-haul travelers an opportunity to spend the weekend in South Florida. Then, from April to November 2020, MSC Armonia’s departure from Miami will be moved to Sunday.

Besides Ocean Cay, other ports of call include Ocho Rios, Falmouth (from January 2020), Costa Maya and Grand Cayman. Next summer season (April to November 2020), Key West will regularly feature in the itinerary.

November drydock

MSC Armonia is also scheduled for docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard in November.

Posted 10 July 2019

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