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Canaveral Port commissioners to weigh MSC Cruises' contract extension

MSC Grandiosa, here, is scheduled to join MSC Seashore at Port Canaveral in December 2025
Canaveral Port Authority commissioners are set to consider the extension of MSC Cruises' operating agreement through September 2027 at their Wednesday meeting.

The existing operating agreement has a four-year primary term with two one-year extension options. Port Canaveral staff are recommending commissioners approve MSC's election of the first one-year extension option, through September 2027. Another one-year extension remains.

This operating agreement amendment allows for MSC to add a second homeporting ship at Cruise Terminal 10. As recently reported, MSC Grandiosa is scheduled to join MSC Seashore at Port Canaveral in December 2025.

Saturday, Sunday and Thursday departures

MSC Grandiosa will offer year-round alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises (Saturday departures) while MSC Seashore will sail three- and four-night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve (Sunday and Thursday departures).

The amendment doesn't change MSC's fees or rates. The line is currently charged a contract wharfage rate of $11.43 per passenger movement plus dockage, line handling and harbormaster fees. The fees will continue to increase annually by 3% throughout the term.

156 homeport and 52 transit calls annually

The amended agreement will double the expected annual homeport calls from 78 to 156.

Additionally, MSC Meraviglia will continue its weekly transit calls for an expected 52 visits a year.