MSC Cruises to double capacity in Cuba in winter 2016

MSC Cruises to double capacity in Cuba in winter 2016

MSC Armonia is to become the second MSC Cruises’ ship to homeport in Havana, Cuba, in the winter 2016-2017 season.

The ship, which was recently refurbished as part of MSC’s €200 million Renaissance Programme, will join MSC Opera in the country from November 2016. She will sail two separate eight-day itineraries to various destinations in Central America and the Caribbean.

Guests opting for the first itinerary will spend two days and one night in Havana before sailing to Isla de Roatan in Honduras, Belize City in Belize, Costa Maya in Mexico, and Isla de la Juventud in Cuba. The cruise will end in Havana.

MSC Armonia’s second itinerary will start with two and half days in Havana and include calls in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Guests will disembark in Havana.

Passengers will also be able to combine both itineraries to form a 14-night voyage.

“With no less than nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a long-held tradition of hospitality, Cuba has all the makings of a top world cruise destination,” said Gianni Onorato, MSC’s CEO. “MSC Cruises is honoured to be able to support the further development of this huge potential, and we’re very thankful to the Cuban authorities for their ongoing cooperation in this regard.”

Next month MSC will become the first global cruise line to homeport in Havana when MSC Opera begins sailing itineraries to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico, with two and a half days in the Cuban capital.

MSC Opera will return to sail her second Cuban winter season in 2016, offering eight-day cruises to Montego Bay, Georgetown, Cozumel and Havana.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
03 December 2015

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