MSC Cruises Adds Port Canaveral as New Homeport with Inaugural Sailing of the Divina

9/17/2021
Divina to offer three-, four-, and seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas, including private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve


Front view of the MSC Divina dock at Cruise Terminal 10, Port CanaveralMSC Divina departs Port Canaveral Sept. 16 on inaugural sailing from Cruise Terminal 10

Photo: Canaveral Port Authority
 
Port Canaveral – September 17, 2021 – MSC Cruises Divina made history when it departed Port Canaveral on its three-night inaugural sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean. MSC Divina is Port Canaveral’s newest homeported cruise ship offering three, four and seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. 
 
“We’re very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises to Port Canaveral and excited to be the home port for the beautiful MSC Divina,” said Capt. John Murray, Port Canaveral CEO. “This exciting new partnership speaks to our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner providing the best possible experience for their guests.”
 
MSC Divina’s return to sea not only expands MSC Cruises’ U.S. presence to a brand-new home port, but also marks the Company’s 11th ship to resume operations globally. 
 
“We are thrilled to bring MSC Divina to Port Canaveral and offer our guests even more choice when cruising with us from the U.S.,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “Following the successful return of MSC Meraviglia, we are excited to see our guests so eager to get back to sea, especially as the winter holiday season approaches. By bringing MSC Cruises’ world of discovery to this accessible port — near popular attractions and major cities like Orlando, Tampa and South Florida — our guests have an ideal opportunity to take a much-deserved family vacation.”

Canaveral Port Authority Chairman RADM Wayne Justice (USCG-Ret.) presents ceremonial welcome plaque to the Captain of the MSC Divina, Captain Pietro Maresca
Canaveral Port Authority Chairman RADM Wayne Justice (USCG-Ret.) presents ceremonial welcome plaque to the Captain of the MSC Divina, Capt. Pietro Maresca
 
MSC Cruises Divina was built in 2011, is 1,093 ft. long, 124 ft. wide and weighs 139,072 Tons. The vessel has 1,751 staterooms and 1,388 crew members to accommodate 4,345 passengers. Inspired by MSC Cruises’ godmother and award-winning actress Sophia Loren, MSC Divina brings elegance and sophistication with the detailed European-inspired design MSC Cruises is known for.
 
Guests planning their fall or spring vacations can select from diverse 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises visiting popular sun-soaked destinations as well as MSC Cruises’ private island destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Highlight itineraries include:
 
September 2021:
  • Three-night cruises embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for an overnight stay.
  • Seven-night cruises visiting Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, and Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico from Port Canaveral.
  • Four-night cruises visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for an overnight stay.
October 2021:
  • Seven-night cruise embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica the Cayman Islands, and Ocean Cay, MSC Marine Reserve. 
  • Seven-night cruises visiting MSC Marine Reserve, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico from Port Canaveral. 
 November 2021:
  • Ten-night cruise embarking from Port Canaveral and visiting Nassau, MSC Marine Reserve, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

The on board MSC Aurea Spa offers cruisers a range of treatments as well as a thermal area to relax and rejuvenate throughout the cruise. Guests will also find an array of entertainment options with onboard activities including a waterslide, F1 Simulator, 4D cinema and a gaming arcade. Additionally, guests can marvel at one of the largest theaters at sea, with 1,600 unobstructed seats, showcasing full-scale theatrical productions each evening of the cruise.

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The MSC Divina leaving Port Canaveral on her inaugural sailing.The MSC Divina leaving Port Canaveral on her inaugural sailing​
 
About MSC Cruises
 
MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand as well as the leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.
 
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises one of the two brands that sit within the Cruises Division of MSC Group, the leading privately held Swiss-based shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises — the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 19 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025 with options for six vessel orders in place through 2030.