MSC Mega-Ship to cruise the Caribbean, Bahamas
MSC Cruises, the Italy-based cruise line that has been gaining a foothold in the North American market in recent years, has started taking bookings for MSC World America, a ship specially designed for the market, with new restaurants, bars and public spaces. The ship, with a gross tonnage of 205,700, can accommodate 5,240 guests and 2,138 crew members.
Once docked in Miami, the ship will operate 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. Eastern Caribbean routes lead to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas. The Western Caribbean cruises visit Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and the MSC Marine Reserve.
Ruben Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA said: “MSC World America will be another important milestone in our North American growth story and a fantastic new experience for our guests, whether they are local or from different parts of the world.”
He added, “Our goal with this ship is to go beyond the long list of amenities, with thoughtful touches that make each guest’s cruising experience unique and memorable. On board you will find the elegant European design that is a hallmark of our entire fleet, mixed with classic American touches and hospitality.”
MSC cruises also revealed some incentives for early bookings. Members of the line’s Voyager’s Club who book more than 12 months in advance of sailing date will receive a discount, a $50 onboard credit and double membership points for the selected cruise experience. Members who book even earlier, by April 12, 2023, will receive an additional $50 onboard credit.
Developed for the North American market
MSC World America offers 2,626 staterooms and 420,000 square feet of public spaces. The 22-deck ship will open a new outdoor destination called The Harbour, designed for families and children. The space will include a water park, zipline, Harbor Lighthouse play area, food trucks and multiple lounge areas.
The cruise line has redesigned its outdoor World Promenade to include dining and entertainment options as well as LED light shows. Six specialty restaurants will include two new dining rooms, details of which have not yet been announced.
Other new features that will debut on MSC World America These include a sports bar, comedy club and an 11-story stainless steel dry slide for the more adventurous. Six pools and 14 hot tubs are also offered.
MSC World America will be the third liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the first US-based ship to be fueled with marine gas oil.
Other eco-friendly features include systems to maximize efficiency and a radiated underwater noise management feature that minimizes acoustic impact and reduces potential impacts on marine life.
MSC Cruises currently has four ships sailing from North American ports to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The 4.132 guest MSC coast is home imported in Port Canaveral, Florida; the 3,502 guests MSC Divine and 4,540 guests MSC Seascape are based in Port Miami and serve 4,500 guests MSC miracle is imported into New York.
By the end of 2023, the North American-based fleet will grow by one to 4,540 guests MSC Seashore deploys to Port Canaveral.
In PortMiami, the new ship will offer embarkation and disembarkation at MSC Cruises’ new Terminal AA/AAA, which is under construction. The terminal will have two berths large enough to accommodate two of the line’s world-class vessels simultaneously.
Source: News Network
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