MSC Cruises is preparing to welcome non-United States residents on its U.S.-based cruises on November 8.
The news comes after the United States government’s announcement that on November 8, fully-vaccinated international travelers from many parts of the world will be able to enter the country.
The cruise line described the news as a “tremendous boost” for European-based and other international tourists wanting to vacation in the Caribbean during the winter 2021-2022 season.
MSC has three of its vessels sailing from Florida for the season — MSC Meraviglia and Divina are already in operation there, and MSC Seashore will be joining them in Florida next month.
“We have eagerly awaited the U.S. Administration’s date to re-open the country for fully vaccinated travelers from many parts of the world that love to cruise,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises.
"The Caribbean is a popular destination for our guests from across Europe and other regions of the world, particularly during the winter, and many more of them will now be able to fly to both Miami and Orlando to board our three ships that offer a range of different itineraries in the Caribbean. This news means that the many guests who are already booked to sail with us out of North America can now have their cruise vacation fully confirmed.”
The cruise line's newest flagship, MSC Seashore, will be based in Miami starting November 20 following a naming ceremony at Ocean Cay.
On November 28, MSC Meraviglia will move to her new homeport of Port Canaveral, while MSC Divina will move to Miami. The three ships will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries throughout the winter that will all include a stop at MSC's private Bahamian island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC Cruises' "Fly & Cruise" packages offer a range of flights from key European cities and other international air hubs around the world to Florida.
To sail with MSC, passengers need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing, and all guests 2 and older need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at embarkation.
The line is also requiring that non-U.S. residents have a travel insurance policy that has coverage against COVID-19 related risks such as vacation cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance, and hospitalization.
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