FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/13 -- MSC Cruises unprecedented growth in the cruise industry spurred the line's decision to respond to the requests of the travel agency community and consumers for a year round presence in the North American market. The announcement came during the christening celebration for the line's twelfth new ship, MSC Preziosa, in Genoa, Italy this past Saturday. MSC Divina, sister ship of MSC Preziosa, was christened last spring and will now sail year round from PortMiami beginning November.
MSC Cruises record breaking growth is unmatched in the industry. The line began an investment program in 2003 committing 6 billion Euros to its expansion. Since then the line has acquired two vessels and built ten new ships resulting in one new vessel entering the fleet nearly every year. For the past eight years, the line has offered seasonal late fall and winter sailings from North America.
The extension of MSC Divina's scheduled seasonal sailings to year round sailings illustrates the company's commitment to the North American market.
"The popularity of our introduction of MSC Divina to this market among agents and consumers alike has been nothing short of tremendous," said Richard E. Sasso, President & CEO MSC Cruises USA. "We listened to their requests and are pleased that the vast expansion of our line allows us the ability to fulfill their wishes," said Sasso.
This will mark the first time MSC Divina has sailed from North America and the first time the line has sailed from PortMiami.
"PortMiami looks forward to welcoming MSC Cruises and its newest ship, MSC Divina, this fall and we are absolutely thrilled with the news she will homeport with us year round," said Bill Johnson, PortMiami Director. "MSC Divina's 12-month schedule sailing from PortMiami will be a major enhancement to Miami's year round cruise offerings to popular Caribbean destinations."
The itineraries for the ship will be announced shortly.
MSC Divina, christened by legendary film actress Sophia Loren, features 1,715 staterooms, 322,900 square feet of public space, a casino, seven restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, five swimming pools (including an infinity pool), a bowling alley, theater, gym, spa, internet café, conference center, kids and teen areas, and the lines signature ship within a ship, MSC Yacht Club. MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive VIP section of the ship located in the upper foredecks of the ship that provides its guests staying on one of the 69 luxury suites 24/7 butler and concierge service; complimentary select wines, spirits, soft drinks, juices and mineral waters; private access to spa, and a private dining room.
Onboard MSC's twelve vessels, guests enjoy the Mediterranean way of life. From the hospitality to the dining guests are enveloped in the Mediterranean manner of enjoying life to its fullest. Onboard guests are encouraged to slow down and enjoy everything their MSC vacation has to offer. Being a family owned company, the line offer free sailing for kids 11 and younger when sailing with two full fare paying guests in the same stateroom. Children 12 to 17 sail at a reduced rate.
About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Divina, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Preziosa and MSC Lirica. The MSC Divina, a sister ship to MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, debuted in May 2012, and sister ship MSC Preziosa debuted March 23, March 2013. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and now in the Caribbean as well as seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, South and West Africa, The United Arab Emirates, Black Sea and the Red Sea.
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