MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, commented: “The new agreement and expanded partnership with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County is another key step forward in the business growth of MSC Cruises, as we continue to strengthen our global footprint, with a strategic focus on North America."
PortMiami is MSC’s exclusive home-port in the U.S. The new agreement extends MSC Cruises’ existing Saturday preferential berthing rights also to Sundays. Additionally, the new terminal — which is projected to be completed by October 2022 — will be able to accommodate next-generation MSC World Class cruise ships carrying up to 7,000 guests.
Currently, the MSC Seaside, which debuted only a few months ago, sails year-round from Miami to the Caribbean from the recently completed Terminal F. MSC Divinasails seasonally to the Caribbean from October through March, and MSC Armonia will join MSC Cruises’ North American-based fleet beginning year-round cruises to Havana, Cuba in DEC.
In addition, as of NOV 2019, MSC Meraviglia, MSC’s largest ship at 171,598 GRT with the capacity to carry 5,714 cruise guests (4,488 at double occupancy), will join the other three ships at PortMiami.
“PortMiami is committed to providing a world-class experience to its guests and thanks to a long-standing collaborative relationship with Miami-Dade County we are thrilled that in less than 18 months MSC Cruises will have four ships sailing from the Port,” said Rick Sasso, Chairman of MSC Cruises USA.
"In 2017, MSC Cruises worked with PortMiami on the completion of Terminal F, home to MSC Seaside, the first MSC Cruises ship to be built specifically for North American market and the Caribbean,” said Roberto Fusaro, President of MSC Cruises USA.
“The construction of another cruise terminal is further testament of our commitment to travel partners and their guests, as it will allow us to continue to enhance our service, starting right from embarkation.”
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