MSC To Add Tampa As Homeport Starting NOV 2020

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

MSC Cruises will continue to expand its presence in the North American region with the introduction of Tampa as a new homeport next fall. 

Starting 11NOV, 2020, MSC Armonia will begin sailing from Tampa to the Caribbean, Mexico and The Bahamas year-round, with a full winter season (NOV 2020-APR 2021) of 4- to 5-night short cruises followed by a summer season (MAY-NOV 2021) of week-long cruise options.

“As MSC Cruises expands its presence in the U.S., the introduction of Tampa as a homeport plays an important role in our long-term deployment strategy for this region,” said Ken Muskat, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of MSC Cruises USA. 

“We’ve seen increased demand for cruise options from Tampa as vacationers from around the world look to explore the city and surrounding areas pre- and post-cruise. We’re looking forward to bringing MSC Armonia, one of our more classic and charming ships, to Tampa and to introducing even more travellers to the MSC Cruises experience, inspired by our European heritage.” 

For the Winter 2020-2021 season, MSC Armonia will offer a variety of 4- and 5-night sailings, visiting destinations such as Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Progreso, as well as Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line’s about-to-be-launched private island in the Bahamas.

The new private destination is seen as a key highlight of MSC Armonia’s itineraries from Tampa. With the ship docking at Ocean Cay from early morning until late evening, guests will have plenty of time to soak up the spirit of The Bahamas and enjoy the day as they wish. 

Island experiences span a range of activities including shore excursions designed to discover the marine life close up, such as snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking; eco-friendly and luxurious spa treatments; shopping areas with authentic Bahamian arts and crafts by local artisans; and one of a kind night events such as traditional Junkanoo parades, lighthouse light shows, and beachside stargazing.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.