The Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises revealed that a second ship, fully refurbished MSC Armonia, will be homeported in Havana along with MSC Opera. On Monday, November 21, MSC Armonia marked her traditional Maiden Call as she arrived in Havana on the final leg of her Grand Voyage from Genoa, Italy.
MSC Cruises was the first global cruise line to homeport in Havana, Cuba in 2015 – adding both Havana and Isla de la Juventud to its popular Caribbean and The Antilles itineraries.
The introduction of a second MSC Cruises ship marks the continued expansion of the Company in the region and will offer a greater choice of itinerary destinations. Itineraries start with either two or three days in Havana, allowing guests the time to fully experience the city from the comfort of their cabins. As a result of the increased capacity, UK guests will now be able to cruise year-round from and to Cuba, both in summer and in winter.
Antonio Paradiso, country manager of MSC CRUISES UK said:
“At MSC Cruises we are committed to continuously enrich itineraries for our guests, allowing them to discover new destinations and cultures in a unique way.
“We were very proud to be the first international cruise line to offer Cuban destinations to guests and are now delighted to commit to added capacity and year-round sailings.” Antonio added:
“Cuba and the Caribbean are the perfect destination for culture vultures as well as sun-lovers. The island is in fact a unique cultural hub, offering a distinct mixture of traditions thanks to its rich heritage which is unique in the region. This includes, amongst other things, X UNESCO-certified locations present across the island.”