MSC Cruises Deploys Second Ship in Cuba

By ,   November 10, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises is planning to add a second ship to Cuba, according to the CEO of the line, Gianni Onorato.

Speaking at a media briefing during a presentation of the newly refurbished cruise ship MSC Lirica, Onorato said MSC Cruises was "planning to add a second ship in Cuba from winter 2016".

In July this year MSC Cruises announced it would be the first mainstream cruise line to homeport in Cuba, with MSC Opera based in Havana for winter 2015-2016.

The unofficial news came yesterday, when the Italian line unveiled the enhancements to MSC Lirica, the final ship to be stretched and refitted at the Fincantieri shipyard.

Onorato said it will be another vessel of the class that has undergone the €200m Renaissance Programme "as these ships fit perfectly in this area," he added.

The "Renaissance Programme" has seen MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera lengthened by around 24 meters coupled with an extensive refurbishment of cabins and public areas.