The 1,751-cabin MSC Divina will begin sailing year round from PortMiami in November, operator MSC Cruises announced Tuesday.
The move marks the cruise ship’s first departure from a North American port after launching last May, and MSC Cruises’ first time sailing from the Miami seaport.
It's also an extension of MSC Divina’s previously announced scheduled seasonal sailings from Miami.
For nearly a decade, MSC Cruises has offered seasonal late fall and winter sailings from North America and MSC Divina's new year-round schedule illustrates its commitment to the North American market, the cruise operator said.
“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, in a statement. “We listened to their requests and are pleased that the vast expansion of our line allows us the ability to fulfill their wishes."
The Italian cruise operator plans to relocate its South Florida-based departures from Port Everglades to Miami later this year as part of an initial three-year contract. The line's MSC Poesia cruise ship will sail its last transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale on April 20.
“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 PortMiami Director Bill Johnson. "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.”