MSC Cruises Announces Cuba Season

Italy-based MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line, announced details of its upcoming Cuba season today. From December 2015, the 2,120-guest MSC Opera will homeport in Havana to offer guests 16 Caribbean cruises, replacing the ship’s original winter 2015-16 schedule in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco.


Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico

The ship’s regular 7-night sailings from the Cuban capital, beginning on 22 December 2015, will cruise to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico.


Havana itself will be a major highlight, with MSC Cruises partnering the Cubanacan Group to provide local ground services and shore excursions. Guests will spend 2.5 days in the city, giving them ample time to explore the history, culture and architecture of the old centre (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the famous Malecón seafront promenade.


On the rest of the voyage, guests can go white-water rafting in the Martha Brae River, tour an old plantation at the Good Hope Estate or learn about the mysteries of Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, as well as explore the Mayan ruins, snorkel with sea turtles and bask in the natural beauty of Cozumel. In Georgetown, they can swim with the local wildlife in Stingray City, take a catamaran cruise to the coral reefs or just unwind on the pristine white Seven Mile Beach, famed for its gorgeous cobalt waters and coral sands.


Grand Voyages to Bookend Season

To launch her first Cuban deployment, MSC Opera will embark on a 20-day Grand Voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Genoa, which will include a first call in Havana on 18 December 2015, before continuing its itinerary in the Caribbean prior to returning to Cuba. On 12 April 2016, she will conclude her Cuban season with another Grand Voyage back to Europe, leaving Havana for the German port of Warnemünde as the final destination.


MSC Opera’s Renaissance Programme

Currently in drydock for her “Renaissance Programme” enhancements, MSC Opera will return to service in July 2015. The EUR 200 million refurbishment and modernization will see the ship lengthened, as well as gain new cabins and features already present on her sisters MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia.


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