A new cruise ship terminal will be built at PortMiami, as stated in an agreement between family-owned MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade county.
MSC Cruises has made Miami its home port in America where the cruise line will continue its rapid cruise ship growth. The company plans to home port multiple cruise ships in PortMiami even before the new terminal is completed. With a completion date of October 2022, the new cruise terminal will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises next-generation of ships currently under construction in Italy. This next-generation of design is MSC World Class and will carry up to 7,000 guests. The new cruise terminal at PortMiami will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ World Class, carrying up to 7,000 cruise passengers.
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Four MSC Cruises’ ships are scheduled to call Miami home beginning with
- MSC Seaside, debuting just a few months ago in late 2017
- MSC Armonia, soon to homeport in Miami this December 2018 for cruises to Cuba
- MSC Meraviglia, will arrive in November 2019, when she will homeport from Miami
- MSC Divina returning seasonally to PortMiami
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, commented: “The new agreement and expanded partnership with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County is another key step forward in the business growth of MSC Cruises, as we continue to strengthen our global footprint, with a strategic focus on North America.”
The new MSC Seaside, which debuted only a few months ago in late 2017, cruises year around from Miami to the Caribbean from the recently completed Terminal F. MSC Divina sails seasonally to the Caribbean from October through March. MSC Armonia will join MSC Cruises’ North American-based fleet beginning year-round cruises to Havana, Cuba in December 2018. In addition, as of November 2019, MSC Meraviglia, the Company’s largest ship at 171,598 GRT with the capacity to carry 5,714 cruise guests (4,488 at double occupancy), will join the other three ships at PortMiami.