In an already predicted move that will surprise few, MSC Cruises has confirmed that it will add a second ship next year to the winter Cuba cruise market. The recently stretched and extensively refurbished MSC Armonia will take up station in Havana, Cuba, next November to offer a pair of alternating, seven night itineraries that run through until April of 2017.
One of these will gift passengers two days and an overnight stay in Havana itself, before shaping course for Roatan and Belize in Central America. From there, the ship will sail on to Costa Maya, and then a final ‘beach day’ at Isla Juventud, before returning to Havana.
Itinerary two will offer two full overnights in Havana, before sailing to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and thence heading back to Havana.
Both of these options can be combined to make one long, fourteen night itinerary. And, in order to help meet the rising demand for fly cruise options, MSC is looking at increasing and enhancing it’s airlift options to Cuba, both from mainland Europe and Canada as well.
The addition of the MSC Armonia follows the amazing sales for the coming inaugural Cuba season of the MSC Opera. That ship will also return to Cuba next December to operate similar, seven night cruises cruises.
The arrival of MSC Armonia will take the total number of cruise ships deployed to Cuba in winter up to four, with the Celestyal Crystal also continuing her yearly deployment from Havana. In addition, the newly refurbished Fathom cruise ship will be making Cuba the central focus of her Miami based cruises.
As yet, no true mega ships have been deployed down Havana way, but this doubling up off tonnage from MSC in just one season is a potent demonstration of the way things are heading. Once the American market can travel to Cuba again en masse, it will get far busier still.
As ever, stay tuned for updates.