Luxury cruise line MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade county announced the signing of an agreement for extended preferential berthing rights, as well as of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami.
PortMiami is the company’s exclusive home-port in the US. The new agreement extends MSC Cruises’ existing Saturday preferential berthing rights also to Sundays. Additionally, the new terminal — which is projected to be completed by October 2022 — will be able to accommodate MSC Cruises’ next-generation, still under construction MSC World Class cruise ships carrying up to 7,000 guests.
“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,” said MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago.
Currently the revolutionary MSC Seaside, which debuted in late 2017, sails year around from Miami to the Caribbean from the recently completed Terminal F. MSC Divina also sails seasonally to the Caribbean and MSC Armonia will join MSC Cruises’ North American-based fleet beginning year-round cruises to Havana, Cuba in December 2018.
The MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 15 ultra-modern ships. Under the company’s €11.6 billion investment plan, the fleet is set to expand to 25 mega-cruise ships by 2026.
Top Kinisis Hellas is the sales representative of MSC Cruises in Greece and Cyprus.