MSC Cruises will accelerate its move to Port Canaveral to this November. The line had planned to launch cruises from the port next spring.

The cruise line will operate a year-round schedule of sailings split between two ships, the MSC Seaside (starting in November) and the MSC Divina (starting March 2021).

The Seaside will sail a mix of three-, four- and seven-day cruises through March 2021, visiting the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Nassau and private island Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. The Divina will replace the Seaside in Port Canaveral in March 2021. 

MSC earlier this month said it would expand to Port Canaveral in 2021, while canceling planned seasons out of New York and Tampa.

Ruben Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA, said in a statement that Port Canaveral “is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides convenient access to many attractions in the surrounding area.”

MSC also said today that in line with CLIA’s recent announcement to push back its cruise resumption date to Sept. 15, MSC would also voluntarily extend its temporary suspension of U.S. operations until Sept. 15. 

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