MSC ship to begin Caribbean stint with short cruise

MSC Cruises has opened reservations for a two-night inaugural cruise on the MSC Orchestra.

The ship will depart from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 2, launching the ship's first season in the Caribbean. The ship will spend one day in Nassau and return to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 4.

After the inaugural sailing, the MSC Orchestra will sail alternating seven-night Caribbean cruises through April 25. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John, Antigua; and Nassau, Bahamas. Western Caribbean cruises will call at Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic.

Cruise-only rates for the two-night inaugural sailing begin at $199 per person, double. Government fees and taxes are additional, as is a fuel surcharge for the first two people occupying a stateroom.

The 2,550-passenger ship, which debuted last year, is the largest of the line's ships to sail in North American waters.

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