(1:40 EST p.m.) -- MSC Cruises has revealed it will send MSC Meraviglia, which launched June 2017, to the Big Apple fall 2019.
MSC Cruises made the announcement Monday, December 4, at an event in the private Union Club, attended by travel agents and a small group of media. The news comes at the heels of the launch of MSC Seaside, the line's newest and biggest cruise ship, and the first built specifically for the North American market.
After a few seasons in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, 4,475-passenger MSC Meraviglia will head overseas, making its U.S. debut October 7, 2019, in New York. From there, it will offer three sailings before repositioning to Miami for the winter 2019-2020 season.
"Bringing MSC Meraviglia to New York is the perfect introduction for the ship to the U.S., providing travelers an option to check out new itineraries with MSC Cruises and, for those in the region, a convenient way to discover MSC Meraviglia's style, sophistication and stellar on board features," said Roberto Fusaro, President of MSC Cruises USA.
Other standout features of MSC Meraviglia include its variety of high-quality dining options, expanded Yacht Club suite enclave (a popular feature on Miami-based MSC Divina) and a water park, Cirque du Soleil shows and Indiana Jones-style ropes course tucked away at the back of the ship. For more, check out our live report from the ship's inaugural cruise.
MSC Meraviglia will be one of the largest cruise ships to sail out of New York. Norwegian Escape, which holds 4,200 passengers at double capacity, will begin cruising out of New York in April 2018.
Here's a breakdown of itineraries, departing from New York:
- Two 10-night "leaf peeping" cruises to Canada (October 8 and October 18): Roundtrip from New York, the ship will visit Sydney, Nova Scotia; Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Quebec City, Quebec (overnight).
- One 13-night cruise from New York to Miami (October 28): Ports of call include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort de France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint George, Grenada; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.
Upon arriving to Miami, the ship will kick off its full season of seven-night Caribbean cruises. The majority of these sailings will call at Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas; a second itinerary will stop in Mexico, Honduras, Belize and the Bahamas.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor