Start spreading the news: MSC Cruises launched year-round service from New York over the weekend, marking the line’s third U.S. home port.
The cruise line’s MSC Meraviglia ship arrived at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Thursday and set sail Saturday on a week-long round-trip cruise to Florida’s Port Canaveral and the Bahamas. MSC also has home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami.
“When we chose New York as the next step in our North American expansion, we knew that MSC Meraviglia would be the perfect ship, given her versatility and offerings for a wide variety of climates,” MSC Cruises USA President Rubén Rodríguez said in a news release. “She’s big and innovative, she offers something for everyone, and now she’s more accessible than ever for our guests in and around New York.”
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Meraviglia will sail several itineraries from New York, starting with seven to 11-night voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, with destinations such as Miami, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve (the line’s private island).
Travelers can also board the ship for five and six-night sailings to Bermuda beginning in August and 10 and 11-night voyages that visit places like Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada, among others.
Meraviglia launched in 2017 and can accommodate more than 5,700 passengers. The vessel also has 12 restaurants and 20 bars, along with six pools, a bowling alley, a spa and other amenities.
Guests will also be treated to striking scenery before even setting sail: the terminal, located in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, offers prime views of Lower Manhattan, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Prices vary depending on the sailing, but available staterooms on an eight-day round-trip cruise to Florida and the Bahamas departing Aug. 13 start at $699 per person based on double occupancy, in addition to $160 in taxes and fees each, according to the line’s website.
The fare includes dining at the ship’s main restaurants, access to the gym and sports facilities, Broadway-style shows and more.
The launch of year-round service from New York marks a continued investment in the U.S. market for the line, which has been expanding its footprint in America in recent years. The line has been ramping up sailings from U.S. home ports and will debut a new ship created with North American passengers in mind, World America, in 2025.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.