MSC Cruises has announced that it will be welcoming Canadian residents on board its ships as of Nov. 1, 2021.
The update comes along with the U.S. government’s announcement that international travellers can enter the country on Nov. 8 provided they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, the company said in a news release on Friday (Oct. 22).
The world’s third-largest cruise line described the news as "a tremendous boost" for Canadians wanting to holiday for winter sun in the Caribbean during its winter 2021/22 sailing season.
MSC Cruises has three of its ships sailing from Florida for the entire season – the new flagship, MSC Seashore, the award-winning MSC Meraviglia and the popular MSC Divina.
“We have eagerly awaited the U.S. Administration’s date to reopen the country for fully vaccinated travellers from many parts of the world that love to cruise," said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. "The Caribbean is a popular destination for our guests from across Europe and other regions of the world, particularly during the winter, and many more of them will now be able to fly to both Miami and Orlando to board our three ships that offer a range of different itineraries in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico and our unique private island in The Bahamas, MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve."
The news, Onorato said, means that the many guests who are already booked to sail out of North America can "now have their cruise holiday fully confirmed."
Canadian residents who are mixed-vaccinated will be welcomed by MSC Cruises for the U.S.-based Caribbean sailings from Miami and Port Canaveral.
Time to cruise
MSC Seashore will be based in Miami from Nov. 20 following her official naming ceremony at Ocean Cay.
From Nov. 28, MSC Meraviglia will move to her new homeport of Port Canaveral, Orlando while MSC Divina will move to Miami offering a range of three,seven and 11-night cruises.
The three ships will offer a range of different Caribbean itineraries throughout the winter season and all itineraries will include a call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve (Click here for more details).
The U.S. government has said that Canadian residents who are fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, will be allowed to enter the United States.
To sail with MSC Cruises, guests aged 12 years and above need to have a complete set of vaccine shots received more than 14 days before the start of their cruise and all guests from 2 years above, will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at embarkation.
MSC Cruises strongly recommends Canadian residents obtain COVID-19 insurance policy.
The insurance needs to cover against COVID-19 related risks, such as holiday cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization and it is important that the policy also includes coverage in the case of being a close contact," MSC says.
For more information about the travel requirements and health and safety measures, click here.