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GENEVA — When MSC Armonia kicks off its winter season in November, it will make its maiden call to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve just one week after the island opens.
The recently refurbished ship will offer enhanced one-week itineraries from November 2019 to April 2020 featuring visits to this exclusive natural island destination every week, in addition to other exciting ports across the Western Caribbean. Cruises will depart from Miami every Monday during this time before moving to Sunday departures from April to November 2020.
“As we continue to grow our presence in the region, we have enriched MSC Armonia’s itineraries to offer our guests an even more immersive Caribbean experience,” said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO. “Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be a key highlight, with a 14-hour call to let our guests explore and enjoy this beautiful island, and its surrounding waters, during the day and into the night. MSC Armonia will also visit other gems across the Western Caribbean, in Jamaica, Mexico, the Cayman Islands and beyond.”
Upon opening, Ocean Cay will be a playground for all ages, with eight beaches, a new luxury spa concept, snorkelling tours, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking among its many outdoor activities. MSC Armonia will stay docked at the island from 9 a.m.-11 p.m., allowing guests to enjoy activities for the full day.
Armonia’s Western Caribbean voyages will offer three different ports of call in Jamaica, depending on the itinerary. These include Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and – starting January 2020 – Falmouth on the island’s north coast.
In addition to Ocean Cay and Jamaica, MSC Armonia will regularly visit Costa Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, plus offer weekly visits to George Town in the Cayman Islands.
Next summer season (April to November 2020), Key West will become another regular feature in MSC Armonia’s schedule.