MIAMI — MSC Cruises is still basking in the glow of a major milestone: the completion of cruise Terminal F at PortMiami.
The cruise line celebrated the official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 7, which was attended by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA, and Robert Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA.
“MSC Cruises is eager to continue growing its presence in South Florida and in the U.S.,” said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. “The completion of Terminal F is the culmination of a strong, longstanding partnership with PortMiami and a testament to our commitment to the region and our positive outlook for the future.”
The new Terminal F includes a brand new, two-storey, 38,282 square-foot building addition, an expanded waiting area with seating for up to 1,500 guests, a ticketing hall with 60 new ticket counter positions, and an improved VIP private waiting area for guests sailing in the expanded MSC Yacht Club onboard MSC Seaside. There’s also a dedicated 3,000 square-foot special group lounge, and a more efficient baggage claim area.
Terminal F will serve as the homeport for MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises’ new flagship arriving Dec. 21, as well as MSC Divina, currently sailing from PortMiami.
“With only 2 weeks to go until the arrival of MSC Seaside, we couldn’t be more thrilled to take this step with PortMiami and ensure we are able to provide an enhanced and seamless vacation for our guests right from embarkation,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. “MSC Cruises is proud to make Miami MSC Seaside’s new home, and with this stunning new terminal, we are excited for the future and our continued growth both in Miami and North America.”
MSC Seaside will sail seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries year-round from PortMiami.