MSC Armonia Set for Cuba
MSC Armonia Set for Cuba
MSC Cruises have just announced from 10 December 2018, the 2,679-passenger MSC Armonia will add Miami to its 7-night ‘Cuba & the Caribbean’ itinerary. With the addition of Miami, guests will be able to enjoy a more in-depth itinerary across the Caribbean, as well as benefit from more travelling options for their cruise holiday. MSC Cruises are no stranger to Cuba and is the only cruise line offering a 7-night programme which regularly includes two days in Havana. They also feature the largest and most modern cruise ships calling at Cuba.
MSC Armonia was the first ship in MSC Cruises’ $250 million ‘Renaissance Programme’ and was extensively overhauled in late 2014. The ship has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families; varied dining offerings; outstanding, all-hours entertainment; a broad choice of relaxation and fitness options, all provided with a touch of Mediterranean flair and flavour.
With these new 7-night itineraries, MSC Armonia’s guests will embark in Miami on Mondays, with the ship then calling Montego Bay (Jamaica), Georgetown (Cayman Islands), Cozumel (Mexico) to finally arrive in the Cuban capital on Saturday and stay until Sunday, before heading back to Florida and Miami. While in Cuba, guests will be able to choose from a broad range of shore experiences rich in cultural and historical discovery. The Caribbean island is a unique cultural treasure-trove, offering a distinct combination of traditions due to its rich heritage that’s unique in the region.
Interest in Cuba has reached fever pitch. In March 2016 Barack Obama made an historic visit that opened the flood gates for tourism to this fascinating Caribbean island. That same month the Rolling Stones played a free gig to 450,000 people. Stuck in a time warp since the Cuban Revolution in the late 1950s, a visit to the island transports you to another era. The Cuban people are warm and inquisitive as most have never left the island and have lived under the same government their entire lives. But Cuba is changing - perhaps not as fast as residents would like - and for that reason alone, now is the time to go.
Cuba’s tropical climate makes it especially appealing during the winter. The rainy season runs from May to October when temperatures and humidity are high, although summer is also a popular time for tourists. It’s worth pointing out that the hurricane season lasts from June to November. For more details of this on-trend destination call our knowledgeable team on 0800 484 0370
- 18th May 2018
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.