Geneva, Switzerland, 9 July 2019 -
- Recently refurbished MSC Armonia to stay at Ocean Cay for 14 hours to allow guests to discover this new exclusive natural island destination
- Other highlights in MSC Armonia’s winter 2019-20 and summer 2020 itineraries: Ocho Rios, Costa Maya, George Town, Key West
MSC Cruises’ coming winter Caribbean season (November 2019 – April 2020) will get off to a strong start with MSC Armonia’s maiden call to the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
just one week after it opens its doors. As part of an enrichment of her itineraries, MSC Armonia will visit this exclusive natural island destination every week, as well as other exciting ports across the Western Caribbean.
Founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles, Ocean Cay will be a private island destination like no other, surrounded by protected waters rich in marine and choral life. It has been conceived to immerse travellers in the natural beauty of the Caribbean and The Bahamas.
Snorkelling tours, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking are among the outdoors activities that MSC Armonia’s more adventurous guests will be able to enjoy at Ocean Cay. Those seeking a more relaxing experience will have eight white sandy beaches to choose from, as well as a new luxurious spa concept and countless other options. A vast array of family friendly experiences will also available. As other MSC Cruises ships in the Caribbean, MSC Armonia will stay at berth from 9am to 11pm, allowing guests to make the most of their time on the island, enjoy stunning sunsets by the iconic lighthouse.
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented, “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. The 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.”
From November 2019 to April 2020, MSC Armonia will depart on one-week cruises from Miami every Monday, whereas from April to November 2020, her departure from Miami will be moved to Sunday.
In both cases, long-haul travellers will get a unique opportunity to spend the weekend in one of North America’s most vibrant cities before embarking on the cruise of their lives.
TAKE IN THE GORGEOUS VIEWS OF JAMAICA’S COAST
MSC Armonia will regularly visit a range of exciting ports and destinations across the Western Caribbean region. In Jamaica, MSC Armonia offers three different port of calls depending on the itinerary. In Ocho Rios, guests will be able to join a truly Jamaican bobsleigh tour, dive into Dolphin Cove and admire the Dunn's River Falls, with 180 metres (600 feet) of cool refreshing water cascading over natural limestone terraces. In Montego Bay, on Jamaica’s north-western coast, MSC Armonia’s guests will be able to go white-water rafting, tour an old plantation at the Good Hope Estate or learn about the mysteries of Rose Hall Great House – a fascinating colonial relic imbued with rumour and intrigue. In January 2020, MSC Armonia will visit Falmouth on Jamaica’s north coast, home to the Glistening Waters. When they visit the Luminous Lagoon, where the Martha Brae River and the Caribbean Sea meet, guests will experience first-hand how these two bodies of water mix to create bioluminescence micro-organisms that glow brightly.
DISCOVER THE BEST THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN HAS TO OFFER
MSC Armonia will bring to her guests the very best the Western Caribbean has to offer. In addition to Ocean Cay and Jamaica, the ship will regularly visit Mexico’s Costa Maya during the winter 2019-20 season. Her guests will enjoy an array of cultural, outdoors and relaxation activities there. George Town in the Cayman Islands is another idyllic destination that MSC Armonia will visit every week.
During the summer season (April-November 2020), Key West (Florida, USA) will become a regular feature in MSC Armonia’s itinerary. There, guests will be able to visit the Historic District at the Old Town, which includes the island’s most popular spots, such as Mallory Square, Duval Street and Fort Zachary Taylor, as well as the Southernmost point in the United States.
MSC ARMONIA OFFERS ITS OWN DELIGHTS
MSC Armonia incorporates a range of features that turn her into a destination on her own right, having recently gone through a major refurbishment. In terms of food and dining, the new Surf and Turf Restaurant offers the best of both worlds, such as a delicious filet mignon and tempting cold-water lobster tail. Bringing the Caribbean experience on board, the Rum Bar offers a range of cocktails, whether traditional or out-of-the-box. The White Lion Pub offers a complimentary menu featuring hand-helds like a Mojo Chicken Quesadilla, an Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap and a Spinach and Artichoke Dip to share, along with a wide selection of beers, including Newcastle Brown Ale, Murphy’s Irish Stout and Lagunitas IPA.
In addition to MSC Cruises fan-favourite parties like the White Party and Silent Disco, a highlight of MSC Armonia’s entertainment offering is its evening theatre entertainment, with an entire line-up of dynamic performances on board. Cruisers can marvel at a different, distinct show each evening. MSC Armonia offers a dedicated LEGO kids area, through its partnership with the toy giant, as well as a splash park.
In November, MSC Armonia will go through another drydock operation at the Bahamas’ Grand Bahama Shipyard.