Key West Cruise

Hemingway House and other historic homes

Southernmost Point 

Key lime pie

Kayaking, snorkelling and glass-bottom boats

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Key West

Laid-back island vibes

Set on the southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West draws crowds for its glorious sunshine, wild beaches, historical charm and carefree attitude.  
Located in the Straits of Florida just 90 miles from Cuba, and flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, Key West is connected to the Florida mainland by bridges. The Spaniards originally called it “Cayo Hueso,” or the “Island of Bones,” for the indigenous tribes who used Key West as a communal graveyard to scatter the remains of their dead. The transliterated name stuck, while those traditions, fortunately, did not.
 
The island boasts a rich history of the maritime and wrecking industries, and a quaint Old Town with historic homes, restaurants, bars and Bohemian boutiques centered off colorful Duval Street, the lively pulse of the island. It is no coincidence that the likes of Harry S. Truman, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett decided to reside here. 
 
As you’ll arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise directly into the port in the heart of the Old Town, you can enjoy a plethora of MSC excursions. Visit Hemingway’s villa, now a museum, where the writer lived for more than a decade with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, and his beloved six-toed cats. It is here that he wrote The Old Man and the Sea, his Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize-winning novel. See Hemingway’s paintings, typewriter, kitchen and his beloved 17th-18th century furniture collection from Spain first-hand. Then stop in at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Hemingway’s favorite haunt.
 
Or explore three distinct historic homes and gardens—Truman’s Little White House, Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn—during an in-depth walking tour through the historic center. This includes a history lesson on key lime pie and a tasting, during an exclusive Martha Stewart excursion curated for MSC Cruises.
 
The Key West adventure doesn’t stop there. Hop on an Old Town Trolley, take the conch train, ride a bicycle, and enjoy a pub crawl down legendary Duval Street.
 
Or book an MSC excursion for an ocean adventure. Ride a glass-bottom boat to view different species of colorful fish below, kayak along mangroves as guides point out wildlife or set sail on a catamaran to snorkel at a nearby reef. You may just spot a barracuda, turtle or manta ray.

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    USA

    The land of opportunity
    The land of opportunity

    The undeniable protagonists of the Caribbean Islands are their crystal-clear waters.

    Undertaking a voyage to the USA, which includes these magnificent, uncontaminated locations, is a unique experience. Miami, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are the stops of this excellent MSC cruise. You embark in Miami, Florida. A large, multicultural metropolis that has seen a lot of Latin influence over the centuries, its most photographed and visited location is South Beach. Fashionable locales, elegant boutiques, characteristic cafés and historical buildings: here, the past, the present and the future blend in an unmistakable mix of rhythms and frenzy. In the Caribbean Sea, Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands, is an enchanting location of luxuriously green hills, small pure-white dwellings, a sea rich in colourful fish and breath-taking sunsets, similar to the Bahamas, an island chain consisting of about 700 islands of pink sand surrounded by transparent waters north of Cuba.

    San Juan, the populous capital of Puerto Rico, on the other hand, will enchant you with its skyscrapers and its old city encircled by magnificent buildings constructed during the colonial period.