(7:15 a.m EST) — MSC Cruises is set to add a second ship to Cuba, according to its CEO.
Speaking at a media briefing during the presentation of the newly refurbished MSC Lirica, CEO Gianni Onorato said MSC Cruises is “planning to add a second ship in Cuba from winter 2016,” according to SeatradeCruise News.
In July this year MSC announced it would be the first mainstream cruise line to homeport in Cuba, with MSC Opera based in Havana for winter 2015/16.
The unofficial news came yesterday, when the Italian line unveiled the enhancements to MSC Lirica, the final vessel to be stretched and refitted at the Fincantieri shipyard.
Onorato said it will be another vessel of the class that has undergone the €200m Renaissance Programme “as these ships fit perfectly in this area,” he added.
The “Renaissance Programme” has seen MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera lengthened by around 24 meters coupled with an extensive refurbishment of cabins and public areas.
MSC Opera Cruises