March 19 2024  |  Industry News

MSC Cruises to host MSC World America naming ceremony at PortMiami terminal

By Laura Shirk

MSC World America is set to commence sailings next year

MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest cruise line, is set to host the naming ceremony for its newest flagship – MSC World America – on April 2, 2025, at the company’s new PortMiami terminal.

The ceremony will honor MSC Cruises’ investment in Miami and its commitment to the North American market, with the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle and a slate of immersive onboard events highlighting everything Miami’s newest ultramodern ship has to offer.

MSC Cruises said guests attending the naming ceremony will be among the first to discover “a new world of cruising” when they set sail on a celebratory sailing that will see MSC World America call at the cruise line’s private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. The celebratory sailing’s itinerary calls for an overnight stay at Ocean Cay featuring the island’s evening lighthouse show and beach party. Guests will continue to enjoy Ocean Cay the next morning, followed by spending the afternoon at sea to experience the ship’s long list of unique and exciting on board activities and amenities.

The remarkable MSC World America will be MSC Cruises’ first ship in the US market to be powered by LNG. MSC World America is the second of the line’s groundbreaking World Class ships and is specially designed with the North American guest in mind, featuring unique restaurants, bars and experiences that blend European design with American comfort. Spanning 22 decks, measuring more than 154ft (47m) and featuring 2,614 cabins, MSC World America will be the centerpiece of the Miami skyline when she is named in 2025.

Rubén A. Rodríguez, President, MSC Cruises USA, said, “There is no better place to welcome MSC World America than the cruise capital of the world. We look forward to seeing her sail out of our state-of-the-art cruise terminal built in partnership with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami. As we build upon our offering in the North American market and help attract more international guests to the Caribbean, we are excited to bring our newest and most remarkable ship yet to Miami. We eagerly await April 2025, when we can welcome guests onboard to experience the world of choice that our new flagship has to offer.”

The launch of MSC World America at MSC Cruises’ new PortMiami terminal, coupled with MSC Cruises’ upcoming $100 million U.S. headquarters in downtown Miami, is said to underscore the company’s dedication to South Florida. The PortMiami facility is poised to revolutionize the cruising experience for up to 36,000 guests each day. The terminal will support MSC Cruises’ continued growth at PortMiami.

Following the naming ceremony, MSC World America will set sail for her inaugural season on April 12, 2025, sailing alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries with stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.

MSC World America is carefully designed to help reduce the ships’ impact on the environment. The ship runs on LNG, a lower-emissions fuel, and is ready for renewable energy sources. Shore power connectivity, where available, reduces emissions by allowing the ship’s engines to be switched off in port. Smart technology is used throughout the ship to ensure guests can travel in comfort while keeping energy and water use low. A robust onboard recycling program minimizes waste, and even the propellors are designed to reduce noise and avoid disturbing marine life.

About MSC World America

MSC World America will create an eye-catching silhouette against the Miami skyline when she enters service in April 2025. Top-of-the-line features include:

  • A re-imagined outdoor World Esplanade, where unique dining, lounging and entertainment options are paired with stunning ocean views and unmatched LED light shows
  • The indoor World Galleria—lined with bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques—topped with a state-of-the-art LED and kinetic light ceiling
  • 13 restaurants: Six specialty restaurants, featuring two new concepts alongside guest favorites like Butcher’s Cut steakhouse, Kaito Sushi and Teppanyaki, and Hola! Tacos and Cantina
  • Four main restaurants serving globally inspired cuisine and familiar American favorites
  • Two buffets offering ample choices for casual dining
  • Luna Park Pizza & Burger: Complimentary casual fast-food spot located next to Luna Park in the World Galleria offering quick snacks around the clock
  • 20 bars and lounges, including new Sports Bar and Comedy Club; The Gin Project; Elixir - Mixology Bar; Masters of the Sea micro-brewery making MSC Signature beers on board; Coffee Emporium and Jean-Phillipe Chocolate shop and Café.

Other new concepts include a striking 11-deck-high dry slide made of stainless steel; six pools and 4 hot tubs; water park; kids’ club; three entertainment venues and staterooms and suites.

At launch, MSC World America will be one of the most energy-efficient cruise ships in the world, surpassing all design requirements under the International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The ship’s latest-generation engines will reduce greenhouse gases emissions (GHG) by up to 20%, along with an 85% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and a nearly total elimination of sulfur oxide and particulate emissions. The ship is capable of running on Bio-LNG and Synthetic Renewable LNG, either of which would achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions of up to 100%.

Water is treated to a very high quality that exceeds the standards in place at many shoreside municipal wastewater treatment systems worldwide and meets the strictest international IMO standards, including the so-called Baltic standard. The ship is fitted with advanced waste management systems to reduce, reuse, and recycle the waste generated on board.

MSC Cruises has reduced the intensity of its ship operations by 33.5% since 2008, and the company will achieve a 40% reduction ahead of the IMO 2030 target. Far beyond simply finding further operational efficiencies, MSC Cruises is embracing new technologies and identifying paths for switching to non-carbon and renewable fuels, while working with fuel providers and other partners on using Bio-LNG and Synthetic Renewable LNG in the near term.

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