Regent Seven Seas returns to operations; MSC starts Port Canaveral cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises embarked its first sailing in just under 18 months on Sept. 11, with the Seven Seas Splendor sailing from Southampton, England. 

The cruise circled the U.K., calling in Edinburgh, Scotland; Belfast; and Liverpool, England. The ship will return to Southampton on Sept. 22, before departing on a 14-day sailing to Barcelona visiting Bordeaux, France, and Lisbon, among other destinations. The Splendor will then spend October and November in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic for a season in the Caribbean.

The next Regent ship to resume sailing will be the Seven Seas Explorer on Oct. 15 from Trieste, Italy. The Mariner will resume sailing Dec. 18 from Miami and the Seven Seas Navigator on Jan. 6. Finally, the Seven Seas Voyager will return on Feb. 15 from Barcelona.

MSC Divina launches from Port Canaveral

MSC Cruises launched its first cruise from Port Canaveral this week, an MSC Divina three-day sailing to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The ship will offer three-, four- and seven-day cruises from Port Canaveral this winter. All options stop at MSC Cruises’ private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Ruben Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA, said adding Port Canaveral gives MSC guests more choice, especially the family market. 

“By bringing MSC Cruises’ world of discovery to this accessible port — near popular attractions and major cities like Orlando, Tampa and South Florida — our guests have an ideal opportunity to take a much-deserved family vacation,” he said. 

The Divina is the 11th  MSC Cruises ship to reenter service and the second in the U.S. The MSC Meraviglia resumed cruising from Miami on Aug. 2.

World Navigator launching as planned

Atlas Ocean Voyages confirmed that it will launch its inaugural Antarctica season as planned on its first ship, the World Navigator.  

Starting in November and lasting through March, Atlas will operate nine- and 12-day roundtrip itineraries from Ushuaia, Argentina, by operating in a “safety bubble” using a charter flight direct from Orlando to Ushuaia. The complimentary private flight avoids having to overnight prior to the sailing. 

Silversea last week said that it had moved its Antarctica ships to Chile, due to Argentina currently not allowing most foreigners, including U.S. citizens, to enter the country because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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