by Lee | Jul 5, 2020 | Blogger | 0 comments

Port Canaveral is considered a destination in and of itself with Restaurants, Charter Boats, Fishing, Beaches, Marina, Morton Salt and quite a bit more.   A major Aquarium is in its future growth plans. After all, where else can see a Rocket Launch from your Balcony.

Photo credit: Steven Madow, www.stevenmadow.com

MSC Cruises to base ship at Port Canaveral next spring, becoming fifth cruise line here
Dave Berman, Florida TodayPublished 11:12 a.m. ET June 4, 2020 | Updated 3:34 p.m. ET June 4, 2020        The MSC Divina will redeploy to Port Canaveral next spring. (Photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises announced Thursday that it will begin sailing out of Port Canaveral next spring, becoming the fifth major cruise line to have ships based at Brevard County’s seaport.

The Swiss-based cruise line — known for its upscale ships — said it will base the MSC Divina at Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port, ranked by passenger volume.

The ship will offer a mix of three-, four- and seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Sundays and Thursdays.

“With this new, easily accessible home port, MSC Cruises’ guests will now have the option of exploring the Orlando area pre- or post-cruise, and extending their vacation experience,” the cruise line said in a statement announcing its plans.

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said the port is “very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises USA” and is “excited to be the home port for the beautiful MSC Divina.”

Murray said the partnership with MSC “is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner, providing the best possible experience for their guests.”

MSC Cruises USA President Ruben Rodriguez said Port Canaveral “has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers, since it is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals, and provides nearby access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to offer sailings from Port Canaveral on the modern and elegant MSC Divina for the first time.”

I had the pleasure of sailing on the Innagural of this lovely Vessel from the Port of Miami to Port Canaveral. It coincided with the promotion for the Exploration Tower at the port-

Astronaut Winston Scott at the Exploration Tower

Here was an opportunity to meet and briefly chat with a great Astronaut! Pictured here Astronaut Winston Scott and Lee Rosenkranz, CTC

 

 

Exploration Tower Port Canaveral

Each Floor of the building is loaded with historical information, environmental infrastructure, wildlife descriptions and visual effects. They mostly correspond to the surrounding area.

MSC Divina

This Sleek Beautiful ship is going to be sailing from Port Canaveral!

 

The Divina portrays an era of the great Diva Stars of Song and Screen-

MSC Divina Promo

A Great Lady of Song and Screen!

A brief link showing of the amazing performances onboard the MSC Divina soon to be homeported in Port Canaveral on the Space Coast of Florida. I describe it as a cross between the Moulin Rouge and Cirque Du Soleil! However the Theme tonight is Piratical  https://youtu.be/MXQr0wOAkg8

A legend in the Travel Industry since his early beginnings with Pan Am and then his first Cruise Line Costa as a Sales Representative.  I remember the first time he came to My Dad, Sam Rosenkranz’s Bon Voyage Travel on the very busy 163rd Street in North Miami Beach. There must have been 10 travel agencies within about a five-block radius in that part of town I remember most sales reps came by gave you a brochure and a pen and said here, now go sell our products. Sasso looked over the place and said before I leave here today I’m gonna fill your board with Costa ships.    My Dad had a listing board which in those days had push letters onto a board which stated, “Join our Groups and $ave”.  In those days there was a substantial saving in the group sailing versus an individual sailing.  Sasso started going through his offerings of Federico C and Enrico C and Carla C and every C he had plus the Flavia, etc…   He cut a deal for each one and then stuck the letters and prices on the board himself and when he left the agency looked like a satellite office of Costa. And… never mind a cheap promo pen he gave me a book on Cruising the Caribbean that I kept to this day.  I guess that’s the way to climb the ranks.   This was followed by an outstanding Cruise Industry Career culminating as CEO of MSC USA pictured here is Rick Sasso-

MSC Orchestra Inauguration

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA-Donna-Steffanelli-Rizzo-and-Lee-A.-Rosenkranz-MSC-Orchestra-Inauguration-

 

 

MSC USA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA, Gina Rosenkranz and Lee Rosenkranz of Florida Greeters/Dayaway Travel

Costa Cruise Ad

Join our Groups and $ave! This was a few years later and the format is still used.

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz's Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz’s Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair!

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Very Young Guest Dancing

This young fellow was highly inspired by the entertaining features from MSC Cruises so he broke into his own steps to add to the mix!

Copy of MSC Production Appreciation award to Florida Greeters from MSC

We liked them so much from the Opera to the RIsotto and from the Dance Lessons to the Classical Music we escorted a group of 80 to Bermuda from Florida and MSC awarded our efforts.   We’ll tell you more about that in a separate article!