April 25, 2014
The move, which will take the Fantasia-class ship from Miami to Rome between May and October, 2015, is seemingly at odds with comments made by Rick Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, that the line will be beefing up its presence in the North American market.
"Divina is the first step of significant growth for North America" Sasso told to Cruise Critic at Cruise Shipping Miami in March.
"This is the beginning of a very strong commitment [to North America]."
A spokesman for MSC Cruises said: "[The redeployment] is a deviation from the original plan to keep it there longer ... MSC has decided to underline its strength in the Med -- bringing another Fantasia-class ship to the region is a statement of this intent.
"Moving MSC Divina allows us, and travel agents, to focus on giving customers the product they want in the region they want."
In January, MSC confirmed that it would be pulling out of the UK in 2015 to concentrate on fly-cruises to the Mediterranean.
MSC Divina will operate 20 seven-night Western Mediterranean itineraries before returning to Florida for a third season of seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises beginning in November 2015.
--by Jamey Bergman, UK Production Editor