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Rendering of MSC World America's Cliffhanger (Photo: MSC Cruises)
Cliffhanger, the first over-the-water swing ride at sea, will debut on MSC World America (Photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC World America News: Cliffhanger Thrill Ride to Debut on New Ship

Rendering of MSC World America's Cliffhanger (Photo: MSC Cruises)
Cliffhanger, the first over-the-water swing ride at sea, will debut on MSC World America (Photo: MSC Cruises)
Jorge Oliver

Last updated
Apr 9, 2024

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(April 8, 2024) -- MSC Cruises' newest thrill ride at sea is set to swing by next year with the arrival of MSC World America.

'Cliffhanger,' the first and only over-water swing ride at sea, will be part of Family Aventura, one of the ship's seven distinct districts.

Reminiscent of a giant swing with four seats, Cliffhanger will tower 160 feet above the ocean on MSC World America's top deck. The thrill ride's four seats start off close to the deck before powered arms lift them into the starting position up and out over the edge of the ship. Riders are then propelled back and forth, dangling above the ocean.

Aside from Cliffhanger, other attractions set to appear on MSC World America include an 11-deck high dry slide, a water park with slides that include a VR experience, and six pools and 14 hot tubs.

The cruise line has introduced unique rides in the past, such as MSC Seascape's Robotron.

MSC World America Will Feature Seven Distinct Districts

A rendering of MSC World America cruise ship exterior. (Photo: MSC Cruises)
A rendering of MSC World America. (Photo: MSC Cruises)

(April 3, 2024) -- From 'Aqua' to 'Zen,' MSC World America will offer seven distinct districts when the ship arrives in 2025.

MSC Cruises shared the latest details of its upcoming World-class ship, which is set to be homeported in Miami and will offer seven-night itineraries to the Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean.

The seven districts -- Family Aventura, Aqua Deck, Zen Area, Galleria, The Terraces, The Promenade and MSC Yacht Club -- offer a mix of innovative and iconic MSC elements.

As the name suggests, the Family Aventura district will be devoted to family-fun entertainment and amenities. Located on the ship's top deck, this district will be centered around The Harbor, a new outdoor park featuring bumper cars, a roller rink, water slides, a dry slide, a high ropes course and a playground modeled after Ocean Cay's lighthouse. MSC's kids' club, Doremiland, is also set to be a part of the Family Aventura district.

The Aqua Deck district will be centered around MSC World America's two main pools. Here, cruisers will be able to enjoy a wellness atmosphere in the morning, an upbeat entertainment vibe in the afternoon and high-energy parties at night. The adults-only Zen Area will be located high up at ship's stern and will be MSC World America's relaxation enclave, with twin pools and light music.

At the heart of the ship, the Galleria district will be lined up with dining, shopping and entertainment venues, such as Dolce Vita Bar, Jean Phillippe Chocolat & Café and Luna Park Pizza & Burger. Galleria will also be home to MSC Luna Park Arena, the ship's entertainment venue that will host themed parties and gameshows.

Elsewhere, The Terraces district is set to become MSC World America's main nightlife spot, with five specialty restaurants, four bars, and a comedy club that will also feature dueling pianos and late-night karaoke.

The outdoor Promenade is set to feature an 11-deck slide as its centerpiece. This district will also house drink and dinner options, including the Emporium coffee bar.

As the sister ship of MSC World Europa, the 6,674-passenger MSC World America will MSC largest ship to debut in North America. The ship's first revenue sailing -- a seven-day Easter Caribbean voyage -- is scheduled to depart on April 12, 2025.

MSC World America's Ship Naming Set for April 2025 in MSC's New Miami Terminal

Rendering of MSC Cruises' new terminal in PortMiami (Photo: MSC Cruises)
MSC Cruises' new terminal in PortMiami (Photo: MSC Cruises)

(March 19, 2024) -- MSC Cruises is gearing up for a double Miami celebration in 2025, when it welcomes its brand new ship MSC World America in the cruise line's brand new terminal in PortMiami.

The 6,674-passenger ship will be christened in April 9, 2025, in MSC's upcoming Miami terminal. The four-story building has represented a $100 million investment and will be capable of accommodating 36,000 passenger movements per day while featuring enough berthing space to serve three latest generation ships at once.

MSC World America's traditional naming ceremony will be followed by a celebratory sailing to MSC's private island in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

"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," said Rubén A. Rodríguez, president of MSC Cruises USA. "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.”

Following its Miami debut, MSC World America will embark on alternating 7-night Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean itineraries, starting on April 12, 2025. Featured ports of calls include Puerto Plata, San Juan, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Roatan. All MSC World America itineraries will feature calls in Ocean Cay.

Like sister ship MSC World Europa -- which debuted in 2022 -- MSC World America will be powered by LNG (liquified natural gas) and is set to become MSC's first U.S.-based ship to feature this technology. The ship will span 22 decks and feature more than 430,000 square feet of public space, including 13 restaurants 20 bars and lounges, six pools, 14 hot tubs and three entertainment venues.

The ship will also offer 2,614 cabins, including infinite ocean view cabins, balconies that overlook the outdoor World Promenade and connecting family staterooms, as well as the cruise line's signature MSC Yacht Club suite complex.

MSC World America will become the 23rd ship in MSC Cruises' fleet and the largest, along with sister ship MSC World Europa. The cruise line will welcome two new World-class ships in 2026 and 2027.

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