MSC Cruises has announced the next phase of its U.S. expansion with plans for a new homeport at the Port of Galveston. The cruise line is in negotiations with the Galveston Wharves on the development of a fourth terminal at the port, which led to both entities signing a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining parameters of a potential agreement for the development and operation of a terminal at piers 16-18.
MSC Cruises currently sails from Miami and Port Canaveral, with year-round service from New York City beginning in April of 2023. It is the market leader in Europe, South America, the Persian Gulf region and Southern Africa, with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and Far East markets.
The local impact of the port’s 2022 cruise activity includes 3,500 jobs, $568 million in local business revenue, and $73.5 million in local purchases by passengers and crew. A fourth cruise terminal is forecast to generate an additional 925 jobs, $177 million in revenues, and $21 million in local purchases.
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