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With MSC Cruises forced to cancel the MSC World Cruise 2022 because of the current unavailability of ports, besides the already scheduled MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica has been added to allow guests on the canceled cruise to maintain their holiday dream in 2023.

MSC says this is an industry first with over 5,000 guests for a journey around the world and they will both depart on 4 January from Civitavecchia and 5 January 2023 from Genoa, Italy, for simultaneous world cruises, albeit taking different routes around the globe.

MSC Magnifica will replicate the very same itinerary that was supposed to be performed by MSC Poesia for the MSC World Cruise 2022. Unfortunately, the decision has been taken after careful consideration and assessment, to cancel the 2022 World Cruise. It would not have been possible to carry it out due to there being too many ports facing restrictions because of the pandemic.

Gianni Onorato said, “Unfortunately we had no choice but to cancel the 2022 MSC World Cruise but we know that a world cruise really is the voyage of a lifetime for many people and so it was important to us to offer the best possible solution for our loyal guests. MSC Poesia’s World Cruise in 2023 was already sold out and so we worked to amend MSC Magnifica’s schedule, a popular world cruise ship so that we can offer the same itinerary as 2022, only one year later with the ship departing on the same date and calling at all the same planned ports.”

Sales for MSC Magnifica’s World Cruise 2023 are now open and guests booked on the MSC World Cruise 2022 have been contacted and given priority in re protecting their existing booking on MSC Magnifica. For guests who can move their booking to 2023, will also be offered a complimentary 7-night cruise between 1 January and 3 May 2022.

MSC Poesia’s World Cruise 2023 is currently sold out and has a waiting list, so this also provides an opportunity for those guests to sail on MSC Magnifica.

MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica will set sail together in 2023 with embarkation in Civitavecchia (4 January) and Genoa, Italy (5 January), Marseille, France (6 January 6), and Barcelona, Spain (7 January). This will be a very special celebratory moment for our guests on the two ships as they prepare to set sail around the world.

Once they cross the Mediterranean Sea, the ships will part ways in the Atlantic Ocean. MSC Magnifica will circumnavigate South America, cross the South Pacific Ocean, then on to the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and then through the spectacular Suez Canal back into the Mediterranean Sea.

MSC Poesia will transit the Panama Canal and travel up the West Coast of Central America and North America whilst moving on to the Pacific Ocean and then an extended period in Asia. Crossing the Indian Ocean, the ship will then return to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

MSC Magnifica will visit 43 stunning destinations in 24 countries with more than 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites across five continents. The spectacular 117-day voyage offers nine extended overnight stays and the ship will cross the equator twice.

Starting out in the Mediterranean, the ship will head southwest via calls in Lisbon in Portugal and Funchal, Madeira Island then on to Mindelo, Cape Verde, where the ship will cross the equator, arriving at South America. Here, 11 unforgettable destinations await across Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile including two days in each of Rio de Janeiro, the world-famous beach-lined city in Brazil, and Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital famed for its Latin art collection and Ushuaia, Argentina – with breath-taking scenery and nature.

Departing South America and crossing the South Pacific Ocean, guests will visit the exotic, paradise islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and Rarotonga & Aitutaki of the Cook Islands. Following this, the itinerary continues to New Zealand and Australia for destinations including Auckland, Napier, and Wellington, as well as two days in Sydney.

More exploration awaits in the secluded beaches of Lifou & Mare islands in New Caledonia, Alotau with its turquoise waters, then Papua New Guinea before heading to the island of Lombok in Indonesia, then Singapore and Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Before reaching the incredible Suez Canal transit, guests can tick off more unforgettable destinations including Colombo, Sri Lanka, and two days to take in the sights, smells, and tastes of Mumbai, India, before reaching Salalah, Oman, and Aqaba, Jordan for the ancient site of Petra.

With only four consecutive sea days, guests will also enjoy nine overnight calls in ports including Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ushuaia (Argentina), Valparaiso (Chile), Callao (Peru), Papeete (Tahiti), Sydney (Australia), Benoa (Indonesia) and Mumbai (India) allowing plenty of time to explore these stunning destinations and enjoying an evening ashore.

We know MSC Cruises for offering an incredible choice of shore excursions designed to suit all tastes, giving guests the freedom to make the most of every moment ashore. The 2023 MSC World Cruise is no exception with 15 shore excursions included in the cost of the cruise ticket and, of course, we can book other excursions both in advance or during the cruise.

Guests will sail in style and comfort on MSC Magnifica during this incredible voyage around the world with the cruise price including:

  • A beverage package
  • 15 shore excursions
  • 30% discount on laundry

Voyagers Club members booking the MSC World Cruise 2023 will receive an extra 5% discount and Silver, Gold, and Diamond members will enjoy €/$50 per person on onboard credit on top of their usual 5% discount. This offer is valid until 30 November 2021. We will also credit members booking the World Cruise 2023 with triple membership points for the type of experience chosen. We will assign these points at the time of booking.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones, Cruise Editor.

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