The MSC Cruises has announced a new addition to its fleet with the launch of the MSC Seaside. This is the second ship in a series of four ships that will be launching from 2022 through 2023.
MSC has added a second ship to their 2023 World Voyage, the MSC Poesia.
MSC Cruises has revealed that on the MSC World Cruise 2023, a second ship, MSC Magnifica, will join MSC Poesia.
Both ships will leave on January 4 from Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and January 5 from Genoa, Italy, with a total capacity of over 5,000 passengers.
The globe cruises will take place at the same time, but on separate itineraries. The MSC Magnifica will recreate the itinerary that was scheduled to take place aboard Poesia for the 2022 World Cruise, but was canceled owing to a lack of ports. Magnifica’s decision to follow the original 2022 itinerary allows passengers who had planned to go in 2022 to do so in 2023 instead.
MSC Poesia is a ship that sails around the world (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)
“Unfortunately, we had no option but to cancel the 2022 MSC World Cruise,” said MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato, “but we realize that a world cruise is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many individuals, therefore it was essential to us to provide the best possible alternative for our loyal passengers.”
“Because the MSC Poesia’s World Cruise in 2023 was already sold out, we worked to change the schedule of MSC Magnifica, a popular world cruise ship, so that we can offer the same itinerary as in 2022, only one year later, with the ship departing on the same date and calling at all of the same planned ports.”
Bookings for Magnifica’s World Cruise 2023 are now open, and those who have already purchased a ticket for the 2022 trip will be contacted shortly and given priority in reserving their spot.
As a thank you for their commitment, guests who transfer their booking to 2023 will be able to book a complimentary trip between January 1 and May 3, 2022. Because MSC Poesia’s World Cruise 2023 is now sold out and has a waiting list, those passengers will be able to travel on MSC Magnifica.
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Poesia and Magnifica will sail together in 2023, with departures from Civitavecchia on January 4th, Genoa on January 5th, Marseille on January 6th, and Barcelona on January 7th.
After crossing the Mediterranean, the ships will split up in the Atlantic. Magnifica will circle South America, traverse the southern Pacific Ocean, and then go to the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal.
Magnifica MSC (MSC Cruises provided this image.)
MSC Poesia will sail via the Panama Canal, then along the west coasts of Central and North America, before heading to the Pacific Ocean and spending time in Asia. After crossing the Indian Ocean, the ship will return to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
MSC Magnifica will go to 43 ports in 24 countries on five continents. The ship will cross the equator twice during the 117-night journey, which will feature nine prolonged overnight stops. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Valparaiso, Callao, Papeete, Sydney, Benoa, and Mumbai are among the cities where the ship will spend the night.
The cruise price for this globe trip in 2023 begins at $15,549 per person and includes 15 shore excursions, a beverage package, and a 30% laundry discount.
This revelation is comparable to Viking’s announcement earlier this year that it, too, will be doing two world trips at the same time. Viking Sky will sail from Fort Lauderdale on December 20, 2023, while Viking Neptune will sail on December 23, 2023. It will take 138 days to complete the journey.
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MSC Cruises has added a second ship to its 2023 World Voyage. The new ship will be called the MSC Seaside and will have a capacity of 2,250 passengers. Reference: msc cruises.
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