It was an trade first on January 5 when two MSC Cruises ships departed on the similar time and from the identical port, Genoa, to embark on world cruises. MSC Magnifica and MSC Poesia sailed collectively by the Western Mediterranean and parted methods as they started their transatlantic crossings.
5,000 Visitors Onboard MSC World Cruises
MSC Cruises made historical past on the Italian port of Genoa as its MSC Magnifica started a 119-day world cruise and the MSC Poesia launched her 117-day voyage, each to faraway and unique locations. About 5,000 company are aboard the 2 ships; MSC Magnifica has a capability of three,223, whereas MSC Poesia can accommodate 2,500.
The cruise line in October 2021 had canceled the MSC Poesia’s world cruise in 2022 resulting from port limitations stemming from the pandemic. On the time, the ship’s 2023 world cruise aboard MSC Poesia was already bought out, so MSC Cruises scheduled the MSC Magnifica to function a second world cruise this yr, following the identical itinerary MSC Poesia was to sail final yr.
The place the MSC Ships Are Heading
When the ships half firm on the fringe of the Western Mediterranean, MSC Magnifica will cross the Atlantic Ocean to South America, rounding Cape Horn and cruising to Peru earlier than heading to French Polynesia, Australia, and India. The ship will name at ports on the Arabian peninsula, transit the Suez Canal and return to the Mediterranean.
MSC Poesia will cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean, transit the Panama Canal and sail the Mexican Riviera, heading up the US West Coast to San Francisco. The ship will proceed to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Japan, China, and Hong Kong earlier than calling at Dubai. It additionally will transit the Suez, returning to the Mediterranean after calling in Greece.
Each ships are MSC Musica-class vessels; MSC Magnifica entered service in 2010 and MSC Poesia in 2008.
Well-known Cooks to Be a part of Each World Cruises
MSC Cruises mentioned that passengers aboard each world cruises will expertise particular worldwide culinary choices when visitor cooks be a part of the sailings to organize customized, multi-course menus. Veteran Brazilian Chef and Restauranteur Allan Vila Espejo will go to each ships and put together Brazilian specialties similar to Manioc soup and Bahia-style fish stew.
MSC Poesia will welcome two extra cooks. Japanese-American Chef Roy Yamaguchi will put together favorites similar to grilled teriyaki pork chop with Hawaiian chimichurri, whereas Michelin-starred Swedish chef, TV persona and creator Niklas Ekstedt will serve delicacies targeted on pure substances.
On MSC Magnifica, Peruvian Chef James Berckemeyer will entice company with a menu of Peruvian veal cheek and native caramel pudding.
Different highlights on each ships embody particular enrichment packages, champagne tastings, visitor lecturers and entertainers, and 30 full-scale manufacturing exhibits, amongst different actions.
MSC Poesia will sail a world cruise in 2024, that includes a brand new itinerary that may embody calls in South Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the US and Canada, plus Greenland and Iceland. A particular characteristic for subsequent yr’s world cruise, which is open for bookings, is an exploration of the Amazon River in Brazil.