The trip of a lifetime on board MSC Magnifica

MSC Cruises is preparing to welcome guests on board MSC Magnifica for the company’s first World Cruise deaprting January 5, 2019 in Genoa (Italy). Guests embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime 119-day cruise around the world will visit 32 different countries, and whether a thrill-seeker, adventurer, culture-lover or history buff, guests can customize their experience with something for every preference.

Rio de Janeiro, one of the many stops on MSC Magnifica’s World Cruise

The MSC Magnifica 2019 World Cruise offers a unique opportunity for cruise guests to circumnavigate the globe without ever having to repack their suitcase or change hotel rooms. And, with extended stays in port – at an average of 13 hours – guests can fully immerse themselves in each destination. As part of their cruise fare, MSC Cruises World Cruise guests will benefit from 15 selected included shore excursions – from over 250 excursions on offer – exploring sites like the Golden Gate Bridge and Panoramic Sightseeing in Colombia.


For those who wish to get even more out of their cruise, the MSC Cruises shore excursions experts have developed an incredible selection of overland excursions. These extended excursion options allow guests to spend more time in their destinations of choice and then re-join the ship after a few days of adventure ashore. MSC Overland Experiences include bucket list destinations that range from 19 hours to 7 days in length, depending on the destination and excursion. Here’s a look at some of the experiences on offer:

Overland to Bora Bora and stay in overwater bungalow (Duration: 3 days / 2 nights)

Some destinations are worth the detour and for a visually magnificent journey, few places can compare to Bora Bora, which has been dubbed the “Pearl of the Pacific”. MSC Cruises’ guests can opt to enjoy a luxurious two-night stay in the famed overwater bungalows, surrounded by the silhouette of Mount Otemanu. This breath-taking location will immerse guests in the sights and tastes of Polynesia, all while providing a relaxing and fascinating alternative to staying on board. Along with accommodation, this excursion also provides mouth-watering Tahitian meals, an exclusive spa treatment, an exciting shark and ray watching trip and lagoon tour, as well as many opportunities to sunbathe on pristine beaches.

Werribee slumber safari overnight (Duration: approx. 19 hours)

Fans of adventure may prefer to join the “Werribee Slumber Safari” which takes guests on an overnight journey into Australia’s Werribee Open Range Zoo. This unique wildlife park’s African-style savannah is home to incredible flora and fauna, where rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras and antelopes roam freely. Guests will follow their expert guides, as they encounter endangered species up close, join a luxury camping experience and spend the night overlooking the Werribee River.

Overland to Maldives via Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal (Duration: 3 days / 2 Nights)

The bright colors and iconic spices of India continue to entice travelers, alongside the legendary Taj Mahal. Stopping in Colombo, Sri Lanka, MSC Cruises guests can choose to travel north to land-locked New Delhi and on to Agra, for a guided tour of the famous palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip also includes a stay in a luxury hotel, supplemented with the best cuisine India has to offer. The stay in New Delhi also allows guests to immerse themselves in local culture, both through local folk dances and through the bustling atmosphere of the city.

Overland to Aqaba via Jordan (Duration: 7 days / 6 nights)

History buffs and adventure seekers alike may opt for the “Overland to Aqaba via Jordan,” when the ship docks in Muscat, Oman. A hotspot for World Heritage sites and serene desert landscapes, this 6-day journey through Jordan begins in the ancient and impeccably preserved Roman city of Jerash, traveling through to the modern capital of Amman, highlighting the contrasts present in the country.

Guests will then be offered the opportunity to visit multiple locations of religious significance, offering a unique glimpse back in time, as they visit Madaba, the “City of Mosaics,” Mount Nebo and the River Jordan. It wouldn’t be a trip to Jordan without visiting Petra, where guests will spend a day in the pink-hued necropolis, before making their way to the deserts of Wadi Rum and, finally, camping beneath the stars. Guests will re-join the ship after a heart-stopping 4WD drive.

MSC MAGNIFICA: home away from home

Built in 2009, MSC Magnifica boasts masterful design and relaxed refinement with one of the highest ratios of balcony cabins, high quality service, fresh and authentic dining options – including four restaurants and 11 bars, modern and comfortable cabins as well as a wide range of entertainment and leisure activities. From the gourmet restaurants serving cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and authentic inspiration from around the world to the wide variety of world class entertainment offerings including a full-scale casino, panoramic discotheque, cigar lounge, 4D cinema and much more, MSC Magnifica will be the perfect home away from home.

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