Geneva, Switzerland, November 4, 2019 – MSC Cruises, today revealed the itinerary for the MSC World Cruise 2022 as sales opened today exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members, with wider sales opening on December 9th, 2019. Being able to travel around the world is a dream for many people but with the MSC World Cruise, this dream can become a reality. What better way to discover new cultures and new places in each corner of the world without having to unpack a suitcase! MSC Poesia will set sail from four embarkation ports in Europe in January 2022, calling at more than 43 exciting ports of call, 9 overnights across 24 countries and 5 continents. Following a westerly route via via Strait of Magellan and Suez, guests will be able to circumnavigate the globe whilst cruising in style.
Guests will be able to embark from Civitavecchia and Genoa in Italy, Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France. After calling at Lisbon and Funchal, Portugal, MSC Poesia will offer the chance to explore the island of Cape Verde before heading to South America. She will bring guests to dream destinations such as Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Bueno Aires (Argentina) - where they will enjoy an overnight adventure and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. The ship then makes her way from Valparaiso (Chile) and its perfect wines from the Chile’s Casablanca Valley to Callao (Peru) where guests will get to explore Machu Picchu and the amazing Amazon jungle. The journey continues to Arica (Chile) and Hanga Roa - capital of Easter Island, without forgetting an exciting overnight at Papeete (Tahiti) before heading to Aiutaki and Rarotonga – largest island of Cook Islands but also an exciting special sailing to Bounty Bay Passage (Pitcairn islands).
Auckland and Napier – Art Deco capital of the world open the explorations of ports in New Zealand, just before guests can soak up the majestic scenery of both the Fiordland National Park and the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia) with overnight in the iconic port of Sydney (Australia). From there, the ship tours the natural wonders of Darwin (Australia) – steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture and untouched national parks. MSC Poesia then makes her way to the turquoise waters of Lifou Island in New Caledonia ; the charming Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Alotau of Papua New Guinea. On her return leg, MSC Poesia will visit the relaxing and breathtaking Lombok island (Indonesia), Singapore and Port Klang (Malaysia). Calling in Sri Lanka will offer the vibrant capital Colombo before overnighting in Mumbai (India). Salalah (Oman) and Aqaba (Jordan) for the ancient site of Petra are the calls before her transiting the Suez Canal on the way back to Europe.
With no more than four consecutive sea days, guests will also enjoy a total of 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.
MSC Cruises is known 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 2022 World Cruise is no exception with 15 shore excursions included in the cost of the cruise ticket and of course other excursions, including some exciting overland tours away from the ship, can be booked both in advance or during the cruise.
Some of the shore excursion highlights include:
• In Hanga Roa, Chili, from the iconic Moai sculptures and other relics of ancient Rapa Nui life to a museum visit that will acquaint you with Easter Island’s history, experience a fascinating encounter with one of the farthest-flung spots on the planet.
• In Aqaba, Petra, get lost in the ancient city of Petra hidden for centuries in the middle of the Jordanian desert. As you emerge from the canyon and its narrow cut-through ravine, the bright daylight will reveal Petra in all its rose-hued glory.
• In Tauranga, New-Zealand, ride through the countryside where farms and forests combine to make this region one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. Experience the wondrous geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa on a guided walking tour among unique geological patterns, shapes and surreal colours that have taken thousands of years to form.
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About MSC Poesia:
MSC Poesia is an innovative cruise ship with elegant style that brings traditional craftsmanship to creative designs. Step aboard and you’ll enter a refined world of comfort, from the spectacular foyer waterfall to the Zen Garden, authentic Japanese Sushi bar and opulent MSC Aurea Spa wellness center with steam room, sauna and divine Balinese massages to pamper body and mind, it’s the perfect place to unwind. Relish the gourmet cuisine inspired by your destinations and combine fun and fitness on the tennis court or in the panoramic gym. Relax in the 3 swimming pools and 4 whirlpool baths, and enjoy the giant poolside cinema screen, among many other superb facilities.
During the exclusive one-month presale for MSC Voyagers Club members, loyal MSC Cruises’ guests won’t only enjoy the usual 5% club discount but can also select their perfect cabin while earning triple membership points, credited to their account at the time of booking allowing them to enjoy all the added benefits right away.
Guests who are not already an MSC Voyagers Club member but are in possession of a loyalty card from another leading travel reward programme can join the MSC Voyagers Club at a similar or higher level thanks to MSC Status Match.
As part of their cruise ticket, guests booking will also benefit from:
• Complimentary Dine & Drink beverage package including house wines, draught beer and a selection of other drinks offered during lunch and dinner
• 30% discount on laundry services
• A comprehensive activity schedule with theme evenings, language classes, cultural guest speakers and much more
For guests who just cannot wait to explore the world on an MSC World Cruise can still book the last remaining cabins for the 2021 departure.