#FindYourEscape: MSC launches World Cruise

2017-11-13 21:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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MSC Sinfonia

Cape Town - MSC Magnifica is offering a unique itinerary aboard a brand-new 116 night world cruise - that’s almost four months of setting sail across the globe!

With more than 40 destinations spanning 23 countries - including Peru, Papua New Guinea, Bali and India - the 2020 MSC World Cruise promises “more exotic and aspirational destinations than ever before”.

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Guests can hop on board from Civitavecchia/Rome, Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona on 4, 5, 6 and 7 January 2020 respectively. For South Africans, this means a trip to Spain, France or Italy - and the possibility of a short stay at one these locations, ahead of the cruise, is on the cards.

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MSC says that “to maximise exploration opportunities, eight destinations include an overnight stay in port, giving guests up to two days to experience local attractions, cuisine and unique atmosphere.”

Check it out:

Exotic locations

Among the 43 destinations are a number of new and exotic locations. Here are some of the places holidaymakers can expect to see:

Ushuaia, Argentina

The most southern city in the world, this Argentinian fishing village offers stunning water scenery with often snow-topped mountains

Rapa Nui

Easter Island – famed globally for its unique collection of carved-stone figurines dating back to the 13th century.

Darwin, Australia

Located at the northern tip of the country, the region allows guest to experience the true Australia – beaches, lagoons, sports and local wildlife can all be experienced within close proximity.

Valparaiso, Chile

Famed for its small coloured houses on its coastal hills, guests can get a spectacular view out into the Pacific or explore the city, searching for its photo-worthy walls of art.

Mumbai, India

This bustling city offers smells, tastes and sights around every corner.

Salalah, Oman

Multiple waterfalls, exotic lush flora and unusual animals make this stop hard to forget.

Shore excursions

Guests aboard the World Cruise will get 15 shore excursions included in the cost of the booking. Other excursions can be booked in advance or during the cruise.

Here are some highlights:

In Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Visit ‘Turtle Bay’ to swim up-close with two different breeds of turtle. You can also see other marine life such as stingrays, manta rays, sharks and dolphins.

Aqaba, Petra

Explore the ancient city of Petra in the middle of the Jordanian desert and cross the narrow cut-through ravine revealing the famous rose-red rock carved temple.


Port Kelang, Kuala Lumpur

Reach the peak of one of the world’s most famous skyscrapers as you reach the top of the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Even more for guests

MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer Gianni Onorato says the on-board experience “has been designed to reflect the cultures and cuisines of the countries that the ship visits, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a true around the world voyage of discovery both on board and on shore.”

Guests will also get the following benefits:

  • Complimentary mealtime restaurant drinks package.
  • 30% reduction on all laundry services.
  • More than 90 shows performed in the ship’s Royal Theatre - including 30 Broadway-style shows and a wide range of live music and acts.
  • Activity schedule with theme evenings, language classes, cultural guest speakers and more.
  • There’s also a Balinese spa and authentic dining options.

Did you know?

Non-SADC passport holders require a Mozambique Visa

If you’re not from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, and want to cruise to Mozambique from South Africa on the MSC Sinfonia, you will now require a Mozambique Visa.

MSC Cruises Immigration Officers advise that “with immediate effect” all non-SADC passport holders require a Mozambican visa that “must be obtained prior to departure should guests wish to disembark the ship at any Mozambique Port including Portuguese Island, Pomene, Maputo”.

Immigration services will no longer issue visas on-board. For more information contact your nearest Mozambican Consulate or visa service provider, or click here for contact details for Mozambique’s consulate and embassy in South Africa.

Hop on board

If you can’t wait to hop on board, secure your stay by booking your room asap. Sales are currently open for MSC Voyagers Club members and anyone who is not a member can start booking from 23 November 2017.

Guests who are not already an MSC Voyagers Club member, but have a loyalty card from another travel reward programme can join the MSC Voyagers Club at a similar or higher level with MSC Status Match. Click here for more information.

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