Post updated: 10/01/2019
Sailing to 53 destinations across 33 countries, including six extended overnight stays – the 2021 MSC World Cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Discover the Far East and beyond
Following the now nearly sold-out 2019 and 2020 World Cruises with the cruise line, MSC Cruises have now launched their 2021 itinerary and it sounds sensational.
The 118-night voyage departs in January 2021, sailing round-trip from either Genoa, Citavecchia, Marseille or Barcelona.
The journey begins by crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, then through the Panama Canal and along the west coast to San Francisco. From here, the ship then visits Hawaii and islands in the South Pacific before exploring Australia’s Gold Coast and Japan during cherry blossom season.
The final leg of the sailing then heads to China, ports of Southeast Asia and India, before cruising to the Middle East and back to the Mediterranean.
The cruise will be aboard MSC Poesia, which will be having refurbishment works completed in summer 2019 ahead of the sailing. From the ship’s foyer waterfall and the Zen Garden, to the Japanese Sushi Bar and opulent MSC Aurea Spa – it’s a ship that you will travel in sublime style and comfort on.
The cruise is now available to book and you can find all the details here:
2021 World Cruise highlights
The all-new itinerary features a significant focus on Asian destination, and truly allows guests to immerse themselves in each port as you explore.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
The stunning beaches and lush rainforest are a haven for any nature lover. Here guests will have the unique experience of interacting with native sloth species or discovering the rich history that the 2nd largest city in Costa Rica has to offer. One of the best ways to take in the landscape is through the Veragua Rainforest & Aerial Tram shore excursion, offering guests a comfortable and convenient way to adventure deep into the rainforest, to encounter myriad butterflies and breath-taking waterfalls.
San Francisco, USA
Guests will not want to miss a chance to get a look at the iconic Golden Gate bridge, visit the famous penitentiary-turned-prison Alcatraz, or taste the local California wines in one of the United States’ most famous cities. The San Francisco & Golden Gate Bridge shore excursion, one of the many unique shore excursions featured on the cruise – is the ideal way to take in these landmarks during your stay, offering a plethora of can’t-be-missed sites in one trip.
Hawaii is renowned for its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and looming volcanoes. On Oahu, the Hawaiian capital is home to all three of these treasures, where guests can partake in a luau or simply say ‘aloha’ to a day of sunbathing on the famous Waikiki Beach. To discover the city, as well as learn some of its most moving history, the Pearl Harbor & City tour will usher guests from sunken submarine and battleships, to pearls of the ancient Hawaiian kingdom.
Sailing by the Sydney Opera House and towering Harbour Bridge, guests will have two days to explore the iconic Australian city. Whether they choose to visit the famous Taronga Zoo for a chance to see real-live kangaroos or learn to surf at Bondi Beach, this is a destination for everyone. To truly experience the city, guests may join the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb shore excursion, where they will ascend the 134-metre tall bridge for a panoramic view of the city, while their climb leader details the history from 1932 until now.
The bright lights of Tokyo are one of six Japanese cities the MSC Poesia will visit during the world tour. With a plethora of uniquely Japanese activities to experience, guests may choose between traditional tea ceremonies, observing Sumo wrestlers’ morning practice sessions and discovering the restaurant offerings that make Tokyo the most Michelin-starred city in the world.
One of China’s most iconic cities will give guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Far East, visiting the Jade Buddha Temple, walking along the Bund waterfront or taking a day trip to the Zhujiajiao water town, where the historic homes and bridges will have guests feeling they’ve stepped back in time.
This vibrant metropolis is where East meets West, where guests will be amazed by the many modern skyscrapers that paint the city’s skyline and delighted by the rich history, such as the Tian Tan Buddha.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Vietnam’s 5th largest city is one of the country’s most beautiful. Guests may opt to climb the one-of-a-kind Marble Mountains, bask in the sun on My Khe Beach or discover the many stunning pagodas that the city is known for.
Framed by the unmistakable Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the city’s symbol, the Merlion, Singapore is a paradise for shoppers, with breath-taking malls that are as beautiful as they are well-stocked. The historical Raffles Hotel and eye-opening Gardens by the Bay make this small island a taste of the best of both worlds, modern meets classic. The Highlights of Singapore shore excursion, for example, mixes classic coach and walking tours and will allow guests a chance to take in the many neighbourhoods of the city, starting with the exotic Little India.
This city rests on the Red Sea coast and is a haven for divers and history buffs alike. From snorkelling in the Aqaba Marine Park to Mamluk Castle and the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, this destination has something to satiate everyone’s interests.
MSC Cruises’ CEO, Gianni Onorato said:
“At MSC Cruises, each time we bring a new itinerary to our guests we are committed to making that part of a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. Our newest World Cruise itinerary for 2021 – which features one of our most charming ships, MSC Poesia – will offer guests not only an incredible number of different destinations and overnight stays in iconic cities but a rich array of on board entertainment and music, enrichment activities as well as dining experiences that are sure to make this a voyage of discovery both while on board and ashore.”
The World Cruise 2021 is now available to book and the full itinerary can be seen here: MSC 2021 World Cruise. Each cruise ticket includes 15 included shore excursions, as well as a mealtime package.
For more information, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 for expert advice on world cruises and sailing with MSC Cruises.
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