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World Cruise on the MSC Magnifica 2019 / 2020

This ship is luxurious and majestic beyond any other cruise liner. She was built in Saint-Nazaire from January 2009 until January 2010 and entered service in March 2010. The Magnifica was built to the Musica class design and is 293.8 metres long with a beam of 32.2 metres high. The ship weighs 93,330 gross tons and can reach a speed of 43 km per hour. She has 1259 cabins that can carry 3605 passengers at full capacity.

If you're looking for a cruise around the Western Mediterranean with MSC, Northern Europe, Scandanavia or South America in style, this is the ship to cruise on.

You can check availability for cruises on the MSC Magnifica by filling in the form below (email cruises@southafrica.to if you're experiencing difficulties). Specify that you're keen on the World Cruise. :


  • 5 Jan 2020. The MSC Magnifica is doing a world cruise from Rome. The ship is visiting 23 different countries; including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Easter Island, India and Oman. Booking for MSC Voyager Members started on the 23rd October 2017, and bookings for the general public open on the 23rd November 2017.

  • April 2018. MSC are switching to Yorkshire tea on the MSC Magnifica, on its cruises from Southampton; and to celebrate are hiring a tea & cake taster for a week's contract (wages paid in the form of free tea and cake!).

  • 19 Apr 2017: The Magnifica hits the stone wall of a quay in Civitavecchia (near Rome), after a sudden change in wind direction and speed. The boat suffered damage but no water entered the ship.

  • Feb 2017. A woman, Li Yinglei, who had been cruisng with her family - husband and 2 children, aged 4 & 6 - goes missing on an 11 day cruise which had started in Civitavecchia (Rome's port) and went on to Malta, Greece & Cyprus. It was discovered that she was missing when the ship returned to Civitavecchia.

  • 20 Oct to 7 Nov 2014 : Damen Shiprepair in Rotterdam carries out maintenance and repairs on the MSC Magnifica - this includes cleaning, painting, refurbishing of the rudder system, replacing piping and steelworks.  "During the drydocking the 700-strong crew will largely stay on the vessel and they have to be able to carry out their normal activities safely," said Mr K Benjelloul of Damen Shiprepair.

  • The MSC Magnifica cruised from Venice to destinations in the Mediterranean during June, July, August and September 2016.

  • 10 May 2014 : MSC Magnifica playing Seven Nation Army in Hamburg.


  • 19 Nov 2013. MSC Magnifica hits a mooring light in the Athens' Port of Piraeus, causing a bit of damage to the ship & the port structure. "MSC Magnifica is expected to leave Piraeus harbour at the end of the afternoon with only a slight delay on its timetable. The itinerary will remain unchanged and the ship will call in Katakolon tomorrow morning, as scheduled." said an MSC spokesperson. 

  • 10 May 2013. MSC Magnifica in Hamburg port at night.

  • MSC Magnifica on the River Tyne



Inside the MSC Magnifica

The Magnifica has two main restaurants, L'Edera and Quattro Ventri, each serving a selection of high quality foods.


The ship also has an asian restaurant called Oriental Plaza, ensuring that all tastes are catered for. There are 17 bars and lounges, each with different themes, as well as a state of the art theatre, discos and casinos to provide entertainment for all.


Guests can enjoy hours of relaxation at the MSC Aurea Spa, which offers a Turkish bath, sauna, massage rooms, beauty salon and fitness centre. There are 3 swimming pools to choose from, as well as a tennis court, basketball court and a jogging track for the more energetic guests.

MSC Cruises on the Mediterranean give one that Italian flavour.

Cabins and Suites

Choose from these different cabins on the MSC Magnifica:

Inside cabins - These cabins are approximately 13 square metres in size. They have air conditioning, single beds that can be converted into a double bed, a bathroom with a shower, interactive TV, telephone, availability of internet connection by your own laptop (on payment), mini bar and safe.

Outside cabins - Approximately 16 square metres big, and have all the same amenities as the inside cabin, plus a window with an ocean view.

Balcony cabin - These cabins are approximately 17 - 23 square metres in size. These have all the same amentites as mentioned above, plus a balcony to the outside.

Balcony suite - The balcony suite is about 27 square metres, and is therefore great for families travelling together. Along with all the same features as the other cabins, you will have a spacious wardrobe in your suite.



  • 20 April 2013. Morgan's unofficial review of the MSC Magnifica.

  • January 2012 - Allan cruised from Venice on the MSC Magnifica and described it as being "just that - magnificent". He says the atmosphere is "sophisticated" and that they "loved it from top to bottom, port to starboard and prow to stern". Allan says the shows on board were "great" and "some acts were so good thay could have been part of the Cirque De Soleil".

  • 16 August 2011 - Glenn says of his cruise from Venice on the MSC Magnifica: "I was very happy with everything". He says his cabin was " very clean and new looking. Our cabin room stewart (Pandra) was excellent in doing all he could do for us with a smile! ".

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