MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Magnifica

Year built2010  /  Age : 9
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMusica (modified)
Building costUSD 550 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
OperatorMSC Cruises
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage95128 gt
Passengers2506 - 3007
Crew1038
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks16
Cabins1253
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2019
Christened bySophia Loren

Current itinerary / position of MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise. The itinerary starts on 11 Jul, 2019 and ends on 18 Jul, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
11 Jul 16:30    Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece hotels
12 Jul 12:30 - 18:30    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
13 Jul 07:00 - 13:00    Kotor, Montenegro
14 Jul 09:30 - 17:30    Venice, Italy
15 Jul 11:00 - 17:00    Bari, Italy
16 Jul 11:00 - 17:00    Katakolon, Olympia, Greece
17 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Santorini Island, Greece
18 Jul 07:30    Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece hotels

Review of MSC Magnifica

Launched in 2010, MSC Magnifica is the fourth and last of MSC Cruises Musica-class ships, together with Orchestra, Poesia and Musica.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC Magnifica cruise ship

The 95,128-ton, 3,010-passenger cruise ship MSC Magnifica sailed for the first time in March 2010 with a series of Mediterranean voyages. Magnifica is the first MSC cruise ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean to New York, a fact that is quite unusual for a European company.

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Magnifica itinerary program is based on South America cruises from Buenos Aires, and on 7-day Eastern Mediterranean voyages from Italy (Venice) to Croatia, Greece and Turkey. The Magnifica operates cheap Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and South America.

In November 2016, MSC announced its first-ever world cruise on Magnifica departing from Genoa on January 5, 2019.

  • The 119-days itinerary includes a total of 49 ports of call in 32 different countries. The line has arranged extended stays in ports that no other cruise companies offer, including 4 full days in Polynesia, 3 full days in both San Francisco and Hawaii, and 2 full days in Los Angeles.

In October 2017, MSC announced another around the world voyage on Magnifica.

  • Departing in January 2020, the itinerary has a total of 40 ports of call in 23 countries on 5 continents. The 3-month long voyage can be booked as roundtrip itinerary from either Rome (Civitavecchia), Genoa, Marseille or Barcelona. It also features a Transatlantic crossing and a Suez Canal transit.
  • Among the visited destinations are South America (Argentina, Chile, Easter Island), Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia (Malaysia, India, Oman, Jordan).

Cabins

MSC Magnifica has a total of 1259 cabins (of which 266 Suites, 570 Balcony, 249 Inside rooms) in 8 grades. Most MSC Magnifica staterooms are 160-190-sq. foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard MSC Magnifica is the Suite (235 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Two formal restaurants onboard MSC Magnifica serve Mediterranean and Italian cuisine in traditional assigned seatings. Two buffet restaurants, which seem like a single dining area during the day, with long-serving counters, provide casual dining for breakfast and lunch. The aft buffet restaurant is reserved at night for seated dining and features a steak-house menu and extra charge; the forward one serves pizza. The à la carte sushi and Asian speciality restaurants require reservations and carry an additional charge. Ship's room service is limited to a menu including cold sandwiches and a Continental breakfast. Midnight buffets vary, ranging from traditional shipboard gala affair to themed snack-type offerings.

MSC Magnifica cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Magnifica restaurants and food bars.

  • L’Edera Restaurant (720-seat Dining Room, offers different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.; with 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • Quattro Venti Restaurant (714-seat Main Dining Room, with 2 fixed dinner seatings; dinner-only)
  • Oriental Plaza Restaurant (54-seat Asian speciality restaurant; open for Lunch and Dinner)
  • Sahara Cafeteria Restaurant (472-seat, self-service buffet; offers Afternoon and occasional midnight buffet)
  • Onboard Pizzeria (inside Sahara, surcharge)
  • L’Oasi Restaurant (250-seat, inside Sahara, with Mediterranean cuisine, dinner only).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MSC Magnifica ship provides endless entertainment and recreational options: a casino, 4D cinema, bowling, billiards, library, as well as a fitness centre, three pools and eight jacuzzis, plus sauna and solarium. One of the swimming pools is ideal for winter swim under its retractable ‘Magrodome’ roof. Sports enthusiast can also play tennis, basketball, or just improve jogging. The Magnifica cruise ship is famous for her calmness; guests can try the Spa salon and the Turkish bath, or pamper in the beauty salon or the massage rooms.

Additional amenities include complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Follows the complete list of MSC Magnifica lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Magnifica Atrium (3-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • Le Gocce Bar (142-seat Atrium Lobby; speciality coffee offered)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • Royal Theatre (1240-seat, 2-level; features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.)
  • Tiger Lounge and Bar (439-seat lounge with full bar and dance floor; hosts shows, bingo, trivia quizzes, aerobic classes)
  • Purple Bar (45-seat cocktail bar)
  • Topazio Bar (220-seat piano bar)
  • Sequola Bar (45-seat); Ruby Bar (45-seat cocktail bar)
  • Atlantic City Casino (222-seat, smoking allowed area, own full bar)
  • Card Room (28-seat); Library (card and board games)
  • Cuba Lounge (32-seat smoking room with full bar)
  • L’Olimpiade Bar (120-seat sports bar)
  • L’Ametista Lounge and Bar (330-seat show lounge with full bar, karaoke, dance competitions, game shows, cooking demonstrations, occasional midnight buffets)
  • Duty-Free Shop; MSC Logo Shop; Accessories Shop; Le Parfum; L’Angolo dell’Oggetto; Bond Street Boutique; Rubino; Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Art gallery
  • MSC Magnifica Aurea Spa and Fitness (1160 m2 complex, with Sauna, Relaxation Room, Frigidarium, Treatment Rooms, Thalassotherapy hot tubs, 2 Whirlpools, Aerobics Studio/Yoga classes, Beauty Salon, Spa Bar)
  • Fitness (complimentary Gym, fitness classes at a surcharge)
  • Le Grand Bleu Pool (with 2 Whirlpools, tennis tables, served by La Conchiglia Bar)
  • T32 Disco and Nightclub (a 172-seat club with dance floor, bowling lanes; dance classes; during the day serves as a teen club)
  • Teen Club (13–17 aged lounge)
  • Children’s Playrooms (kids club area); Underwater World (kids playroom)
  • Video Games Arcade; Shuffleboard; Deck Quoits; 9-hole Mini Golf Course
  • Solarium (adults-only area with 2 Whirlpools, served by Il Bar Del Sole)
  • 4D Cinema (8 moving seats)
  • LED Wall (outdoor screen for virtual games)
  • Sports Center (combined sports court for volleyball, basketball, tennis)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

MSC Magnifica wiki

Magnifica is of MSC's Musica-class vessels, with sisters Musica, Orchestra, Poesia. Ship's largest accommodations are of 335 ft (31m2 - Deluxe Suite). Magnifica was MSC's first liner to try the Canada-New England market with departures from homeport NYC, New York (right after the maiden season in Mediterranean 2010).

MSC World Cruises 2019-2020

In November 2016, MSC announced its first-ever world cruise on Magnifica, departing from Genoa on January 5, 2019. The 119-days itinerary includes a total of 49 ports of call in 32 different countries. The line has arranged extended stays in ports that no other cruise companies offer, including 4 full days in Polynesia, 3 full days in both San Francisco and Hawaii, and 2 full days in Los Angeles.

In October 2017, MSC announced a second "around the world" voyage on Magnifica. Departing in January 2020, the itinerary has a total of 40 ports of call in 23 countries on 5 continents. The 3-month long voyage can be booked as a roundtrip from either Rome (Civitavecchia), Genoa, Marseille or Barcelona. It also features a Transatlantic crossing and a Suez Canal transit. Among the visited destinations are South America (Argentina, Chile, Easter Island), Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia (Malaysia, India, Oman, Jordan).

For the 118-day World Cruise 2019 (two departures - January 5 roundtrip from Genoa, and January 6 roundtrip from Marseille), MSC hired the following celebrity chefs:

  • Ramon Freixa (Spain)
  • Vikas Khanna (India)
  • Carlo Cracco (Italy)
  • Jean-Philippe Maury (France)
  • Jereme Leung (China)
  • Allan Vila Espejo (Brazil)
  • Jorge Rausch (Colombia)
  • Serge Dansereau (Canada)

Each chef developed one 3- or 4-course menu during a themed evening. The exclusive meals also allowed passengers to meet and interact with celebrities. Next table shows the 2019 world cruise itinerary (118-day) as ports and times.

Date / TimePort
06 Jan 18:00Departing from Marseille, France Riviera
07 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
09 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Malaga, Spain
11 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
17 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
18 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
19 Jan 07:00 - 18:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
21 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
22 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
23 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Santa Marta, Colombia
24 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Cartagena, Colombia
25 Jan - 26 JanPanama Canal
25 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Colon, Panama
28 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
29 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Corinto, Nicaragua
30 Jan 09:00 - 19:00Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
02 Feb 07:00 - 16:00Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera
03 Feb 09:00 - 16:00Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico
05 Feb 09:00 - 20:00San Diego, California
06 Feb 09:00 - 07 Feb 19:00Los Angeles, Long Beach, California
09 Feb 07:00 - 11 Feb 18:00San Francisco, California
16 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Hilo, Hawaii Island
17 Feb 08:00 - 18 Feb 18:00Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
24 Feb 08:00 - 25 Feb 18:00Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
26 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
27 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
02 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, American Samoa
04 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa
06 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
08 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Lautoka, Fiji
09 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Suva, Fiji
12 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
13 Mar 09:00 - 14 Mar 18:00Auckland, New Zealand
18 Mar 08:00 - 19 Mar 18:00Sydney, NSW Australia
21 Mar 08:00 - 22 Mar 18:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
26 Mar 08:00 - 22:00Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
01 Apr 07:00 - 02 Apr 17:00Singapore
03 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
04 Apr 13:00 - 05 Apr 18:00Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand
08 Apr 07:00 - 20:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
10 Apr 08:00 - 11 Apr 16:00Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
15 Apr 10:00 - 16 Apr 23:00Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
17 Apr 08:00 - 20:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Khasab, Musandam, Oman
19 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Muscat, Oman
25 Apr 08:00 - 19:00Aqaba, Jordan
26 Apr - 27 AprSuez Canal
29 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Heraklion, Crete, Greece
01 May 08:00 - 14:00Messina, Sicily, Italy
02 May 08:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
03 May 08:00 - 17:00Genoa, Milan, Italy
04 May 08:00Arriving in Marseille, France Riviera

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MSC Magnifica Itineraries

The below listed MSC Magnifica cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest MSC Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Kotor
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Venice
2019 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Piraeus
2019 Oct 10 3 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Venice
2019 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Nov 25 6 days, one-way from Bari to Venice Bari
2019 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Cruise Bari
2019 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2019 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from Bari to Venice Bari
2019 Dec 21 2 days, one-way from Genoa to Barcelona Genoa
2019 Dec 21 4 days, one-way from Genoa to Civitavecchia Genoa
2019 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2019 Dec 23 5 days, round-trip Mediterranean Barcelona
2019 Dec 26 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2019 Dec 27 10 days, round-trip Mediterranean Marseille
2020 Jan 04 37 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Valparaiso Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 04 116 days, round-trip 116Nightss World Cruise Civitavecchia
2020 Jan 06 35 days, one-way from Marseille to Valparaiso Marseille
2020 Jan 06 116 days, round-trip 116Nightss World Cruise Marseille
2020 Jan 07 34 days, one-way from Barcelona to Valparaiso Barcelona
2020 Jan 07 116 days, round-trip 116Nightss World Cruise Barcelona
2020 Apr 29 5 days, round-trip Msc World Cruise Civitavecchia
2020 Apr 30 3 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 May 03 5 days, one-way from Genoa to Venice Genoa
2020 May 04 5 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Bari Civitavecchia
2020 May 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Bari
2020 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice
2020 Nov 20 5 days, one-way from Venice to Genoa Venice
2020 Nov 24 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Nov 25 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 05 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 06 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 16 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 17 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2020 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2020 Dec 28 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Civitavecchia
2021 Jan 08 11 days, round-trip Mediterranean Genoa
2021 Jan 18 1 day, one-way from Civitavecchia to Genoa Civitavecchia

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