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In a return to normalcy, 'tis the season for world cruise departures

MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica begin their long journeys from Genoa
After two years of pandemic disruption, world cruises are getting back to normal as evidenced by this week's bevy of departures.

They include Holland America Line's Volendam and Zuiderdam leaving Port Everglades on Jan. 3, MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica departing Genoa Jan. 5 and Costa Deliziosa to sail from Trieste Jan. 6.

Zuiderdam and Volendam

Departing early Tuesday evening from Port Everglades, Zuiderdam began its 128-day 'grand world voyage,' Holland America's first world cruise since the industry pause. At the same time, Volendam embarked on its 74-day 'grand South America and Antarctica voyage.'


Holland America Line officers were on hand in the terminal to welcome embarking passengers

Both cruises will end back at Port Everglades.

They'll cover more than than 52,000 nautical miles, enough to drive from Miami to Seattle and back nine times.

1.1m eggs

Holland America projected that on the combined 202 days of the trips, which will call at 95 days i 43 countries, the ships will serve 900,000 meals, brew 35,000 coffee drinks, scoop 29,000 gallons of ice cream, shake or stir 155,000 cocktails and uncork 81,000 bottles of Champagne and wine. Some 1.1m eggs will be used, and 2,500 live performances staged.

MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica

MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica are carrying 4,200 passengers from 54 countries.

MSC Poesia’s 117-day voyage will call at 53 ports in 33 countries. The ship will cross the Atlantic, transit the Panama Canal and travel up the West Coast of Central America and North America before sailing the Pacific Ocean to Asia for an extended period. Crossing the Indian Ocean, MSC Poesia will then return to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

MSC Magnifica’s 119-day cruise, to 43 destinations in 24 countries, will circumnavigate South America following a trans-Atlantic voyage, cross the South Pacific and continue to the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal back to the Mediterranean.

Star chefs

Veteran Brazilian chef and restauranteur Allan Vila Espejo will serve a menu onboard both ships. MSC Poesia will feature both internationally renowned Japanese-American chef Roy Yamaguchi and Michelin-starred Swedish chef, TV personality and author Niklas Ekstedt, and MSC Magnifica will host renowned Peruvian chef James Berckemeyer.

Lectures on a wide range of topics, more than 30 full-scale production shows and activities ranging from dance and language classes to Champagne tasting and ice carving are planned.

Costa Deliziosa

Costa's world cruise is back, with Costa Deliziosa to visit 52 destinations in 128 days, round-trip Trieste.


Sailing from Trieste, Costa Deliziosa will circle the globe in 128 days

The ship will travel from the Mediterranean to the Arabian Peninsula, sailing east to India and the Maldives, then heading south to Madagascar and South Africa, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. Heading south to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, Costa Deliziosa will then sail through the Beagle Channel and up the Pacific Coast, from Chile to Panama, visiting Central America and continuing to New York before returning to Europe.

Some 2,000 passengers from 40 countries are booked, with a predominance of French (about 500), Italians and Germans (about 360 and about 340, respectively), Swiss (about 160), Spanish (about 140) and Austrians (just under 100). The oldest traveler, French, is 94, while the youngest, Austrian, is 6. 

The shipboard entertainment will be themed on the destinations, such as 'Bollywood Night,' 'Tropical Party,' 'Brazilian Party' and 'Arabian Night.'

Notable excursions

Some of the notable excursions include a visit to the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India; Madagascar's Ivoloina Park to see lemurs, Perito Moreno glacier and Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, a cable car ride over Cape Town's Table Mountain, a helicopter flight over Rio de Janeiro, a three-day visit to the Galápagos Islands and a stroll over New York's Brooklyn Bridge.