Have you ever been on a sea cruise? How long was it? Three days? Seven? Fourteen?
How about setting sail for four months?
MSC Cruises recently announced an 119-day “World Cruise” that will take passengers to 49 locations in 32 countries on six continents. Get out your calendars. The cruise departs from Genoa, Italy on January 5, 2019.
In researching my book, You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think, I discovered that the happiest retirees take at least two vacations per year, as compared to an average 1.4 for unhappy retirees. The World Cruise should make any retiree, very, very happy.
The epic journey begins with stops in four European cities: Marseille, Barcelona and Málaga, Spain, and Funchal, Portugal. You will then sail the Atlantic like a modern Christopher Columbus to discovery several Caribbean islands, including St. Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Aruba. The next stop (via the Panama Canal) is the U.S. West Coast, where the ship pulls into Los Angeles and San Francisco before sailing to Hawaii. From there it’s on to Bora Bora, Tonga, Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. You’ll even visit the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordan. And that’s just a partial itinerary.
The ship will stay at each destination an average of 13 hours, with some stopovers lasting a couple of days.
Fifteen ground excursions come with your ticket, including elephant riding, lagoon snorkeling, guide shopping tours and trips to various national parks.
MSC will deploy its newest ship, the Magnifica, for the cruise. The floating pleasure palace has 11 bars, four restaurants, a casino, a disco, a cigar lounge, and a 4D cinema, among other diversions and amenities.
Needless to say, the duration of the World Cruise limits participation to those with lots of free time. MSC says the trip is perfect not just for retirees, but also for students taking a gap year, and those seeking a mid-career hiatus.
Tickets for the World Cruise start at $16,999 for an interior double occupancy cabin. If you have any experience with cruising, you know that cabin is likely located in Magnifica’s equivalent of the Titanic’s steerage decks. The World Cruise is currently open only to members of MSC’ Voyagers’ Club. Tickets go on sale to the public on December 14th.