January 03, 2022 | Yesterday, Sunday, the MSC Magnifica set sail for her first departure of the new winter program
- Destinations of the weekly 7-night cruise from / to Hamburg are Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge and IJmuiden
- Numerous local guests from the cruise, port, logistics, press and sales sectors enjoyed a tour of the ship and tested the new highlight on board: the ice stock rink
MSC MAGNIFICA in Copenhagen
Yesterday morning the MSC Magnifica docked in Hamburg for the first time since 2018. It was the first visit by an MSC ship to the Hanseatic city since the spectacular christening of the MSC Grandiosa in November 2019. The MSC Magnifica, which was also christened in Hamburg in March 2010, runs a route to European metropolises and trips to many top cities makes possible.
After the great success of the Northern Europe season this summer from / to Kiel and Warnemünde, MSC Cruises is now offering a winter cruise from Germany for the first time. Hamburg is an ideal starting point for this and can also be easily reached for guests from other European countries.
Christian Hein, Germany Managing Director of MSC Cruises, comments: “Germany is an important market for MSC Cruises and Hamburg in particular, as a popular tourist metropolis on the water, is of great importance to us - not only from a cruise ship's point of view, but also with a view to the entire MSC Group. We were able to continuously expand our market share here before the pandemic. Celebrating the premiere of our winter cruises here in the Hanseatic city is a particularly nice occasion for me as a Hamburg resident and another positive signal for the cruise industry, as it is picking up speed after the long pandemic-related break. "
The winter route of the MSC Magnifica Yesterday evening at 21:00 pm it was time to “cast off” for the MSC Magnifica, which set out on its first winter cruise of the season. The ship will call at Hamburg, IJmuiden / Amsterdam, Zeebrugge (near Bruges, trips to Brussels are also possible), Le Havre (Paris easily accessible) and Southampton (e.g. for trips to London). With extended port stops of up to twelve hours, guests can make the most of their time ashore. Boarding will be possible in every port, so that guests have many convenient options for connecting and arriving / departing.
“Winter is also a great time of year to travel to European cities and experience these popular metropolises festively decorated at Christmas time. The magical atmosphere of the Christmas markets and the wintry landscapes create a mood like something out of a fairy tale. The MSC Magnifica is the ideal ship for such a trip - it is known and loved by German-speaking guests in particular, ”added Christian Hein.
A special highlight on board is the curling rink built especially for the season. It is located on the pool deck on deck 13 and offers fun for young and old. The artificial ice lane is 18 meters long and two meters wide and allows a duel on artificial ice regardless of the weather. Guests can reserve the train on the ship for a fee.
The winter program with the MSC Magnifica will be offered until April 2022. In addition to the first departure from the Cruise Center Altona, during the season - with two exceptions in the South-West Terminal - guests will be welcomed for embarkation at the Cruise Center Steinwerder.
health and safety
All guests aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated. Guests between the ages of two and eleven must have a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours when the ship departs. Guests outside the Schengen area can also book these cruises, but must be fully vaccinated and present a negative RT-PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours when the ship departs.
The ship follows the health and safety protocol of MSC Cruises, which includes measures such as increased hygiene on board, the wearing of masks in public interiors, a fully equipped medical center, an emergency plan agreed in cooperation with the authorities on land and other important measures for protection the health and safety of guests, crew and the communities visiting the ship.