Geneva, Switzerland, 3 December - MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and market leader in Europe, South America and the Gulf, revealed today that its upcoming 2019 World Cruise will feature an all-star cast of uniquely international chefs sure to make for an one-of-a-kind gourmet dining experience while on board. This includes current as well as former three-, two- and one-star Michelin chefs, chefs of the year, award-winning cookbook authors as well as recipients of other international culinary recognitions. 

Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO commented, “At MSC Cruises, we are passionate about delivering a high quality, international dining experience for our guests. The 2019 World Cruise top chef programme is taking this commitment to yet the next level. For us, an MSC Cruises holiday is not only about the discovery of new countries and cultures but also marrying that with an unforgettable experience while on board. By bringing together a uniquely international all-star cast of some of the world’s leading chefs to create these dedicated dining experiences, we will truly immerse our guests in the cultures and the flavours of many of the incredible destinations that they will visit along their journey on MSC Magnifica.”

Guests on board MSC Magnifica, on her epic 2019 World Cruise that will depart in just over a month’s time on 5th January 2019 from Genoa, Italy, will be in for a true gastronomic experience where they can enjoy the circumnavigation of the globe also through a uniquely international on-board dining. Bringing flavours and inspiration from their native countries and beyond, this impressive line-up of all-star chefs will create their own special dishes for MSC Cruises guests and will be on board for part of the cruise. The line-up includes chefs from every corner of the globe representing some of the world’s most popular cuisines, including: 

- Michelin-starred Spanish Chef Ramón Freixa 

- Decorated Indian-American Chef Vikas Khanna 

- Award-winning Italian Chef Carlo Cracco 

- Two-time World Champion in pastry, French Chef Jean-Philippe Maury 

- Restauranteur, cookbook author and Chef Roy Yamaguchi 

- Expert in all four schools of Chinese cooking, Chef Jereme Leung 

- Veteran chef and restauranteur, Brazilian Chef Allan Vila Espejo 

- MasterChef Colombia jury member Chef Jorge Rausch 

- And, Sydney Morning Herald’s “Chef of the Year”, French-Canadian Chef Serge Dansereau 

Each acclaimed chef will develop a three or four-course menu to be experienced and enjoyed by guests over the course of a single dedicated special evening, each reflecting the chef’s own particular skill and flair, while Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe Maury will prepare a special dessert. Most of the chefs will embark on board for a section of the cruise together with a select team to join the ship’s on-board chefs to work together in the preparation of their personalised creations. During these uniquely exclusive meals, the chefs will then be on hand to greet and interact with guests in person while they enjoy their delicious dishes. 

The next MSC World Cruise, in 2020

While the 2019 World Cruise is long sold out, for those who wish to join the ship for her next journey around the globe, there are still a few choice cabins available on the 2020 World Cruise departing 5 January 2020. Among the 43 destinations across 23 countries of the 2020 World Cruise are a whole host of brand new and exotic destinations including, among many others: • Ushuaia, Argentina – the most southern city in the world, this Argentinian fishing village offers stunning water scenery with often snow-topped mountains • Rapa Nui – Easter Island – famed globally for its unique collection of carved-stone figurines dating back to the 13th century • Darwin, Australia – located at the northern tip of the country, the region allows guest to experience the true Australia – beaches, lagoons, sports and local wildlife can all be experienced within close proximity • Valparaiso, Chile – famed for its small coloured houses on its coastal hills, guests can get a spectacular view out into the Pacific or explore the city, searching for its photo-worthy walls of art • Mumbai/Bombay, India – bustling city Mumbai (previously called Bombay) offers smells, tastes and sights around every corner • Salalah, Oman – multiple waterfalls, exotic lush flora and unusual animals make this stop hard to forget.