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Amerigo Vespucci ship is heading for the world

The Amerigo Vespucci ship is up to a new adventure starting from the 1st of July. A two-year world tour which will include docking at ports in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

The departure will take place on July 1st from Genoa, and will see the ship face a journey enriched by 31 stops in 28 different countries on 5 continents, 14 of which with the official cadets of the Naval Academy of Livorno on board engaged in traditional education campaigns.

*Pictures as per Wikipedia page about the Amerigo Vespucci: By Cocai (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Amerigo Vespucci ship: a brief history

The Amerigo vespucci ship was built in 1931 as a school ship for the training of officer cadets of the normal roles of the Naval Academy of Livorno.

The Vespucci was designed together with the twin Cristoforo Colombo in 1930 by the engineer Francesco Rotundi. The training ship was launched on 22 February 1931 in Castellammare di Stabia. She left fully equipped on 2 July for Genoa where, on 15 October 1931, she received the battle flag in the hands of her first commander, Augusto Radicati di Marmorito. Her task was to support the Cristoforo Colombo in the training activity, and she was placed in the School Ships Division together with the Colombo and another minor ship, making various training cruises in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

She regularly carried out her training activity also during the Second World War, apart from the year 1940. At the end of the conflict only Vespucci remained in service, since, due to the effect of international agreements, Cristoforo Colombo had to be sold, together to other units, to the USSR, as compensation for war damages.

The World tour in 2023: list of the stops

Here’s the full list of the destinations that will see the Amerigo Vespucci Ship docking at their ports:

  • 1 July 2023                                  Genoa (Italy)
  • 2 July 2023                                  Monaco
  • 4-7 July 2023                              Marseille (France)
  • 19-22 July 2023                          Las Palmas (Spain)
  • 29 July – 1 August 2023            Dakar (Senegal)
  • 4-6 August 2023                            Praia (Green Cape Islands)
  • 6-28 August 2023                          Atlantic Ocean Crossing
  • 28 August – 2 September 2023   Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
  • 7-10 September 2023                  Cartagena (Colombia)
  • 2-6 October 2023                          Fortaleza (Brasil)
  • 18-22 October 2023                      Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
  • 31 October – 3 November 2023  Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • 4 Nov. 2023 – 1 April 2024        Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • 13-16 April 2024                         Ushuaia (Argentina )
  • 13-16 April 2024                         Punta Arenas (Chile)
  • 28 April – 2 May 2024           Valparaìso (Chile)
  • 12-15 May 2024                      Callao (Perù)
  • 21-24 May 2024                      Guayaquil (Ecuador)
  • 31 May – 2 June 2024         Balboa (Panama)
  • 16-19 June 2024                       Acapulco (Mexico)
  • 1-6 July 2024                              Los Angeles (USA)
  • 24-26 July 2024                          Honolulu (Hawaii – USA)
  • 25-30 August 2024                    Tokyo (Japan )
  • 14-18 September 2024              Manila (Philippines)
  • 4-7 Octpber 2024                        Darwin (Australia)
  • 20-24 October 2024                    Jakarta (Indonesia)
  • 30 October – 3 Nov. 2024  Singapore
  • 24-28 November 2024                 Mumbai (India)
  • 3-6 December 2024                      Karachi  (Pakistan)
  • 13-16 December 2024                  Doha (Qatar)
  • 18-21 December 2024                  Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  • 24-27 December 2024                  Muscat (Oman)
  • 15-18 January 2025                     Safaga (Egypt)
  • 29-31 January 2025                     Larnaca (Cipro)
  • 11 February 2025                          Back to La Spezia (Italy)

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