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MSC Cruises

AN INTRODUCTION TO MSC CRUISES

About MSC Cruises

This Italian cruise line has one of the industry’s youngest fleets, but has grown rapidly in scale and popularity since their founding by the Aponte family in 1995.

Popular Routes

The majesty of Norway’s fjords, the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, and the spirited culture of South America can all be explored from an MSC Cruise. The line grew its business in the Mediterranean, so Med cruises are second to none! You’ll visit historic ports in Italy, France, Spain and Greece and venture to the coast of Portugal or Canary Islands. Can’t decide on a shorter tour? Try the MSC Grand Tour, which combines four different cruises to create an amazingly in-depth Mediterranean sailing experience lasting between 15 and 29 days.

 

MSC CRUISES REVIEWS

Amazing upgrade to MSC Yacht Club

MSC Belissima

By: Morris, Solihull on 31st Jan 2020

"Imagine our surprise when on arrival at the ship we were met by a butler and escorted to the Yacht Club waiting area...!"

Fabulous captain and crew MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia

By: Storey, Liverpool on 23rd May 2020

"I must stress the captain and the crew were absolutely fabulous. Everyone was offered free WiFi to contact home and various travel agents...."

MSC Cruises Ships

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MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia appeals to families, young adult couples, and people who enjoy large ships and the inner city lifestyle.

MSC Fantasia Cruises
MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica was designed to be a modern, comfortable and well-appointed vessel.

MSC Lirica Cruises
MSC Armonia

MSC Armonia

The personal service on MSC Armonia will ensure you have a brilliant stay right down to your every need.

MSC Armonia Cruises

MSC Seashore

The MSC Seashore is an evolution of the already popular MSC Seaside and Seaview.

MSC SPlendida

MSC Splendida

Most guests on MSC Splendida are couples and young families. The dress code is generally casual.

MSC Splendida Cruises
MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica is designed to welcome families with children. It's fit with a play centre, video games room & activity programs.

MSC Magnifica Cruises
MSC Opera

MSC Opera

MSC Opera is designed to be a very spacious and comfortable cruise ship for everyone.

MSC Opera Cruises
MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica was the first of its class and is designed for families with small children and teenagers.

MSC Musica Cruises

MSC Sinfonia

MSC Sinfonia is a comfortable and well-equipped ship that will provide passengers a fabulous holiday experience.

MSC Sinfonia Cruises
MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra was the second Musica class vessel built for MSC Cruises.

MSC Orchestra Cruises
MSC Poesia

MSC Poesia

Launched in 2008, the MSC Poesia is one of the four Musica class vessels operated by MSC Cruises.

MSC Poesia Cruises

MSC Divina

MSC Divina features many of MSC signatures on board the ship such as the private Yacht Club complimentary of those in suites.

MSC Divina Cruises
MSC Preziosa

MSC Preziosa

MSC Preziosa provides great entertainment for children and is the pinnacle of family fun with its wonderland.

MSC Preziosa Cruises
MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia reflects an extraordinary new-era design with innovative technology.

MSC Meraviglia Cruises
MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside is the first of a new generation of MSC ships featuring revolutionary architecture and updated technology.

MSC Seaside Cruises
MSC Seaview

MSC Seaview

MSC Seaview features an impressive 360° waterfront promenade bringing guests and the sea even closer together.

MSC Seaview Cruises

MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima offers a stunning array of features, including the world's first digital cruise assistant, Zoe.

MSC Bellissima Cruises

MSC Grandiosa

MSC Grandiosa offers even more public space, along with a series of exciting innovations.

MSC Grandiosa Cruises

MSC Virtuosa

MSC Virtuosa is one of largest in the fleet and boasts an impressive array of guest features to deliver a great cruise experience.

MSC Virtuosa Cruises

MSC World Europa

LNG powered – one of the world’s cleanest marine fuels, and featuring breakthrough green technologies MSC World Europa symbolizes

MSC World Europa Cruises

Q&As

What power sockets will be in the cabin?

You will find two European 2 pin and two US sockets in your cabin. Remember to bring an adapter with you so you will be able to charge your mobile or use your laptop.

 

Are there additional costs for visiting shows onboard?

No, as a passenger on any MSC ship you can visit the shows for free without any additional cost.

 

 

MSC CRUISES REAL CRUISE VIDEOS

MSC Preziosa - Water Slides

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MSC CRUISES IN DETAIL

Dining Options

Dining onboard an MSC cruise goes beyond the flavours of Italy, although the pasta, pizza, and risotto are all truly top-notch! Pizza dough is made onsite and pasta is handmade and fresh. You’ll have plenty of options to ensure your taste buds never get bored, with flexible, all-inclusive dining plans rounded out by speciality restaurants. The main restaurant is one of the cruise’s highlights, with a Mediterranean-influenced menu and crisp white linens. Visit the Buffet, open 20 hours out of the day to dish up specialities in 13 different stations.

The MSC Yacht Club is the dining area of choice for those in search of a gourmet experience, while families can enjoy plenty of kid-friendly options in the main restaurants. In addition to these universal dining options, you can also find an array of specialities to tempt your appetite whether you’re in the mood for sushi or Tex-Mex.

 

Drinks Packages

MSC is famed for its excellent value drinks packages that can be redeemed for every type of beverage you can imagine. There are different options available when booking your cruise;

Easy Package

Includes:

  • Heineken draft beer
  • Selection of house wines by the glass (sparkling, white, rosè and red)
  • Selection of classic cocktails
  • Selection of non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Classic hot drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea)

Easy Plus Package

Includes:

  • Variety of frozen and classic cocktails
  • Well spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • Selection of wines by the glass
  • 10% discount on bottles of wine purchased on board
  • Variety of draught and bottled beers
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Soft drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate and hot teas

Premium Extra Package

Includes:

  • Extensive variety of frozen and classic cocktails
  • Premium brand spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • The entire selection of wines and champagne by the glass
  • 25% discount on wine and champagne bottles purchased on board
  • Selection of draught, craft and bottled beers
  • Sodas
  • Fruit juices
  • Mineral water
  • Energy drinks
  • Coffee (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate and teas

Alcohol-Free Package

Includes:

  • Wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails
  • Sodas
  • Energy drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Flavoured water
  • Fruit juices
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Soft drinks
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot teas
  • Soft-serve ice cream

Minors Package

Includes:

  • Alcohol-free cocktails
  • Sodas
  • Energy drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Flavoured water
  • Fruit juices
  • Selection of coffee drinks
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot teas
  • Soft-serve ice cream

 

Entertainment

However you prefer to be entertained, there’s bound to be an evening attraction to take your fancy! Theme parties, talent contests and music quizzes get guests involved in the interactive entertainment programme, or you can test your luck in the casino with poker tournaments and games galore. MSC is known for being at the cutting edge of technology, so don’t miss electronic treats like the Formula 1 simulator and 4D cinema.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped off the ship and straight onto Broadway with the epic productions of MSC Show Time. The line has performed over 80 different productions, ensuring there’s plenty of variety to choose from whether you’re more in the mood for a piano bar singalong or gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil performance. And of course, you can dance the night away to international classics and modern pop hits in the cruise ship discos.

 

Amenities and Activities

MSC Cruises’ ships are designed to resemble floating cities, and you’ll find all the activities and amenities that one would expect from a bustling high street from shopping boutiques to a library. The talented entertainment team runs a varied programme of cultural events, dancing lessons and more so do check what’s on to avoid missing out.

 

  • Aurea Spa

No matter where in the world you may be sailing, you can enjoy the distinct atmosphere of a Balinese spa at Aurea. Its lush interior whisks you away to exotic islands with a range of pampering treatments to leave you feeling amazing from top to toe. Hot stone massages, Turkish baths, and radio frequency beauty treatments are all examples of unique services on the menu. There’s even a menu just for teens.

 

  • Sports Activities

Whether you want to stick to your usual fitness routine or feel the need to balance out all those afternoon ice creams and sunset cocktails, hit the gym. You’ll be able to work up a sweat whilst admiring panoramic sea views. If you prefer to exercise in a group, try joining an Aerobics, Spinning or Pilates class. Apart from the gym, you can log steps on the jogging track or challenge friends to a game like mini golf, football, basketball or shuffleboard.  

 

  • Family Fun

Being a family-owned business, MSC is particularly geared to families so you’ll find plenty of activities designed with the littlest passengers in mind. All ages can enjoy the swimming pools, water slides and aqua park facilities, along with of-the-moment gaming consoles and the 4D cinema. Kids have their own play area with supervised activities and social events to help them make new friends onboard.

 

Service Charges

The daily Hotel Service Charge is now automatically included as part of your cruise price so you don’t have to worry about tipping staff members individually. There’s an additional 15% Bar Service Charge added to all purchases apart from all-inclusive drinks packages but this is built in to the cost of your beverage.

 

Dress Code

Wondering what to pack? MSC Cruises are more relaxed than some other formal lines, but you’ll still have the chance to get glammed up for Gala Dinners. For day-to-day wear and onshore excursions, bring casual, comfortable clothing and resort wear - think summery frocks and polo shirts. During Gala evenings, the dress code runs to the more formal side with cocktail dresses and suit jackets. Your cruise will most likely include Theme Parties, ranging from hippie-chic Flower Glory to the vibrant festivities of Little Italy, so keep the entertainment schedule in mind when packing!


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