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MSC Cruises is an Italian company which, since its inauguration, has become one of the most popular cruise lines in Europe. It has 14 ships and is renowned for its busy nightlife and family-friendly offers. Most of the MSC cruise routes are throughout the Mediterranean, ranging from 1 or 2 night mini cruises upward to a 116 night world cruise.
Budget-friendly Mediterranean options are common, and itineraries often include popular destinations like Valencia, Spain, Marseille, France and plenty of ports in MSC's Italian homeland. However, the company has expanded to include routes that travel very far from Europe. Longer itineraries include trips to South America, the Middle East, East Asia and the Caribbean.
MSC shore excursions include relaxed walking city tours as well as cultural experiences. For example, passengers can experience a flamenco show in Cadiz, Spain, or a visit to the Neolithic temples in Malta. MSC also offers targeted Family Tours, accompanied by Junior Club staff to keep kids entertained. If parents want to enjoy the sights of the destination in peace, complimentary childcare is also available onboard while adults go exploring.
Indeed, MSC has a lot to offer families. Kids under 17 can travel for free when sharing a cabin with two adults. The older MSC ships (Opera, Sinfonia, Armonia, and Lirica, all built between 2001 and 2004) aren't quite as up-to-date and are more popular with a more mature crowd. However, the newer, bigger ships, including the 2,067-cabin Seaside built in 2017, are enormous, beautiful and contain all the amenities that passengers could wish for.
MSC Cruises attracts a mixture of different nationalities, so onboard entertainment is carefully chosen to avoid translation issues. Live music is frequently performed, and acrobatics and dance shows are also popular. On the Meraviglia, an exclusive Cirque du Soleil performance can be enjoyed. Only the MSC Divina, which is based in Miami, Florida, has English as an official onboard language. MSC's Mediterranean cruises, in particular, have a mostly European clientele.
Onboard, there is a European atmosphere when it comes to entertainment. As is common on many European cruises, a team of friendly entertainers can be found, leading travelers in fun games, dance lessons, hula hoop competitions, karaoke sessions and bingo. There is always plenty going on in the poolside area, and adults who want to escape from the hustle and bustle can visit the casino or relaxing spa.
Kids can enjoy pajama parties, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts and themed dress-up days. The larger, newer ships have more to offer youngsters, with dedicated play areas, water slides and wading pools. Travelers who book MSC for a summer cruise will find plenty of families onboard.
The largest MSC ships, the Preziosa, Splendida, Fantasia, and Divina, have an exclusive Yacht Club section for passengers staying in suites. This area, which has full butler service and private parties, includes a private bar and solarium, two hot tubs, and a glass-roofed pool. Some suites have private whirlpool tubs, and all have bathtubs, large closets and, in the case of Wellness Grand Suites, gym equipment that enables passengers to work out in comfort and privacy.
However, MSC targets a wide audience, and there are plenty of stateroom options for the budget-conscious traveler too. Interior studios, with single sofa beds, are designed for solo travelers and are available on Meraviglia and Bellissima. Standard inside staterooms all come equipped with air conditioning, shower, interactive TV, wifi connection, minibar and safe.
A good option for large families traveling on the Preziosa or Divina, the Super Family stateroom consists of two connecting triple staterooms, complete with two bathrooms and two balconies. The Super Family room has a fixed price, regardless of how many passengers will actually be sleeping there. For family fun and a range of exciting itineraries, MSC Cruises is a great choice.
World & Special Cruises
The MSC Seaside is a new and innovative cruise ship, perfect for the modern traveler. Built in 2017, with new technology and unique design, the MSC Cruises ship is designed to make passengers feel as close to the sea as possible. Breathtaking views are enjoyed from a glass-walled atrium and the panorama pool with specially designed loungers.
A state-of-the-art Technogym and the Slide-Boarding experience, featuring a 112-meter water slide, add to the array of exciting attractions. There’s also the high-tech Metropolitan theatre, two bowling alleys and clubs for babies, teens and kids, with a partnership with LEGO for extra fun. 10 different eateries and 19 bars and lounges cater to all tastes, including the Venchi 1878 Chocolate bar and Venchi 1878 Gelato & Creperie.
The MSC Seaside has a guest capacity of over 4,100 and a staff of 1413, so there's always someone on hand to offer luxury service. There's an amazing selection of luxury accommodation, from the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite to grand suites, deluxe suites and family rooms. Passengers can also choose to upgrade to include special features, from the Bella Experience to the Wellness Experience or the Yacht Club Experience.
Popular itineraries span 7 to 14 nights, visiting Caribbean hotspots such as Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios. Passengers may participate in shore excursions to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum, get up-close and personal with dolphins in the Cayman Islands and discover the local flavors of Jamaica, with cooking classes in Ocho Rios. The MSC Seaside offers an innovative setting from which to explore the Caribbean.
The MSC Seaview cruise ship is an extraordinary vessel built in 2018, offering journeys to culturally rich Mediterranean destinations from Barcelona, Marseille, and Genoa. Unique in its design, this technologically stunning cruise ship introduces revolutionary new concepts such as elevators with sea views, a double-deck atrium with glass walls, and a 360-degree state-of-the-art promenade that encircles the entire ship.
Inspired by a beach-condo design concept, this impressive 18-deck ship features a vast array of outdoor spaces, giving guests a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and scenery. The ship’s magnificent pool deck features a water park with four water slides, six swimming pools, and interactive Slideboarding technology, which combines a waterslide with a video game. A 5D cinema allows guests to interact with a movie, while a zip line and bowling alley offer loads of family fun.
MSC Seaview can comfortably accommodate 5,179 passengers along with 1,413 crew members. Each of the ship’s 2,066 cabins feature a pleasant, peaceful decor theme with private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and modern artwork on the walls. Most staterooms feature private balconies and many cabins connect to accommodate large families or groups of friends. A variety of different types of suites feature amenities such as larger balconies, private jacuzzis, and hanging gardens. The ship’s 11 onboard dining venues offer international cuisine, including celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi’s pan-Asian restaurant and a Butcher’s Cut American Steakhouse. Guests opting to join the ship’s members-only yacht club will be able to access an exclusive sundeck, lounge and private dining area.
The MSC Magnifica, from MSC Cruises, is a great choice for passengers looking to cruise in style, catering for families, couples and discerning travelers alike. Launched in 2010, MSC Magnifica typically offers itineraries including Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and South America.
For an extended adventure of a lifetime, a South America coastal route takes passengers on a journey from Santos, Brazil to Hamburg, Germany over the span of 20 days. Stops en route include the beautiful island of Madeira for wine and wildlife tours, and Leixoes to explore Porto’s medieval old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The MSC Magnifica has an impressive staff to guest ratio, with a regular capacity of 3,223 passengers and a total of 1,038 crew members. Every room aboard the ship is comfortably equipped with individual thermostats, a mini bar, a television and a direct internet connection. For additional passenger comfort, ship amenities include a spa, beauty salon, and an athletic center.
There is no shortage of entertainment on the MSC Magnifica. Guest options range from a number of themed bars and lounges, including an indoor and outdoor pool bar. Family-friendly activities abound, with a teens club, a 4D cinema and an amphitheater for live shows. Other unique activities aboard the MSC Magnifica include a bowling alley, a shuffleboard table, a mini-mall, a library and an art gallery. With 52 suites, 179 outdoor cabins and 249 outdoor cabins, MSC Magnifica caters to a variety of tastes for a comfortable, opulent cruise.
The MSC Fantasia, one of the most prominent ships from MSC Cruises, is an ideal choice for couples and families looking for a Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise experience. With multiple pools, lounges and port activities, those aboard the MSC Fantasia will experience a vacation featuring relaxation, excitement and leisure.
The MSC Fantasia sails an exciting seven-night route through the gorgeous Lesser Antilles, beginning and ending on the stunning island of Martinique. Port highlights in between include the vibrant markets of Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe, and the pristine hiking and natural beaches of Basseterre on the island of Saint Kitts. Architecture enthusiasts will love the historic district of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, which can be easily explored on foot.
First constructed in 2008 and refurbished in 2017, the MSC Fantasia boasts a number of amazing amenities aboard. Adult passengers will love the opportunity to unwind with access to the ship's casino, card room, disco-bar, sports bar, and multiple lounges. Family-fun activities also abound, with guests having the option of a total of five pools, an interactive 4-D cinema, a video game arcade, and even a designated teen's area.
The MSC Fantasia is home to 107 suites, 294 indoor cabins, and 93 outdoor cabins, and has a regular capacity of about 4,000 passengers and 1,300 crew. Restaurant options aboard the ship provide an incredible variety, from Tex-Mex and French dining to a delicious casual buffet. Passengers also have access to amenities such as a spa, hair salon, a solarium, and a sports center. This classic cruise ship offers a range of exciting options for every type of cruiser.
MSC Orchestra, one of the MSC Cruises Musica-class ships, is great for a family cruise vacation, with ample deck space to relax, state-of-the-art sports facilities for active souls, and a Jungle Adventure playroom and Teen's Club for the younger crowd. The cruise ship accommodates 3223 passengers with approximately 1054 crew members, and was built in 2007.
MSC Orchestra caters for all requirements and budgets, but has a special focus on wellbeing and relaxation. In addition to the "Bella" and "Fantastica" fare groups, MSC Orchestra also offers the "Aurea Experience" which offers a range of relaxing benefits that put rejuvenating and re-energizing at the heart of the cruise. For entertainment, guests enjoy five swimming pools, specialty restaurants, the MSC Orchestra, the Covent Garden Theatre and a casino.
There are 1275 elegantly decorated cabins onboard, all featuring a bathroom with shower, interactive TV, telephone, an accommodating wardrobe, wireless internet access (fees apply), mini bar and a safe. 18 suites are available with the added benefits of a private balcony, a spacious double bed, and air-conditioning, for those who want to indulge in added luxuries.
MSC Orchestra sails throughout the world across a wide range of short and long itineraries, with ports of call including Copenhagen, Helsinki, Bergen, Marseille and Rio De Janeiro. Shore excursions include discovering the history and culture in Riga with a city tour or seeing the best of Tallinn by bike. MSC Orchestra provides entertainment for all ages while onboard the cruise ship and exciting adventures on shore.
For a classic cruise experience in the Mediterranean or the Middle East, the MSC Lirica is an excellent choice. One of MSC Cruises’ four Mistral-class ships, MSC Lirica was built in 2004 and refurbished in 2015. Equipped with plenty of style and comfort, this medium-size cruise ship offers a range of onboard activities for all ages, which make it the perfect ship for families and couples.
With great dining options, a theater, spa, and gym, this sleek, 13-deck cruise ship has everything passengers need for a sensational cruising holiday. On Deck 11, the ship’s stylish Le Piscine Pool Area joins a fabulous children’s “spray park” for endless fun under the sun. When night falls, guests can hit the slot machines at Las Vegas Casino or catch a show at the Broadway Theater. For those looking to relax, the Aurea Spa and Hair Salon joins an exclusive adults-only solarium, to provide quiet moments of tranquility on board.
Accommodating 1,984 passengers and a crew of 721, MSC Lirica offers a choice of staterooms ranging from family cabins to balcony suites. While all cabins include a private bathroom, TV, WiFi, minibar and safe, guests can tailor their voyage by upgrading to an Oceanview Stateroom, a Balcony Stateroom, or a Suite. Varied dining options can be found at six restaurants, which offer Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. From the English-style Lord Nelson Pub to the elegant Beverly Hills Bar, guests will find a range of bars and lounges on board.
MSC Poesia, by MSC Cruises, is a ship that caters for all requirements and budgets. Great-value "Bella" fares are perfect for couples, while "Fantastica" fares offer an excellent choice of prestigious cabins, including 'SuperFamily' cabins, for groups. MSC Poesia launched in 2008, has a capacity for 3,223 passengers and provides entertainment for all ages.
Itineraires from 3 to 19-nights take in destinations across the Mediterranean and Europe. Voyages include ports of call in countries such as Italy, Montenegro, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Guests are spoilt for choice for shore excursions, with sailing on the Bay of Kotor and gondola rides in Venice among a wealth of options.
Onboard, there are 1275 elegantly decorated cabins onboard, all featuring a spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower, interactive TV, telephone, wireless internet access (for a fee), minibar and safe. 18 suites are available with the added benefits of a spacious double bed, private balcony, and air-conditioning, for those who want to indulge in extra luxuries.
MSC Poesia prides itself on its opulent Aurea Spa for total relaxation at sea. It includes the use of a sauna and steam room, a range of sumptuous beauty treatments and a variety of rejuvenating massages. The sports and fitness activities onboard include a tennis court, basketball court, shuffleboard, mini-golf, state-of-the-art gym, mini golf and three swimming pools.
Kids and teens are occupied with supervised clubs and parties, a play area, video games, a disco and a giant poolside cinema. To top off a day of shore excursions, passengers enjoy nightly entertainment at the theatre with live shows, gourmet cuisine in an array of restaurants and drinks at a variety of bars and lounges.
The jewel in the crown of the MSC Cruises fleet, the MSC Meraviglia is the fourth-largest cruise ship in the world. This 1,034-ft behemoth can carry up to 4,520 passengers, with 704 inside cabins, 136 outside cabins and 98 suites. The Meraviglia offers a number of Mediterranean options, from short 4-night journeys to 7-week options.
As MSC Cruises is an Italian line, itineraries frequently start in Rome, Italy, and often visit popular Mediterranean destinations like France, Spain and Malta. Cultural shore excursions give visitors the chance to sample local Spanish cuisine in Barcelona, visit historic monuments like Malta's Neolithic temples and discover medieval history in Marseille.
MSC Meraviglia is a glamorous ship, with a Swarovski crystal-studded staircase in its main atrium. With a fun atmosphere and a diverse range of travelers, the ship caters for families, couples and groups alike. There are pool parties, parades and nightclubs for adults and teens, with The Polar Aqua Park and organised activities for younger children. Modern technology has been used with the MSC For Me app, which allows passengers to book shore excursions and restaurant reservations.
All cabins have a minibar, a USB port, bedside tables, a safe, hair dryer and interactive TV with multilingual programming. There is plenty of storage space, even in the inside rooms. The 94-cabin Yacht Club is open to passengers staying in suites. These guests have their own Nespresso machine, 24-hour service, and unlimited drinks in the MSC Yacht Club areas. From casual days by the pool, to flamboyant entertainment by night, MSC Meraviglia offers a truly memorable cruising experience.
MSC Preziosa, by MSC Cruises, is depicted as a modern Mediterranean masterpiece, for passengers who wish to add extra luxury to their cruise vacation. With grand Swarovski crystal staircases and an enchanting infinity pool, this eco-friendly ship also boasts an exclusive MSC Yacht Club, for guests to enjoy the privilege of butler-service and à la carte dining. Built in 2013, this is a cruise ship that offers both luxury for couples and plenty to do for children and teens.
Accommodating 4345 passengers and 1388 crew members, MSC Preziosa has 1751 elegantly decorated cabins onboard, all featuring a bathroom with a shower, an accommodating wardrobe, interactive TV, telephone, wireless internet access (fees apply), mini bar and safe. Deluxe, Executive, and Royal Suites are also available with the added benefits of private balconies, panoramic windows, a spacious double bed and air-conditioning.
With some serious water fun onboard at the aqua park and the longest single-rider water slide on the seas, MSC Preziosa prides itself on its world-class leisure facilities for both children and adults. Onboard comforts also include a full-gaming casino, Broadway-scale theatre and an adults-only sun deck complete with spa treatments.
Voyages are available across Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean onboard MSC Preziosa, from 3 nights discovering Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa, to 17-night transatlantic crossings. Exciting shore excursions range from seeing Flamenco shows in Spain, to exploring windmills in the Dutch countryside and snorkeling from St. Maarten, in the Caribbean. Both onboard and off, MSC Preziosa impressess all ages on a cruise vacation.
The Mistral-class MSC Sinfonia is one of the smaller ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, with a capacity of 2,679 passengers. It was built in 2002, but majorly refurbished in 2015, bringing it up to date and providing more activities for kids. This 889 ft. ship attracts an international, mostly European crowd, and is popular with families.
MSC Sinfonia cruises take in some eclectic routes, such as short three- or four-night cruises in southeast Africa. These voyages run from Durban, South Africa to the beautiful, uninhabited Portuguese Island, off the coast of Mozambique, before returning. The four-night cruises include an additional stop at Mozambique's Pomene National Reserve, where passengers can enjoy the truly breathtaking scenery. Shore excursions here include horseback riding on the beach or guided nature walks.
Aboard Sinfonia, there are 351 inside cabins, 405 outside cabins and 130 suites. Standard cabins have air conditioning, a TV, hairdryer, safe, and a bathroom with shower. Suites with balconies have a walk-in closet, mini-bar and a full-sized bathtub.
The ship has two pools, a mini-golf course, an indoor golf simulator and a rock-climbing wall. Inside the spa, there is a well-equipped gym area which offers classes, including Latin dancing. The spa also includes a sauna and steam room, with spa treatments on offer.
There are a number of activities on offer for kids and teens, and MSC's partnership with Lego means that the facilities for youngsters are well-stocked. Even toddlers and babies are well-looked after onboard, with the Baby Club giving parents of under-threes a chance to have some privacy.
The MSC Splendida is a stunning luxury cruise ship by the MSC Cruises fleet, that has been touring the exotic United Arab Emirates and beyond, since 2009. Popular ports of call include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Muscat, Oman and Khor Al Fakkan. Passengers may experience shore excursions such as dinner in the sand dunes of Dubai and jeep adventures of Muscat’s landscapes.
Suited to couples, families and groups, the MSC Splendida has 1,313 crew members and hosts 4,363 guests within 14 guest decks. There are 1,637 rooms of which 43 are for guests who need additional assistance. Guest rooms range from great-value interior cabins to Royal Suites with private balconies. An array of restaurants serve a variety of delicious dishes, from mouthwatering Mediterranean food, to spicy Tex-Mex and fine-dining.
Younger children and teens are happily occupied on the MSC Splendida, with dedicated clubs for their own entertainment. Adult passengers can try their luck at the tables at 'Palm Royal' and for those that feel like dancing the night away, there is a classy night club called 'Club 33 Disco'. Sport lovers are spoiled for choice with four swimming pools, a squash court and jogging track.
The Strand Theatre offers a huge range of entertainment, including musicals, magicians and acrobats. There’s a games arcade, a 4D cinema and an F1 simulator for further entertainment on sea days. Guests can also experience the peaceful MSC Aurea spa and Turkish bath, ensuring a cruise that’s both action-packed and relaxing.
The MSC Divina, one of MSC Cruises' Fantasia-class luxury cruise ships, is ideal for couples and families seeking sensational cuisine and extravagant surrounds, on cruises across the Atlantic and the clear blue Mediterranean. Indeed, the MSC Divina is so glamorous that it was christened by the legendary movie star Sophia Loren, shortly after its completion in 2011.
The MSC Divina offers a total of 14 passenger decks and a capacity of 4,345, with 1,388 crew. There are are range of cabins on board the MSC Divina and 1,044 of them are outside with balconies, so passengers enjoy panoramic views. All cabins include flat screen TVs and sitting areas. For extra luxury, Yacht Club suites feature walk-in closets, bathrobes and pillow menus.
Among an array of itineraries, MSC Cruises offers a 20-night Transatlantic Eastbound cruise on the MSC Divina, stopping at destinations such as Miami for beach excursions and New York to discover the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Or, guests may choose a Mediterranean cruise, to visit Rome’s ancient sites, historic chapels of Marseille and Genoa’s 16th century district of Via Garibaldi.
The MSC Divina has four onboard swimming pools, a bowling alley, a spa and gymnasium, as well as a sports arena for volleyball, basketball, tennis and jogging. Children enjoy themed clubs and there are seven restaurants and 20 bars to choose from. With facilities like these, the MSC Divina is a glamorous ship on which to cruise to some of the world’s most famous destinations.
Built in 2006, MSC Musica holds up to 3,223 passengers, with a crew of 1,014. Spanning 964 feet, this was the largest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet when it was launched. It appeals to an international clientele of all ages, with glamorous decor, a variety of activities and gourmet cuisine.
MSC Musica ventures much further than its Mediterranean base. It’s possible to book transatlantic sailings from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Venice, Italy, stopping along the way in the beautiful subtropical islands of Tenerife and Madeira. Shorter itineraries allow passengers to travel around the Mediterranean, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Malta and Greece. In Athens, guests can discover the Acropolis, and in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, a tour of the city's colonial past is a popular shore excursion.
Onboard the MSC Musica, there are 173 outside cabins, 275 inside cabins, and 18 suites, including Suite 15020, in which Sophia Loren stayed on the ship's maiden voyage. Seventeen cabins are wheelchair accessible. All staterooms offer a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, spacious closets, bathroom with shower, bathrobes and an ice bucket which is replenished daily.
MSC Musica has 11 lounges and bars, including two on the pool deck. For active pursuits, there is a gym, a variety of fitness classes, miniature golf, table tennis and table football. There are two pools and four hot tubs, a Balinese-themed spa with Turkish baths and saunas as well as a number of beauty and relaxation treatments on offer. This is a cruise ship that delivers something for everyone, in dazzling surrounds.
Launched in 2004, MSC Opera is a Lirica-class ship accommodating over 2,600 passengers, with a crew of approximately 700. MSC Opera has an abundance of amenities for both excitement and relaxation, therefore it appeals to everyone from families with small children, to couples and seniors.
Itineraries encompass incredible destinations throughout the Caribbean and Europe. A typical seven-night Mediterranean cruise stops in Naples, Genoa, Marseille, Menorca, Sardinia and Malta. Shore excursion highlights include tours of the 16th-century Palazzo Principe in Genoa, cycling trips through Marseille’s historic city centre, guided walking tours of Pompeii and wine tasting near the Maltese capital of Valletta.
MSC cruises are renowned for entertainment options and the Opera boasts Broadway-style shows, a disco, swimming pools, tennis, basketball and mini-golf. While children enjoy the Juniors Club Lego Play Area, adults can take advantage of the onboard casino or relax in the award-winning MSC Aurea Spa, with a thalassotherapy room, a Turkish bath and solarium.
There are four restaurants, including the stylish L'Approdo and La Caravella. All meals onboard include midnight snacks and buffets.
Cabins are available with balconies or ocean views. The spacious en-suite accommodation comes with a double bed that can be converted into two single beds on request. Air conditioning, large wardrobes, bathrooms with bathtubs, TVs, telephones, wireless internet access, mini bars and safes are also included. The well-planned programme of activities and array of accommodation options make a trip on MSC Opera suitable for all ages and tastes.
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