MSC Cruises

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About MSC Cruises

The only European-owned cruise line with a big presence in North America, MSC offers a cosmopolitan experience with passengers from all over the world, visual entertainment that avoids language barriers and one of the most active nightlives in the industry.

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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia

11 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

501 Reviews
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MSC Seaside
MSC Seaside (Photo: MSC Cruises)

5 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise

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MSC Seaside
MSC Seaside (Photo: MSC Cruises)

14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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MSC Musica
MSC Musica

5 Night
Africa Cruise

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10 Night
Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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7 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

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6 Night
Bermuda Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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9 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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11 Night
Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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5 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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16 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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MSC Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on MSC cruise ships?

MSC Cruises is one of the most diverse cruise lines you can sail on with a multicultural mix of Italians, Brits, Spanish, Germans and French in the Mediterranean, with more North Americans in the Caribbean (but still lots of Italians and Spanish-speaking passengers), and a big local market in South Africa and South America.

You'll also come across all ages. The lively night scene means these ships work well for teens and younger cruisers, while the decent kids' clubs (particularly on the newer ships) and the clever arrangements of clustered family cabins mean a lot of families travel during school holidays.

Do I have to dress up on a MSC cruise?

Yes, a little. The usual dress code is informal during the day and smart-casual at night -- think nice trousers and shirt for men and nice pants/skirts with blouse or cocktail dress for women. There's usually one gala night per cruise, when black tie or dark suit and tie are encouraged for men, as is a formal dress for women. This is not enforced, but people do make an effort.

Is everything free on MSC cruises?

No, unless you're in one of the Yacht Club suites, and even then, not everything is included. MSC sells its cruises through a somewhat bewildering array of packages: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club. All include your accommodation, meals in specified restaurants and big-stage entertainment, along with basic coffee and tea, and select juices at breakfast and lunch.

Beyond that, perks and inclusions vary by which package you've purchased, with Bella having no additional inclusions and Aurea featuring unlimited beverages. The Yacht Club has the most inclusions, with extra dining venues for eating, spa thermal suite passes and most beverages (plus access to a personal butler and a dedicated Yacht Club lounge and pool).

What are MSC’s most popular activities?

The action onboard an MSC ship is nonstop, with cruisers flocking to participate in pool games, sports contests, shopping promotions, trivia, karaoke and filling the nightclubs until late. On newer ships, high-tech arcade games are all the rage, including a 4D cinema, laser maze, F1 simulator and bowling.

Many MSC cruisers are also just as happy to park themselves by a pool and stay there all day, and when the ship is in port, you'll find the vast majority of cruisers off the ship on ship-sponsored or independent tours.

Why go with MSC?

  • Mediterranean style in food and design
  • Specializes in Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises
  • MSC Yacht Club is a luxurious ship-within-a-ship for higher-spending passengers

Best for: Vacationers looking for an action-packed, around-the-clock party, plus families with kids on a budget

Not for: Recluses looking for a small ship feel with plenty of quiet spaces, penny pinchers looking to avoid extra expenses

MSC Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Great cruise! Confused on bad reviews!

My son was too cold and just preferred the Jungle area instead.Now, we did sail in the Yacht Club and never dined in the non-YC areas.Read More
LainaA

few6-10 Cruises

Age 42s

Bad Experience

We went a weekend and we really had a good time because in the end it's a vacation but inside the cruise very bad service the food was fatal too many people to such an extent that there were endless queues I would never repeat.The only good thing it has is the rooms and the common areas were quite clean and that the workers have a lot of patience and are cheerful despite the fact that there are too many people for the size of the cruise.Read More
Lilta

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 26s

Awesome Cruise

The cruise was amazing!Lots of activities to do on the cruise ship like live performances, bars, casino, F1 simulator, Foosball, etc.Read More
JordanP1996

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 28s

Phenomenal experience

Doesn’t even feel like you are sailing on the ocean, the ship is so quiet.The entertainment was phenomenal and better than you may even see in Vegas, hats off to the performers.Read More
Vitaliy Schafer

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 29s

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