MSC Cruises

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MSC Magnifica

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 Preziosa
MSC Preziosa

10 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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MSC Magnifica
MSC Magnifica

4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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MSC Meraviglia
Pool deck aboard MSC Meraviglia (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

6 Night
Bermuda Cruise

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MSC Bellissima
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11 Night
Far East Cruise

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7 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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Bermuda Cruise

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8 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

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Bahamas Cruise

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Mediterranean - Western Cruise

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Caribbean - Western Cruise

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7 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

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Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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Caribbean - Western Cruise

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7 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

Enjoyable second cruise

This review will be based on my expectation when paying £630 pp for 4 nights in a balcony cabin with the premium drinks package.Good: The drinks selection with the premium package is very good.Read More
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bluecontrolman

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 42s

Worst cruise ever

The buffet tables are filthy and don't get wiped after each usage or even after each meal time.The buffet is dangerously crowded and the food is not good.Read More
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Survivors2

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 65s

Skip MSC go for Royal or Norwegian.

Guest service was not great, I called three times the day we arrived on the boat to let them know that there were four people in our room and the room was only set up for three.Everything on the boat that is not operated by a human seems to be fantastic, the slides were great.Read More
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Jdford187

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 37s

MSC Magnifica was just that!

Dinner in the dining room each night and the choices and variety were good.Food lines overall at the buffets went very fast.Read More
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NoVaCruiser77

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 55s

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