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  • Mediterranean style in food and design
  • Features the ship-within-a-ship Yacht Club concept
  • MSC Divina Miami-based year-round
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1,006 MSC Family Cruise Reviews
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aniram
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Chose this cruse, because want to try different line. Had an experience with Royal and NCL. Pros: Cabin-very spacious , always clean, enough space for storage. Entertainment- very good singers and dancers. Really enjoyed it. ... Read more
Johnymac
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
I traveled on the MSC Divina with my fiancee and her 12-year old daughter on a weeklong cruise for a little over $1,000. That price point I think clouds the rest of this review. It's simply incredible what you get for the price pay, ... Read more
fakers007
Member Since 2016
1 review
122 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We choose this cruise due to the great price for 2 inside rooms for a family of 5 people. All three children under 12. We did have to pay almost full fare for 2 of them as we had 2 cabins. The food in the main dining room Black Crab was ... Read more
hexhead
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Our previous cruise experiences were with Thomsons, NCL, Carnival and Disney. Ship – fantastic, big, bling and fitted out top quality stuff all over Embarkation /disembarkation – Smooth and efficient as all ports are ... Read more
cnspots2
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2017
The ship is beautiful but there is room for improvement in many areas. First- the ship is very elegant. The common areas of the ship are nicely decorated and the staterooms are very nice. There is plenty of room on the pool decks. We ... Read more
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anastasiot101
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2017
This was the only other cruise line I tried since I usually go on Royal Caribbean. The rooms were very nice, new and the housekeeping did an amazing job at keeping the rooms clean - they came in twice a day. The absolute best part of this ... Read more
Dave the Rave
Member Since 2012
1 review
24 helpful votes
Having watched the Meraviglia being built at the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire in France, also having never sailed MSC before we thought we would book a 7 day cruise from Genoa. Embarkation was smooth, on board in 30 minutes. As we walked on ... Read more
tizyuq6355
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This is the 9th cruise trip I had so far. First time with MSC. We tooked NCL, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Princess before this on. The MSC Meraviglia is a brand new ship with maiden voyage in early June, 2017. Though we are extremely ... Read more
Jencampbell
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2017
We chose this cruise specifically because we wanted to go to a new port/destination everyday. We also wanted a smaller ship, as we aren't overly keen on massive crowds.We actually went on two back-to-back MSC Cruises, around each side of ... Read more
Matsurida
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First time with MSC. We found the Baltic itinerary well-balanced with four ports and two sea days. Fellow cruisers for this cruise were overwhelmingly German and Italian, and in the age group 55+. This would seem to have an influence on ... Read more
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Rossco01
Member Since 2016
1 review
167 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was our first cruise so we have little to compare it with although we'd already seen some of the negative reviews posted. We went with an open mind and not necessarily expecting the best. The ship itself is gorgeous with wonderful ... Read more
1037jbaker1037
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
I have been on a number of cruises covering a majority of cruise lines. The food was mundane. Buffets had the exact food day in and day out. Only thing that changed was the pasta dishes. Unlike other cruise lines, steak was not on the ... Read more
bateau bay
Member Since 2008
1 review
85 forum posts
Sailed July 2017
We chose this cruise as we could do a back to back with the MSC Splendida. The Poesia was a nice ship to look at but we found the staff a bit standoffish at first but once they realised we were from Australia they became very talkative. ... Read more
KarsurUK
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We chose this cruise/ship because of the itinerary and cost. Overall it was fairly good cost wise (you get what you pay for!) but in hindsight I'd save up a bit more money and opt for another cruise line. We have sailed with Cunard and NCL ... Read more
ymmom9862
Member Since 2009
1 review
92 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
the ship is well maintained .All the public areas were kept spotless.The staff is friendly and helpful. We could not walk down a hallway or through a door without one of the crew saying hello or holding the door for us. The food was very ... Read more
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2017SummerTrip
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
We just came back from 7 night Baltic Sea cruise on MSC Fantasia. It was our 4th cruise. MSC Fantasia has a low score on this site. This is really unfair. MSC is a little different from other cruise line, mostly is the drinking package. ... Read more
jwhooker1951
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
My daughter who is a travel agent and have sailed this ship before. I went with them so had the advantages of their experience. The entertainment staff was great as was the dining staff. Everyone was very good at their jobs. Embarkation ... Read more
ClaudeGiraffe
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
I travelled with my husband and two sons aged 8 and 16. In short, we all loved it! There was literally something for everyone. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and painless at the beginning, end and during ports of call. ... Read more
LaTisha Howlett
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
The service from the room attendant and the waiters was A+. Evenso it was very difficult to make up for the wet carpets and mildew smell all over the ship in common areas. One or two of the elevators was not operable and there did seem ... Read more
Jack.W
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
I enjoyed a wonderful 7 nights eastern Caribbean cruise departing from Miami calling at Philipsburg - St Maarten, San Juan - Puerto Rico and Nassau in the Bahamas, with 3 days at sea overall. First of all, we chose this cruise for the ... Read more
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wetwash
Member Since 2013
1 review
121 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Having been on Carnival and RCCL cruises int he past we were a bit apprehensive about trying out a new cruise line but the price, itinerary and dates all worked so we booked 2 balcony cabins for myself, my husband our two daughters (17 ... Read more
arunk
Member Since 2008
1 review
4 helpful votes
Chosen as we are family of 5 so budget important + itinerary. Did two weeks (back to back 7 day cruises which around 20% of the passengers die). We have cruised around 11 times before but limited to 4 Royal Caribbean cruises (our ... Read more
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thegraminator
Member Since 2017
1 review
160 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We had never heard of MSC until we were researching other cruise lines . To be honest , the rates are what got our attention . The original plan was for just the husband and I to cruise , but when we saw the 2 for 1 ... Read more
OldManWorking
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
This cruise was picked by us for our anniversary gift to each other. The reviews were mixed but we hoped they were not true and the price was right. We should have spent a little more and gone with our original line. By far, the ... Read more
Goldcruisers
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
Some sort of what smelled like a sewage leak happened the morning of our embarkation which caused a smell to permeate several areas of the ship that was so unbearable that we were unable to take advantage some of the events held in those ... Read more
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