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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 Divina

5 Night
Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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MSC Meraviglia

8 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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MSC Seaside

8 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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MSC Bellissima

5 Night
Far East Cruise

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Nachi Cocom Beach Club

21 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Bermuda Cruise

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15 Night
Grand Voyage Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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3 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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22 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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7 Night
Middle East Cruise

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18 Night
Grand Voyage Cruise

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22 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Mediterranean - Western 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 3-Night Cruise with Room for improvement

) I only wanted one for myself, so that felt a little sneaky but we were on vacation and didn’t feel like arguing with them(that is something that happened a lot to us in Italy so it was kind of funny) (80-90% of your Enjoyment on any vacation will rely heavily on attitude, IMO) Still, I could see this being annoying for some people.They mentioned tipping was not included, although we recalled it saying it was when we booked, they also try to upcharge you for everything, so if you’re not firm in saying no and keep an eye on your bill you could end up paying more (For example, they told us we should buy a detox tea to compliment our massages.Read More
Sunkisdgal

2-5 Cruises

Age 39s

Wonderful Bella experience

I signed up for the Voyagers club while on board, it only took 15 minutes and this is a great loyalty program for MSC.The MSC for me app is a great tool, it is easy to view the daily activities and itinerary, and personalize an agenda, by selecting which activities you plan to do each day.Read More
MMK31

First Time Cruiser

Age 31s

LESSOR EXPERIENCE THAN HOPED FOR

I felt the furniture in the deck 13 buffet area and the outdoor deck chairs need update.Our 9th deck cabin (including the bathroom) and its furniture needed an update.Read More
RICHARDRX

10+ Cruises

Age 81s

Awesome

Also, the massages for my daughter and I on the private island was fantastic.The private island is beautiful and the staff is top notch.Read More
CruiserJN

6-10 Cruises

Age 49s

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