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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 Meraviglia

7 Night
Bermuda Cruise

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MSC Bellissima

11 Night
Far East Cruise

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MSC Virtuosa

15 Night
Grand Voyage Cruise

238 Reviews
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MSC Seaside

21 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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MSC Cruises

7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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3 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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23 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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14 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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7 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

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4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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7 Night
Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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5 Night
Far East Cruise

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22 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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Middle East 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

‘Party’ Cruise?

Understaffed - no waiters to take orders/clear tables, lack of staff behind bars contributed to long queues.Lack of places to sit away from loud music so retreated to the buffet area each evening.Read More
Ghost349

First Time Cruiser

Age 46s

Ignore the bad reviews

Just got off an MSC cruise today out of Port Canaveral and I have to say this is the most wonderful experience I've had on a cruise.And if you are traveling with kids, they have a wonderful camp for kids.Read More
ChampagneSailor89

10+ Cruises

Age 35s

A experienced cruising kids opinion of MSC cruises

The other thing is that people are saying you should never go on a MSC cruise but that's their experience.But in general, in my opinion, the MSC cruise brand is super good but it might be different for you.Read More
Cruising kid

6-10 Cruises

Age 17s

Beautiful clean ship & wonderful cruise!

This was our 4th cruise & the first with MSC and on such a large ship.We have just left our week long cruise on the MSC Virtuosa around Norwegian Fjords including Lerwick, and wanted to put out our review to reassure others after reading many unfair negative reviews on this ship/ cruise line.Read More
Annie7063

2-5 Cruises

Age 54s

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