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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 Divina

7 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

1,891 Reviews
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MSC Splendida

27 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

355 Reviews
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MSC Divina

4 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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MSC Meraviglia

6 Night
Bermuda Cruise

787 Reviews
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AmaWaterways

11 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

787 Reviews
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5 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

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9 Night
Far East Cruise

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21 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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2 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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10 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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7 Night
Canada / New England Cruise

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

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6 Night
Far East Cruise

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7 Night
Europe - Northern 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

Avoid at all cost

I’ve never been on a cruise where they charge you for food, unless it’s a speciality restaurant… Frozen dinner from the grocery store is better than complimentary dining.Guest services was useless and would give us wrong information the whole time.Read More
Karen jones

First Time Cruiser

Age 43s

Nice cruise with poor food

The cost of the cruise was good, even though if you waited for after the final payment date to book, the price was sensational, starting at $99 pp for an interior cabin.Before the cruise they told us that the ship was nice, the overnight stay on the island reserve was great, and the dinner food was poor.Read More
silverjoe

10+ Cruises

Age 74s

3000 too many people on this ship

The boarding was over 4 hours late The staff were great when could get them they were so busy The dining was hit and miss we had the early seating, but the staff were very limited portions were not that big, except for the prime rib, which was great We had a person in a wheelchair with us it’s very difficult to get an elevator there were too many people always everywhere you want it to be Our biggest problem was, we weren’t made aware that if you had an early disembarkation you needed to keep your luggage with you in your room to take out on your own.I have not met one person on this cruise that says this was a great time everyone complained.Read More
Turk27

6-10 Cruises

Age 57s

The Yacht Club is a necessary escape from the chaos

We chose this cruise because our family was cruising together and we looked for ships that offered experiences for three generations of people between the ages of 8 and 63.The quality and selection of the food was not what you would expect in the exclusive area of the ship.Read More
LWRFLCruisingCouple

10+ Cruises

Age 63s

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