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The MSC Cruises experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. MSC Cruises translates its passion for the sea into a commitment to excellence in hospitality, professionalism, dedication and mastery of every single detail to ensure the complete happiness and satisfaction of each and every guest.

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    Review: Western Caribbean With MSC

    By: Levon Smith, Travel Consultant During the search for my family cruise I looked at the Carnival Vista every day. Then something spectacular came about with MSC, they had a new ship, the MSC Seaside being built that would challenge the Vista completely. I looked that ship up and immediately became attached. This is the most diverse…

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    Review: Eastern Caribbean With MSC Cruises

    By: Shub Masood, Administrative Assistance This summer, my parents, children, and I cruised along the Eastern Caribbean with MSC Cruises aboard their brand new ship, the Seaside. I was a little nervous about trying out a European cruise line, because I didn’t know if the service and other quality standards would be up to par with…

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MSC Cruises Ships

  • MSC Armonia

    MSC Armonia

    The MSC Armonia is majestic in stature yet intimate and welcoming onboard. The ambiance on board is refined and casually elegant with the Italian sense of style that is a hallmark of MSC Cruises. With a high space and service ratio, guest comfort is preeminent. MSC Armonia offers a large number of luxurious suites with private balconies and all the features guests enjoy on a contemporary cruise including outdoor pools, spa, and salon.

  • MSC Bellissima

    MSC Bellissima

    MSC Bellissima will offer a stunning array of features to rival those of her sister ship, MSC Meraviglia. First of all, innovative technology provides an enhanced onboard experience, connecting you to your fellow guests, the crew and the ship itself.  The two-deck inside promenade features a spectacular 260-foot-long LED dome, and is lined with places to shop, eat and drink. 

  • MSC Divina

    MSC Divina

    Look out for our new goddess of the seas MSC Fantasia, named in honor of screen legend and MSC Cruises "godmother" Sophia Loren, which will be christened in Marseille in May 2012. Modeled from her sister-ships, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, she features some remarkable enhancements.

  • MSC Fantasia

    MSC Fantasia

    Once you step aboard an MSC Fantasia, you'll feel the difference true Italian style can make in cruise design. It's in the grand ambiance of our lobbies, many with sweeping staircases. And in the luxury decor of gleaming wood, Italian marble and Swarovski crystal stairs in the Yacht Club. You'll discover the difference in the high quality, tranquility of our luxury spas. Or the ambiance of our espresso bars and the comfortable style of our rooms.

  • MSC Grandiosa

    MSC Grandiosa

    Building on her sisters ships' success, MSC Grandiosa offers even more public space, along with a series of exciting innovations. Cirque du soleil at Sea has created 2 brand new shows exclusively for MSC Grandiosa, which you can enjoy in a high-tech lounge while savoring a superb culinary experience. And if you choose the Aurea Experience, you’ll appreciate the pleasures of flexible dining and unlimited drinks in a dedicated restaurant.

  • MSC Lirica

    MSC Lirica

    On board the magnificent MSC Lirica you'll find their longstanding dedication to hospitality while enjoying the ultimate in guest amenities. Built at one of the most prestigious shipyards worldwide with an emphasis on Italian design. With an atmosphere and service comparable to the best of Italian hotels, the MSC Lirica has quality materials and amenities available to fully immerse MSC guests in an elegant environment that is clearly Italian style.

  • MSC Magnifica

    MSC Magnifica

    The new MSC Magnifica - which will surely live up to her name - will arrive in Fort Lauderdale directly from her christening to begin her inaugural season as a part of the MSC Cruise fleet, joining the beautiful MSC Poesia, which was introduced earlier this year. MSC Magnifica features 1,275 staterooms, of which 80% are outside staterooms and 65% have a balcony. Guests can select from four restaurants, including specialty dining.

  • MSC Meraviglia

    MSC Meraviglia

    MSC Meraviglia is a sophisticated combination of state-of-the-art-technology, a love of the sea, design, comfort and practicality. It is a cruise ship that will dazzle her travelers. MSC Meraviglia will be able to dock at any cruise port around the world, expanding your choice of itineraries and destinations: a huge added bonus for any traveler. 

  • MSC Musica

    MSC Musica

    MSC Musica, offers you the most modern and elegant design available by MSC Cruises. Onboard you'll enjoy her spacious staterooms, the majority of which offer private balconies, expansive deck space and numeros boutiques and entertainment venues. MSC shipboard staff is dedicated to ensuring that everything they promise you, it will be. Whether it is at dinner in the luxurious Le Maxim Dining Room or at one of our other venues.

  • MSC Opera

    MSC Opera

    The MSC Opera lives up to her name: Classic; Grand; Opulent. Just like an opera should be. A true sense of grandeur and spaciousness prevails both inside and out. Her staterooms, many with private balconies, are roomy and comfortable. Her public areas feature a sweeping marble reception area and airy open spaces with walls of windows overlooking sprawling decks. Enjoy her elegance, style and luxury throughout your voyage.

  • MSC Orchestra

    MSC Orchestra

    MSC Orchestra rides the seas: 18 decks, a fitness/relaxation area, a jogging track, a sauna, turkish bath, swimming pools, jacuzzis, restaurants, pizzerias, theatres, nightclubs, shopping areas and a mini club, an abundance of space and services, meeting your every need and desire. The Italian style and panache make the MSC Orchestra the forerunner of future ship projects. You'll be overwhelmed by the ship's wide spectrum of entertainment.

  • MSC Poesia

    MSC Poesia

    Poetry is like the sea, lulling us with gentle swells and stirring the emotions. As poetry brings them pleasure the MSC Poesia will introduce a new dimension of enjoyment to a holiday on a magnificent and innovative ship. From a balcony overlooking the ocean and a star filled sky accompanied by the sounds of a Verdi aria, mingling with the samba rhythms from the poolside party, an abundance of emotions will flow.

  • MSC Preziosa

    MSC Preziosa

    Offering the utmost in comfort, service and advanced, environmentally-friendly technology, the 13th addition to the MSC Cruises fleet completes our flagship MSC Fantasia class. She shares many sophisticated features with her sister ships, from the exclusive designer suites of the MSC Yacht Club to the lavish well-being facilities of the MSC Aurea Spa. And like every ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, she is designed to offer all her guests the ultimate cruise experience.

  • MSC Seashore

    MSC Seashore

    An evolution of MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, MSC Seashore has more restaurants, casinos, retail and entertainment areas. The same number of decks but new spaces and more powerful engines. The innovative MSC for Me technology provides an enhanced onboard experience and the guests onboard MSC Seashore will have the chance to experience the world’s first digital cruise assistant, Zoe.

  • MSC Seaside

    MSC Seaside

    MSC Seaside will lead the way for a new generation of cruise ships with their revolutionary architecture and cutting-edge technology. She will be the first ship in the MSC Cruises' fleet to be christened in the United States, sailing in the Caribbean year-round from Miami’s Port starting in December 2017.

  • MSC Seaview

    MSC Seaview

    Inspired by a pioneering beach condo concept, MSC Seaview will bring guests and the sea closer, with special design elements that make the most of the warmer weather. Guests will be able to spend time outdoors eating, drinking and relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine with some of the best sea views in the world.

  • MSC Sinfonia

    MSC Sinfonia

    MSC Sinfonia boasts Italian elegance, central to the MSC family offering, comfort with wide open public spaces, excellent facilities from bars to cafes to restaurants to the casino and nightly entertainment plus lots more too. MSC Sinfonia has been inspired from the musical notes of the greatest symphonies of their classical European composers. From the Beethoven through the notes of Mozart to Debussy's music, plus those of Brahms.

  • MSC Splendida

    MSC Splendida

    MSC Splendida cutting-edge technology combined with her luxurious features have produced a heaven where dreams become reality. MSC Splendida is a ship looking to the future but drawing from its past, where you will find golden bliss enclosed within one ship. In the Top Sail Lounge, with its Skydome, guests may also delight their palate under a dome of sparkling stars. All of this ensures that MSC Splendida may boast the title of ECO SHIP.

  • MSC Virtuosa

    MSC Virtuosa

    MSC Virtuosa’s namesake comes from the word virtuoso, meaning someone highly skilled in music. Each deck will, in fact, be named after a different musical instrument. This new cruise ship will be one of the two largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with her sister ship MSC Grandiosa. One of the highlights of MSC Virtuosa’s onboard entertainment will be the two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, created exclusively for MSC Cruises’ guests.

Learn More About MSC Cruises

The largest privately-owned cruise line. Ideal for multi-generational travel. European-style cruise line with different cruising ‘experiences.’

The MSC Cruises experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. MSC Cruises translates its passion for the sea into a commitment to excellence in hospitality, professionalism, dedication and mastery of every single detail to ensure the complete happiness and satisfaction of each and every guest.

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and southern Africa. MSC’s ships sail year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and seasonal itineraries include Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South America, southern Africa, China, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India.

On board, you will find award-winning entertainment and activities day and night. From games and activities around the pool and lounges to a different full-scale theatrical production every evening; from the interactive 4D cinema and the F1 simulator to mini-golf and bowling; they have taken care of all the activities and fun, all you need to do is choose MSC!

Health and Safety Protocols on MSC Cruises

MSC has historically maintained high hygiene standards on all their ships, with rigorous cleaning and sanitisation prior, throughout and at the end of each cruise. We have further enhanced these procedures both with respect to public spaces as well as guest cabins and crew accommodations.

High traffic areas on ships are frequently sanitised with thorough cleansing and using a hospital-grade disinfectant. Key areas, which include public venues and toilets, are sanitised hourly and undergo a fogging process at night.

Guest cabins are cleaned twice a day. Once in the morning with thorough cleansing and wiping using a hospital-grade disinfectant and a further second cleaning for the most exposed surfaces, including telephones and remote controls, in the afternoon.

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to keep your hands clean. Handwashing stations and hand sanitisers are widely available around the ship. MSC has increased the availability of hand sanitiser stations and enforce hand cleansing at all onboard food and other venues.


All MSC Cruises’ ships are equipped with a well-resourced Medical Centre that is supervised by the ship’s doctor and other medical personnel and which provides a range of medical services for everyone on board.

MSC's medical staff are fully qualified and experienced medical professionals who all follow World Health Organization COVID-19 Recommendations for Healthcare Providers, as well as the recommendations of various health authorities.

Guests who suffer from flu-like symptoms are obliged to stay in their cabin and should contact the onboard Medical Centre as soon as possible. MSC's professional medical team will take care of them there and follow a clear protocol.


Guests should wash their hands before entering any of the onboard food venues. There are handwashing stations and sanitiser at the entrance and exit points, with dedicated personnel to ensure that as guests utilize them.


  • There is frequent cleaning and disinfection of all recreational equipment, toys, games and Kids’ Club facilities (after every use), plus frequent open deck sanitisation of outdoor furniture, sports equipment, pool and aquaparks.
  • Spa and gym facilities are sanitised after every use.


  • MSC ensures that all crew members follow strict health and safety preventive measures.
  • Crew members undergo a daily health check by the medical staff, and if any symptoms, they are not allowed to have any interactions with Guests.
  • Crew members follow proper hand washing practices before, during, and after work duty, and wear protective garments, if required.

Minimum Age Policy on MSC Cruises

Adult Passengers traveling with person under age 21 shall be fully responsible for that person's conduct and behavior. Passengers under age 21 may not order or consume alcoholic beverages or participate in gambling. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring the actions of their minor passenger at all times.


Travel Protection Options on MSC Cruises

Even the best-planned travel can be impacted by the unexpected illness, medical emergencies, severe weather, delayed flights, lost passports or luggage, etc. Troubles can occur when you least anticipate them, forcing you to cancel or interrupt your trip, lose your vacation investment, and incur unplanned expenses. And when you’re away from home, things like medical emergencies and illness are even more difficult to manage. CSA Travel Protection plans provide important insurance coverage, benefits and 24-hour emergency assistance services to take care of you while traveling and protect your hard-earned investment. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to. * Please note: Benefits and services are described on a general basis. Certain restrictions, exclusions, and limitations apply to all coverages and services. Please contact CSA Travel Protection for a sample certificate/policy. This plan applies to only those arrangements booked directly through MSC Cruises.

Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption
Provides reimbursement for unused, non-refundable pre-paid expenses if you are prevented from taking your trip due to a covered reason. Trip Interruption also provides reimbursement for additional transportation costs if your trip is interrupted or your arrival on your trip is delayed due to a covered reason. Trip Delay Provides for reasonable expenses incurred such as accommodations, meals, and local transportation if you are delayed 12 hours or more during your trip due to a covered reason.

Baggage Delay
Provides reimbursement for the emergency purchase of necessary personal effects if your baggage is delayed for more than 24 hours during your trip. Baggage & Personal Effects Provides reimbursement for baggage or other personal effects that are lost, damaged or stolen while on your trip.

Accident and Sickness Medical Expense

Provides coverage for the necessary medical, surgical and emergency dental care costs if you become sick or accidentally injured while on a trip.

Emergency Medical Transportation
If you become sick or injured on a trip, Emergency Medical Transportation will provide benefits such as: arrange transportation to the nearest suitable medical facility; help the guest return Home, if medically necessary; provide round-trip economy air fare for a companion to visit if you are traveling alone and hospitalized for more than 7 days.

Air Flight Accident
Provides coverage for loss of limb or life in the event of an accident while traveling as a ticketed passenger on a certified passenger aircraft.

Dining on MSC Cruises

Early breakfast is served on deck between 06.30 and 07.00. Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 07.00 until 09.30, at the on-deck buffet from 07.00 until 10.00, or in your cabin from 07.00 until 10.00 (except on the day of disembarkation). Cabin service can be requested using the form found in the cabin. Lunch is served from 12.00 until 14.30 in the restaurant and on-deck buffet. Dinner is served in the restaurants in two seatings at 19.00 and at 20.45. Times may change depending on dockings and excursions. Any changes will be indicated in the Daily Program. Special diets can be catered for if requested at the time of reservation. A supplementary charge may apply to these special requests. It is possible to reserve lunch and/or dinner at special and a la carte restaurants through the Reception Desk.

Fuel Surcharge Policy on MSC Cruises

The fare that you paid was determined far in advance of Initial Departure on the basis of then-existing projections of costs, including but not limited to fuel costs. The Company reserves the right to impose or pass through fuel surcharges, security surcharges or similar incidental surcharges at any time prior to departure. In the event of an increase in costs above amounts projected, the Company further reserves the right to increase the fare or impose surcharges at any time up to Initial Departure and to require payment of the additional fare or surcharges prior to Initial Departure.

Tipping Policy on MSC Cruises

At the end of the cruise it is international custom to pay service charges to restaurant and cabin staff in recognition of good service. Passengers will receive written communication regarding this in their cabin. For your convenience and as an indicative suggestion we have arranged for an all inclusive daily service charge of 6 Euros per adult and 3 Euros per child (4-17 years) for cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe; 12 US dollars per adult and 6 US dollars per child for cruises in the Caribbean and North America; 6 US dollars per adult and 3 dollars per child for cruises in Brazil and Argentina (including Ocean Cruises); 5 US dollars per adult and 2,50 US dollars per child for cruises in South Africa. This sign of appreciation, valid on all ships in the MSC Cruises fleet is of course optional. Therefore, passengers may freely decide whether to increase or decrease it, communicating their decision to the Accounting Office before 22.00 of the last day. This Office is at your disposal for further information. For your convenience, should you give no indication to change the amount; the sum will automatically be debited to your final extras account.

Payments / Refunds on on MSC Cruises

Deposit requiremens are as follows: 0 to 5 night cruises - $99 deposit per person, 6 to 14 night cruises - $199 deposit per person, 15 to 33 night cruises - $300 per person. 15% non-refundable for World Cruise products.

Effective May 1, 2016 and future sailings: For all new bookings made beginning Sunday, May 1, 2016, for all sailings considered part of our Summer 2017 (April 2017) departures forward, MSC Cruises has adjusted the cancellation policy as reflected in the following:

Cruise <15 Nights Cruise >15 Nights
89 Days - 61 Days Deposit Non-Refudable 109 Days - 61 Days Deposit Non-Refundable
60 Days - 46 Days 50% Penalty 60 Days - 46 Days 50% Penalty
45 Days - 16 Days 75% Penalty 45 Days - 31 Days 75% Penalty
15 Days until departure 100% Penalty 30 Days Until Departure 100% Penalty

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing. To avoid cancellation, the deposit or final payment must be received by MSC's office by the option date given at the time of booking. Option dates can vary from one to seven days from booking date depending on sailing demand. In a few rare instances immediate payment by credit card may be required to confirm you reservation.

Government fees and taxes may include any and all fees, charges and taxes imposed by U.S. and/or foreign governmental and quasi-governmental authorities, including U.S. customs fees, head taxes, hotel taxes, air taxes, taxes incurred as part of a land tour, inspection fees, immigration and naturalization fees and Internal Revenue Service fees. Government fees and taxes are subject to change and MSC Cruises reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing, even if the fare has already been paid in full. Government fees and taxes are collected for all guests, regardless of age. MSC Cruises reserves the right to pass on any fuel surcharge without prior notice to guests. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by MSC Cruises no less than 76 days prior to sailing date for a full refund.

Reservation cancellation requests received less than 76 days prior to sailing will be subject to the following charges:

75 to 46 days prior to sailing: Deposit amount

45 to 16 days prior to sailing: 50% of cruise fare, excluding taxes

15 days or less prior to sailing: 100% of cruise fare, excluding taxes

No refund will be issued if a guest voluntarily or involuntarily fails to show up for their cruise; is denied boarding for any reason including failure to possess required travel documents, passport or visa; or terminates his/her cruise in progress. Cruise contracts are non-transferable.

Name changes and cruise date changes are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation charges. Cancellation charges are assessed on total fares, which include cruise fare, air add-ons, hotel packages, and any other additional services arranged through MSC Cruises.

Smoking Policy on MSC Cruises

At MSC Cruises, MSC tries to accommodate our guests' preferences. Smoking is permitted only in designed areas. Smoking is not permitted at any time in the dining room or main show lounge.

MSC Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 358 reviews about MSC Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

All was good The food on MSC is only avaerage

Reviewed on Mar 01, 2020

This was my 1st experience on MSC cruiseline. I have been on several NCL and Celebrity cruises. I really enjoyed the MSC cruise it was a great value for your money. I was quite a bit less expensive than the same cruise on NCL and Celebrity. I really enjoyed the shows and the Spa on the cruise. The thermal Spa was amazing on the MSC Meraviglia. I prepaid for the SPA and the internet before leaving home so it was discounted quite a bit from the prices you would pay onboard for the same services. The ship was kept very clean during my stay.

14 Night United States, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
4.2/5 - Very Good
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Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Ms.Janet has been doing our bookings for years and our relationship make us confident for all her offer and assistance. So we like that she became our sole agent handling our bookings.

14 Night United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico
4.6/5 - Excellent
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Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

This was our first MSC cruise. As an Italian line, the majority of the passengers are from countries other than the USA. About 20% of the passengers were from the States, so traveling with a companion, family or friends, I believe, made the trip more enjoyable. The Seaside is a smart ship, so booking specialty restaurants and shows were a simple process. There are 4 specialty restaurants, two all inclusive fine dining restaurants and several buffet, pool side options and coffee shops. Beyond the itinerary of this cruise, the theatrical productions were A+, New York quality and not to be missed. Our balcony cabin provided extra living space, were private and the seaboard side of the ship had the best views while in port. The ship is incredibly stunning and activities are available for all ages. The in room television is limited but pay per view is abundant. The staff are friendly and accommodating and the daily specials are abundant. Book your excursions and spa treatments before you sale for special discounts. The spa and beauty salon discounts are good once you board and specials are available for laundry services. The specialty restaurant special promotions were priced well. We highly recommend the Pan Asian restaurant.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2019

Arthur was extremely professional and helped us with many different changes including accommodating our friends on this trip. Thank you very much Arthur window

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