MSC Cruises reviews

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About MSC Cruises

Cruisers looking for a more European experience at an affordable price gather on this Italy-based line. On European sailings, 85 percent of MSC passengers are European, giving the ships a local feel. (The numbers closer to 50/50 on North American sailings.) Bringing the whole family won't break the bank: Kids ages 3-11 sail for free on MSC, and ages 12-17 at a reduced rate. Plus, the kids' club is complimentary.

Top 5 MSC Cruises Destinations:

Europe - Northern Europe

(22 cruises)

Europe - Western Mediterranean

(22 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(14 cruises)

South America

(13 cruises)

Caribbean - Western

(11 cruises)

Top 5 MSC Cruises Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(16 cruises)

Port Canaveral, Florida

(13 cruises)

Barcelona, Spain

(12 cruises)

Genoa, Italy

(11 cruises)

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

(9 cruises)

MSC Cruises rankings

Expert review of MSC Cruises

Best For:

MSC is best for families and couples looking for a change from the typical American cruise experience without a step up in price. The line has multiple "experiences," which are packages that determine your cabin as well as additional perks during the cruise. This allows travelers to customize their vacation not only based on budget, but also their preferences. 

Not For:

People looking for a raucous party atmosphere, those who want a flexible dinner schedule, and those who prefer sailing with just Americans.

We Love:

  • Kids ages 3-11 cruise free, maing it an attractive option for families with younger children. Older children ages 12-17 are also free, but only during low and mid-season. The kids' clubs are complimentary, and there are additional babysitting services, too.
  • MSC’s modern fleet is the youngest in the industry, and the ships in the Fantasia class have a sleeker, more nautical profile than their competitors. MSC Seaside also has a notable profile, thanks to its design inspiration taken from Miami's South Beach. 
  • It’s becoming even easier to experience MSC in North America: MSC Divina and the line's new flagship MSC Seaside both sail year-round from Miami.
  • North American sailings have greatly limited the amount of smoking areas onboard, which is more common on European cruises.
  • MSC Divina and MSC Seaside both represents the line’s laudable efforts to appeal to the tastes of American cruisers, and the onboard entertainment is a huge hit.
  • The MSC Yacht Club is a serious upgrade: This VIP section features its own private pool, restaurant and lounge, 24-hour personal butler and concierge service, and complimentary wine and spirits. Yacht Club guests also enjoy priority embarkation in ports and reserved seating in the ship's main theater. 

We Could Do Without:

  • The food across the ship can be somewhat hit-or-miss.
  • Onboard announcements are usually made in three or four languages to accommodate MSC's international passengers, which gets old quickly.
  • Because MSC is a European line, the language barrier can cause some difficulties when communicating with crew members, particularly on European itineraries.

MSC Cruises cruiser reviews

Ship Quality

4.3

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.1

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Destinations and Excursions

3.9

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Service and Staff

3.8

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Entertainment

3.8

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Onboard Activities

3.5

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Children's Programs

3.4

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Food and Dining

3.4

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.1

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What cruisers say

  • Niccibu says ...

    We've never been on a cleaner ship! I don't know how they do it with the amount of guest onboard. Read full review
  • rauth1tampabayrrcom says ...

    Our room was very close to elevator which was helpful. Read full review
  • pberry79 says ...

    Puerto Rico and St. Maarteen were great and the private island day in the Bahamas Read full review

19 MSC Cruises ships

MSC Armonia

Price: $
Ship size: M
3.8

  MSC Armonia - Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas

Sails from:

Miami, Florida

MSC Bellissima

Price: $
Ship size: L
4.2

  MSC Bellissima - Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises...

MSC Divina

Price: $
Ship size: XL
3.7

With high-end amenities and competitive fares, Divina was MSC’s first foray into the highly competit...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Miami, Florida Port Canaveral, Florida

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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