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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.

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Expert Review of MSC Cruises

Best For:

Families and cruisers looking for a change from the typical American cruise experience without a step up in price.

Not For:

People looking for a raucous party atmosphere, 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. Plus, older chidlren ages 12-17 sail at a reduced rate, and the onboard kids' club is complimentary.
  • MSC’s modern fleet is the youngest in the industry, and the ships in the Fantasia series have a sleeker, more nautical profile than their competitors. 
  • It’s becoming ever easier to experience MSC in North America: The MSC Divina sails year-round from Miami, and in November 2017, the ground-breaking MSC Seaside joins the Divina.
  • Recent efforts on North American sailings have limited the smoking so common on MSC’s European cruises.
  • The MSC Divina 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. 

We Could Do Without:

  • The food can be somewhat hit-or-miss, and the line struggles to accommodate food allergies.
  • Because MSC is a European line, the language barrier can cause some difficulties when communicating with crew members, particularly on European itineraries. Service has improved and the language-barrier is less of an issue on North American sailings.

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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
  • AndyL1 says ...

    great view of the ocean ...glad we got the oceanview room Read Full Review
  • mec9emb says ...

    Weather affected Genoa but we will go back. Docking at Marseilles was miles away from the old town - quite disappointed. Barcelona and Malaga were beautiful and accessible. Lisbon was astounding and docked right in the old town - superb sail... Read Full Review

17 MSC Cruises Ships

MSC Armonia

Price: $    Ship Size: M
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Majestic in stature yet intimate and inviting, the newly remodeled MSC Armonia reflects the hallmark...

Sails to:
Europe - Western Mediterranean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe

MSC Bellissima

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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With a stunning variety of features rivaling those of her sister ship MSC Meraviglia, MSC Bellissima...

Sails to:
Europe Europe - Western Mediterranean
Sails from:
Barcelona, Spain Genoa, Italy

MSC Divina

Price: $    Ship Size: XL
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With enhanced entertainment, tweaked menus designed for the American palate and a crew hand-picked t...

Sails to:
Europe Transatlantic Europe - Western Mediterranean Caribbean Caribbean - Western
Sails from:
Miami, Florida Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Genoa, Italy Palermo, Sicily Marseille (Provence), France

Ship Size:

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


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

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