Expert Review of MSC Cruises
Families and cruisers looking for a change from the typical American cruise experience without a step up in price.
People looking for a raucous party atmosphere, and those who prefer sailing with just Americans.
- 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.