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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.

MSC Cruises Rankings

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.

MSC Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Ship Quality

4.3

Average Rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.2

Average Rating

Destinations and Excursions

3.9

Average Rating

Service and Staff

3.7

Average Rating

Entertainment

3.7

Average Rating

Onboard Activities

3.5

Average Rating

Children's Programs

3.4

Average Rating

Food and Dining

3.3

Average Rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.1

Average Rating

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

Price:

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

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