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.
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.
The ship is obviously getting up there in age; the faceplate of one of the outlets broke off, but was easily fixed. Elevator banks are somewhat confusing, but the staff obviously recognizes that and is more than happy to help. Always clean and...
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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...
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