MSC Cruises

average ship rating
3.1
994 Reviews

About MSC Cruises

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Best Line for Ocean View Cabins

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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MSC Opera

Price: $    Ship Size: M

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.

Ship Quality

69% Loved it!
"Absolutely beautiful, well kept up and very clean ship. Balcony room on deck 10 was fantastic." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

64% Loved it!
"It was the fastest,easiest system. Thank you for this MSC Divina" Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

64% Loved it!
"great view of the ocean ...glad we got the oceanview room" Read More

Destinations and Excursions

52% Loved it!
"There is enough to choose from to see the islands. Sharing opinions in the evening we all learn that no matter what we chose we had a good time..." Read More

Entertainment

50% Loved it!
"shows were magnificent and professional...best shows at sea...activities plenty to do and everyone up dancing" Read More

Service and Staff

50% Loved it!
"Staff from the crew, to the customer relations, to cruise director, to all managers and cabin steward very very professional" Read More

Onboard Activities

39% Loved it!
"Andre, the cruise director, gave the announcements on TV channel in the morning. So, I could pick whatever I was willing to do during the day...." Read More

Food and Dining

37% Loved it!
"Great meal offerings. only sorry that we didn't have time because of excursions in each port to eat lunch at buffet." Read More

Children's Programs

36% Loved it!
"although not applicable to us, what we saw was impressive." Read More

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