MSC Cruises

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About MSC Cruises Awards 2015 Winner

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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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

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

Cabin / Stateroom

"great view of the ocean ...glad we got the oceanview room" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

"It was the fastest,easiest system. Thank you for this MSC Divina" Read More

Destinations and Excursions

"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


"shows were magnificent and shows at sea...activities plenty to do and everyone up dancing" Read More

Service and Staff

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

Onboard Activities

"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

"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

"although not applicable to us, what we saw was impressive." Read More

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