MSC Fantasia Overview

 
MSC Fantasia
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Whether you're exploring South America or the Mediterranean, MSC Fantasia makes you feel like a local. No cruise line knows these regions better than MSC, and Fantasia is arguably one of the best large ships if you want to explore historic ports while sampling outstanding wines and gastronomic specialties. The ship's destination-focused itineraries offer an authentic cultural experience along with an opportunity for additional exploring before or after your cruise.

Launched in 2008, MSC Fantasia is among the most beautiful cruise ships at sea with its crystal-studded staircases, Murano glass chandeliers, and polished stone in the piazza. Although Fantasia is over 10 years old, its trendsetting amenities are still at the forefront of the industry. The ship has an impressive 18,000-square-foot spa, a variety of premium Yacht Club amenities for suite-class guests, and an endless schedule of family-friendly entertainment and activities.

Despite the ship's European elegance, Fantasia is all about fun and games. Hit the tennis courts with your doubles partner, join a poolside competition, or play your way to the finals in a Wii tournament. If you prefer low-key fun, visit the adults-only Lido Catalano Pool, claim a lounge chair in the Solarium, or stake out a spot in one of the many upscale bars or lounges located along the Promenade. Best of all, the dress code on MSC Fantasia is casual, so you can relax and feel comfortable in whatever you’re wearing.

This ship is best for: Choose MSC Fantasia for a well-rounded couples’ cruise reminiscent of your last European vacation.

You should know: MSC Cruises are less regimented and more passenger-driven. This laissez-faire approach gives you more time to relax, but it's unfamiliar to some North American cruisers.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Just like the ship's passengers, MSC Fantasia's itineraries are wonderfully diverse. Fantasia specializes in sunny 7-night Mediterranean cruises that explore historic ports across France, Italy, and Spain. Sail from Marseille, Palma de Mallorca, or one of three Italian ports in Livorno, Genoa, or Naples. Regional ports of call allow for diverse shore excursions to famed travel destinations from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the lavender fields of Provence. As the seasons change, Fantasia sails across the Atlantic to the sunny shores of Brazil. South American cruises range from 4-night getaways to 14-night cruises that visit Rio de Janeiro as well as ports in Uruguay and Argentina.

Activities on Riviera

MSC Fantasia has activities for every type of passenger. There are plenty of adults-only relaxation spaces, including the Lido Catalano Pool and the Solarium, and there are separate hangouts and play areas for teens and younger kids. There are, however, plenty of onboard activities that are all about having fun as a family. Experience VR technology in the immersive 4D Cinema or F1 Simulator. Watch world-class magicians, mimes, and dancers show off their skills in the Teatro L'Avanguardia, or prove yourself by belting out your favorite hits on stage. If you'd rather leave the singing to the professionals, enjoy a quiet moment in the Transatlantico piano bar, or visit the L'Insolito Lounge where DJs spin uptempo international tunes while travelers dance late into the night.

Ship Highlights
  • Aqua Park main pool
  • I Tropici covered pool
  • Adults-only Lido Catalano
  • Children's pool
  • Toboga waterslide
  • Arena Sports Center
  • Shuffleboard and squash
  • Video arcade
  • F1 racing simulator
  • Graffiti's Teen Club
  • Mini Club and Junior Club
  • Virtual World entertainment
  • Broadway-style shows
  • Numerous clubs and discotheques
  • Diverse complimentary and specialty dining
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free menu items
  • Children's dining programs
  • Fitness center
  • Cyber Library
  • MSC Yacht Club
  • Premium Top 18 Solarium
  • Aurea Spa and thermal suite
  • Duty-free boutiques
  • Casino delle Palme

Cabins

MSC Fantasia cabins are available in 11 categories ranging from budget-friendly interior staterooms to luxury suites with Yacht Club privileges. Thanks to the ship's pioneering Fantasia-class design, it has one of the largest selections of outside cabins in the industry. Balcony accommodations represent about 75% of the ship's 1,637 staterooms. Passengers can choose from conventional cabin classes that are paired with several brand-specific upgrades, such as Yacht Club and Aurea amenity packages. As a budget-friendly line that offers luxury amenities at a competitive price,Fantasia has an excellent selection of oceanview and interior cabins, plus connecting staterooms for families and groups.

Dining

With two main dining rooms, two buffets, and a handful of specialty venues, MSC Fantasia's restaurants cover all of the bases. Choose from the Red Velvet main dining room and the Il Cerchio d'Oro panoramic restaurant, which serve regional Italian specialties and always-available favorites. Keep it casual at the adjoining L'Africana and Zanzibar buffets, which offer an expansive selection of international options from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. For a special meal or a memorable night with friends, linger over an assortment of Italian wines and appetizers at La Cantina Toscana, or reserve a table at Butcher's Cut, which specializes in Mediterranean surf and turf. Just remember to save room for gelato from the Piazza San Giorgio.

MSC Fantasia Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 3,959
  • Total Crew: 1,325
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.99
  • Built: Mar 2008
  • Refurbished: Jan 2017
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,637
  • Cabin Categories: 13
  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Length: 1,093
  • Beam: 124

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 3.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.5
  • Entertainment 3.2
  • Food and Dining 3.4
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 3.8
  • Ship Quality 4.4

Cabins

1637 cabins and 13 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.0
(4 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 181 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $99/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
5.0
(1 Review)
Avg. Size: 212 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $117/night
Balcony Balcony
4.0
(3 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 209 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $134/night
Suite Cabin Suite
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 407 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $226/night

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Dining

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El Sombrero Tex Mex El Sombrero Tex Mex
5.0
(1 Review)
Zanzibar Buffet Zanzibar Buffet
5.0
(1 Review)
La Cantina Toscana La Cantina Toscana

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Onboard Activities

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L'insolito Lounge L'insolito Lounge
5.0
(1 Review)
MSC Aurea SPA MSC Aurea SPA
5.0
(1 Review)
La Boutique La Boutique
5.0
(1 Review)
Shopping Area Shopping Area
5.0
(1 Review)

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84 MSC Fantasia Reviews

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Great port of calls by rimajab

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Beautiful ship, great staff and service! The evening shows were beautiful but no variety. The entertainment staff very good but the activities were limited. I did not enjoy having kids running around in the bars casino and on the dance floors after 10! No adult section. Kids in the zen pool area all the time !!!

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Mediterranean Cruise (Barcelona Roundtrip) by patch1958

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My first MSC cruise so to compare it to the others: Embarkation was a nightmare. This is the first time I've cruised where people embark and disembark at all ports. That being said, this process is painful. When you need to leave for a tour, the lines to leave are very long because the other stations are waiting for people to embark. That was the worst part of the cruise. We booked the Yacht Club and it really was a top experience. We met other passengers on the ship who were not part of the YC and they had many complaints. Our YC experience included everything (alcohol, 24 hour butler & concierge) minibar, robes, spa sauna) and prime seating on tours and in the shows. The only extras were WiFi, massages and a specialty restaurant. Others on the ship has to pay for water! The suite was small; equal to a RCCL balcony room, but as previously stated, the amenities were bountiful. We had our own restaurant, pool, bar and elevator. I am looking to book another YC cruise with MSC. RCCL has competition in my book.

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Left a lot to be desired by bstrowder02

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Overall experience was okay. It left a lot to be desired for me. Not sure if I would cruise again based off this cruise alone.

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26 MSC Fantasia Tips

funcruising2338
Apr 17, 2013

Dont go past 7 am for breakfast on your last day!!! ITs crazy!!!!

smallfrye
Aug 18, 2014

Pool at the back of the ship is less busy

DEM13
Jul 24, 2014

Book a drink package. Select one that best meets your needs and pre book it. You save the 15% gratuity on each bill if you pre book. Best thing we did. If you enjoy laying by the pool after your day off the ship, return about 1 hour before the ship departs to get a sun chair. It fills up fast.

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