MSC Meraviglia

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Overview

MSC Meraviglia is MSC Cruises’ newest ship, and it weighs in at a massive 171,598 gross tons holding 4,500 guests. Debuting in 2016, it is the first of MSC’s Vista-class ships, and sails the Mediterranean from three home ports: Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona. In 2019, the ship will set sail for North America, as MSC looks to capture the attention of more guests in the Western Hemisphere. Meraviglia is MSC’s largest ship to date, and is only fourth in size after Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels. It features a large indoor promenade with a massive LED “sky” dome that changes images throughout the day or for special occasions, as well as a large lido pool with an ample amount of loungers. Since MSC Meraviglia is such a large ship, those that prefer an intimate, small setting for a cruise should probably steer away. On the other hand, guests that want a large, technologically-advanced ship with lots of activities and dining options may find that Meraviglia fits the bill nicely. Families enjoy the aqua park with three water slides, Formula 1 virtual reality racecars, a flight simulator, and full-sized bowling alley. There are also kids clubs for toddlers all the way up to teens, where youth can make new friends, play games, and participate in fun activities.

MSC Meraviglia Entertainment

Adults will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the large open-deck aft pool area transforms into a dance and entertainment space at night. Twice a night, six days a week is a Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic show, in the ship’s specially-built Carousel Lounge. One is called “Sonor,” which centers on a villain out to steal “sound.” Viaggio, the second Cirque show, is filled with color, juggling, astonishing feats, and casts a happy vibe over the audience.

MSC Meraviglia Dining

MSC Cruises is known for their Italian ambiance and cuisine, but Meraviglia brings a bit of American tastes into the mix as well. A first for MSC is an American-style steakhouse called Butcher’s Cut, and a Teppanyaki and sushi bar - complete with all of the classic knife juggling and jokes that Japanese Teppanyaki lovers will recognize. A classic aboard MSC ships is the Italian marketplace chain Eataly, which comes in the form of a small, lighter fare venue on the promenade deck, as well as Eataly Ristorante Italiano, serving up exclusively Italian food. Eataly is also a learning experience, where you can get advice on Mediterranean cuisine from the experts, and purchase things like pasta and olive oil. On the main promenade lies French master chocolatier Chef Jean-Philippe Chocolate & Cafe. Detailed chocolate creations are set up in glass cases for guests to admire, and the chocolate desserts are, obviously, the highlight of the cafe.
Meraviglia has several main dining rooms, depending upon whether you choose a set or flexible dining time, each with its own ambiance and color scheme. The ship also offers a massive buffet with lots of food stations, like pasta, pizza, meats, and fruits and vegetables. Be sure not to miss the mozzarella area, where you can watch as the soft cheese, so popular in Italian dishes, is made right onboard. For a cocktail or beer, stop by the American-style Sports Bar, the Attic Club with a dancefloor and techno/house music, or the Sky Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lido deck.

MSC Meraviglia Staterooms

Interior cabins on MSC Meraviglia can accommodate two guests and are around 172 square feet, while oceanviews hold 2-4 guests, (depending on the layout) and run 161 - 194 square feet. Balcony rooms accommodate up to four guests and are just over 200 square feet, not counting the balcony space. The ship also offers connecting staterooms for larger families, studio cabins for solo travelers, and a variety of suites - including Yacht Club suites which come with priority check-in, butler service, access to Yacht Club restaurants, decks, and lounges, luxury cabin amenities, and more.

Sails from: Palermo, Sicily, Genoa, Italy, Barcelona, Spain

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4 out of 5

Amazing ship! by TravelinFam

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The cruise was a little different from what I'm used to but had a great time and and a great experience. Try everything you can on the ship especially the shows and restaurants.

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Best Cruise Ever by nomole

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Best cruise ever until departure to discover broken handle on luggage. This caused lots of issues on the remained of our European trip, mostly by train!

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Best Cruise Ever by twinss

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Best cruise ever until departure to discover broken handle on luggage. This caused lots of issues on the remained of our European trip, mostly by train!

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Would Do This Cruise Again by robertogan

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We really enjoyed this cruise but experienced cold weather and rain for the first two itinerary stops in France and Italy. Ports of call were excellent as was the ship and amenities. We loved that MSC honors previous cruisers status from other cruise lines or hotel or airline status.

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Great ports of call by ibeearn

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enjoyed the ports, shows, beautiful ship lackluster food. Was told by others that this cruise line caters to Europeans who enjoy entertainment over food. Not sure I believe that

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  • Total Passengers: 4500

  • Total Crew: 1400

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.21

  • Built: Feb 2017

  • Number of Decks: 16

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 0

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Musician says ...
Jan 09, 2018

Don't use the expensive bus which MSC presents to you but take a taxi, it's much cheaper and faster. Always check your bill, they charge you things you even didn't order.

Elle133 says ...
Jan 02, 2018

Reception desk (for bill dispute and lost and found). Long queue but its pretty quick. 5-6 counters. I requested for the EUR10 daily service charge to be waived. Done. No questions asked.

Gulliver56 says ...
Dec 20, 2017

I have no doubt that the MSC Yacht Club Area is the best option for a relaxed and peaceful vacation,

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