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About MSC Cruises and MSC Yacht Club:

On the ships of MSC Cruises, guests will discover a perfect blend of European charm and modern Italian elegance.  Experience the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Italian officers.  Savor a steamy cappuccino or a refreshing gelato with an ever-changing view.  And taste the flavors of Italy offered by the signature La Cucina Italiana and New World Mediterranean cuisine.  Vacation with MSC Cruises and travel in unparalleled style with the world’s fastest growing cruise line.  Discover the comfortable luxury of their accommodations and their renowned European service and hospitality.  Step aboard and enjoy every moment on ships of Italian design christened by the fleets godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren, for she is the embodiment of who MSC is: Bella. Appassionata.  Italiana.  Which translates into beautiful, passionate and Italian-in any language.

Best for:

Couples and families with children (Kids under 11 sharing a cabin with two adults sail free and kids 17 and under sail at reduced rates on all MSC sailings) and travelers who desire traditional cruise experience on a large resort-style ship with an international flair.

MSC Cruises also offers an upscale booking option know as the MSC Yacht Club which provides a more luxurious experience, including a private swimming pool, 24 hour butler service and high end room amenities not available in other parts of the ship.  Guests of MSC Yacht Club also enjoy priority booking and exclusive access to ship facilities and services.

The ships of MSC Cruises:

  • MSC Armonia (1,544 passengers)
  • MSC Divina (3,502 passengers)
  • MSC Fantasia (3,274 passengers)
  • MSC Lirica (1,560 passengers)
  • MSC Magnifica (2,518 passengers)
  • MSC Meraviglia (4,500 passengers)
  • MSC Musica (2,550 passengers)
  • MSC Opera (1,712 passengers)
  • MSC Orchestra (2,550 passengers)
  • MSC Poesia (2,550 passengers)
  • MSC Preziosa (3.502 passengers)
  • MSC Seaside (Coming 2017)
  • MSC Sinfonia (1,544 passengers)
  • MSC Splendida (3.274 passengers)

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

MSC Cruises ships are modern and sophisticated and feature a strongly Italian-influenced ambiance.  The ships mainly cruse the Mediterranean and are primarily geared toward European travelers, but feature a wide range of travelers from all over the world.

While MSC Divina is Mediterranean-influenced like all the other ships in the fleet, updates were made to appeal to the North American market when she moved to Miami in November 2013.  To stick with the line’s Mediterranean heritage, many Italian companies partnered with MSC Divina for her move to Miami, including Segafredo Zanetti, Nutella, Eataly, Venchi Gelateria and Disaronno. At the same time, changes for the North American market included limiting smoking areas, staff training to become accustomed to North American passengers, English announcements, American favorites on the menu and more.

Destinations served:

  • Caribbean and Antilles
  • Mediterranean
  • South Africa
  • Aubu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman
  • Northern Europe
  • South America
  • MSC Grand Voyages


Mostly couples and families; the clientele has a more European/cosmopolitan feel, is very diverse and is more likely to include smokers. The Miami based MSC Divina caters to the North American market.

Policies regarding children onboard:

There are no formal programs for children under 3.  All cruises offer two clubs for children (Mini Club for 3 to 6; Junior’s club for 7 to 11) offering age-focused kids’ activities from arts and crafts to swimming, sports tournaments, treasure hunts, parties, live shows, talent contests and onboard adventures.  Kids 3 and under can access the kids club during designated “MSC Baby Time”. A parent/legal guardian must be present. The Teen Club is the perfect place for kids 13 to 17 to meet and have good time with planned activities and parties.  You can chill our of join in the everything from sports and games tournaments to MTV-style dance classes or the Virtual World Arcade.  For more information:

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