MSC’s family-friendly sailings

MSC Kids Clubs put the focus on children.  Image courtesy of MSC.
MSC Kids Clubs put the focus on children. Image courtesy of MSC.

MSC’s Divina now calls the Port of Miami home, providing travelers with a new option in cruising from the port- very good news for the family vacation. Here’s why: On MSC, kids 11 and under sail free and children aged 12-17 sail at a reduced rate.  No special promotion, no short term deal; it’s just their policy.

The line clearly wants that family demographic: they offer an outstanding children’s program that’s divided by age, the Mini Club (ages 3-6), Junior Club (ages 7-11), Y-Team (ages 12-14) and MSC Generation Teen Club (ages 15-17).  Kids will also a water park, basketball and soccer tournaments, volleyball, bowling in the Sports Bar, a kids’ newspaper, video games, a 4D Cinema and a Formula 1 Simulator, among other amenities.

The line also schedules time throughout the day to dedicate rooms to children’s activities, including family friendly entertainment shows in the Pantheon Theater.

MCS’s  DoReMi cooking program pairs chefs with children ages 3 to 11 to make pizza, cookies and pastries. MSC also offers Family Dinner Time, in which children are served their meals first.  Then, 45 minutes into the meal, counselors come in and bring the kids to the children’s areas, which are open late into the night.  That way, the family can eat together, but parents have time to enjoy their meal alone, as well.

Lest you think the line is ALL about children, know that adult offerings include a casino, a wine-mixing class in the La Cantina di Bacco Wine Bar, the adult-only Top 18 Solarium, a library, cigar lounge, the Aurea Spa and Aqua-Cycling classes.

In addition to discounted fares for kids MSC Cruises is now offering a “2-for-1 Plus” offer.  Guests can book half-price cruises, and choose one of three bonuses:

1. A complimentary beverage package

2. Pre-paid service charges, or

3. Up to $400 shipboard credit per stateroom.

This special is available on seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings and a special Brazil Positioning itinerary. (It’s also available on other MSC vessels.)

Reservations must be made by March 31, 2014.

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