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Cruises with MSC Cruises

For award-winning, fantastic value cruises onboard a modern fleet of ships, look no further than MSC Cruises. Exuding Italian style and hospitality from the moment you step onboard, MSC provides the perfect holiday in the Mediterranean and further afield, whether you're travelling alone, as a family or as a couple.

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MSC Cruises: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 1,837
  • Fleet: 18 Ships
  • Destinations: 25

Boasting facilities that are perfect for guests of any age, from spas and pool decks to live entertainment and clubs for kids, MSC makes your time onboard just as exciting as the destinations visited.

Family

MSC Cruises are a family-friendly cruise line and offer many amenities for all ages to enjoy, with dedicated kids' clubs designed to maximise the fun.

Kids’ clubs are available for different age groups and are free of charge. Activities such as live shows, arts and crafts, and sports tournaments are organised by the onboard entertainment staff from 9am to 10pm daily.

Club Ages Highlights
Baby Club0-3Music and rhythm activities
Mini Club4-6Arts and crafts, lego and a family disco
Junior Club7-11Masterchef at Sea, sports competitions and video games
Young Club12-14Sports tournaments and hi-tech games
Teen Club15-17Obstacle course, karaoke and teen disco

Dining

When it comes to dining, the food onboard MSC Cruises is nothing short of impressive, catering both for those who enjoy a traditional cruise schedule with set dining times, along with those that prefer more flexible dining options so they can eat whenever they feel like.

Main Restaurants

One of the most popular venues on each ship is the main restaurant where guests can enjoy world-class cuisine with a different menu everyday, ranging from international hit dishes to the flavours of the Mediterranean. For something a little more casual, and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late snacks, you'll find a whole range of different dishes including:

  • Meat carvery
  • Take Away station
  • Kids Area
  • Pasta Station
  • Wellness Corner
  • Dessert Corner

Speciality Restaurants

In addition, if you're looking for something a little more special, why not try out one of the signature speciality restaurants. While venues vary depending on the ship you're on, here are some of MSC Cruise's most popular places to eat:

  • Butcher's Cut- mouthwater cuts of meat and all the classic steakhouse sides
  • L'Atelier Bistro- fine French dining brought to the seas
  • Galaxy Kaito- freshly made Japanese dishes, dubbed some of the best sushi at sea
  • Ocean Cay- a sophisticated restaurant for all things seafood

Entertainment

From high-tech Broadway-influenced performances, to serene classical nocturnes, MSC has it all when it comes to entertainment.

Live shows

At night, entertainment ranges from a Brazilian carnival to dazzling shows featuring magicians, jugglers, acrobats and so much more. The Sailaway Party is also a big hit, led by the in-house dancing troupe, and inspires a real sense of solidarity amongst the passengers.

Bars and Lounges

Once the show is over, or you just didn't fancy watching a live show, head over to one of the many bars and lounges open during the evenings onboard MSC ships. From inside bars to al fresco drinks where you can admire the sunset, the perfect venue is waiting to be discovered:

  • Champagne Bar
  • Sports Bar
  • Wine Cocktails
  • Alchemist Bar
  • Martini Bar
  • Cigar Room
  • Wine & Beer Bar

Recreation

There's no better way to make the most out of your holiday by treating yourself to a few hours of pampering, which is why MSC cruise ships feature a luxurious spa and beauty salon. Here you can sit back and let the professionals treat you to anything from a massage and facial to a pedicure or haircut and style. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed to leave feeling brand new.

In addition, for anyone who enjoys staying active, there are plenty of facilities to take advantage of. From sports courts, if your idea of fun is a bit of friendly competition, to a gym for a more intensive, solo session on the exercise machines or free weights, there's no reason to miss out on your workout even when you're at sea.

In between shore excursions and evening entertainment, guests can stay busy by exploring the range of activities available once they step onboard. Each MSC ship has shops, an art gallery, library for guests to browse, as well as an ever-popular pool area where you can dive into the water or lounge in the sun. Other exciting facilities include:

  • Waterpark
  • Himalayan Bridge
  • Sky Walk
  • Zip Line
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MSC Cruises Ships

With MSC Cruises' innovative ships ranging from midsize to large, whether you're looking for a relaxing escape or a more resort-style cruise experience, the perfect cruise is waiting to take you on the voyage of your dreams.

MSC Cruises ship classes explained

  • Musica Mid-sized ships offering traditional yet modern European-style cruising.

  • Fantasia Large ships with huge theatres, sports facilities and lots of dining venues.

  • Seaside Modern cruising with world-class entertainment and space for almost 6,000 guests

  • Meraviglia Plus Bigger ships than the Meraviglia class with even more innovative features.

  • Lirica Elegant, traditional cruising with a modern twist onboard mid-size ships.

  • Meraviglia Big ships with exciting features including an LED roof, waterslides and a high ropes course.

MSC Cruises Highlights

MSC Cruises Destinations

Whether you're looking for a winter sun escape, a Greek Island hopping adventure, or want to head further afield to Africa and beyond, MSC has the perfect itinerary for you.

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Top FAQs

  • MSC Cruises use a cashless system, meaning you can pay using your credit card or charge things to your room if a card has been registered to your onboard account. Currency used will either be Euros or US Dollars depending on the itinerary.

  • While some entertainment is at available at an additional cost, MSC Cruises offer plenty of activities onboard included in your fare.

  • It is usual for a 7-night cruise to have two formal nights (Gala nights). Here guests should wear suits, tuxedos, floor-length gowns, or cocktail dresses.

  • An onboard newsletter is provided to guests every evening which details all cruise information for the following day. It includes onboard events, excursions, opening times for onboard bars and restaurants, shows, and helpful information about your next port such as the weather and arrival/departure time.

  • MSC Cruises are fairly relaxed when it comes to what to wear onboard, however they do offer a few suggestions for certain events. For Gala evenings women should wear smart attire such as a pant suit, cocktail dress, or gown, while men should wear a tuxedo, dinner jacket, or suit and tie. There could also be theme nights during your cruise with 60s and 70s-style clothing recommended for the Flower Glory Party, a smart white outfit for the White Party, and green, red, and white colours for the MSC Little Italy night.

Dining

  • It's best to let your cruise consultant know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. An MSC Special Needs Form will then be completed and passed on for your cruise. We advise that you also inform the restaurant manager once you are onboard.

  • Alcohol purchased outside of the ship is not allowed onboard for consumption, however it is possible to buy it in port as a souvenir to take home and hand it in for safe keeping until the end of your cruise. The crew may confiscate personal alcohol from guests at any time.

  • The age limit for alcohol consumption is 18, excluding itineraries that have stops in North America, where the age limit is 21.

  • Guests can enjoy room service 24 hours a day, including fresh pizza or light bites. Those on a Bella Experience booking will incur additional charges.

  • No, however, guests can order room service 24 hours a day, or visit the buffet which is open 20 hours per day.

Booking and Excursions

  • No, all MSC Cruise excursions come at an additional cost.

  • MSC Cruise excursions are often discounted when booking online before your cruise. You can do this on their website with your booking reference number or by asking your cruise consultant to help. It is also possible to book excursions while onboard, or with alternative companies. However, due to additional measures put in place due to coronavirus, guests can currently only go ashore on excursions organised by MSC Cruises.

  • MSC Cruises include gratuities in your cruise fare.

  • Yes, MSC Cruises offer their customers an opportunity to join their Voyager's Club. This comes with all sorts of great benefits which enhance with every cruise taken. For more information, see our Voyager's Club page.

  • When you have checked in, MSC Cruises will send you your e-tickets, embarkation form and luggage tags. Check all the information is correct and be sure to bring this paperwork with you when embarking. Luggage tags should be fastened to all your luggage in order for the crew to deliver it to your cabin once you are onboard.

MSC Cruises Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccinations

For embarkations and cruises from 24th July 2021, MSC Virtuosa welcomes both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Guests are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose and proof of vaccination (e.g. NHS app, vaccination card, certificate etc.) will need to be presented upon embarkation.

Covid-19 Testing

All unvaccinated guests and children 2 years and older, will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal, and evidence such as an email, SMS or a printed document will be accepted. At the cruise terminal, prior to boarding, all guests aged 2 and older must have a lateral flow test, fill in a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures

Onboard

Social distancing will be maintained throughout the cruise with assigned arrival times for boarding, reduced capacity in venues and in outdoor areas, smaller activity groups and a Remote Guest Service Centre to avoid queues.

Crew

As well as being trained in MSC's health and safety protocols, crew memebers must undergo health screenings before and during the cruise.

Cleaning

Thanks to the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, more frequent cleaning, especially of high-traffic touch points, as well as a deep clean after each cruise, MSC Cruises will adhere to high standards of cleanliness onboard.

Medical

MSC Cruises has increased the number of medical staff onboard, as well as testing equipment, free treatment for those with flu-like symptoms and isolation zones.

Excursions and Going Ashore

Guests can only disembark on a shore excursion that has been organised by the cruise line.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Insurance and Passport Requirements

Insurance

MSC Cruises' guests must have insurance active from time of booking to the end of the sailing which covers cruise, coronavirus cancellation and repatriation.

Passports

Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a valid passport to travel.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

Mediterranean cruises onboard MSC Seashore and MSC Seaside are cancelled for UK guests for the first half of August due to travel restrictions.

MSC Cruises' sailings are cancelled up to and including the follow dates per ship:

  • MSC Armonia- 28th June 2021 and from 20th August until 18th September 2021
  • MSC Bellissima- 9th May 2021
  • MSC Divina- 27th June 2021 and from 8th July until 12th September 2021
  • MSC Fantasia- 31st October 2021
  • MSC Grandiosa- 4th June 2021
  • MSC Lirica- 5th November 2021. MSC Lirica repositioning cruises on 7th November 2021 and 14th March 2022 are also cancelled.
  • MSC Magnifica- MSC Magnifica ex-UK 2021 programme has been cancelled
  • MSC Meraviglia- 26th June 2021 and from 3rd July until 11th September 2021
  • MSC Musica- 19th June 2021
  • MSC Opera- 23rd October 2021
  • MSC Orchestra- 4th June 2021
  • MSC Poesia- 21st October 2021. However, MSC Poesia's sailing on 24th October 2021 is cancelled.
  • MSC Preziosa- 10th June 2021
  • MSC Seaside- 3rd June 2021
  • MSC Seaview- 18th June 2021
  • MSC Sinfonia- 13th November 2021
  • MSC Splendida- 11th June 2021

If affected, we will be in touch soon with details on your options.

Future Cruise Credit

For all cruises cancelled by MSC Cruises guests will be offered 100% Future Cruise Credit equal to the original amount of the cruise fare paid. Guests will also receive a refundable ship board credit or an additional credit for 25% of the original cruise package value, depending on the cruise cancelled.

Please note that the additional 25% credit note and the ship board credit are not cumulable. If you have already redeemed an FCC to the value of 125% the voucher is only valued to the original cruise amount. There will not be an additional 25% credit.

The Future Cruise Credit must be redeemed by 30th September 2021 and is valid on all cruises currently on sale.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where PlanetCruise.com are the tour operator of the holiday.

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Flexible Booking Terms


Stress Free Booking- with MSC's Stress Free booking you can reschedule your cruise free of charge up to 15 days before departure for cruise only and up to 21 days before departure for fly and cruise. This is for cruises booked up until 30th September 2021 departing before 30th September 2022.

T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details


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