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For award-winning, fantastic value cruises onboard a modern fleet of ships, look no further than MSC Cruises. Each and every vessel in the fleet exudes Italian style and hospitality from the moment you step onboard, making this impressive cruise line one of the leaders in cruise both to the Mediterranean and further afield for European travellers.

Boasting facilities that are perfect for guests of all ages, from spas and pool decks to live entertainment and clubs for kids, MSC provides the perfect holiday whether you're travelling alone, as a family or as a couple. What's more, with 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 for you.

Discount for Healthcare Workers

As the coronavirus pandemic broke out, millions of healthcare workers went above and beyond to provide exceptional service during the most challenging times. Now it's MSC Cruises' turn to give back with a discount of up to 50% on cruises which have been booked before 30th April 2021 and departing until the end of 2021. MSC's Thank You Discounts are available to NHS and private health workers, front line and back office workers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and those working in research laboratories, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after a difficult few months.

MSC Cruise Ships

When it comes to choosing the best ship to cruise on, MSC ships are divided into various classes which all offer something different for guests.

Class Ships Highlights
LiricaMSC Armonia
MSC Sinfonia
MSC Lirica
MSC Opera
Elegant, traditional cruising with a modern twist onboard mid-size ships
MusicaMSC Musica
MSC Orchestra
MSC Poesia
MSC Magnifica
Luxurious pool area and interactive kid's clubs
FantasiaMSC Fantasia
MSC Splendida
MSC Divina
MSC Preziosa
Large ships with huge theatres, sports facilities and lots of dining venues
MeravigliaMSC Meraviglia
MSC Bellissima
LED roof, waterslides and a high ropes course
Meraviglia PlusMSC Grandiosa
MSC Bellissima
Larger ships than the Meraviglia class with even more innovative features
SeasideMSC Seaside
MSC Seaview
MSC Seashore
Modern cruising with world-class entertainment and space for almost 6,000 guests

MSC Cruise Destinations

Often offering cruises from Italy, MSC Cruises have fantastic fly cruises to destinations including the Mediterranean, Europe, Caribbean, Canaries, South America, and Africa. Whether you're looking for some winter sun, Greek Island hopping or want to head further afield to Africa and beyond, MSC has the perfect itinerary for you.

Destinations Port of Call Highlights
MediterraneanBari, Naples, Cannes, Ibiza
CaribbeanBarbados, St. Lucia, Bahamas
Dubai, Abu Dhabi & QatarSir Bani Yas, Bahrain, Muscat
Northern EuropeHamburg, Le Havre, Dublin
United States & CanadaQuebec, Halifax, New York
South AfricaCape Town, Port Louis, Port Elizabeth
South AmericaRio de Janeiro, Salvador, Buenos Aires
AsiaHong Kong, Shanghai, Kagoshima

Shore Excursions

To help guests make the most out of their time in each port of call, MSC offer an impressive array of shore excursions. From slow-paced city tours to diving in and exploring the marine life, read our guide to the best Mediterranean shore excursions to find out more.

Ocean Cay Marine Reserve

Located in the western Bahamas, just 60 miles off the coast of Miami, sits the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, MSC's very own private island. If it's a slice of heaven that you're looking for, this corner of paradise is the perfect port of call during your Caribbean cruise. During your time here, you'll have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural world in an eco-friendly way, while at the same time experiencing just what the Bahamian spirit is. Boasting fun activities for all the family, a wealth of dining options and plenty of time to simply lay back on the white sand and feel the tropical sun on your skin, you'll treasure each and every minute you spend on MSC's Ocean Cay.

What to do

Being an island, Ocean Cay is of course perfect for trying your hand at a variety of watersports. Whether you'd like to stay above water on a paddle board or kayak, or you'd rather dive in and see what's waiting for you underneath the surface thanks to the snorkelling and scuba diving gear, you'll find the perfect way to explore these inviting waters.

Alternatively, if you'd like to spend your time on the island relaxing, there's more than enough opportunity to do just this. With private cabanas available for rent, sun loungers and even a spa where you can treat yourself to a massage, an afternoon of pampering is at your fingertips.

Where to eat and drink

When it comes to dining and drinking on MSC's Ocean Cay, you'll find everything from authentic Bahamian dishes to international favourites and, with five different venues to choose from, there's bound to be one that's perfect for you!

  • Seakers Buffet- an international buffet with Bahamian specialities, as well as American classics including burgers and hot dogs.
  • Lighthouse Bar- featuring drinks and live music at the base of the lighthouse, this bar is a great spot once the sun sets.
  • Springers- an authentic Bahamian bar serving all the colourful cocktails you could ask for.
  • Coffee Bar- speciality coffee served all day for those moments when you need a little kick.
  • Tiki Bars- dotted across the island, these tiki bars offer a wide range of drinks to keep you refreshed during your time on Ocean Cay.

Family

While MSC's Ocean Cay may be great for adults it's also fantastic for families, with so many facilities even the youngest guests can make the most out of this exclusive resort:

  • Family Lagoon Beach- this beach is designated for families, meaning the kids can splash around to their heart are content.
  • The Smiling Fish- an ice-cream parlour to help you cool down under the hot sun.
  • Lighthouse- go on an adventure with the little ones to the top of the lighthouse and be rewarded with the stunning views from the top.
  • MSC Excursions- daily excursions are organised for all the family to enjoy, including stargazing and family rafting.

Why choose MSC

MSC Yacht Club

Those who holiday with MSC Cruises regularly should consider joining the brilliant loyalty scheme: MSC Cruises Voyagers Club. With this programme you can start accumulating points from your very first MSC cruise, and quickly begin reaping a range of benefits and added extras. Seven ships - MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, and MSC Seaview - all offer some brilliant features to guests belonging to this club. These include stunning suites, each of which have 24-hour butler service, and a permanently stocked, complimentary minibar. These guests can also enjoy priority boarding, all-inclusive food and drink, exclusive restaurants with open dining, private shopping opportunities, and even the possibility to design their own cruise excursion.

Meet ZOE

MSC Cruises now boast their own in-cabin, voice-activated personal assistant: ZOE. Launching on MSC Bellissima, this fantastic piece of technology will also be found onboard MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa, and all future MSC Cruises ships. Designed to assist guests with as much as possible with their cruise, ZOE can offer information about cruise services, suggestions and advice, and can also help with booking various onboard services. She is connected to the cabin’s television, and can also be paired up with your smartphone for listening to personal music or podcasts. ZOE can be activated by simply saying ‘OK Zoe’, and then asking her just about any question regarding your cruise.

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Accessibility

If you require any assistance, please inform your Planet advisor at the time of booking.

  • Mobility – MSC Cruises are well equipped to accommodate those with mobility disabilities, with accessible cabins, decks and public areas.
  • Visual Impairments – many MSC ships have Braille signs in public areas, lifts and cabins and certified service dogs are allowed onboard.
  • Hearing impairments – passengers with hearing disabilities are asked to travel with a carer for safety reasons. TDD System kits are available on request but limited.
  • Dialysis – relevant treatment is available through the onboard medical facilities.

Martha Stewart Partnership

Adored by North Americans, domestic goddess Martha Stewart has been inspiring homemakers for many years. Her passion for all things culinary, discovery, and travel make her a natural choice for a partnership with MSC Cruises'. She's teamed up with the cruise line to hone a collection of fantastic Caribbean cruise excursions, an extra special holiday menu, and surprise gift packages onboard, all of which she feels 'encompass what I believe celebrations should include: good food, good company and commemorating great adventures'. Starting onboard MSC Seaside, cruisers will have the opportunity to get to know the real people and culture in the Caribbean, with adventures such as lessons from local fishermen, garden and farm tours, cooking classes, ocean horse riding, and visiting craft markets.

What's included

  • All meals including midnight buffet and afternoon tea
  • Broadway style shows
  • Fitness centre
  • Daily activities and events
  • Kids clubs
  • Bulter service with Yacht Club bookings

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Daytime Entertainment

Spa and fitness

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.

Recreation

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

Evening 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

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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, the extensive buffet, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late snacks, offering 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

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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

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Flexible Booking Terms


Stress Free Booking- cruise with MSC and enjoy Stress Free Booking where you can change your sail date free of charge up to 15 days prior to departure for just cruise bookings and up to 21 days prior for fly and cruise bookings.

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Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    Guests are encouraged to book onboard packages prior to sailing and use online check-in to limit contact. As well as assigned arrival times to aid social distancing and a mandatory medical questionnaire, guests will also be required to undergo temperature checks before boarding. Anyone displaying a fever or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to board.

  • Onboard

    Cleaning frequency onboard all ships will be increased including twice-daily cabin cleaning and a focus on regular touch points throughout the ship using hospital-grade disinfectants, with a deep clean at the end of each cruise. Additional onboard measures include table-service instead of buffet restaurants, smaller activity group sizes and reduced capacity in venues, outdoor areas and pools.

  • Medical

    All crew will undergo health screenings prior to the cruise and throughout their time onboard, and will be highly trained in MSC's new measures. There will also be an increase in medical staff onboard trained in how to treat COVID-19, as well as facilities with testing equipment, ventilators and isolation accommodation if needed.

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