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Formed in the 1970s, MSC Cruises showcased affordable European cruising vacations at affordable prices. By the Millenium, MSC had commissioned a whole host of new ships including Lirica and Opera, meaning they now have an impressive 12 mid-sized ships. Larger vessels such as Musica hold up to 2550 passengers – its siblings include Orchestra, Poesia and the popular Magnifica which launched in 2010, finishing off the Musica class ships. The impressive Fantasia series can hold up to 3300 passengers, and supports forward-thinking features such as the award winning Yacht Club concept, which lets passengers enjoy a more opulent holiday with an exclusive pool area, interactive centre, 4D theatre and Formula One simulator.

MSC Cruises exudes Italian style and panache. It is the leader in Mediterranean cruising, focussing on holidays for European travellers. If a trip further afield is what you’re after, they also offer voyages to a variety of destinations – MSC Divina is docked in Miami as we speak.

MSC offer fantastic fly cruises to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean, Canaries, South America, South Africa and the Emirates. It is family friendly, and has great facilities for infants and teenagers.

New enhancements have been made to four of the twelve strong MSC Cruises fleet. Under the ambitious two year operation known as the Renaissance Programme, MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica have been re-sized and revitalized with exciting new on-board improvements.


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.

Pregnancy – pregnant women who have reached or exceeded 24 weeks of pregnancy cannot be permitted onboard for safety reasons

Dialysis – relevant treatment is available through the onboard medical facilities.

What's included

  • All meals including midnght buffet and afternoon tea
  • Broadway style shows
  • Fitness centre
  • Daily activities and events
  • Kids clubs
  • Bulter service with Yatch club bookings

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

The Sailaway Party is led by the in-house dancing troupe, and inspires a real sense of solidarity amongst the passengers. After you have set sail, join in on the basketball, football, mini golf, table tennis, and plenty of other sports compete in.

At night, entertainment ranges from a Brazilian carnival, to dazzling shows featuring magicians, jugglers, acrobats and so much more.

MSC offer the exciting Yacht Club, available on Fantasia, Splendida, Divina and Preziosa. With this award winning service, you can enjoy exclusive parts of the ship in privacy, be treated to personal butler service, and even have your own dining area in the restaurants.

The food onboard MSC Cruises is great, catering for those who enjoy a traditional cruise schedule with set dining times, along with those that prefer more flexible dining options, including a sushi bar and specialty Italian restaurant.

For lunch check out the buffet, serving a huge selection of salads, pasta and pizza, which you can grab and eat by the pool.

By night, tuck in to an indulgent 7-course dinner, creatively put together by forward-thinking chefs. The brand new Tex Mex specialty restaurant is also proving to be a huge hit, serving up the best of Mexican cuisine, like chunky enchiladas, fajitas and tacos, along with a cool Mexican beer, tequila or margarita.


No tips are requested on board.

Dress Code

The dress code during the day is generally casual, along with some formal evenings, providing the opportunity to get your glad-rags on.

MSC Cruises are a family friendly fleet and offer many amenities for all ages to enjoy. 

Kids’ clubs are available for three 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.