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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 2,549
  • Fleet: 19 Ships
  • Destinations: 26

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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.

  • 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.

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. This is valid for cruises booked up to and including 31st January 2021 departing before 30th April 2022.

Flexible Cruise Programme- if you already have a booking with MSC you can reschedule your cruise for no additional charge to any cruise with an embarkation date up until 31st December 2021. For bookings which are cruise only this can be done up to 48 hours before departure, or 96 hours before departure for fly cruise bookings.

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MSC Cruises 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.

  • Cleaning

    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.

  • Medical

    Onboard each MSC ship there will 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.

  • Onboard

    During an MSC cruise, the onboard experience will be adapted to ensure guest safety, with additional measures including table-service instead of buffet restaurants, smaller activity group sizes and reduced capacity in venues, outdoor areas and pools. What's more, innovative technology will ensure a safer, contactless onboard experience.

  • Crew

    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. They will also be required to wear face masks and gloves where needed.

  • Ashore

    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. They will also be required to wear face masks and gloves where needed.

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