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Everything you need to know about our cruising
Everything you need to know about our cruising

You’ve never been on a cruise before but the idea inspires you. Still, you’re not totally sure what to expect or how to choose. If that describes you, then you’ve come to the right place, packed full of the information you need.
MSC offers all the quality and comfort of a 5-star hotel, and much more, at a great price.
Here are just some of the highlights that set MSC Cruises apart:
• elegant, modern cruise ships with comfortable, well-equipped cabins
• expertise and experience: discover the world with the Masters of the Sea
• wide choice of restaurants serving high-quality cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, as well as partnerships with market leaders like Eataly
• Broadway-style entertainment in stylish theatres seating up to 1,600 people
• friendly, well-trained personnel dedicated to providing the highest levels of service
• a special focus on families, with family cabins, kids’ entertainment programmes, and kids under 18 cruising for free when sharing a cabin with two adults* 
• lavish onboard spa offering a wide variety of relaxation areas and treatments

NOTE:

Starting  from summer 2016:

Children under the age of 13 years travelling with their parents in the same cabin cruise free of charge: only taxes and port dues, flights and transfers (where applicable) applies. This offer is subject to availability that changes according to the season, and must be confirmed at the time of booking.

Reasons to cruise

  • The ease of one destination. The beauty of many

    The ease of one destination. The beauty of many

    See your dream destinations all in one incredible itinerary. Meaning you only unpack once and can settle into your luxury suite for the whole of your voyage. No lugging suitcases. No repeated checking in and out. No interruptions to the pleasure of it all.
    Ships like cities on the sea

    Ships like cities on the sea

    The stylish ultramodern ships in the MSC Cruises fleet are much more than floating resorts, they’re like floating cities on the sea. And you live in the centre of town, with every attraction just a short stroll away - real Italian cafes, boutique and duty-free shopping, a vast choice of freshly-cooked authentic Mediterranean cuisine, a variety of speciality restaurants serving delicacies from around the world, a jogging track, mini golf, mini-bowling, basketball, tennis, swimming pools with whirlpool baths, sun decks and solariums, a gym, spa and beauty treatment centre, kids and teens’ clubs, virtual world gaming, designer bars and lounges, live music, a disco and a Broadway-scale theatre. Then there are laundry services, medical facilities and Internet cafes, in-room satellite TV and Wi-Fi. So you can stay connected in every way while away from it all.
    More activities than you’ve dreamed of

    More activities than you’ve dreamed of

    Whatever your interests, you’ll find a whole world to explore on the MSC Cruises’ ships. From sports facilities, spa treatments, poolside films, spectacular live shows, disco dancing, video gaming, a 4D cinema, arts & crafts workshops, dancing lessons and yoga to Mediterranean gourmet dining and speciality restaurants serving the finest of the world’s cuisine. And of course there’s a wealth of ways to simply slow down and regenerate, from magical Balinese massages and tranquil Zen area sunbathing to a sunset cocktail on deck, entranced by the peaceful rhythms of the waves.
    We work hard to make it all easy

    We work hard to make it all easy

    You leave holiday hassles behind you when you choose MSC Cruises. Because we take care of everything for you, making your holiday a real pleasure without any stress. You choose your ship, itinerary and cabin plus any money-saving packages. Then we take care of all the details. From your flight bookings and airport-to-ship transfers to your shore excursions, coordinating everything from a family reunion to group bookings and celebrations of special occasions. All of which leaves you just one thing to do: Enjoy the time of your life!
    Exotic explorations without worries

    Exotic explorations without worries

    An MSC cruise makes exploration relaxing because we do all the groundwork for you. That’s especially valuable when you want to experience the mystique of the world’s most exotic locations and cultures. Whether you opt for an independent adventure ashore or would rather benefit from a local guide to discover the local sights and secrets, our experts will take care of all the details. Leaving you to explore every destination just as you prefer, living every aspect to the full.
  • Uniquely romantic

    Uniquely romantic

    No holiday brings you relaxed, intimate moments together like an MSC cruise. From breakfast in bed and romantic gourmet dinners to dreamy couples massages, sunbathing in quiet niche areas, chilling by the pool, sharing the thrills of world-class shows, waltzing to dreamy classics or bopping to the latest hits, tempting luck together in the casino, then indulging in champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries in the cosy privacy of your suite. When you choose an MSC cruise you immerse yourselves in a world of choice and unforgettable explorations ashore to live the magic of romance every day you’re away.
    Unbeatable for all the family

    Unbeatable for all the family

    No other holiday can offer families more. Children get fantastic facilities all day, from pools and video gaming to their own cool clubs and dedicated social activities. All in a safe, supervised environment. So when their parents take off some time of their own, they can enjoy peace and quiet with peace of mind, savouring a romantic dinner together or enjoying a night out on the town on board, from the Broadway-scale theatre to the glamorous casino. And because there’s something for everyone at all hours, you can be sure the whole family will live a dream holiday with memories they’ll cherish for years.
    Friendships to celebrate

    Friendships to celebrate

    An MSC cruise is perfect for getting away as a group to explore the world and celebrate your friendship, whether you come from the same city, went to the same school or met on an Internet site devoted to the same hobby. And of course a cruise is also the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded souls from all over the world, coming together during the abundant activities and entertainment on offer, playing individual and team sports, relaxing after a spa treatment, over gourmet dining, at a show, in the casino or dancing 'til late. Our ships are expertly designed to provide the ideal environment and services for vibrant and romantic social occasions, savouring unforgettable moments together on voyages that enrich friendships and create the possibilities for encounters that change lives.

A holiday for everybody

A holiday for everybody

Cruising today is the first choice for people who want to explore the beauties of our world and relax every moment of the way. People who relish travelling in surroundings as spectacular as the stunning destinations they visit.
People who find everyday life quite hectic enough and love how a cruise frees one from the hassles of travel schedules, hotel bookings, constant packing and unpacking and searching out quality restaurants.
MSC Cruises welcomes all kinds of travellers aboard. Couples and honeymooners looking to cocoon themselves in an atmosphere as special as they feel. Families who want security for their kids, value our Kids Go Free programme and adore how the massive array of activities, services, clubs and facilities on board keeps everyone happy all day. Friends in search of fun.
People who relish the MSC Mediterranean lifestyle experience. People from all countries and all walks of life. People like you…
A holiday for everybody

How to choose your cruise

How to choose your cruise

How to choose your cruise

You might think there are as many ways to choose an MSC cruise as there are options to choose from. Because we offer a vast spectrum of itineraries around the world to inspire all tastes and interests. But don't worry, it’s really quite easy! Simply follow your desires.
Choose your cruise to explore a destination you’ve always longed to visit. Simply explore by departure date, destination or ship for all the details of your dream voyage to become clear.
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A day on board

Live each day exactly as you please

Your days aboard can be as relaxed and spontaneous or as structured as you like. Some travellers wake late, take breakfast in bed and let the day unfold to the rhythms of the sun and sea, lounging by the pool or reading in the shade of a secluded deck.
Others plan their day’s events in advance and rise at the crack of dawn to take advantage of the many scheduled activities and rich facilities on board. We work on the variety so you can play with the choice, living every day your way.
Live each day exactly as you please

Start the day

Breakfast is served in all its splendour from 7am – 10am, or you can call room service for continental breakfast in your cabin.
Start the day

See the sights you want the way you like

Our expert-designed excursions ensure you can make the most of your voyage, offering a vast choice so you can explore ashore just as you prefer. Join us in full-day tours, half-day excursions or short trips of just a couple of hours to discover your choice of art and architecture, archaeology and adventure, shopping or sightseeing.
What’s more, we don't just offer guided tours and city visits, but a tremendous array of adventure activities as well, including diving, snorkelling, 4x4 safaris, desert treks, glacier hikes and camel rides. Then there are visits to artist’s studios and botanical gardens, museums and galleries, local villages and global landmarks. They’ll make your every visit to a port of call an unforgettable journey of discovery.
See the sights you want the way you like

Morning activities

Each of our designer ships offers a vast array of facilities, allowing you to match your mood every morning as you ease or launch yourself into the day. Laze on tranquil sun decks or take a dive in the pools (adults-only and kids-only available), opt for a gentle game of bowling or a full workout in the gym, a leisurely round of mini golf or high-octane fun in the games arcade and 4D cinema.
Browse in the library or online in the Internet café. Or treat yourself to a sublime pampering massage in MSC Aurea Spa. Alternatively, make the moment a social occasion, joining in one of the many group games and general activities which are free and open to all.
Morning activities

Midday dining

Lunch is served in four different onboard restaurants at times that vary slightly depending on your ship and geographical location, but always offer full scope for a relaxed experience that lets you savour every moment.  Treat your taste buds to freshly prepared Mediterranean cuisine or the authentic delicacies from around the world served in our speciality restaurants. Make delicious a way of life.
Midday dining

Afternoon activities

Stroll the decks after lunch or treat yourself to a holiday gift in one of our classy boutiques or craft stalls. Ratchet up the pace with a game of tennis or badminton. Get creative with an arts & crafts class or give your body the care it deserves in the beauty salon. Try your luck in the casino or just relax over tea in one of the many delightful onboard cafés, watching the world go by and catching up with new friends.
Afternoon activities

Children and Teenagers

Our Kids’ and Teens’ Clubs give younger travellers every bit as much fun as the adults with their own special activities, dedicated facilities and innovative services such as Fun Time Dinners and Kids Around the Clock that keep the whole family smiling. Find out more.
Children and Teenagers

Evening dining

As day fades into night, explore the freshly-cooked creations of master chefs in a world tour of gourmet dining, from Mediterranean fusion cuisine to Asian delights, French bistro gastronomy, authentic Neapolitan pizzas, spicy all-time Tex-Mex favourites and more, depending on your choice of ship.
Whether you dine early to catch a show or linger ‘til late feasting with friends, you’ll find every meal an occasion to remember.
Evening dining

Into the night

Evenings take you into the world of art and entertainment - cabaret and dance, theatre, music and spectacular shows. Dance the night away in our glamorous lounges or join the crowd on the disco dance floor. Big on fun and open ‘til the small hours, you’ll be greeting tomorrow before you know it.
Into the night

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