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Why we love this cruise line
Italian-owned MSC Cruises is the world’s fourth-largest cruise line, with a 6% stake in the market. It has grown to be so popular because it has consistently given all of its guests outstanding cruising experiences. All twelve ships in the fleet were constructed with the highest quality of building materials and were designed to showcase the famous chic and elegant Italian style, with décor featuring marble, onyx and even Swarovski crystals. Each ship oozes simplistic glamour and is resplendent throughout, with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a passionate and friendly crew. Despite already being immensely popular, MSC Cruises are hoping to welcome more British passengers on to its ships and give them a taste of the Italian style of cruising that it is famous for.
Onboard each ship there are many things for people of all ages to do, as MSC is a family-run company and thinks it important to provide facilities for everyone in the family. While the kids enjoy fun activities in the youth club, adults can unwind in the MSC Aurea Spa or sample the lively bars, lounges, clubs and casino. The whole family will enjoy high-energy Broadway-style shows and dine in the many lavishly decorated dining rooms, where all food is freshly produced and ingredients are locally sourced. In addition to delicious authentic Italian cuisine, you can enjoy regional specialties inspired by places on your itinerary, as well as a number of speciality dining options, such as Japanese, Chinese and Tex-Mex.
What we love most about MSC Cruises is its all-round stylish approach to cruising. A cruise on an MSC ship invites you to sail the seas in sophistication and grace while enjoying some of the best entertainment and facilities at sea. Soak up the splendour, embrace the atmosphere and make the most of the stylish Italian way of cruising.
You will find many exciting activities onboard every MSC ship, with something for everyone. During the day you can enjoy some downtime by the pool or go for a refreshing swim, then challenge your family to a game of mini golf or a round of bowling. Keep active by playing basketball, volleyball and other competitive sports in the open-air sports court. When exploring the ship’s interior, be sure to browse through the art gallery and admire the fine pieces on display. Head to the Internet café to keep in touch with those back home or simply surf the web. For a quieter time, stop by the library and search through the large collection for a book that takes your fancy or head to the card room to enjoy a relaxing game of cards. Don your 3D glasses and spend a night at the 4D cinema watching a film and feel the amazing special effects jump out of the screen at you.
Onboard every ship you will find an abundance of shopping opportunities, with boutiques and stores offering a vast range of products at very reasonable prices. Shop around for that perfect gift, whether it’s for yourself or for a loved one. In the perfumery there are over 600 top-name fragrances on offer, whilst over at the MSC logo shop you will find many souvenirs and gift items emblazoned with the MSC logo. You will find a wide range of fashionable clothes and designer accessories for men, women and children in several stores. Satisfy your sweet tooth by paying a visit to the sweet shop, which has an abundance of delicious treats on offer. Whatever your preferences, you are bound to find plenty to do to keep you occupied and entertained for the full duration of your cruise.
Bars & Clubs
Nightlife onboard every MSC ship is exceptionally varied to cater to all preferences, so whether you’re after a lively night out full of music and dancing, or whether you want to spend the night socialising over a few drinks, there is a place for you.
During the day you can cool down with a refreshing cocktail at an outdoor bar after a long swim or a relaxing sunbathing session. Sports fans can watch the latest sporting events from around the world on large TV screens in the sports bar while they enjoy drinks and snacks. There are also Wii consoles and friendly competition is actively encouraged. Take some time out from enjoying the ship’s many facilities to enjoy a round of drinks at one of the bars in the ship’s lobby. Spend some time getting to know your fellow shipmates over a round of delicious cocktails before heading to your evening meal.
At the classy jazz bar you can enjoy a night full of quality live music and trendy drinks. For a quieter, more refined time, head to the cigar room, where you can soak up the elegant atmosphere and enjoy good conversation along with a selection of fine cigars and quality drinks. Head to the casino bar for a refreshing drink or two while trying your luck on the casino games. For a livelier night, head to the piano bar where everyone is encouraged to sing along to the live music. Show off your singing at karaoke nights and dance the night away in modern clubs, where DJs play a mixture of club classics and the latest hits.
Throughout the duration of your cruise, you can look forward to enjoying a wide range of dining options. MSC Cruises is proud of its rich Italian heritage, and so all of the restaurants offer food inspired by classic Italian cuisine. What you will also find are many dishes featuring delicious from places on your itinerary, giving you a chance to sample a broad array of food from many different cultures and places, with different choices available every day. All food is expertly prepared by professional chefs using locally sourced food and the freshest ingredients.
Each ship has a multi-level main dining room that features opulent décor and warm, ambient décor throughout. Here you can enjoy a traditional fine dining experience, with delicious cuisine and excellent waiter service guaranteed. For a more casual meal, head to a pizzeria to grab a fresh slice of pizza with your favorite toppings or enjoy a variety of food at a self-service buffet. Grab an ice-cream to cool off with while you enjoy exploring the outdoor decks or enjoy a coffee along with a light snack. Some of the ships have restaurants where you can enjoy more specialised cuisine. At the sushi bar, watch master chefs prepare fresh sushi, sashimi and tempura right before your eyes. Over at the Tex-Mex restaurant you can enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine and wash it all down with a tequila or margarita. If Chinese food is what you’re after, head to the Oriental restaurant where you can try a range of delicious Chinese cuisine from all over the country. When it comes to dining on MSC ships, variety is key, yet all dining experiences are of the same consistently high quality.
Each ship boasts a magnificent 1600 seat theater where you can watch two different shows every night. There is a great diversity of shows on offer so there is bound to be something for everyone. Watch a traditional variety show or enjoy a sophisticated classical opera. Be entertained by high-energy musicals or watch the incredible stunts and feats performed by circus acrobats. Marvel at the ingenious tricks performed by the magician or try to catch your breath as you watch a graceful dancing on ice show. As well as amazing special effects, all of the world-class shows have supremely talented cast members who always strive to put on the best show possible.
Health & Fitness
On every MSC ship you will find the luxurious and glamorous MSC Aurea Spa, whose decor is replete with gold tile flooring, natural stone and exotic woods to create a soothing, natural ambience. Here you are invited to relax and completely indulge yourself with the many different treatments on offer. Unwind in the sauna, have a long, hot soak in the whirlpool or let your cares float away as you enjoy a massage. Treat yourself to a therapeutic pampering session or enjoy the scents of aromatherapy. Allow yourself to feel reinvigorated and refreshed with specialised facials, thalassotherapy and anti-wrinkle treatments.
There is a fully-equipped state-of-the-art fitness center where you can work out and take part in aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes. When you want to work out in the open air, run or even walk a few laps around the power walking track whilst admiring beautiful panoramic views. If you need advice on fitness, diet or your general wellbeing consult the spa doctor to design a specially tailored health programme that fits all of your needs. All of the staff are professional fitness experts and are more than happy to help you make the most of the fitness center’s facilities.
When you want to look your best, the expert staff are at hand to create a dazzling new do for whatever occasion, whether you want to get glammed up for an evening meal or simply want a new hairstyle. Compliment your new look with a manicure and pedicure, along with moisturising treatments designed to leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Kids aged 3-17 can enjoy a wide variety of fun activities and interactive games in the youth clubs, which are supervised by friendly and entertaining staff members. These youth clubs cater for kids in three different age groups, with each one offering many age-appropriate activities. Kids aged 3-6 can join the Mini Club, where they can take part in treasure hunts, run about in the outdoor play area, go swimming, have fun parties and take part in shows. At the Junior’s Club, kids aged 7-11 can take part in talent shows and dance competitions, practice arts and crafts, play exciting video games in the arcade and, on some ships, splash about in the water park and ride the waterslide.
There are also many activities available for teens: they can take part in sports and games competitions, show off their moves at night-time dance contests and discos, compete in trivia competitions and treasure hunts and even take part in karaoke competitions. Vending machines provide tasty snacks and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks to cool off with. Teens are free to hang out, relax and make new friends in the teens’ area, which parents are not allowed to enter, giving teens a bit of freedom and time away from mom and dad. The MSC Cruises Teen Card allows teens a bit more freedom to make purchases onboard, with the parents setting the budget to ensure spending doesn’t go out of control.
With many exciting things for kids of all ages to do, you can explore the ship and many of the adult facilities safe in the knowledge that your kids will be having the time of their life in the youth clubs and may not want to leave!
Guests are not permitted to bring any alcoholic drinks onboard the ship. Alcohol will not be served to minors and guests under the age of 21 on cruises whose itinerary includes a port in the USA. MSC Cruises retains the right to confiscate alcohol brought onboard by guests. MSC Cruises also retains the right not to serve a guest alcohol if they feel the guest could be a danger or nuisance to themselves or others.
All children up to, but not including, the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when boarding otherwise they will not be permitted to board. Parents and guardians must accept full responsibility for the children they are travelling with. Minors are not allowed to order or consume alcoholic beverages, nor are they permitted to gamble in the casino. These restrictions apply for those up to the age of 21 for cruises whose itinerary includes a port in the USA.
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and can participate in shoreside excursions and activities so long as there is a parent or guardian present. Minors may not be left alone on the ship if the parents or guardians go ashore.
Throughout the day, casual attire is encouraged. For informal evenings, it is recommended that men should wear a lightweight jacket, while women should wear a summery dress. At Parties and Gala evenings, men should wear a dark suit, while women should wear an evening dress. For formal evenings, it is suggested that men wear a lightweight suit or dinner jacket, while for women cocktail dresses are recommended. Note that for excursions to religious sites, appropriate clothing is mandatory: knees and shoulders must be covered and low-cut tops are not permitted.
MSC Cruises has no minimum age requirement for infants on any of its ships.
Pregnant women are not permitted to cruise if they will enter or pass their 24th week of pregnancy at any point during the cruise. All pregnant women, no matter how many weeks they have been pregnant for, should consult a doctor prior to cruising to ensure they are fit enough to travel.
Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking in staterooms is actively discouraged, whilst smoking on stateroom balconies is not permitted. There are several bars onboard where smoking is permitted; there is also a smoking area on one side of the main outdoor pool deck area. All of these designated smoking areas are clearly indicated and provide ashtrays. Please note that cigarette butts must not be thrown overboard as they can be blown back onboard and start a fire.
The MSC staff do not expect any tips.
Wi-fi is available in numerous public areas throughout every ship; additionally, it is also in available in staterooms on MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa, whilst on all other ships you can access the Internet in your stateroom by using a cable available from the Information Desk. Once you have connected your device to the Internet, you will then need to select how much credit you require; this will be charged to your onboard account.
Only on the MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida can you rent a laptop for use throughout the ship from the Information Desk. MSC Yacht Club guests can rent laptops for free on all Fantasia class ships from the Concierge Desk.
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