The Mediterranean Way Of Life
MSC Cruises has the youngest, most modern fleet of all the world’s cruise lines. From three classic cruise ships in 2003, the cruise line is now a global force with 12 new, state-of-the-art ships, including 133,500 ton giants. All these new MSC cruise ships take after their godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren – they are beautiful, passionate and elegant Italian ships. From the genuine warmth of their Italian officers, to the Italian-inspired decor and the Mediterranean flavors of the MSC signature La Cucina Italiana cuisine, a cruise on these ships is a truly European experience.
From the fall of 2015 MSC will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean with the elegant MSC Divina. In December 2017 she will be followed by the MSC Seaside, the first ship of a revolutionary new cruise ship design.
The Kids 11 & Under Sail Free program makes MSC Cruises one of the best values in family cruising. Add to this the complimentary Kids Clubs and engaging play areas, plus a Teen Club and special places just for teens, and you have a fantastic vacation for all ages.
With MSC Cruises’ $100 per person deposit promotion, planning a cruise on MSC is easy. The reduced deposit promotion applies to all MSC ships and itineraries, and it is combinable with the Kids Sail Free promotion.
Being an Italian cruise line, MSC Cruises is of course one of the foremost experts in Mediterranean cruising. MSC cruise ships depart from all the major Mediterranean cruise ports, such as Genoa, Rome, Venice and Barcelona, and also from a dozen other ports. They cruise the Mediterranean year-round, offering some real bargains during the off-season. MSC Mediterranean cruises are mostly 7 days in length. You will also find MSC cruising the Caribbean, Northern Europe, and South America.
On MSC Cruises “Fine Italian Dining” does not mean you will be served pizza, or spaghetti with marinara sauce for dinner. No, dining on MSC Cruises is planned for the Italian gourmet – a seven course menu, including a different regional Italian specialty every night. La Cucina Italiana. And in addition to the elegant main restaurants, MSC’s new ships also offer themed and specialty restaurants, ranging from sushi bars to nouvelle French cuisine.
Dining in the main restaurants follows the time-honored 1st and 2nd seatings at assigned tables. It should be noted that the times vary by cruise region. In the Mediterranean 1st seating normally starts around 7:15 to 7:30 p.m., and 2nd seating around 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. (in Italy they do like to dine late). When cruising in Northern Europe or the Caribbean, seating times are around 6:00 p.m. for 1st seating and around 8:15 for 2nd seating. Being Italian ships, you can expect passengers to like to dress elegant for dinner.
MSC Cruises’ extravagant theater productions feature talented performers from around the world. In addition to a different show each evening, you can enjoy live music from jazz to classical in the many bars and lounges.
Cabins and Suites on MSC Cruises feature a stylish Italian design, with all the extras a modern cruise ship has to offer. Balcony cabins and Suites are especially well designed to give that feeling of some famous Italian designer having been involved in the planning.
The new giant ships MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia and MSC Splendida have an exclusive area, the Yacht Club, reserved for guests in suites. The Yacht Club includes a bar, solarium, 2 whirlpools, swimming pool, the Top Sail Observation Lounge, and butler service for the suite.
MSC Cruises’ new cruise ships come in three different “classes”. New cruise ships are usually ordered from shipyards as a series of cruise ships of similar design. This helps keep the cost of construction down. Cruise ship “classes” are used to describe such series of similarly designed ships.
The “Post-Panamax” class has MSC Cruises’ newest and largest ships. These giant ships are too large to pass through the Panama Canal, thus the “Post-Panamax” labelling. Ships in this class are MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia and MSC Splendida.
The “Musica” class has four equally magnificent ships, the MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, and MSC Poesia.
The “Contemporary” class includes the MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Opera, and MSC Sinfonia.