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At MSC Cruises our priority has always been to provide the best possible holiday experience in the safest environment, and never has this been more important than right now. As an industry cruise has faced many challenges over the last year but we are known for our adaptable and innovative approach and because of this we know that this is a storm we can most definitely weather. In August this year MSC Grandiosa safely restarted operations in the Mediterranean using strict health and safety protocols. We hope that our safe return to sailing in the Mediterranean for guests from Schengen countries shows that with robust health and safety protocols that a return to cruising is possible around the world, and we hope to welcome back British guests to our ships very soon. https://www.msccruises.co.uk/

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About MSC Cruises

The only European-owned cruise line with a big presence in North America, MSC offers a cosmopolitan experience with passengers from all over the world, visual entertainment that avoids language barriers and one of the most active nightlives in the industry.

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MSC Lirica
MSC Lirica

9 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

223 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 24, 2022
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MSC Splendida
MSC Splendida

6 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 25, 2021
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MSC Grandiosa
MSC Grandiosa (Photo: MSC Cruises)

6 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 3, 2021
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MSC Grandiosa
MSC Grandiosa (Photo: MSC Cruises)

7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Marella Cruises

7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Kusadasi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jul 24, 2022
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3 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Malaga
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 25, 2021
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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1 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

324 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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6 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 28, 2021
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17 Night
Grand Voyage CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 17, 2021
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5 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

1 Review
Leaving:Taormina
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 26, 2021
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15 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 26, 2022
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 29, 2022
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4 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 21, 2021
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130 Night
130 Night World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2022
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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5 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Brindisi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 28, 2021
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4 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 27, 2021
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3 Night
Grand Voyage CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 12, 2021
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6 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Madeira
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 16, 2022
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5 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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124 Night
124 Night World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2022
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5 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Apr 10, 2022
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Who goes on MSC cruise ships?

MSC Cruises is one of the most diverse cruise lines you can sail on with a multicultural mix of Italians, Brits, Spanish, Germans and French in the Mediterranean, with more North Americans in the Caribbean (but still lots of Italians and Spanish-speaking passengers), and a big local market in South Africa and South America.

You'll also come across all ages. The lively night scene means these ships work well for teens and younger cruisers, while the decent kids' clubs (particularly on the newer ships) and the clever arrangements of clustered family cabins mean a lot of families travel during school holidays.

Do I have to dress up on a MSC cruise?

Yes, a little. The usual dress code is informal during the day and smart-casual at night -- think nice trousers and shirt for men and nice pants/skirts with blouse or cocktail dress for women. There's usually one gala night per cruise, when black tie or dark suit and tie are encouraged for men, as is a formal dress for women. This is not enforced, but people do make an effort.

Is everything free on MSC cruises?

No, unless you're in one of the Yacht Club suites, and even then, not everything is included. MSC sells its cruises through a somewhat bewildering array of packages: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club. All include your accommodation, meals in specified restaurants and big-stage entertainment, along with basic coffee and tea, and select juices at breakfast and lunch.

Beyond that, perks and inclusions vary by which package you've purchased, with Bella having no additional inclusions and Aurea featuring unlimited beverages. The Yacht Club has the most inclusions, with extra dining venues for eating, spa thermal suite passes and most beverages (plus access to a personal butler and a dedicated Yacht Club lounge and pool).

What are MSC’s most popular activities?

The action onboard an MSC ship is nonstop, with cruisers flocking to participate in pool games, sports contests, shopping promotions, trivia, karaoke and filling the nightclubs until late. On newer ships, high-tech arcade games are all the rage, including a 4D cinema, laser maze, F1 simulator and bowling.

Many MSC cruisers are also just as happy to park themselves by a pool and stay there all day, and when the ship is in port, you'll find the vast majority of cruisers off the ship on ship-sponsored or independent tours.

Why go with MSC?

  • Mediterranean style in food and design
  • Specializes in Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises
  • MSC Yacht Club is a luxurious ship-within-a-ship for higher-spending passengers

Best for: Vacationers looking for an action-packed, around-the-clock party, plus families with kids on a budget

Not for: Recluses looking for a small ship feel with plenty of quiet spaces, penny pinchers looking to avoid extra expenses

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Inconsistent

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Cruise from hell

We chose this cruise as this is a new ship and we like to experience new vessels. Well where do I start ,got to southampton ,it then took 3 1/2 hours to board the ship,yes really 3 1/2 hours. Eventually got to... Read More
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sabresimba

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Terrible Cruise

It started with over a 3 hour queue to get on. Unfortunately we hadn't eaten and didn't think it would be necessary to bring food supplies. We got on just as they had shut the food outlets and our dinner slot was... Read More
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JAW745

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Awful guest services, bad food, underwhelming and sad

I'm gonna bullet point this *Sheila Dimaan at guest services was awful, argued about fixing an issue rather than fixing the issue. Got so bad we wanted off the boat, boy were they quick to try to make that... Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

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