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Founded in 1987, MSC Cruises is now one of the world's leaders in international shipping. The company emphasizes a strongly Mediterranean-influenced ambience on board its 19 ultra modern ships including the MSC Fantasia, MSC Opera and MSC Poesia. Expansion is the company's focus. Testament to this is its recent deployment of two brand new ships MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa.

Fine food prepared by highly acclaimed chefs is at the heart of every voyage with MSC. There is a whole range of dining options on board from fine dining to buffet style. These are only some of the exquisite onboard restaurants: 'Eataly', 'Kaito Sushi Bar', 'Asian Fusion Restaurant' and 'Silver Service Restaurant'.

MSC offers over 2000 carefully designed excursions and custom-made tours in 190 destinations and 73 countries around the world. The cruise company is also known for its fantastic entertainment: enjoy classical concerts, Cirque du Soleil acrobatic shows, Broadway- and Las Vegas-style theatre performances and much more. The company's partnerships with companies like Lego and Chicco mean that MSC cruises are ideal for your little sailors too.

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Dinner time is a highlight on every MSC Cruise. Therefore, it is advisable that you pack occasion wear in addition to casual wear. MSC offers Theme Parties both during the day and at night. Don't forget to bring your finest floral 60s and 70s attire for the Flower Glory Party, a white outfit for the White Party as well as Italian colours green, white and red for the MSC Little Italy Entertainment.

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Top Destinations

MSC Cruises immerses you in the chilled-out Mediterranean way of life on board and delivers excellent regional food, while stopping at some of the most fascinating coastal towns all around the world.

The cruise line’s repertoire of around 2000 quality shore excursions will help take the hassle out of sightseeing and allow you to get the most out of each destination. A lot of the MSC Cruises itineraries will have you dock at a fascinating new port every day!

Top Departure Ports

MSC Cruises are introducing Grand Voyage itineraries on board the beautiful MSC Poesia, these will be departing from Sydney starting in 2022:

  • MSC Cruises from Sydney
  • Also, check out cruises departing from these popular ports:

    Food & Drink

    Just like most other cruise lines, MSC features main restaurants that are included in the price of your cruise holiday and specialty dining that comes at an additional cost.

    Main restaurants include some or all of the following options, depending on the ship, and will always provide high quality cuisine:

    • Mediterranean dining
    • International dining
    • Meat carvery
    • Take-away station
    • Pasta station
    • Daily special corner
    • Wellness corner
    • Ethnic corner
    • Special diets corner
    • Kids corner
    • Dessert corner

    Dining times are pre-set, but you can choose an early or a late dinner – please do so at the time of booking. If none of that fits with your family meal times, you can go with the great My Choice dining option that costs a little extra.

    There is a great array of cuisines at specialty restaurants for when you feel like treating yourself to something extraordinary:

    • Latin American and Mexican
    • Asian
    • American-style steakhouse
    • Sushi and teppanyaki
    • French
    • Seafood

    Entertainment

    MSC is renowned for their spectacular onboard entertainment:

    • – Beautiful Broadway-scale theatres offer 80 different productions across the fleet
    • – Formal evenings
    • – Dance contests
    • – Talent shows
    • – Theme parties
    • – Karaoke nights
    • – Quizzes
    • – Costume balls
    • – Casino
    • – Live music

    Health & Fitness

    Maintaining your fitness regime on board an MSC cruise is easy and that with stunning ocean views. Whether you are into training alone, in a group or competing against others, you will find the perfect sport for you:

    • State-of-the-art gym
    • Aerobics
    • Pilates
    • Spinning and Hydro-spinning
    • Stretching
    • Step training
    • Personal training programmes
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Squash
    • Mini golf
    • Walking track

    Treat yourself to some well-deserved spa time on your cruise holiday, after all, MSC ships have plenty to offer when it comes to rejuvenation and relaxation:

    • Let yourself be pampered at the MSC Aurea Spa or the MEDI Spa Centre
    • Relax and soothe your senses at the Thermal Area
    • The Beauty and Hair Salons offer beautiful unique treatments
    • Men can take care of their looks at the dedicated Barber Shop

    Activities

    There is something new to experience on board the MSC ships around the clock. Activities are designed with the whole family in mind, so every member of your group will find one that’s perfect:

    • 4D cinemas
    • Family Game Show
    • Family disco
    • Library
    • Billiard room
    • Bowling
    • Formula1 simulator
    • Arcade games
    • Sport tournaments
    • Flight simulator
    • Shopping
    • Swimming pools

    Children

    Family cruises are a specialty for MSC. The cruise line pays extra attention to the needs of the youngest guests and their parents, so the whole family can have heaps of fun together and enjoy quality time separately.

    Onboard kids clubs cater to different age groups:

    • Baby Club, together with the baby care brand Chicco, is dedicated to MSC’s smallest passengers under 3 years old. You can leave your baby or toddler in the care of professional staff or stay and play with them.
    • Mini Club is a play haven for kids aged 3 to 6 years. The club is filled with stimulating games and activities provided by MSC’s partner, LEGO®, plus, the whole family is invited to the Doremi Family Disco.
    • Junior Club is designed with 7 to 11-year-olds in mind. They will enjoy sporting competitions, cooking classes, video games, singing, dancing and even acting in the company of their peers.
    • Young Club provides an opportunity to make friends to teens aged 12 to 14 years. They will be interacting and discovering, while being involved in some exciting activities, like tournaments and games.
    • Teen Club will bring the 15 to 17-year-olds together in dance contests, social network games, Xbox and Wii tournaments and much more.

    Dining as a family is made easy with MSC’s great kids’ options:

    • Age specific kids’ area menus
    • Children have the opportunity to feel all grown up and eat together with their peers rather than with the parents

    MSC’s Family Fun excursions let you enjoy shore excursions at your family’s pace, plus, kids get a special price on all shore excursions.

    The cruise line has gone as far as offering a dedicated baby laundry service, where baby and toddler clothes are washed separately, using a mild detergent and are sanitized at low temperatures.

    Heaps of cabins on board all MSC ships are inter-connected. You can also go with especially designed family cabins with a number of extra beds built in.

    Inclusive Amenities

    What is included in your cruise holiday price will depend on the type of experience you book. There are four to choose from, and they are all customized to what you expect out of your time on board.

    Bella is a great value experience with the following inclusions:

    • Accommodation
    • A range of special diets catered for
    • Buffet meals 20-hours a day
    • Varied theatre shows almost every day
    • Swimming pools at the pool area
    • Open-air sports facilities
    • Fitness centre
    • Most onboard entertainment
    • Selection of preferred dinner sitting (*where available)
    • MSC Voyagers Club points for later discounts and special offers
    • Zoe – virtual voice-activated personal cruise assistant (*on MSC Grandiosa and MSC Bellissima only)

    The Fantastica experience is designed to provide you with even more comfort and flexibility:

    • All of the above Bella inclusions
    • 24-hour room service with free delivery
    • Breakfast in your cabin free of charge
    • Extra activities for children
    • Chance to choose among the best available cabins
    • Priority in choice of dinner sitting (*for Balcony Cabin and Suite guests only)
    • One complimentary picture for each guest, taken during the Mediterranean Night at the Main Restaurants

    The Aurea experience is perfect for those looking for the ultimate all-inclusive comfort and can be booked on Balcony Cabins and Suites only:

    • All of the above Fantastica inclusions
    • An Easy Drink Package with a selection of draught beers, house wine, spirits, cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), soft drinks, fruit juices, bottled water and hot drinks included
    • Free access to the exclusive Sun Deck
    • A Wellbeing Package that includes one 60 minute massage, tanning booth, Spa welcome cocktail, private MediSpa doctor consultation, access to Thermal Area throughout cruise
    • MSC gift
    • Bathrobe, slippers and other relaxation amenities in cabin
    • Priority boarding and luggage at embarkation
    • Free choice of dining time with My Choice dining style

    If none of the above are enough and you are looking for exclusivity, luxury and privacy, the MSC Yacht Club experience is the one for you:

    • Luxuriously appointed Suites
    • Private upper decks
    • Private butler and concierge at your service
    • All-inclusive a la carte meals
    • Your preferred dining times
    • Private restaurant
    • Unlimited drinks throughout the ship and in the mini-bar
    • Access to the One Sun Deck and the Top Sail Lounge
    • Dedicated priority check-in and check-out
    • An Unlimited Internet Package for two devices

    COVID-19 Safety

    MSC’s strict health and safety protocols mean that you will feel like you are entering a safe bubble once on board. Please read through the following conditions before booking your dream cruise holiday:

    • Antigen testing will be carried out on both crew and guests before boarding the ship
    • Guests will be required to take one additional test during the cruise holiday
    • Staff members will be tested every 7 days
    • Passengers will have their temperature contactless measured every day
    • Medical Centres on board are fully equipped and are staffed with highly trained personnel
    • Shore excursions are carried out so that guests do not come in contact with people who have not been tested
    • The use of face masks is mandatory in most public spaces on board
    • Ships are only filled to 70% of their capacity to provide for proper social distancing
    • Hand sanitization is available throughout the ships
    • All onboard areas are sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant multiple times a day
    • You are able to change your departure date for free up to 15 days before your cruise

    For more information, please refer to the following: