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MSC Cruises

The MSC Group (Mediterranean Shipping Company) was created in 1970, and is now the second largest container carrier, with a fleet of over 400 vessels. The cruise arm of the business began in the 1980’s and now carries well over 1 million passengers each year. A list of ships in the fleet is shown below, and there are also some videos. When you make booking you can choose from 5 experiences. Just click on the following link for more details of what is included in the MSC Experiences. When you cruise with MSC Cruises you are able to purchase various MSC beverage packages, although they are sometimes included free as part of a promotion.

Lirica Class (65,591 gross tonnes, carrying 1,984 passengers)

  • MSC Opera
  • MSC Lirica
  • MSC Sinfonia
  • MSC Armonia

Musica Class (92,409 gross tonnes, carrying 3,223 passengers)

Fantasia Class (137,936 gross tonnes, carrying 4,363 passengers)

Seaside Class (160,000 gross tonnes, carrying 5,179 passengers)

  • MSC Seaside
  • MSC Seaview (from June 2018)
  • TBA (from May 2021)

Meraviglia Class (167,600 gross tonnes carrying 5,714 passengers)

  • MSC Meraviglia (see video below)
  • MSC Bellissima (from March 2019)

Meraviglia-Plus Class (177,100 gross tonnes, carrying 6,330 passengers)

  • TBA (from October 2019)
  • TBA (from September 2020)

World Class (200,000+ gross tonnes)

  • TBA (from 2022)
  • TBA (from 2024)
  • TBA (from 2025)
  • TBA (from 2026)

Fantasia class ships and above all offer the MSC Yacht Club, which has a unique private club feel, with butler service and designer suites, all situated at the front of the ship. Other benefits of the MSC Yacht Club include dedicated priority check-in and check-out, exclusive venues onboard such as the Concierge Lounge and Top Sail Lounge, and direct private access to the MSC Aurea Spa. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included at the MSC Yacht Club venues, private restaurant and in the mini bar in your suite.

MSC offers cruises throughout the world, including South America, South Africa, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Transatlantic re-positioning voyages. There are usually departures from the UK during the summer, offering various itineraries including the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords.

There is a Mediterranean feel to their cruises, and the food is varied to suit the mixture of nationalities cruising with them, especially when in the Mediterranean. Entertainment is often visual, such as magicians, acrobats etc, to ensure that you can fully appreciate it whatever your nationality. There is the option to dine casually at a buffet in the evenings if you prefer, and you are able to get complimentary American coffee and teas 24 hours a day.

About MSC Cruises


(Page amended February 2018)