MSC originally started as an Italian cruise line, though the ships have been revamped and now only 2 liners offer Italian-style cruising. The company’s target market is couples, families, and single passengers. 12 ocean liners travel throughout Europe, United Arab Emirates, Caribbean, and on transatlantic voyages daily.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#4
msc
$149
4,500
7.0

The Good

Cruises are easily affordable, with a 3 day cruise available for less than $200 per person. Children under 11 years of age travel free. On select cruises, all inclusive drinks packages may be purchased for a couple dollars. MSC Cruise Lines also features an exclusive ship within a ship known as the MSC Yacht Club. This club features a set of air-conditioned suites featuring marble bathrooms, butler service, LCD televisions, Nintendo Wii consoles, and Internet access.

Enjoy outdoor pools, sports tournaments and tennis and volleyball courts. Sign up for complimentary classes including yoga or dance lessons. Relax at the Aurea Spa at an extra charge. Evening activities include casino gambling, live bands, and nightclubs. There is also a theater hosting nightly performances. Standard amenities found on all cruise ships include:

  • Specialty Restaurants
  • Bars and Lounges
  • Spa and Fitness Centers
  • Sports & Sports Tournaments
  • Pool Games
  • Live DJ
  • King and Queen of the Sea Contests
  • Live Music Bands
  • Theatre and Live Shows
  • Boutique Shopping
  • Casino
  • Beauty Salon

MSC has expanded in recent years in terms of the number of destinations travelers have to choose from. With their fleet, MSC Cruises is able to service more people and introduce them to new countries all around the world. Destinations for their cruise ships include:

  • Bermuda
  • South Caribbean
  • Northern Europe
  • South America
  • Transatlantic Grand Voyages
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Canary Islands and Morocco
  • South Africa
  • the United Arab Emirates

The dress code is resort casual onboard MSC ships in the evening. No jeans, T-shirts, or shorts are permitted in the dining venues after 6 p.m. for formal evenings, women are advised to wear cocktail dresses and men should expect to dress in suits or jackets and ties.

Valuable Insurance Protection is conveniently available with all of MSC Cruises’ packages. Troubles such as illness, medical emergencies, delayed flights or lost luggage can occur when you least anticipate them and may affect your vacation. Plans safeguard you before, during and after your trip with important insurance coverage, 24-hour emergency assistance services, identity theft protection and concierge services.

The Bad

Cuisine consists mainly of Italian and Mediterranean flair. There are several dining options to choose from while onboard. However, seating is pre-assigned at boarding and dinner times are also scheduled based on cabin selection. Guests have reported that the meals are of standard quality and were disappointed that dinners were not more gourmet style.

There are only two featured cruise trips at any given time where there are discounts on upcoming travel. With the number of cruise ships that run year-round, it is surprising that there are not more options. Also, the cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, and Europe can be rather expensive. The information is broken down below:

Featured Cruise Trips
  • Book 2016-2017 Caribbean Cruises from $449 per person and get up to $400 shipboard credit and a free beverage package
  • Balcony Staterooms from $799 on Mediterranean Cruises if booked before May 31, 2015
Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $379-$1,049 per person
  • Europe: $1049-$,2345 per person

Previous guests have complained that this charge does not give motivation to staff to assist travelers as they automatically get tipped no matter what. Many staff members are reported to not speak English.

Beverages are not included in the cruise fare and dining options are fairly limited. Offshore excursions cost extra. There is an automatic 15 percent hotel service charge tacked on daily to cover service by hotel staff. Other services that cost extra include:

  • photographer
  • casino
  • video games
  • 4D cinema (MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia and MSC Magnifica) and F1 simulator (only on MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia)
  • golf simulator (only on MSC Sinfonia)
  • bowling (only on MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica)
  • internet stations
  • hairdresser
  • barber
  • beauty salon
  • Turkish bath
  • sauna and massages
  • laundry and ironing.

You will be expected to arrive two hours before your scheduled departure to check-in. Announcements are made in several languages at ports, which can be a good or bad. It is nice that they announce port arrivals in several languages, but the constant overhead chatter can be an annoyance to some travelers. However, these announcements are only made at port arrivals, and the ship is generally quiet the rest of the time.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for an affordable cruise vacation that fits any budget, MSC Cruise Lines is a great choice for single passengers, families, and couple. Traveling overseas onboard MSC Cruise Lines is inexpensive, but with that comes less luxurious amenities and flexible options to choose from. If you desire luxury, you may want to consider another mainstream or premium ocean liner for your travelling needs.

The pros may out weigh the cons for MSC, but for best cruising experiences we recommend visiting our top rated cruise lines.

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Audience & Convenience

Target audience
  • Couples
  • Families
  • single passengers

Cruises are available from 3-25 days depending on location and are available year round.

Destinations for 2015 and 2016
  • Bermuda
  • South Caribbean
  • Northern Europe
  • South America
  • Transatlantic Grand Voyages
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Canary Islands and Morocco
  • South Africa
  • the United Arab Emirates

Transportation Services from airports to the ports

  • Transfers are available at extra charge.

Safety

Security

  • Ships crews undertake extensive training, certification, drills and scenarios for emergency situations, including the evacuation of a ship. All cruise ships have lifeboats, life rafts and life preservers for every person on board as well as additional capacity.

How do they prevent theft?

  • MSC Cruises, its employees and agents do not accept responsibility for loss, damage, or theft of guests’ luggage or other personal effects. The purchase of travel protection insurance is advised.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention? None

Vacation Protection
  • Valuable Insurance Protection is conveniently available with all of MSC Cruises’ packages. Troubles such as illness, medical emergencies, delayed flights or lost luggage can occur when you least anticipate them and may affect your vacation. Plans safeguard you before, during and after your trip with important insurance coverage, 24-hour emergency assistance services, identity theft protection and concierge services.

Price

Featured Cruise Trips
  • Book 2016-2017 Caribbean Cruises from $449 per person and get up to $400 shipboard credit and a free beverage package

Go ALL IN with up to $400 shipboard credit and relax with a Balinese spa treatment in the MSC Aurea Spa, indulge in one of our specialty restaurants, Ristorante Italia or Eataly Steakhouse or even take an exciting shore excursion. The possibilities are endless. And as an added bonus, book an ocean view or above and we’ll throw in a free beverage package with 20 drink vouchers per stateroom.

  • Balcony Staterooms from $799 on Mediterranean Cruises if booekd before May 31, 2015

Explore the Mediterranean destinations you’ve always dreamed about visiting with the people who know the Mediterranean the best! Sail on the crown jewels of the MSC Fleet, MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina or MSC Fantasia, while visiting the historic cities that make the Mediterranean famous. Make the most of your 7-night Mediterranean cruise with shore excursions designed just for you PLUS enjoy more time in port with late night stays in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and La Spezia, Italy.

Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $379-$1,049 per person
  • Europe: $1049-$,2345 per person.

Activities/Services

Standard on all cruise ships

  • Specialty Restaurants
  • Bars and Lounges
  • Spa and Fitness Centers
  • Sports & Sports Tournaments
  • Pool Games
  • Live DJ
  • King and Queen of the Sea Contests
  • Live Music Bands
  • Theatre and Live Shows
  • Boutique Shopping
  • Casino
  • Beauty Salon

What services/activities are unique?

  • MSC Yacht Club; MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia introduce the MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive ship within a ship offering the ultimate in luxury cruising, privacy and personalized service combined with world-class leisure and entertainment.

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

The following services are charged as extras:

  • photographer
  • casino
  • video games
  • 4D cinema (MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia and MSC Magnifica) and F1 simulator (only on MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia)
  • golf simulator (only on MSC Sinfonia)
  • bowling (only on MSC Splendida and MSC Magnifica)
  • internet stations
  • hairdresser
  • barber
  • beauty salon
  • Turkish bath
  • sauna and massages
  • laundry and ironing.

Contact Information

For assistance with your booking, please call 1.877.665.4655.

 

 

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    August 25th, 2015 San Bruno, CA

    I have sailed on MSC twice. Both times I had a fantastic cruise experience. I sailed on the Divina (really beautiful) and the Poesia. I felt the service was great and the food was pretty good. I only experienced 1 bad customer service experience on the Divina, but that didn’t determine the entire cruise. I think vacations are what you put into them. If you go on a cruise looking to find fault, you will probably be miserable and find fault. If you go on a cruise to relax and have a great experience, you will probably have a great time. I LOVED my MSC cruises!!!

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    August 23rd, 2015 Centralia, IL

    Good over all, some of the steaks warlike leather. Did not like have dress jp to eat and the buffet is you have. Lip snyc good, cleansess good. if you hike the upper class cruise its ok for the price.

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    August 23rd, 2015 Tacoma, WA

    My family enjoyed a 7 night eastern european cruise in July 2014. 2 adults and our then 8 year old son. The cruise it self was wonderful. The food was mediocre, we lived in Europe for several years, so it was not the I am American and do not like it, it was just a low quality that they tried their best to work with. Not bad at all, my wife is a travel agent and had a wonderful time, she agreed on the food, but there is so much you will find something you like.Kids sail free, so that is a huge bonus! Our little guy loved the deep salt water pool. I recommend the drink packages, the mix drinks are great, mixed well and not watered down. Overall great experience, well traveled, seasoned cruiser, it is a european cruise line and is a different experience, but different is a good thing.

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    August 20th, 2015 Albany, NY

    a vacation any vacation is what you make it your surrounding are how we see them and how we enjoy them if you are rude youll see rude if you are happy and of good faith and good intentions you will receive that in return people places and things do not make your life you do they just enhance it, MSC makes it so we can enhance our life with family and friends and look and enjoy beautiful things along the way
    thank you
    MSC

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    August 19th, 2015 Hollywood, FL

    The cruise Divina is the worst experience we had on a cruise line, food was the worst, customer service need a lot of training, we pay for balcony view and we had a crane view. MSC never again.

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    August 18th, 2015 Port Saint Lucie, FL

    Horrible. The cruise from hell. Made our Anniversary a living nightmare. Staff, crew and food was terrible. Should not be allowed in the US market. Go back to Europe and stay there, you would do us a great favor if you do. they don’t even care about complaints sent directly to CEO. Never again.

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    August 16th, 2015 Hollywood, FL

    MY experience with this cruise line was very bad. Divina was not divine at all. staff extremely rude!, food very mediocre. We have gone in every cruise line and we wanted to try MSC, NEVER AGAIN!. the cruise ships are beautiful. they have the European mentality, a non existent customer care, it does not work in US, then staff can hardly communicate in English. Overall very very BAD.

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    August 14th, 2015 Topeka, KS

    Don`t understand all the bad talk about MSC. We sailed on Divina last November and had a wonderful time. Had an oceanview room that was close to everything. Perfect location. Service was wonderful. Food was topnotch. Loved the time it took for the food. Did not feel rushed to get out of the diningroom. Entertainment was first rate. We are platinum on Princess. But plan to sail MSC again.

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    August 13th, 2015 Naples, FL

    Could not wait to get off that ship. Almost flew home from St. Maartin. Worst food and even worse service.
    Told us they did not have enough wash cloths! that was hysterical.
    Everyone we complained to could care less..
    Never again on MSC for us, EVER!

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    August 12th, 2015 Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Worst cruise experience ever on the MSC Proscia. The food was so bad that we actually lost weight on the 10 day cruise. Service in the dining room was awful. We called it the weight watcher cruise. Spend you dollars on a better cruise line. For a newly renovated ship and an Italian Cruise line I expected really great food. Spoiled shrimp cocktails, awful pastas, no chocolate desserts for 7 days. Soggy uncooked bacon, undercooked eggs, and the list could continue. Awful.

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    August 12th, 2015 Manitou Springs, CO

    We have taken several MSC cruises and for the most part enjoyed them accept the last one. We left from Southhampton, England and went to several great places in Portugal, Spain, France and England but it was mostly Europeans on board and they treat their children differently than Americans. Children are allowed to occupy bar seats while older adults must stand, children are allowed to “Play in the hot tub” while adults have to sit and wait for their turn, children occupy lounge chairs while adults search for any seat around the pool, they are allowed to yell and scream with no regard for anyone around them and parents are doing nothing but sitting around smoking and drinking – I found this very annoying especially since they are not paying a fare. The food was mediocre at best, people were getting on and off at every port so the halls were constantly filled with suitcases and I found the staff to be rude – with one man telling me he had 22 rooms to make up and this was his last day so he didn’t have time to tend to ours. We went on this particular cruise for rest and relaxation and got none – no more MSC!!!

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    August 11th, 2015 Huntsville, AL

    We sailed on the MSC Divina last November. The price for the cruise was the determining factor, and I wanted to compare it to Costa. My husband and I both enjoyed Costa more because the food was better on Costa (to our taste), the staff was much friendlier on Costa, and the activities on board were more fun on Costa. We did think the Divina was beautiful, our cabin steward was very nice, the cabin was very comfortable, the F1 experience was a blast (once you found it), and the ship had plenty to offer. I actually think that MSC was trying to Americanize their offerings, and many of the crew did not speak English. I would sail on them again, if the price was right.

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    August 10th, 2015 Manchester, MI

    The Cost was good we Traveled Last Christmas The ship was clean and the rooms were pretty large compared to other ships I have been on. The food was OK in the main dining room and the Food at the Steak House that was additional and expensive was not good at all we were disappointed. The service on deck was not good the waitress would walk by our table of empty drinks and not even look our way we would have to call her over and this was a regular issue. Overall it was OK but a few adjustments and it would be great.

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    August 10th, 2015 Mashpee, MA

    Where can I start! The MSC Divina. The wait staff was inexperienced and meals were always late. 8 people at a table and meals were brought out one at a time, Some were 10 minutes after others had started. No wine steward so the waiter had to go down to another level to get wine. Never enough chairs on deck. Slippery floors at the indoor pool area and officers just walked away when notified. Several people fell and the answer was a sign added, Over-charged at check out by $2,500 and they said they would look into it. It’s over one year and they have no answer after several calls. The only thing good was the cabin staff were excellent and the entertainment was very good. This was our twentieth cruise so we did have something to compare it to.

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    August 9th, 2015 Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Our experienced and cruise with MSC ( Divina) was awesome!!! was our first time to cruise with the company, we’ve been cruising with different cruise, and we can compare all of them, MSC, DIvina first we say great is the FOOD… indeed, delicious and lots of menus choices, the staff’s are awesome and over all the whole crew, the ship was amazingly fantastic…Salud!!! keep up the good work and Yes we’re booking for our next MSC cruise ( 4 of us who always go on a cruise….here we come…yay..

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    August 8th, 2015 Macungie, PA

    We did 2 back-to-back cruises on the beautiful DIVINA in September. … Should have done FOUR! ,,, We did not want to get off. … 14 days on a ship with a crew like this and you are bound to make friends. Thank you MSC Cruises USA. … You REALLY try. And you REALLY care.

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    August 8th, 2015 Gallitzin, PA

    I was on this cruise line for the first time last yr, hadn’t heard of it before then. Was on a type of “themed” cruise last Nov, Celtic Thunder and had fun. If you go on this ship, check out the glittery stairs in one of the main lobby areas/with elevators…loaded with swarovski crystals what a sight. Have been on other cruise lines that had better or worse or different variety of food, no major complaints in this area. Had this stuff that I thought was in a big bowl of milk one morning for breakfast with a long german type name which was basically muesli…oats, dried fruit, nuts, milk or yogurt and a banana taste too…it was so good i ate it every morning…not ONLY that but still…ha Lots of great areas with statues, busts, painted murals etc to take pics if you like doing that or posing for pics.

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    August 8th, 2015 Bronx, NY

    one of the best times I had on a cruise ship was my 4 days on the Divina, MY room, and the whole ship was a wonder, would go again tomorrow.

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    August 8th, 2015 Lakeland, FL

    We cruised on the Divina out of Miami in January. Worst cruise ever. I can relate to all of the negative comments, especially the food quality and language barrier.

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    August 7th, 2015 Miami, FL

    It was good, i went on a week long cruise during spring break. Eastern Caribbean

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