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MSC Cruises South Africa 2014/2015

The bad news is that the next cruise season in South Africa is shorter, running from 28 Oct 2014 until 28 Mar 2015. The even worse news is that there'll only be one cruise ship frequenting our shores - the MSC Opera. These happening are the results of MSC being short of cruise ships as they send all their Lirica class ships in to be extended with nearly 200 cabins each.

24/7 Pediatric Services

12 July 2014. MSC Cruises becomes the first cruise company in the world to offer a 24/7 pediatric telemedicine service. The doctors on board the ships will be able to contact specialist pediatricians any time for a second opinion.

World Cup to be Broadcast

12 June 2014. MSC Cruises are the line to choose for footie fans - they're broadcasting all the Fifa World Cup games on board their ships.

Pirate Attack Simulation

On the 31st March 2014 crew on board the MSC Divina carried out a simulated pirate attack drill. This involved people on board a small pretend pirate boat firing shots & trying to board the Divina. The alarm on the ship was sounded & the International Maritime Piracy Reporting Centre contacted. The drill was carried out whilst the ship was off the coast of Oman.

Fifa 2014 World Cup & MSC Cruises

Two Gigantic New Ships being Built

  • 21 March 2014 : Not only are MSC Cruises busy extending the length of their existing ships, but they are also placing order for massive new ships, to add to their existing fleet of 12 ships. The cruise liner has placed an order with the shipyard, STX France, to build 2 gigantic ships. The new ships will be in a new class bigger than any of their existing 12 ships. The ships will be able to carry a maximum of 5,700 passengers (4,500 passengers if each cabin has 2 people in them). The cruise ship company also has an option to order another 2 ships to be built - if all 4 are built this will cost a total of USD4bn. If all goes according to plan, the new ships will start arriving in 2017.

As a result they're short of ships, and hence have cut the season short. The upshot is that cruise prices are very likely to spike, especially for cruises in December 2014, and the 2014/2015 cruise season is going to see the most expensive cruise prices ever. We saw something similar happen in the airline industry when capacity was taken away as a result of 1time airline and Velvet Sky going into liquidation in 2012. The spike in cruise prices is likely to be especially severe for December cruises. The good news for early bookers is that there are still a fair number of cruises on special. We write this because every cruise season there are loads of disappointed clients who cannot enjoy a December cruise holiday.

Food

MSC Cruises seduces its guests with the taste and flavour of Italian cuisine, as well as offering sumptuous dishes of international flavours, to satisfy any palate. There are also a la carte options, with exotic foods such as sushi available, upon reserving a table. Best of all, guests will also get to savour dishes typical of the countries they visit. They have added a variety of Indian dishes, which have been especially appreciated by vegetarians.

Plate of food on an MSC Cruise ship

Do you have specific diet requirements, for particular conditions and allergies, or simply because you are a vegetarian? MSC Cruises has considered this, and has asked their Chefs to develop a variety of customised meals, designed specifically for your personal needs.

Guests will be able to choose from a vast range of menus... some are also created specifically for children.

MSC Cruises offer FAR more cruises from Durban and Cape Town than any other cruise company. They will welcome you onboard for a wonderfully exclusive vacation in the best all-Italian style tradition. Their warm, Mediterranean hospitality will coax you into relaxation and enjoyment; where you will find yourself falling in love with this cruise experience, as thousands of passengers have found, year after year.

It's pretty amazing to see a ship being lengthened. Here's a video of the Balmoral cruise liner being stretched.

News

  • 28 February 2014: All inclusive drinks packages are now available for local cruises departing from South Africa. The Allegrissimo Adult Package is currently 31 US Dollars per person per day and the Allegrissimo Child package is 16.5 US Dollars per person per day.

  • 27 January 2015. It is announced that MSC Cruises wont be stationing cruise ships for cruises from the UK from early 2015.

  • 31 Aug 2014 to 9 Nov 2015 : The MSC Lirica class ships are going into the dry dock to be lengthened by 24m from 251m to 274m, with a new section created in the middle of the ships. The 4 Lirica class ships are the MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica (no surprise there) and the MSC Opera. Fincantieri has been appointed to carry out the reconstruction job, and it's understood this will take place in Palermo. A total of 49 crew rooms & 193 passenger cabins will be created, with an increase to the number of balcony cabins (most will get 88 more balcony cabins) being a focus. The MSC Opera is the ship which will be cruising South Africa's shores in 2014/2015, but she wont have been lengthened in time for that season, as her turn in the dry dock is from 2 May to 7 July 2015. Total passengers which can be carried is going to increase from 2069 to 2680.

    13 March 2014 : The MSC Orchestra arrives in Cairns, Australia. The first time that MSC Cruises has brought a ship to Australia. “I am thrilled to be bringing¬†MSC Orchestra¬†to Australian waters. I will be equally excited for our loyal passengers to have the chance to see the cruise ship in their home waters.” said Lynne Clarke, the MD of MSC Cruises.

  • 11 September 2013 : PTEK announces that it is going to supply MSC Cruises with its electronic poker tables.

  • 26 August 2013 : It is announced that Gianni Onorato will serve as Chief Executive of MSC Cruises from 2 September 2013. Gianni previously was President of Costa Crociere. Pierfranceso Vago will move from being Chief Executive of MSC Cruises to being executive Chairman.

Onboard Payments

8 November 2013 : Debit cards are no longer being accepted on any MSC Cruises vessel - cash and credit card only.

Jobs

If you're looking for a job with MSC Cruises, then email your CV to MscSoorrentoCrewPax@mscsorrento.com

Anniversaries, birthdays & Weddings

MSC Cruises provides the perfect setting for a special ceremony on board. For couples wishing to celebrate their wedding, renew their vows or simply declare their love in the uniquely romantic setting of the high seas, MSC Cruises would be happy to organise a symbolic ceremony on one of their ships. Imagine holding the event at an exclusive and romantic location on a cruise...it is a dream come true. (All Ceremonies onboard are symbolic and are not legally binding).

MSC Cruises offers three different types of packages that are available on all MSC Cruise destinations around the world. It is best to pre-book in order to confirm a specific date.

Care is taken to make sure it's a truly memorable day and that every requirement is met. MSC's Wedding planner will contact the guests before the cruise to plan the ceremony with them. They could even invite their friends and family, to make it an even more memorable experience.

If it's your anniversary, birthday or some other special occasion whilst on board then be sure to let reception know, so that they can arrange for a special treat or cake (there is an extra charge).

Shuffleboard on the top deck of the MSC Rhapsody

MSC Cruise Shops

There are shops on all the cruises where you can buy delicacies, MSC Cruises branded goods (shirts, toys, miniature cruise ships, etc...) and luxury goods. Here's a little toy truck with the MSC Cruises brand on it.

MSC Cruises branded toy truck

 

Fleet

MSC Orchestra
(International)

MSC Musica
(International)

MSC Sinfonia
(South Africa/International)

MSC Splendida
(International)

MSC Lirica
(International)

MSC Divina
(International)

MSC Preziosa

(International)

MSC Poesia
(International)

MSC Opera
(South Africa/International)

MSC Armonia
(International)

MSC Fantasia
(International)

MSC Magnifica
(International)

2 additional ships have been ordered to be built at the STX France shipyard, and if all goes according to plan they will be delivered from 2017 to 2019. There is also an option for 2 more, so a possible 4 more ships.

Jobs

MSC Cruises plans on hiring a lot more South Africans for the new season's cruises, in positions ranging from housekeeping to working in the casino, being a waiter or a shop assistant. Navigate to MSC jobs for more information.

Parties

The sail-away parties tend to be the most fun, so be sure to attend. Here's dancing at a sailaway party of the MSC Opera from Cape Town.

 

What makes it memorable

People are what make MSC Cruises so successful and memorable. Their highly qualified staff are dedicated to providing guests with a great service; this, and their well-known Italian hospitality and charm, makes a holiday onboard their ships a truly memorable one.

MSC Cruises is THE truly Italian cruise line with the most modern fleet in the world, designed to exceed every expectation.

Your every need can be taken care of no matter how large or small, nothing is too much trouble for the friendly MSC staff.

MSC Sinfonia cruise ship

History

The Mediterranean Shipping Company formally started life in 1970, when Gianlucci Aponte bought a ship called the Patricia. MSC Cruises was originally formed as Lauro Lines, when Gianlucci Aponte acquired Starlauro, a one-ship cruise line whose fleet consisted of the Achille Lauro.

 

Drinks

MSC offers a wide range of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Be sure to look out in your program to see if they have a demonstration of how to make the cocktails, like this showboating on an MSC Opera cruise from Cape Town to Mossel Bay:

Relaxation

Are you looking for a vacation which will rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit? MSC Cruise ships come with full spa and relaxation facilities - wellness centres - where, some time between a relaxing massage and a purifying sauna, you will be able to leave behind all the stress accumulated during the year, and regenerate you body and mind. What better time to make for the spa and relax?

You can enjoy beauty therapy treatments, do your hair or nails, or simply relax in the hands of MSC's Bali masseuses, for a satisfying spa and relax experience. Then be invigorated by some exercise in the gym with one of the MSC instructors or take part in one of the new yoga classes onboard the MSC Fantasia or MSC Splendida.

Children

With MSC Cruises, children will enjoy plenty of fun and games, along with other children and MSC entertainers, who organise different activities every day.

The onboard Mini Club is a meeting place for all the children to play and have fun. There are sports competitions for children of all ages, swimming pool games (on some ships only), as well as tasty snacks and treasure hunts. With so much to do, children will have ample opportunity to play games with other children! They also have a designated playroom for children.

Aboard MSC Cruises, children's holidays are fully taken care of, while the adults relax and enjoy their cruise in total bliss and relaxation.

A highly qualified staff member looks after the smaller children's needs, keeping them entertained, ensuring that their trip is filled with excitement.

Young travellers will want to be involved in shows, games and interactive activities. The MSC Cruises Mini Club is the ideal hangout for them, where they can let loose, play and have fun.

Kids can choose between menus specially designed to satisfy the taste palates as well as their nutritional needs.

Entertainment

Evenings on board offer a wide variety of fun and entertainment: guests can watch an international theatre show, be challenged in the games rooms, listen to a live band or classical act, dance the night away in the Disco or try their luck at the casino.

MSC evening shows are something not to be missed. They include many dance and mime acts so that the show is very visually orientated which appeals to all nationalities on board. Have a look at the video of a Michael Jackson Starwalker evening on the MSC Divina, cruising from Istanbul to Venice:

At the Casino you can play Roulette, the symbol of casinos worldwide, or try your hand at Trente et Quarante, one of the most popular games in European casinos. Or why not try chemin de fer, Poker, Punto Banco, Black Jack, Slot Machines or any others from a huge range of games?

For more outrageous fun, you can enrol in MSC's daytime dance classes, boogie the night away or sing your heart out at karaoke with friends.

For quieter moments, simply stretch out by the swimming pool with a speciality cocktail or visit the piano bar to be soothed by music.

There are specially designed areas for children's fun and games.

MSC Cruises offers certain themed cruises from cooking, to dance, to gym, musical or astrological.

Here's footage of a pirate show and tropical party on board an MSC Divina cruise to Istanbul:

  • We are often asked what the wall plugs are on board MSC cruise ships. It's easiest to explain with a photo:

Plug on board an MSC Cruise ship

 

The MSC Cruise fleet

MSC Cruises has four classes of ship to suit every passenger's needs. From smaller ships for the passenger wanting a more intimate feel to the new MSC Splendida which offers the latest in cruising experiences.

Melody class

The MSC Melody is no longer part of the MSC fleet as of January 2013. The MSC Melody was the only ship in the classic class.

Lirica class

This is made up of four ships all identical in their external appearance but all with their own individuality internally.

MSC Lirica

The MSC Lirica boasts a traditional but elegant feel making the passengers feel very comfortable throughout their cruise. The cosmopolitan atmostphere is reflected at two of the lounges onboard the ship: the Beverley Hills bar and the Lord Nelson pub. The meals at the restaurants are said to be tradtional Mediterranean dishes with an international influence. If you feel the need to be pampered, take time to relax at the Lirica Health Centre, MSC Liricawhich offers beauty and spa treatments. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent sea views.

MSC Lirica

  • Is 59,058 tons

  • Has 780 cabins

  • Can hold 1,560 passengers

Facilities 4 Restaurants, 7 Bars/Lounges, 1 Outdoor Bar, 2 Swimming Pools, 2 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Library, Children's Playroom.

MSC Opera

The MSC Opera is an elegant ship offering every conceivable comfort, with roomy areas where guests can gather with friends and family in classy surroundings.

Art Deco influences resonate throughout the MSC Opera reflected in geometric shapes and delicate colours. Subtle elegance shows through the gleaming marble flooring and vast windows facing straight onto the sea. The ambience is understated and very relaxing. The 856 cabins, many with private balconies, are large, airy and spacious. The South African representatives used to be Starlight Cruises, however they were bought out by MSC Cruises.MSC Opera

MSC Opera

  • Is 59,058 tons

  • Has 856 cabins

  • Can hold 1,712 passengers

Facilities 4 Restaurants, 7 Bars/Lounges, 1 Outdoor Bar, 2 Swimming Pools, 2 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Library, Children's Playroom.

MSC Sinfonia

The MSC Sinfonia is known for her style and relaxing atmosphere, made even more welcoming by a quality crew selected in true MSC Cruises style. Onboard the MSC Sinfonia guests can practice one of the most relaxing and fashionable sports of our day... golf! MSC Sinfonia has a cutting-edge Virtual Golf Simulator. This allows the golf fanatics to keep swinging even when they are far away from a course. Between the nightly entertainment acts or the discotheque, there is always something to keep you on MSC Sinfoniayour toes. The South African representatives used to be Starlight Cruises, however they were bought out by MSC Cruises.

MSC Sinfona

  • Is 58,625 tons

  • Has 777 cabins

  • Can hold 1,554 passengers

Facilities

4 Restaurants, 9 Bars/Lounges, 1 Outdoor Bar, 2 Swimming Pools, 2 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Library, Children's Playroom, Teenagers Club.

MSC Armonia

The MSC Armonia was built and launched in 2001. The ship was then bought and refurbished in 2004 with modern amenities by MSC Cruises. The Italian name literally translates to 'harmony' which is exactly the atmosphere that has been created on the MSC Armonialuxury cruise liner.

MSC Armonia

  • Is 58,625 tons

  • Has 777 cabins

  • Can hold 1,554 passengers

Facilities

4 Restaurants, 9 Bars/Lounges, 1 Outdoor Bar, 2 Swimming Pools, 2 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Library, Children's Playroom, Teenagers area.

Musica Class

The Musica class is made up of 4 fantastic ships each with their own character.

MSC Musica

The MSC Musica came into service in 2006 and was the first ship to be added into the "Musica class" fleet. The ship boasts spacious staterooms as well as balcony suites, being the majority. The most specular site to be seen on the ship is the lit up three-tier waterfall and piano. They have been suspended over a crystal floor above a pool of luminous water, located in the MSC Musicacentral foyer. The MSC Musica is a reflection of elegance and sophistication and you can be sure to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere whilst cruising to your ideal location.

MSC Musica

  • Is 92,409 tons

  • Has 1,275 cabins

  • Can hold 2,550 passengers

Facilities

5 Restaurants, 11 Bars/Lounges, 2 Outdoor Bars, 3 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 4 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Children's play room.

MSC Orchestra

As her name suggests, the MSC Orchestra is the perfect blend of design, luxury and safety. She was the second ship in the MSC fleet so be built to the Musica design. The ship is 293.8 metres in length and has a beam of 32.20 metres. Her gross tonnage is 92,409 and she can carry 2 550 passengers at full capacity.

If you're looking for a cruise to South America, Northern Europe or a Mediterranean cruise, the MSC Orchestra is the cruise liner to MSC Orchestrachoose.

MSC Orchestra

  • Is 92,409 tons

  • Has 1,275 Cabins

  • Can hold 2,550 passengers

Facilities

5 Restaurants, 11 Bars/Lounges, 2 Outdoor Bars, 3 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 4 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Children's play room.

MSC Magnifica

The MSC Magnifica has been described as being "opulent and magnificent" by MSC Cruises. This ship is luxurious and majestic beyond any other cruise liner. She was built in Saint-Nazaire from January 2009 until January 2010 and entered service in March 2010. The Magnifica was built to the Musica class design and is 293.8 metres long with a beam of 32.2 metres high. The ship weighs 93,330 gross tons and can reach a speed of 43 km per hour. She has 1259 cabins that can carry 3605 passengers at full capacity.

If you're looking for a cruise around the Western Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Scandanavia in style, this is the ship to MSC Magnificacruise on.

MSC Magnifica

  • Is 93,300 tons

  • Has 1,275 Cabins

  • Can hold 2,550 passengers

Facilities

5 Restaurants, 10 Bars/Lounges, 2 Outdoor Bars, 2 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 7 Spa Baths, Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Children's play room.

MSC Poesia

MSC Poesia was made to offer the latest eco-technology whilst still allowing her passengers to cruise with the utmost comfort and luxury. The MSC Poesia boasts a waterfall with bridges, a Zen garden at the sushi bar and a spectacular 1,115 square metres foot spa. From a balcony overlooking the ocean and a star-filled sky accompanied by the sounds of a Verdi aria, mingling with the samba rhythms from the poolside party ... an abundance of emotions will flow.

Newly christened in Dover in April 2008, MSC Poesia captivates everyone with her graceful beauty. She also features 809 outside cabins with balconies. Whether your clients are honeymooners, a family with children or simply wanting a cruise of a lifetime, MSC PoesiaMSC Poesia would be their perfect choice.

MSC Poesia

  • Is 93,330 tons

  • Has 1,275 cabins

  • Can hold 2,550 passengers

Facilities

5 Restaurants, 11 Bars/Lounges, 2 Outdoor Bars, 3 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 4 Spa Baths, Aurea Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, Casino, Discotheque, Games room, Shopping area, Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Children's play room.

Fantasia Class
MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia is the largest ship ever built for a European ship owner.

A travelling destination in itself that offers the maximum in entertainment and well-being. For the first time ever, our valued customers will be able to walk on a Swarovski crystal staircase and this is just the start of the luxury that awaits you onboard this magnificent ship. Just wait until you stare at the stars through the transparent ceiling!

For the pampered soul, MSC Aurea Spa wellbeing centre is the place you need to be. The spa offers a wide variety of treatments ranging from massages to thalassotherapy.

MSC Fantasia is the first MSC ship with an exclusive VIP area: the MSC Yacht Club with 99 spacious suites, a bar, solarium, 2 hydro-massage pools, 1 skydome swimming pool, a reserved observation lounge with bar, Concierge and the Top Sail Lounge at the front where glass windows will enable guests to make the most of the amazing views.

MSC FantasiaAll the furnishings have been carefully chosen for their elegance and sophistication.

MSC Fantasia

  • Is 133,500 tons

  • Has 1,637 cabins

  • Can hold 3,274 passengers

Facilities

6 Restaurants, 11 Bars/Lounges, 3 Outdoor Bars, 5 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 12 Spa Baths, Aurea Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Theatre, 4D Cinema and outdoor Cinema, Casino, Discotheque, Shopping area , Formula 1 Virtual Simulator, Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Teens Discotheque/Karaoke, Children's area, Teens arcade.

MSC Splendida

The MSC Splendida was built as a sister ship to the MSC Fantasia, and was modelled on her design. These ships were designed to be a perfect mix of innovation, technology, luxury and comfort. She entered service in March 2009 and embarked on her maiden voyage around the Mediterranean on the 4th July 2009.

She is a large ship, able to carry 3900 passengers and 1313 crew at full capacity. The ship weighs 133,500 gross tons and her length is 333.30 metres with a beam of 37.98 metres.

The builders of the Splendida, built her with the environment in mind. She has earned the title of "Eco Ship" due to the built-in systems that ensure she is energy-saving and protective of the environment.

The 2012 cruise season sees the MSC Splendida cruising around the Mediterranean, stopping at ports around Italy, Spain, Tunisia MSC Splendidaand Malta.

MSC Splendida

  • Is 133,500 tons

  • Has 1,637 cabins

  • Can hold 3,274 passengers

Facilities

6 Restaurants, 13 Bars/Lounges, 4 Outdoor Bars, 5 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 14 Spa Baths, Aurea Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Acqua Park, Theatre, 4D Cinema and outdoor Cinema, Casino, Discotheque, Shopping area , Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Teens Discotheque/Karaoke, Children's area, Teens arcade.

MSC Divina

In May 2012, a divine new ship heads out into the ocean. The MSC Divina is the third of the Fantasia-class cruise ships and will be even more breathtaking than her predecessors, the MSC Fantasia and the MSC Splendida. In Southern Africa we have experienced the Musica-class cruise ships, the older MSC Melody (which have now left our waters), MSC Sinfonia and now also the newer MSC Opera.

Sophia Loren christened this incredible ship during May 2012. If it was good enough for this silver screen goddess, it's most MSC Divinacertainly good enough for me.

MSC Divina

  • Is 133,500 tons

  • Has 1,637 cabins

  • Can hold 3,274 passengers

Facilities

Restaurants, 13 Bars/Lounges, 3 Outdoor Bars, 4 Swimming Pools (1 for Children), 12 Spa Baths, Aurea Spa/Relax area, Gym & Sports activities, Acqua Park, Formula 1 Virtual Simulator, Theatre, 4D Cinema and outdoor Cinema, Casino, Discotheque, Shopping area , Photo Shop & Gallery, Art Gallery, Library, Teens Discotheque/Karaoke, Children's area, Teens arcade.

MSC Preziosa

The MSC Preziosa, sister ship to MSC Divina, boasts an inifinty pool and the exclusive MSC Yacht Club.

Destinations

From the sunshine of the Mediterranean to safaris in South Africa, MSC offer a range of cruises for everybody.

MEDITERRANEAN

MSC Cruises' origin is in the Mediterranean. Their familiarity with the Mediterranean's hidden secrets, its famous ports and its most suggestive beaches is second to none. The MSC's Mediterranean cruises offer you new, itineraries every year.

Your can discover the majestic Ephesian ruins in Turkey, see the imposing Athenian Acropolis and let the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece take your breath away. Some Mediterranean cruises also cross the Dardanelle straits to visit Yalta and Odessa - the summer homes of Russian Tsars.

MSC`s Mediterranean cruises visit Corsica, Sicily and Capri in Italy, Capri being known as the island of love, famous the world over for its inspiration to art and poetry. You could find romance on a Venetian gondola, relish Naples for its famous food, and catch a spicy flamenco show in Spain. Flea market lovers would adore labyrinthine Turkish bazaars and North African Kasbahs. Sun seekers can simply embrace the pristine Greek beaches.

Santorini

NORTHERN EUROPE

MSC Cruises invites you aboard their Northern Europe cruises, to discover the allure of the landscape. You will be amazed by the magnificent terrain, pure and untouched. The Northern Europe cruise takes you to stark and rugged mountainous terrain, to discover the most evocative cities. Encounter spectacular scenery along coastal Scotland and England, an experience beyond compare. MSC's Northern Europe cruises promise a truly unique experience, whether it is exploring the colourful Baltic capitals, the spiritual North Cape, or the immaculate Norwegian fjords.

You can enjoy the verdant, dramatic scenery of the fjords, and some of the world's most thriving modern cities and cultural centres. A northern European voyage gives you a chance to see nature (and culture) as its most pristine whilst enjoying it in true style and comfort.

GRAND CRUISES

Go all out on an epic, transatlantic cruise with MSC, spanning continents and crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Depart from Italy in Europe and visit France, Spain, and Madeira. You will enjoy long days at sea with the endless horizon stretching ahead of you, until you reach vivacious Brazil, South America.

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers of history as you journey across the Atlantic Ocean, stopping for you to experience different islands and cities along the way. Explore the Greek Islands, stand atop Gibraltar Rock or stroll through the charming countryside of Denmark. Start your journey from Genoa, Venice, Cape Town, Fort De France, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Port Everglades or the new port of Sharm ash Shaykh. Your cruise will take you to ports in Spain, the USA, St. Lucia, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, England, France, Brazil, and Morocco.

CARIBBEAN AND ANTILLES

Caribbean cruises onboard an elegant MSC Cruise ship brings you the best of both worlds - sun-drenched tropical landscapes to play in, and the comforts of a well-designed ship to return to. Set against hot sultry weather, idyllic shores and crystal-clear waters, Caribbean cruises take their passengers to locations like the Bahamas, Antigua, Jamaica, Cayman Islands & Saint Lucia. Enjoy the quality of great onboard service on the Caribbean cruises, matching the warm tropical weather of the Caribbean with the heartfelt hospitality of the Mediterranean.

You can also add pre and post stays to your MSC cruise ensuring that you get the maximum enjoyment out of your holiday. You have a choice of 3*, 4* or 5* onshore Caribbean accommodation to choose from at very competitive prices. (Subject to availability at the time of booking).

Puerto Cruz

SOUTH AMERICA

Start your journey of this beautiful part of the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil and stop at ports all around Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Experience Latin culture, learn to dance the Samba or Tango and marvel at the breathtaking sights of South America.

Follow in the footsteps of the explorers and be astonished by the vivid landscapes and forests of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil. Enjoy the best steak in Buenos Aires, party the night away in Rio de Janeiro and laze away your days on the famous Copacabana Beach.

Rio de Janeiro

SOUTH AFRICA

Known as Man's primordial birthplace and home to some of the most amazing wildlife and impressive natural wonders, South Africa holds a special place in the imagination.

With MSC Cruises, you can follow the majestic coastline of South Africa to the bustling city of Durban at its southern tip, and travel to the exotic islands of Mozambique, Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar, enjoying idyllic beaches and spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

Lovers of nature and excitement will be pleased to know that South African cruises could be followed by a three day safari excursion in Durban. You can see the famed South African animals in their natural habitat, close up, and open their eyes to a whole new world.

Cape Town

RED SEA

Travelling through the ancient countries of Egypt, Israel and Jordan, you will be amazed at the rich history which will unfold before you. From the MSC Armonia, you will see that beauty abounds in the Red Sea, with its delicate coral reefs and rainbow coloured fish.

Red Sea

MSC Yacht Club

MSC Yacht Club is on board MSC's three largest ships - the MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Divina. Launched in July 2009, the MSC Yacht Club represents refined surroundings, tailored services and programmes specifically designed to indulge your every whim.

Dreams of the utmost luxury and pampering will become reality; the MSC's highest trained and dedicated professionals, combined with the elegant surroundings of our magnificent ship, create a new standard in comfort and personalised service.

For those who have always dreamed of a once in a lifetime holiday, the MSC Yacht Club is a fairytale come true, a luxurious and indulgent experience which places you firmly at the centre of the cruise experience. This is truly six-star cruising at its very best. You can choose from a range of 99 suites, all very spacious and with 24 hour professional butler service.

When travelling as a MSC Yacht Club guest it is fully inclusive, so all food and drink are included. This includes the mini bar in their suites and even treats such as ice creams. The MSC Yacht Club has many exclusive areas and services for you such as:

  • The One Pool and bar area

  • 1 Pool

  • 2 SPA Baths

  • 1 Solarium

  • Personalised land excursions with chauffeur-driven limousine, car hire or minibus

  • Tailor-made excursions. Your butler will confirm reservations, availability and costs

  • Area Prive reserved for MSC Yacht Club guests in the Liquid Disco.

  • Private access to the MSC Aurea Spa

MSC Yacht Club Suites

MSC Yacht Club is the ultimate in comfort and service, setting a new standard in luxury cruising. You can choose from 3 types of MSC Yacht Club suite Y1, Y2 and Y3 totalling 99 Suites spread throughout six decks, but mainly on decks 11,15 and 16.

Yacht Club Y1
- Y1 are the De Luxe Suites of the MSC Yacht Club with 88 cabins in total. Some of these have their own private balcony and others have stunning floor to ceiling windows offering fantastic views. They all have access to a private lift to the Spa area.

De Luxe SuiteDe Luxe Suite Lounge

Yacht Club Y2 - Y2 are the Executive & Family Suites of the MSC Yacht Club with 9 cabins in total. Most of them have no balcony but instead have stunning floor to ceiling windows, offering unparalled views. These suites are ideal for families with children.

Family SuiteFamily Suite Lounge

Yacht Club Y3
- Y3 are the Royal Suites with 2 cabins in total. The Royal Suites have the largest balconies of all the suites measuring 16 square metres.

Royal SuiteRoyal Suite Lounge

All suites are decorated to the highest possible standard with top designer touches in true Italian style, with exclusive features including:

  • Interactive Television

  • Internet (Wifi Connection)

  • 19 to 32 inch Samsung LCD screens

  • Bose home theatre systems

  • Nintendo Wii consoles (only in certain categories)

  • SPA bath and marble furniture bathroom

  • Exclusive Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrobe by Mascioni

  • Dorelan pillow menu for personalised comfort

  • Wooden shoe shine set and cotton shoe bag

  • Exclusive MSC Yacht Club goodnight chocolates by Venchi

  • Full complimentary mini-bar

  • Personal safe

  • Air Conditioning

The Butler Service

MSC Yacht Club means enjoying all the comfort and convenience of your own personal butler to cater for your every need. MSC Butlers are skilled and highly trained professionals who have been trained to the rigorous standards of the International Butler Academy.

Butler Service
Butlers are dedicated exclusively to MSC Yacht Club guests 24 hours a day and provide the following services:

  • Priority check in and check out with the Butler team on hand to assist you with luggage at the terminal, escort you to the dedicated line for priority check-in, and facilitate formalities during port calls.

  • The Butler will escort you to your suite, unpacking and packing suitcases if required.

  • The Butler will collect any laundry for washing, dry cleaning and ironing for the same or next day delivery as requested.

  • Towel changing twice a day.

  • The Butler will take personal care of your shoes on request.

  • Delivery of your favourite international newspaper in its original layout to your suite every day, even at sea.

  • Front row seats may be reserved at the theatre through the Butler or Concierge.

  • Daily English high tea service served in the top sail lounge or in-suite.

VIP Concierge

The Concierge desk is open 24 hours a day. The Conciergerie provides MSC Yacht Club guests with information and special services to help them enjoy their stay on board to the fullest. Your concierge can arrange the following and much more:

  • Reservations for special services

  • Priority reservations for shore side tours and private excursions

  • All services in port, including bookings

  • Information on local attractions

  • Reservations for Spa packages

  • Reservations for la carte dining in any of the restaurants

  • Arranging private shopping opportunities on board

  • Other services and information on request

Gourmet Dining

DiningFine dining is an important feature of the MSC Yacht Club experience. In the Top Sail Lounge all day long, passengers will be offered a vast choice of exotic drinks, delicious pastries, homemade ice creams and mouth-watering appetizers. If you prefer to enjoy the privacy of your suite, a round-the-clock dedicated room service menu is also available.

You are free to change the booking of your reserved seating time in the restaurants through the concierge. MSC Yacht Club complimentary dining is available at the following venues:

Breakfast

Room Service: Continental breakfast served by butlers.
Top Sail Lounge: Continental breakfast and specialty coffees served by butlers.
The One Pool: daily selection of pastries, juices, fruit, yogurts and specialty coffees.
Dining Room: full hot breakfast to suit all tastes in the Le Muse on MSC Divina, L'toile on MSC Fantasia and L'Olivo on MSC Splendida.

Lunch
24 hour room service: MSC Yacht Club Selection menu served by butlers (a surcharge applies to the Delicatessen menu).
Top Sail Lounge and The One Pool: daily selection of delicious hot and cold appetizers, variety of salads and cheeses served by butlers.
Dining Room: A varied menu is served daily to suit all tastes in the Le Muse on MSC Divina, L'toile on MSC Fantasia and L'Olivo on MSC Splendida.

Tea Time
The butlers will present traditional English High Tea service each afternoon in the Top Sail Lounge. A fine selection of teas, cakes, pastries and sandwiches are served.

Dinner
MSC offer traditional fixed dining in the panoramic private restaurant as well as the main restaurants onboard. Please specify the times you would prefer when making the booking. MSC offer 19:00 and 20:45 and table size choices of 2, 4, 6 or 8.

Midnight Snack
Top Sail Lounge: our chef's special late night surprise

All inclusive beverages

In addition to the exclusive offer of restaurants and bars, MSC Yacht Club passengers enjoy a complimentary premium selection of beverages for all tastes chosen from top quality Italian wines directly from the MSC Cruises wine cellar, beers and soft drinks. These complimentary beverages are available at all MSC Yacht Club venues as well as from your mini-bar in your cabin.

MSC Aurea Spa

MSC have created a haven of calm where you can relax, be pampered and restore the harmony of mind and body. MSC Yacht Club guests have private lift access directly to the MSC Aurea SPA. The Butler will handle priority reservations for a wide range of exclusive treatments in VIP rooms available throughout the day.

MSC Aurea SpaMSC Divina Aurea Spa

The exclusive treatments offered consist of the following:

  • In Cabin Spa Therapist Treatment

  • Balaninese, Reflexology, Cranial and Four-handed Massages

  • Candlelight Balinese Massage for multi-sensorial physical and mental relaxation

  • Balneo Cabin Aromatic Hydrotherapy. Private chamber for two with musical-chromo therapy for the ultimate in relaxation

  • VIP Massage room, similar to the Balneo rooms with elegant furnishings. The most qualified Balinese massage therapist will perform ancient techniques of body and facial treatments.

Not only are the exclusive treatments of the MSC Aurea Spa available to MSC Yacht club guests, but also Yoga, SPA Baths, Turkish Baths, Relaxation Room, Sauna, Beauty Salon, Solarium, Outdoor Solarium and Gym are also available at your leisure.

MSC Club

MSC ClubBeing a loyal MSC Cruises guest means entering an exclusive club: a world of thrills, pleasures and privileges that multiply with every journey. As a member of MSC Club, you can take advantage of all MSC Cruises benefits, both on land and onboard.

To be eligible as a member, you must have already completed an MSC cruise. Every night that you spend onboard one of the MSC Cruise ships, you will earn 1 point. This will allow you to take advantage of the following benefits based on the four levels of the Card: Classic, Silver, Gold and Black.

Classic Card

Before you travel:

  • Exclusive MSC Club check in area, at specified ports. The preferential check in is available at the following ports: Naples, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Bari, Venice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Kiel, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

  • 5% discount can be extended to all occupants of your cabin

Onboard:

  • Welcome cocktail

  • MSC Club information point

  • 5% discount in logo shop

  • 5% discount on spa treatments

  • 20% discount on laundry service

  • 20% discount on mini-bar in cabin

  • 1 point for every 200/$ spent onboard

Benefits after the cruise:

  • Club magazine

  • Newsletter

To get a classic card you must have 3- 21 points.

Silver card

Before you travel:

  • Exclusive MSC Club check in area, at specified ports. The preferential check in is available at the following ports: Naples, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Bari, Venice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Kiel, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

  • 8% discount can be extended to all occupants of your cabin

Onboard:

  • Welcome cocktail

  • MSC Club information point

  • Complimentary one-hour thermal suite session

  • Complimentary fresh fruit basket

  • Complimentary casino coupon to the value of 10 /$

  • 5% discount on photographs or any dvd purchased

  • 10% discount on spa treatments

  • 10% discount in logo shop

  • 20% discount on laundry service

  • 20% discount on mini-bar in cabin

  • 10% discount on internet service

  • 10% discount on food bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 10% discount on beverages bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 1 point for every 200/$ spent onboard

Benefits after the cruise:

  • Club magazine

  • Newsletter

To get a silver card you must have 22 - 42 points.

Gold card

Before you travel:

  • Exclusive MSC Club check in area, at specified ports. The preferential check in is available at the following ports: Naples, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Bari, Venice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Kiel, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

  • 10% discount can be extended to all occupants of your cabin

Onboard:

  • Welcome cocktail

  • MSC Club information point

  • Complimentary one-hour thermal suite session

  • Complimentary fresh fruit basket

  • Complimentary casino coupon to the value of 10/$

  • 8% discount on photographs or any dvd purchased

  • 15% discount on spa treatments

  • 15% discount in logo shop

  • 30% discount on laundry service

  • 20% discount on mini-bar in cabin

  • 20% discount on internet service

  • 25% discount on food bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 25% discount on beverages bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 1 point for every 200 /$ spent onboard

Benefits after the cruise:

  • Club magazine

  • Newsletter

  • Gold pin

To get a gold card you must have 43 - 99 points.

Black Card

Before you travel:

  • Exclusive MSC Club check in area, at specified ports. The preferential check in is available at the following ports: Naples, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Bari, Venice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Kiel, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

  • 20% discount can be extended to all occupants of your cabin

  • Best category upgrade available (subject to availability)

Onboard:

  • Welcome cocktail

  • MSC Club information point

  • Priority disembarkation in ports where a tender boat is required

  • Complimentary one-hour thermal suite session

  • Complimentary fresh fruit basket

  • Complimentary champagne with strawberries and chocolate in cabin

  • Complimentary bathrobe and slippers

  • Dinner with the Captain or other member of staff

  • Priority disembarkation at the end of the cruise

  • Complimentary casino coupon to the value of 20 /$

  • 20% discount on photographs or any dvd purchased

  • 20% discount on spa treatments

  • 20% discount in logo shop

  • 30% discount on laundry service

  • 20% discount on mini-bar in cabin

  • 30% discount on internet service

  • 100% discount on food bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 25% discount on beverages bought in any speciality restaurant

  • 1 point for every 200 /$ spent onboard

Benefits after the cruise:

  • Club magazine

  • Newsletter

To get a black card you must have 100+ points.

Even when you are MSC Club members, you can still book via your trusted travel agent and get their discounts.

Compliments & Complaints

Many emails are received containing both complaints & compliments. The complaints help point out ways to improve and the compliments as they keep staff motivated to do better, and both are shared with staff and departments involed. Due to the many types of complaints it takes at least 14 days to research & provide feedback on the issue.

Note that complaints relating to a cruise which were not resolved during the cruise must, with in 2 weeks of the cruise ending, be reported to MSC Cruises in writing.

 


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