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MSC Cruises in South Africa 2020/2021

The breaking news is that the MSC Musica and MSC Opera will be replacing the MSC Orchestra in South Africa's waters during the 2020/2021 cruise season, and bringing some more music to our ears. To book a cruise on the new ladies, email and one of our lovely consultants will be delighted to assist you. MSC Cruises is the leading cruise company in South Africa, and the only company offering regular cruises from Cape Town and Durban; and in Dec 2017 won Cruise Critics' award for best cruise line for families. SouthAfrica.TO is MSC Cruises' Top Independent Agency. Try us and you will see why.

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MSC is also the best smelling cruise line in the world! There's a specially made fragrance which they spray the ships with, called "MED for MSC", which has a light fig and almond-like smell.

Excursion Types

On international MSC Cruises there are 8 types of excursions:

  • Family Fun

  • City Tour

  • Culture and History

  • Panoramic Tours

  • Sport and Adventure

  • Wonder of Nature

  • Something Special (e.g. birding or nutrition)

  • Sea and Sun (beach or local cruise in the bay)


There are 2 ways you may get off the ship:

  1. The ship has docked at a port, and you walk off via the gangway

  2. The ship has layed anchor in the sea, and you get off via zodiac speedboats or lifeboats

Zodiac speedboat motoring away from the MSC Opera, which is at anchor

Internet Access

It's pretty expensive to use the internet on an MSC Cruise ship. We have found the most efficient way of using it is to know exactly what you want to do before you log on, and then log off immediately after having done that, so that you can save time for when you next go online. In November 2014 the Marlink Global C-band iDirect service was installed on 12 of MSC's cruise ships, and they are using the C-band Global System for Mobile (GSM) voice and data, ship management Local Area Network (LAN) communications, and other application; and routing it over the X7 modem. The new system has better performance in rainy conditions and when there's satellite link degradation.


With a few exceptions, the entertainment of MSC's cruise ships is generally free.


There's no need to travel to London's West End or Broadway - every single MSC ship offers evening theatre shows for free; They include many dance and mime acts so that the show is very visually orientated which appeals to all nationalities on board. However the Cirque du Soleil theatre on the newer ships comes at an extra cost - ships with this are the MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview.

Kiddies Playrooms

With MSC Cruises, children will enjoy plenty of fun and games, along with other children and MSC entertainers, who organise different activities every day. There are specially designed areas for children's fun and games.

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.

In a masterstroke, MSC are introducing lego-themed playrooms in their 4 Lirica-class ships: the MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Opera and MSC Sinfonia; and have built their kids clubs on the MSC Meraviglia from the ground up, pivoting around the lego theme. What's great about lego, is that it cuts across cultures - all kids love it - Japanese, westernised kids, South Americans and Africans. Even if children don't understand the language of instruction, they can still understand what to do by watching the instructor and what the other kids are doing.

Children playing on a lego vertical wall

Casino, dance classes

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.

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.

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:


MSC for Me

"MSC for Me" : MSC introduced an electronic gadget in June 2017 on the MSC Meraviglia, and on the MSC Seaside in December 2017. The "MSC for Me" electronic bracelet may be connected to passengers' smartphones to show them the day's schedule, what the shore excursions are, their theatre tickets they've booked, supper bookings, previewing of photos & videos taken on the ship, etc... Alternatively to using a smartphone, passengers can use the touch screens around the ship. The wearable bracelet will allow parents to track where there children are on the ship (via their bracelets), as long as they are in public areas (there are no sensors in private areas such as cabins).

The app will also tell passengers where the ship is. It allows passengers to make payments an book excursions. It was also rolled out on the MSC Seaside which launched in December 2017, and the plan is to roll it out to all of MSC's fleet.


Expect MSC's photographers to be around snapping pictures of you with the Captain, dancing and pretty much anywhere you might be on the ship. The pictures are prices, but worth it. Here's a collage of photos which Marie Hattingh shared with us after her cruise from Cape Town to Durban on the MSC Opera:

Collage of photos from a cruise from Cape Town to Durban on the MSC Opera

And here's a photo of Marie with the captain:

Photo with the ship's captain on the MSC Opera

Here's a collage of a passenger and various MSC crew members:

Collage of a passenger standing next to members of the MSC crew


On all international cruises an experience must be chosen (Northbound and Southbound cruises count as international, so an experience must be chosen):

  • Bella Experience: for those looking for the cheapest cruise, this only covers the cabin cost and amenities can be added at an additional cost per amenity. You get the buffet, some of the theatre (this varies per ship; e.g. on the MSC Meraviglia, Cirque du Soleil costs more), daily activities, the pool and use of the gym.

  • Fantastica Experience: Includes everything on Bella plus upper deck cabins - category B2, Is and O2 cabins (check with your agent what's available at the time of booking), change your booking details (departure dates/passenger names) possibly at a cost and terms & conditions apply, discount on gym classes and personal training, be closer to the front of the queue for your choice of dining time, and be pampered with room service all day & night.

  • Aurea Experience: Includes everything on Bella and Fantastica, but not Wellness. Includes a massage, welcome cocktail, freedom to change your booking details, category B3 or S3 cabin, priority boarding can arrive and eat at any time you want to (don't need to pre-book).

  • Wellness Experience: (introduced on 1 April 2017). About movement and nutrition, and get a personal trainer, there are unique excursions for those who choose the Wellness package, as well as unlimited mineral water and a daily complimentary sports drink. MSC partnered with a company called Technogym. Not available in China or South Africa.

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.


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, including a menu created specifically for children at the main restaurant. At the buffet there is a kids corner.

Brief Overview of MSC Ships

Brief overview of the history of MSC ships


  • 2023 The second MSC Seaside Evolution class ship is delivered.

  • 2021 The first MSC Seaside Evolution class ship is delivered.

  • November 2020. Two MSC cruise ships, the Opera and Musica, arrive in South Africa. This is the first time since April 2020 that there have been 2 in SA - that time the Opera and Sinfonia.

  • 20 March 2020. MSC Cruises South Africa announces that its offices in Cape Town will be closed on Saturdays, due to the current situation in SA surrounding the Coronavirus.

  • 18 March 2020. MSC Cruises cancels all new cruise embarkations worldwide, in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Prospective passengers can transfer the money paid plus a credit to a future cruise, with cruise dates to the end of 2021.

  • 16 March 2020. MSC cancels the remaining cruises of the local season on the MSC Orchestra.

  • 18 March 2019. Figures Models sponsors 24 models to cruise on the MSC Musica for Project AIM, Aspiring Models International; including the top 3 of the Miss High School SA 2018.

  • 31 Jan 2018. Rumour from MSC Fans is that MSC is about to place an order for 4 new boats, and that they'll be much smaller than what they've built up to now. Can't wait to hear more!

  • Nov 2017. MSC decides not to exercise an option to build a third Seaside class ship (in addition to the Seaview and Seaside), and rather to build 2 new Seaside Evo class ships.

  • Nov 2017. The MSC Seaside is launched. The ship has its engines at the bottom middle, instead of the conventional bottom back. This negates the need for placing tanks near the front of the ship to maintain balance.

  • 22 November 2017. As the MSC Poesia arrive in Rio de Janeiro at the end of its repositioning cruise from Europe, they are greeted by dancers doing the samba.

  • 15 November 2017. At the coin laying ceremony for the MSC Bellissima, it is announced that the first Meraviglia Plus class ship will be named the MSC Grandiosa.

  • 11 November 2017. Here's something you wont often see: 5 MSC Cruises' ships together in Marseille. The MSC Meraviglia, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida; with the MSC Orchestra and MSC Magnifica in dry dock. Joining them is Costa Cruises' Costa Fascinosa.

Map of 5 MSC Cruise ships in Marseille Harbour at the same time

  • 10 October 2017. MSC Cruises has developed a new detection system for man overboard situations, which has been implemented on the MSC Meraviglia. Thermal and optical cameras have been placed around the outisde of the ship, and the images are streamed to a security room where they are monitored.

  • 9 October 2017. The Miami Dolphins now has an official cruise line - MSC Cruises, and fans of the Dolphins will have the opportunity to go on a Dolphins Fan Cruise.

  • 8 June 2017. MSC has teamed up with Air France-KLM to provide fly/cruise travel packages.

  • May 2017. MSC Cruises are hosting their first weight watchers themed cruise on board the MSC Divina, cruising from Miami to the Caribbean. A bit of a clash, trying to lose weight and being surrounded by the tempting buffets on board a cruise ship.

  • 6 March 2017. The MSC Splendida will become the first MSC Cruise ship to visit Japan. It's travelling there from Dubai.

  • 15 February 2017. MSC teams up with Cruise Critic to create "Meet & Mingle" parties on the MSC Divina cruise ship, where those who have been chatting online on Cruise Critic's website, can now meet up in real life on the ship. Cruise Critic has in the past set up similar parties on board Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Celebrity, Carnival, Azmara and Viking Ocean ships.

  • 2 February 2017. Construction begins on the MSC Seaview in Monfalcone.

  • 12 September 2016 : Bureau Veritas, a global testing and inspection service, awards MSC Cruises the 2016 Special Safety Best Practices Award for a "high level of voluntary-enhanced safety procedures implemented across its entire fleet".

  • New Arabian cruises in 2016: MSC extended its Dubai winter cruise season with four extra sailings during 2016, which included Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, Muscat, Oman and Khasab.

  • 27 January 2015 : It is announced that MSC Cruises won't be stationing cruise ships for cruises from the UK from early 2015.

  • 29 September 2014: MSC Cruises announce a change in the itinerary of the MSC Opera northbound cruise scheduled to depart Cape Town on the 28th of March 2015. Instead of stopping in Walvis Bay (Namibia) and Dakar (Senegal), the ship will stop in Jamestown (St Helena) and Arrecife de Lanzarote (Spain) respectively.

  • 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.

  • 12 June 2014 : MSC Cruises broadcast all of the Fifa World Cup games on board their ships.

    Fifa 2014 World Cup & MSC Cruises

  • 31 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.

  • 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.

  • 28 February 2014 : All inclusive drinks packages were made available for local cruises departing from South Africa. The Allegrissimo Adult Package was currently 31 US Dollars per person per day and the Allegrissimo Child package is 16.5 US Dollars per person per day. MSC subsequently withdrew this option.

  • 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.


If you're looking for a job with MSC Cruises, then email your CV to; or navigate to our page on cruise jobs for South Africans.

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 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

MSC Cruises' ships in order of size are:


Maximum Passengers

MSC Grandiosa


MSC Bellissima


Second MSC Seaside Evo


MSC Seashore


MSC Seaside


MSC Seaview


MSC Meraviglia


MSC Fantasia


MSC Splendida


MSC Divina


MSC Preziosa


MSC Magnifica


MSC Orchestra


MSC Poesia


MSC Armonia


MSC Opera


MSC Musica


MSC Sinfonia


MSC Lirica


MSC Opera cruise ship at anchor off Portuguese Island

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.


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.


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. The staff work very hard, are pleasant, try to remember your name and greet you with a smile.

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.

As an example, here's the warm welcome letter we got from MSC, before our cruise on the Opera:

"Dear Traveller, I would like to thank you for choosing the beautiful MSC OPERA, a stunning ship offering the best of cutting−edge technology, the glamour of the golden age of sea travel and a full itinerary of inspiring destinations. Before you embark on your voyage of discovery with us, allow me to take a moment to share our story with you; a story which begins over 300 years ago in Sorrento with one family and their first venture into seafaring. This family learnt many things from the sea and, slowly but surely, their experience grew into expertise. A few ships turned into many and they soon became one of the world's largest shipping groups. However, we have never forgotten where we come from and are proud to remain a family company. Born in the Mediterranean, these roots continue to inspire every journey we make. As soon as you step on board our ships you will be greeted by traditional Mediterranean hospitality. You will experience the region's celebrated values of authenticity, warmth and humanity and feel the Mediterranean spirit which reminds us that good food is a way of life and that following your heart is just as important as following your head. As you explore some of the most beautiful places on earth with MSC's masters of the sea, I am certain that you will come to share in our unique philosophy; that life should be measured in moments, not minutes, and that each of these moments should be savoured. I, along with my crew and staff, look forward to welcoming you on board MSC OPERA and to introducing you to our Mediterranean way of life. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman MSC Cruises, Geneva HQ"

MSC Cruises logo on the funnel of the MSC Sinfonia cruise ship


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.



MSC offers a wide range of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, on the ship; however you are not allowed to take any alcohol on board with you. 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:

There are a limited range of beers available onboard - Heineken is a favourite:

Buckets of Heinekens at a bar on the MSC Meraviglia


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.

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


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.

Boy playing in the waterworld on the MSC Sinfonia

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 MSC Rhapsody, MSC Melody (which have now left our waters), MSC Opera, and now the MSC Sinfonia and MSC Musica (end of 2018).

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


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.

Cruise market

Italy is the biggest market from which MSC Cruises sources passengers, followed by Germany.


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


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.



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.


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.


MSC are offering their first world cruise on the MSC Magnifica, departing on the 5th January 2019, she will be gone for 118 nights. There are several clients who have booked already in South Africa. Here's a map:

Embarkation points are Civitavecchia, Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona. At any point in time you wont be at sea for more than 5 days.

Fifteen shore excursions are included in the price.


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


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


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.

MSC Cruises offer FAR more cruises from Durban and Cape Town than any other cruise company.

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


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:


Room Service: Continental breakfast served by butlers.
Top Sail Lounge: Continental breakfast and specialty coffees served by butlers (be sure to try the coffee)
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.

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.

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.


Demonstrating its popularity, most cruise lines have developed an exclusive part of the ship for luxury travellers. These compete with luxury liners like Regent Seven Seas, Silversea an Seabourn. Liners following the ship within a ship concept include: Norwegian Cruise Line (the Haven), Hollan America Line (the Neptune Lounge), Disney (Concierge Level) and Royal Caribbean (Suite Class).


MSC have a regular newsletter which they send to their subscribers containing offers and information.

MSC Cruises newsletter

MSC Voyagers Club

The MSC Voyagers Club is MSC's loyalty program - the equivalent of airlines' frequent flyer program. There are numerous benefits to being a member, the biggest of which is probably that you can get a 5% discount on your next cruise, if you are a Classic Card holder or better. Click here to read more about it.

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.


MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

A view of Maputo's skyline

Venice's harbour

A pink fruit cocktail with a green straw

Fruit cocktail with a yellow straw

Red cocktail with a black straw

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