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  • MSC-Poesia-Kaito-Sushi-Bar - One of MSC Poesia's must-try specialty restaurants is the elegantly Asian Kaito Sushi Bar.
  • MSC-Poesia-Ristorante-Le-Fontane - Le Fontane Ristorante, one of MSC Poesia's main dining rooms, offers an ambience of understated elegance and a menu of Mediterranean fare.
  • MSC-Poesia-Outside-Cabin-with-Balcony - MSC Poesia's spacious Balcony Staterooms feature lush reds and rich textures. Just outside, the Mediterranean wows with its own palette of colors.
  • MSC-Poesia-Il-Teatro-Carlo-Felice - Teatro Carlo Felice provides an opulent setting for performers and shows on board MSC Poesia.
  • MSC-Cruises-Kids-Pool - MSC cruise ships are family friendly, with pools and entertainment areas dedicated to children and teens.
  • MSC-Poesia-Ristorante-Le-Fontane - Le Fontane Ristorante, one of MSC Poesia's main dining rooms, offers an ambience of understated elegance and a menu of Mediterranean fare.
  • MSC-Poesia-Esterna-Sundeck - Warm sun and sweet breezes lure MSC Poesia passengers to the Esterna Sundeck.
  • MSC-Poesia-Il-Palladio-Ristorante - Il Palladio Ristorante, vivid and inviting in red, is one of two main dining rooms on MSC Poesia.
  • MSC-Poesia-Il-Teatro-Carlo-Felice - Teatro Carlo Felice provides an opulent setting for performers and shows on board MSC Poesia.
  • MSC-Poesia-Reception - MSC's signature piano adds a note of classic elegance to Poesia's  glamour-infused reception area.
  • MSC-Poesia-Rendez-Vous-Reception - MSC Poesia's inspired Italian design includes  lofty spaces, palms and a palette that evokes the bright hues of the Mediterranean.
  • MSC-Poesia-Villa-Pompeiana - Villa Pompeiana, a casual cafeteria, offers MSC Poesia's passengers a relaxed, casual setting and expansive views across the sea.
  • MSC-Poesia - MSC Poesia cruises to the ports of the Mediterranean and to South America.
  • MSC-Poesia-2 - MSC Poesia brings elegance and luxury to Mediterranean cruising.
  • MSC-Poesia-&-Viking-Star-faceoff-in-Istanbul.jpg - MSC Poesia and the smaller Viking Star face off when docked in Istanbul.
  • MSC-Poesia-in-Istanbul.jpg - MSC Poesia at dockside in Istanbul, Turkey.

MSC Poesia: Poetry in motion on the high seas

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Poetry is like the sea, lulling with gentle swells and stirring the emotions. Just as poetry brings pleasure, MSC Poesia from MSC Cruises introduces a new dimension of enjoyment on the high seas with all the eloquence of a finely crafted poem.

MSC Poesia, the third Musica class ship, offers the latest eco-technology to safeguard the environment, without compromising comfort and luxury. The ship is built to high and demanding ecological standards, resulting in a truly modern, efficient cruise ship. On board you'll discover a distinctive style of luxury cruising: a spectacular waterfall with bridges in the foyer, a Zen garden in the sushi bar and a serene 12,000 square foot spa. Then imagine yourself on a private balcony stateroom overlooking the ocean and a star-filled sky.

Designed with flair and elegance that guests associate with the MSC Cruises, staterooms onboard MSC Poesia are spacious and elegant and most have private balconies. Staterooms are elegantly decorated and passengers will appreciate the attention to detail and craftsmanship throughout the ship. Guests can stimulate the palate in a wine-tasting bar or relax in the casual Mojito bar.

Thinking of bringing the kids along? MSC offers an affordable family vacation where kids cruise free! They will go crazy for the Stone Age dinosaur-themed play area and even teens are catered to in the Teens Club.

Whether a luxury escape, family vacation, a romantic getaway or simply to rediscover your sense of self, the enchanting MSC Poesia offers a cruise vacation that is sure to inspire.

Who will like sailing on MSC Poesia

With its international flair, MSC Poesia appeals to a multinational crowd. You can expect most announcements to be delivered in at least five different languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.

In general, the European crowd likes cruising at a much more relaxed pace. Dinners are eaten bit more leisurely, and portions are smaller than Americans might expect, but that just means you'll leave feeling pleasantly sated rather than overstuffed and needing a Tums. Crew members do their best to seat you with other English-speakers if you are looking for fluent conversation. Most passengers are in the 40- to 60-year-old range, with many couples and more families in the summer when school is out.

Where MSC Poesia sails

MSC Poesia features 7- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings to popular ports such as Kusadasi (Ephesus), Istanbul, Athens (Piraeus), Barcelona, Casablanca, the Canary Islands, Funchal, Madeira, Málaga, Costa del Sol, Barcelona and Rome. The ship also heads off on a 128-night world cruise that heads from Europe to South America and then New Zealand, Tahiti and beyond.

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MSC Poesia offers two main restaurants, Il Palladio and Le Fontane and an a la carte restaurant, L'Obelisco. Each one boasts a top gastronomic selection thanks to the variety of dishes and the high quality of the foods, from choice Italian meats to fresh fruit. Every product is fresh and carefully handled, such as bread baked on board with the passion and knowledge of the most distinctive boulangerie. Dishes range from traditional and tasty Mediterranean fare, to the most refined international recipes.

For a quick lunch, choose Villa Pompeiana, a buffet restaurant offering the utmost quality and variety in Italian and international cuisine.

The speciality restaurant Kaito Sushi Bar is a unique concept where food is all prepared by hand by the experienced master Sushi chefs in an authentic Japanese minimalist restaurant setting, providing a genuine taste of Japanese cold and hot dishes, including sushi, sashimi, tempura, etc.

Bars & lounges

On MSC Poesia guests can choose from 16 bars, inspired by different themes. There is something for everyone and  an effort  to satisfy even the most sophisticated and demanding of palates.


MSC Cruises' unrivaled entertainment programs and facilities offered onboard MSC Poesia will delight even the most skeptical of cruisers. With its state-of-the-art 1,240-seat Teatro Carlo Felice, futuristic S32 Disco and Casino Royal with over 600 square meters of casino gaming and Virtual Games, video games room you can be out and about every night if you choose to.

Gefion Fountain, on the waterfront in Copenhagen, features animal figurines being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gefjun.
Christian Alsing / Courtesy of VisitDenmarkGefion Fountain, on the waterfront in Copenhagen, features animal figurines being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gefjun.

Spa & fitness

You can stay fit on your cruise by participating in an activity of your choice or perhaps by trying something new.  Sweat it out on the tennis court, in the gym, mini-golfing  (ok maybe you won't work up a sweat), aerobics or a jog around the track. The MSC Poesia also boasts two swimming pools and four jacuzzis. For a feel good effect, or to primp for the evening's festivities check out the beauty parlor, Thalassotherapy facilities, solarium, sauna and steam room.


Onboard activities include shopping, gaming, gambling, wine tasting, cigar smoking (in the cigar lounge of course), dancing, art and photo appreciation and so much more.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Signature piano
  • Where: Reception area

  • What: Teatro Carlo Felice
  • Where: MSC Poesia

  • What: Pools
  • Where: Esterna Sundeck
  • Find inner peace, or at least fruitful contemplation in the onboard Zen garden
  • 16 bars, 4 jacuzzis and a giant state of the art theater!
  • MSC Poesia is an eco-friendly ship dedicated to creating a green and natural ambiance on board with waterfalls, bridges, gardens and plenty of balcony space to view the stars and the horizon.

Top dining options on board

Le Fontane

  • Style: Mediterranean
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Il Palladio

  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Kaito Sushi Bar

  • Style: Japanese
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Fast facts

2,550 Passengers [?]
987 Crew
13 Decks
2007 Maiden voyage
93,300 Tonnage [?]
964 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
26 speed (mph) [?]

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