MSC Cruises offer innovative itineraries, great family deals and some luxury perks. Kids 11 and under sail free year-round on MSC Cruises when traveling as the third and/or fourth guests in a stateroom with two adults, and receive discounts on shore excursions as well. Guests of the MSC Yacht Club also enjoy a luxury lounge with a special concierge and butler service, private dining and more on all Fantasia-class ships (MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa).
What’s new: Adults and juniors should be excited for the MSC Preziosa, which debuted in March 2013. The ship boasts the longest waterslide at sea, Vertigo, as well as the Doremi Castle Aqua Park for toddlers through teens. In addition, now sailing from Port Miami is MSC Divina, featuring a 4-D Cinema, Formula 1 Race Car, Aqua Cycling at Sea and a host of other family-friendly services.
Several of the fleet’s 12 ships will be in the Mediterranean region at some time in 2015, with several ships sailing year round. Guests can select from a variety of Mediterranean itineraries, with cruises of varying lengths (from weekend cruises to 11-night voyages).
For kids: Organized activities are available for kids ages three to 17. Children are also able to dine together and enjoy a special menu designed especially for them. Fantasia-class ships also boast a colorful candy shop, a children’s water park, and indoor/outdoor play areas that make MSC Cruises a fun adventure for kids. Other fleet-wide activities include kids’ cooking classes, talent shows and a special costume parade.
For teens: Activities for 13 to 17 year olds include a teen disco with dancing and karaoke, 4-D interactive cinema and Italian lessons. Teens are also able to enjoy the shops on board by purchasing a teen card designed for nominal on-board purchases. Weekly teen events can include a Teens White Party, Twisted Scavenger Hunt, MSC Flashmob and more.
Around the ship: Miniature golf, tennis, basketball, football, dodgeball, mini-golf, shuffleboard and table soccer are all available on MSC Cruises. Each ship has a children’s pool area and outdoor play areas with size and amenities varying by ship. Across the fleet, space on board dedicated to the Kids’ Club Program has been expanded and kids can now make better use of other areas of the ship, including the disco, the theater and the sports courts. On Musica- and Lirica-class ships, a special dance floor has even been dedicated to kids and teens so they can show off their moves. In-room babysitting is not available. On shore days, organized activities continue and operate during port days as well.