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10th Aug 2024 | 7 nights | MSC Cruises | MSC Opera

Add drinks from £36 per person, per day
Gratuities (tips) included
Family friendly with child prices up to 17 yrs
Range of medium size to mega-ships
Good for couples, groups & families
Stylish with a relaxed atmosphere onboard
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Add drinks from £36 per person, per day
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Range of medium size to mega-ships
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10th Aug 2024 Saturday
Bari
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11th Aug 2024 Sunday
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12th Aug 2024 Monday
Santorini
08:00
18:00
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13th Aug 2024 Tuesday
Piraeus (Athens)
06:00
17:00
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14th Aug 2024 Wednesday
Katakolon (Olympia)
09:00
18:00
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15th Aug 2024 Thursday
Corfu (Kerkyra)
09:00
18:00
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16th Aug 2024 Friday
Argostoli, Kefalonia
08:00
16:00
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17th Aug 2024 Saturday
Bari
07:00

The 2,150-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Lirica-class ships, dating from 2004 (the others are Armonia, Lirica and Sinfonia).

MSC Cruises spent more than $200 million on Opera and the rest of the Mistral class during a two-year refurbishment program in 2014–2015 that saw a nearly 80-foot-long section sandwiched into the middle of each ship. The "stretching" procedure added nearly 200 more cabins -- 94 of which have balconies. During the refurbishment, the line also took the chance to update the spa and childcare facilities, as well as to add an interactive water feature called the Spray Park to the top deck.

Opera does have its limitations, however, not least the crush at peak hours at the buffet and the lack of dining options.

There are two formal nights on a seven-night cruise; otherwise, dress during the day is casual and, at night, is country club casual.

Theatre

The Teatro dell'Opera is situated at the front of the ship across two decks. It's large, gilt and ornate with seating for 713 people. There are a variety of performances throughout the week, some a bit cheesy like a Dirty Dancing tribute and others revue-type shows, but when docked in Havana there is an absolute standout called Legendarios del Guajirito, by a group of musicians which include some original members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. MSC has managed to secure a weekly performance from these Cuban maestros in the main theatre and the show is a lot better than an overpriced shore excursion to the Tropicana Club. The only thing is, it costs, so there is usually a pretty small audience, which is a shame as there is lots of audience participation (on stage and in your seats), wonderful Cuban music and great dancing.

The theatre is little-used during the day, though there is the occasional show such as the end-of-cruise performance by the kids onboard.

Daily Fun

During the day, many of the activities centre round the pool, with early morning aerobics, stretching, and a walk round the ship with the endlessly energetic entertainment team. You'll also find Bingo here, with the announcer repeating the numbers in all the languages represented; Sudoku and quizzes. On top of this, there are dance lessons, cocktail demos, table soccer and Zumba, as well as lots of impromptu music and pool parties. The exuberant entertainment team practically shame the guests into participating, acting as cheerleaders for enjoyment and inclusion. They may have to shout their instructions in five languages, but all the passengers get the meaning -- get up and dance! 

Other day time activities include language lessons (Italian, of course, or Japanese), craft creations and card games, which take place in the Cotton Club. You'll find live music playing everywhere: at the pool, at the al fresco dining spots, during tea, in the main lounges on Deck 5 -- all performed by a talented group of musicians including bands, trios and pianists.

A 24-hour arcade with various video games is located on Deck 6, just outside the Teen Club and part of it, though open to all.

At Night

The poolside fun is not restricted to the daytime; dance lessons continue here at night. Elsewhere, you'll find karaoke in Byblos Disco, as well as dance lessons and crazy competitions, often aimed at teens.

Med Pearl Casino (Deck 6): Roulette tables, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold 'Em competitions take place here daily. There is also a bar.

MSC Opera Bars and Lounges

There's always something happening in the bars and clubs on Opera, and the ship has a fun, young vibe, with people eating late, drinking later and dancing until the wee small hours.

Piazza di Spagna Lounge (Deck 5): Large bar, which is popular for "meet the officers" events and after-dinner drinks.

Sottovento Pub (Deck 5): Smokers rejoice (or non-smokers be warned), this English-style pub allows smoking on one side. It's dark, and has banquette style seating against the wall. There is a good selection of reasonably-priced international ciders and beers including stouts, pilseners and ales. You'll find Bucanero and Cristal, from Cuba, as well as Red Stripe from Jamaica, plus Heineken, Amstel and Sol. If you're feeling inclined, you can even order "Un metro di birra" -- a meter of beer -- which is 10 different draught beers of your choice for 22 euros. You can also order a limited selection of sandwiches and desserts here.

Aroma Coffee Bar (Deck 6): This is in a nice spot overlooking the atrium and does a small variety of free pastries and a wide variety of for-fee coffees and teas from a reasonable 1.40 euros for an espresso and 1.70 euros for a latte. Live music takes place here at night.

La Cabala Piano Bar (Deck 6): This is one of those "walk through" bars, with corridors on either side full of people heading to or from the theatre or the dining rooms. As such, it suffers from a lack of atmosphere. It is a small lounge sandwiched between the photo shop and the casino and has a small bar, banquette seating and as the name suggests, a piano which is played from 5.30 p.m. every evening. This is where the Black Card Holders (MSC's top tier loyalty club) meet once a cruise for drinks and the chance to meet with the officers.

Casino Bar (Deck 6): The casino bar.

Cotton Club Music Hall (Deck 6): This is a large lounge with a big dancefloor where ballroom and dance classes take place throughout the day. There is a piano, a stage and a bar. Live music takes place from 6:30 p.m. through to 1:30 a.m. It makes for a lot less frantic late-night spot for a drink and a dance (both in terms of crowds and music), than Byblos Disco.

Il Patio (Deck 11): Outside bar, part of the Il Patio buffet area.

Spinnaker (Deck 11): Pool bar. This is crowded all day and into the evening; head to Il Patio for quicker service.

Ice Cream Bar (Deck 11): Pool bar, serving a selection of delicious gelato and drinks.

Vitamin Bar (Deck 11): This is more of a pop-up bar (there are no seats), near the pool, serving a selection of for fee healthy fruit drinks from 4.50 euros.

Byblos Disco Bar (Deck 11): A large space at the aft of the ship, which is invariably full every night till the early hours. There's a circular bar, a big dance floor and DJ booth and doors leading outside, for a bit of warm Caribbean air. In the day it's not used, and is a lovely spot to relax or read, and has great views from its many windows.

MSC Opera Outside Recreation

Pools

There are two pools on the main pool deck on Deck 11 and two hot tubs, which is not enough for a ship this size. In addition, there is the Doremi Spray Park for kids, which was added in the refurbishment/stretching. There are plenty of sun loungers and on the starboard (right) you'll find the smoking area, which stretches for a good half-length of the ship.

Recreation

Shuffleboard (Deck 12) and mini-golf (Deck 13).

Sun Decks

The exclusive Top 13 Solarium is for suite passengers only, or for a 15 euros per day fee, which is a pretty good price. Up here, you'll find stunning views from the top of the ship, no problem getting a lounger, free water and cold towels and your own private bar and waiters.  

At the aft of the ship, near the mini-golf area there is also limited sunbathing.

MSC Opera Services

The hub of the ship is on Deck 5, where you will find the main reception, the shore excursion desk, the Voyagers Club (for Loyalty Club members) and a shopping area, with some high-end brand shops. There are more shops on Deck 6, including a logo shop and various duty-free shops, as well as the Photo Gallery and the Photo Shop.

Towards the front of the ship, you'll find a small library and an internet area with a printer, which is in scant use now that the ship has been fitted with bow to stern Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi options are divided into three types -- Streamer, which is 69.90 euros per cruise, or 22.90 euros per day, for up to four devices; Surfer, which is 34.90 euros per cruise for up to three devices or 11.90 euros per day; and Social, which is 19.90 euros/cruise or 4.90 euros/day for a single device.

Spa

The MSC Aurea Spa (Deck 11) is lovely, right at the front of the ship with great views. It offers a wide range of massages and therapies but specializes in Balinese treatments offered by Balinese therapists. It also offers acupuncture and anti-ageing treatments, including facials which start at €90 for one session. It is, like all cruise ship spas, on the pricey side compared to land and note that a further 15 percent is added to your spa bill. However, there are plenty of discounts and specials offered throughout the week, especially on port days.

On the port side there is a large relaxation room, again with floor-to-ceiling windows, wicker chaises -- and peace and quiet, but bizarrely no water. In fact, there is no water anywhere, not even from a dispenser -- so bring your own.

The Thermal Suite features separate steam and sauna rooms for men and women and passes can be bought on a daily basis for 29 euros per person (39 euros/couple) or for 89 euros pp (119 euros/couple) per cruise. You also need to bring your own dressing gown and slippers/flip flops.

The spa also includes a salon for manicures, pedicures and hair and men's grooming (again look out for port offers)

Fitness

The gym is located at the front of the ship and is integrated in the spa, so you access it through the spa reception area. It is a large space which takes up the front of deck 11, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. There are weight machines, bikes, treadmills and a space with mats and a mirror for weights.

The gym offers a wide range of for fee fitness services including individual dance lessons for 35 euros/hour or classes of 5 for 10 euros/hour; yoga classes, pilates and stretching and abs.

There is a Power Walking track on deck 12.

Unlike other major cruise lines, where the cuisine is fairly uniform on every ship, food varies across the MSC fleet, and depends heavily on the executive chef on the particular ship. We're delighted to report that the exec chef on Opera, Giuseppe Matarazzo, runs a fine kitchen, and we were very impressed with the quality in all the eateries. Being one of the smaller ships, there are no speciality restaurants, just two main dining rooms, a buffet and a couple of fast food outlets. All the pasta, pizza, pastries and bread are made fresh onboard daily, which really raises the quality of the food on offer. We enjoyed delicious pastries in the morning, with fine Italian coffee; and excellent fresh bread at lunch and dinner, including rosemary-infused focaccia and outstanding tortellini, with walnuts, olive oil and fresh herbs.

There are two main dining rooms La Caravella and L'Approdo. Both feature traditional seating (set time, set tablemates) at dinner, though the latter also features myChoice Dining for passengers who have chosen the Aurea Experience. MyChoice Dining allows for dining between 7:15 p.m. and 10: 15 p.m., but it's advisable to ring ahead to advise the dining staff of the approximate time you plan to eat. MSC's dining experience harks back to a golden age of traditional cruising, so expect dancing waiters, birthday serenades and the Baked Alaska ceremony.

La Caravella (Deck 5): This is the larger of the two MDRs and is designed in a light green colour. Table sizes include for two and four and larger tables with banquette-type seating. There is a raised section in the centre and the ceiling is low, which gives a feeling of intimacy.

Breakfast: is served just in La Caravella. Breakfast is buffet style, with a range of cold cuts, fresh pastries, cereals, fresh fruit and hot food including eggs, bacon and sausages. There is tea and coffee served at your table.

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet-style and makes a much more civilized option than the stampede at the buffet. There is waiter service for drinks. The buffet is set up at one end of the room, and will include an appetizer which might be a seafood salad; a choice of meat, fish or veg for the entrée as well as a choice of sides and veg; followed by dessert.

Dinner: Menus at dinner offer six courses every single night, with appetizer, soup, salad, a risotto and pasta du jour, main entree and dessert. There is no "typical" night; every night is themed (Mediterranean, TexMex, Cuban), and you'll get regional specialities, which are often exceptional. On our Mediterranean night, we started with moules mariniere and a selection of Greek dips (hummus and baba ganoush), which were delicious. There were two soup choices -- a French fish soup or a spicy tomato soup -- followed by either a paella or a risotto. There were three main courses, all of which were delicious: a Tunisian couscous, with chicken and lamb; swordfish and sliced beef grill striploin which was melt-in-the-mouth cooked. Desserts included baklava and profiteroles. On other evenings, we enjoyed a rich and tasty chocolate mousse cake and crepe suzettes, which were light, caramelized and served with hazelnuts. There is always an ice cream selection.

It's worth noting, too, that the pasta and risotto selections are served in portions too huge to be considered a side order.

There is always a vegetarian dish to choose from the starters and mains, in this case, tasty chickpea falafels, with yoghurt sauce. You can also mix and match from an Alternative Choice (always available) menu which features entrees of hoki fillet, steamed or grilled chicken breast and a meat dish every night. There are also a couple of alternative starters to choose from, usually reflective of the region the ship is sailing in. The ship does cater for food allergies, but you need to advise ahead of time (as in before the cruise) to ensure you are catered for.

Service is excellent: attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, with preferred dishes and wine choices remembered.

There are two gala dinners every seven-day cruise which feature even longer menus, often from a celebrity chef. MSC has a link-up with Italy's equivalent of Gordon Ramsay, two-Michelin starred chef Carlo Crocco, who fronts Masterchef Italia and Hell's Kitchen Italia, who designs one of the dinners. On our sailing we had a delicious six-course menu, starting with shrimp cocktail, and followed by a lobster bisque, tortellini stuffed with asparagus tips and either a fillet of salmon or roast fillet of beef, followed by a chocolate cake.

There is an extensive wine list with an emphasis on Italian wines of course, but also plenty of choice from New World and other European countries. 

L'Approdo (Deck 6): The smaller of the two MDRs is designed in a soft colour palette, a kind of light red with lots of mirrors and lights; with a slightly raised centre and tables arranged around and along two separate corridors. The ceiling is very low, so there is no sense of grandeur as you might find in some MDRs. There are plenty of different seating options, with lots of tables for two.

It features exactly the same menu as La Caravella. It also has a separate section reserved for MyTime Dining.

Open: Breakfast (La Caravella only): 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Lunch: noon to 2 p.m.; Dinner 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; and from 7:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. for myChoice Dining (L'Approdo only).

Le Vele (Deck 11): is the ship's buffet restaurant and it offers lido-style fare. Breakfast items feature the usual (scrambled eggs, bacon, hash-browns and breads). At lunch, there are two food lines (and a separate dessert and fruit station). Several salads, an array of cold cuts, hot and cold items, pastas, a carving station, a variety of fresh fruit, and some mushy, institutional desserts are available at lunchtime. Pizza and burgers are served throughout the day. Note: It gets packed quickly, with long lines forming at peak times, and it is sometimes hard to snag a table -- our advice: head outside to the Il Patio area, where there is a lot more seating. Open: 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Il Patio, located outside of Le Vele, offers al fresco snacking most of the day. On one side is the pizzeria, making fresh oven-baked pizza of at least four varieties and two pasta choices. The other side is a fast-food area, which serves in the morning as a made-to-order omelette and pancake station, and in the afternoons cooks up grilled burgers and hot dogs with fries and salads (with condiments). Open: Same times as above.

Room Service: Room service options include Caesar salads (with or without chicken), pizza (for a charge) and a sandwich. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and includes tea and coffee, hot and cold milk, juice, rolls and croissants and toast, and yoghurt, but no cooked food.

MSC Opera has just four main cabin types: Inside, Outside, Balcony and Suite, all of which are remarkably similar in terms of size and design. All share the following amenities: a safe, minibar, hairdryer (in the bathroom), two beds which can be made into a double, a desk, two bedside tables with fixed lamps, closets and flat screen TV. A few notes: The wardrobe space is generous in all cabin types, with plenty of hangers and drawers. The bedside tables also have plenty of space for books etc., and the beds are high enough to store your luggage under. TVs are not interactive (unlike on the newer ships), and have the following channels: BBC News, Rai 7, 24 French, German W America, TV Espana and Euronews. There is also a sewing kit.

Bathrooms are the same in all cabins (except the suites, which have baths): shower with folding glass doors, sink with a fixed glass shelf for toiletries and a small cupboard underneath; a soap dispenser, handrail, clothes dry string in the shower and luridly-coloured (sky blue and orange) generic bodywash and shampoo from fixed dispensers. There is also a shower cap.

MSC Opera has a number of purpose-built family cabins, as well as cabin types which would suit families including the 28 suites, which have a sofa bed; the new balcony cabins, which have a single Pullman; and a number of adjoining cabins.

The ship may be getting on a bit (2004), but you can't tell -- the Renaissance project in 2014/15 (in which an 80-foot section was added to the ship, adding 200 new cabins), saw a ship-wide refresh of soft furnishings throughout. As a result, cabins look and feel new. The style is elegant, rather than garish; with an emphasis on a darker color palette with curtains, carpets and chairs (think burgundies and purples).

Interior: There are 440 interior cabins, which are a bit on the small side at 140 sq feet, but a large mirror over the bed and plenty of lighting go some way to increase the feeling of space, as do the cheerful spreads, bedskirts, pillows and bolsters used in the rooms. The desk is a built-in corner desk rather than stand-alone, with another mirror.

Oceanview: There are 403 Oceanview cabins (64 of which have an obstructed view). The majority are 139 square feet, though there are a number family cabins which are considerably bigger at 236 square feet (see below). Features include a standalone desk at the side of the bed. They have large, oblong-shaped windows.

Balcony: There are 204 standard balcony cabins, all of which are a good size at 161 square feet. They are designed with a short corridor with wardrobes on one side (two for hanging, one for drawers and the safe); and the shower room on the other. The room is square, with a double (or two singles) bed; a floor-to-ceiling mirror opposite, a stand-alone writing desk and another large mirror and a chair. The balconies are bigger than many on modern ships, with enough space for two chairs (with leg room), and a large waist-height desk.

Of the 204 balcony cabins, 94 new balcony cabins were added in the refit, which are essentially the same as a standard balcony in terms of size and features, except in one respect: they have a Pullman on the wall, which means no large mirror opposite.

Suite: MSC classifies the 28 cabins (all on deck 12) as suites, though they are more like mini-suites as they have no separate bedroom, but a separate seating area with a sofa-bed. They come in at 270 square ft. (including the balcony) and feature an entry foyer, a walk-in wardrobe, a desk unit and a separate desk. The seating area also has a coffee table. These cabins are the only ones with a bathtub. There are just two Suite variations, at the front of deck 12. They are the same size and design as the others, but have a forward-facing balcony with stunning views.

Suite passengers enjoy the following perks: Priority boarding; complimentary dressing gown and slippers; all-inclusive drinks package; access to a private sun deck at the front of the ship. Perks also include a spa package with a spa welcome cocktail, a massage, tanning shower, private wellness consultation and unrestricted use of the Thermal Area throughout the cruise (available only for adults).

Family: There two family cabins, comprising a bedroom area and a living area with up to four beds, which are a good size at 236 square feet. There are also 88 adjoining cabins.

Accessible: There are four accessible cabins, all interiors on deck 9 and are 236 square feet. These have wide doors and no ridge at the base of the doorframe. Bathrooms also have wide doors and are fully accessible, with rails and a seat in the shower.

Deck 5 - Aida
Deck 6 - Otello
Deck 7 - Rigoletto
Deck 8 - La Traviata
Deck 9 - Norma
Deck 10 - Turandot
Deck 11 - Tosca
Deck 12 - La Boheme
Deck 13 - Sun

Best for...

Travellers looking for an action-packed, around-the-clock party, plus families with kids on a budget

Not the best for...

Recluses looking for a small ship feel with plenty of quiet spaces, penny pinchers looking to avoid extra expenses

Who goes on MSC Cruises cruise ships?

MSC Cruises is one of the most diverse cruise lines you can sail on with a multicultural mix of Italians, Brits, Spanish, Germans and French in the Mediterranean, with more North Americans in the Caribbean (but still lots of Italians and Spanish-speaking passengers), and a big local market in South Africa and South America. You'll also come across all ages. The lively night scene means these ships work well for teens and younger cruisers, while the decent kids' clubs (particularly on the newer ships) and the clever arrangements of clustered family cabins mean a lot of families travel during school holidays.


Do I have to dress up on a MSC Cruises cruise?

Yes, a little. The usual dress code is informal during the day and smart-casual at night -- think nice trousers and shirt for men and nice pants/skirts with blouse or cocktail dress for women. There's usually one gala night per cruise, when black tie or dark suit and tie are encouraged for men, as is a formal dress for women. This is not enforced, but people do make an effort.


Is everything free on MSC Cruises cruises?

No, unless you're in one of the Yacht Club suites, and even then, not everything is included. MSC sells its cruises through a somewhat bewildering array of packages: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club. All include your accommodation, meals in specified restaurants and big-stage entertainment, along with basic coffee and tea, and select juices at breakfast and lunch. Beyond that, perks and inclusions vary by which package you've purchased, with Bella having no additional inclusions and Aurea featuring unlimited beverages. The Yacht Club has the most inclusions, with extra dining venues for eating, spa thermal suite passes and most beverages (plus access to a personal butler and a dedicated Yacht Club lounge and pool).


What are MSC Cruises's most popular activities?

The action onboard an MSC ship is nonstop, with cruisers flocking to participate in pool games, sports contests, shopping promotions, trivia, karaoke and filling the nightclubs until late. On newer ships, high-tech arcade games are all the rage, including a 4D cinema, laser maze, F1 simulator and bowling. Many MSC cruisers are also just as happy to park themselves by a pool and stay there all day, and when the ship is in port, you'll find the vast majority of cruisers off the ship on ship-sponsored or independent tours.


Included for all

  • Comfortable, well-appointed accommodation
  • Restaurant-style dining and extensive buffet
  • Excellent service
  • World-class entertainment
  • Cutting-edge fitness facilities
  • Nightclub and casino entry
  • Kids clubs and activities for families
  • Tips and service charges for all included

Bella Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View & Balcony accommodation types

  • Lowest price
  • Dining time preference taken at the time of booking & confirmed onboard. On selected ships, you can change this daily before 4pm
  • Cabin location will be advised by MSC at any time up to boarding
  • Access to all restaurants, facilities, kids clubs, gym & sports facilities and more.

Fantastica Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, SuperFamily & Suite accommodation types

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Accommodation located on the upper decks in the most desirable areas of the ship.
  • More dining flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside/World Europa class, choose Classic first/second sitting or Flexi Dining. 
    • On other ships, Classic dining with first/second sitting priority choice
  • Complimentary room service breakfast
  • 20% discount on prepaid speciality restaurants packages

Aurea Experience

Designed to offer reinvigorating comfort. Available with balcony and suites only

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Superior sea views from the upper decks
  • Welcome package of prosecco & chocolate, plus free room service delivery 24-hrs a day
  • Free access to Top Exclusive Solarium and thermal area (thermal area for adults only)
  • 40% discount on Spa prepaid packages / 10% discount if purchased onboard
  • Relaxation amenities in each cabin/suite and pillow menu
  • Ultimate dining choice and flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside class, enjoy My Choice dining arriving at any time during dinner with priority lane access to complimentary restaurants
    • Other ships: Exclusive reserved area in the main restaurant with anytime My Choice dining
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation

Choose your MSC Cruise experience

MSC Cruises is the first company to offer truly customised experiences, designed to accommodate your every need.

Don't forget the "Aurea" Experience for upgraded amenities and service or the MSC Yacht Club, the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. With an MSC cruise, there’s something for everyone.

Included for all

  • Comfortable, well-appointed accommodation
  • Restaurant-style dining and extensive buffet
  • Excellent service
  • World-class entertainment
  • Cutting-edge fitness facilities
  • Nightclub and casino entry
  • Kids clubs and activities for families
  • Tips and service charges for all included

Bella Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View & Balcony accommodation types

  • Lowest price
  • Dining time preference taken at the time of booking & confirmed onboard. On selected ships, you can change this daily before 4pm
  • Cabin location will be advised by MSC at any time up to boarding
  • Access to all restaurants, facilities, kids clubs, gym & sports facilities and more.

Fantastica Experience

Available with Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, SuperFamily & Suite accommodation types

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Accommodation located on the upper decks in the most desirable areas of the ship.
  • More dining flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside/World Europa class, choose Classic first/second sitting or Flexi Dining.
    • On other ships, Classic dining with first/second sitting priority choice
  • Complimentary room service breakfast
  • 20% discount on prepaid speciality restaurants packages

Aurea Experience

Designed to offer reinvigorating, all-inclusive comfort. Available with balcony and suites only

All benefits of Bella Experience plus

  • Superior sea views from the upper decks
  • Welcome package of prosecco & chocolate, plus free room service delivery 24-hrs a day
  • Free access to Top Exclusive Solarium and thermal area (thermal area for adults only)
  • 40% discount on Spa prepaid packages / 10% discount if purchased onboard
  • Relaxation amenities in each cabin/suite and pillow menu
  • Ultimate dining choice and flexibility:
    • On Meraviglia/Bellissima/Seaside class, enjoy My Choice dining arriving at any time during dinner with priority lane access to complimentary restaurants
    • Other ships: Exclusive reserved area in the main restaurant with anytime My Choice dining
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation

MSC Cruises Status Match

Discover the Best of MSC Cruises with all the Benefits you're Used to

How does it work?

All new clients in possession of a loyalty card from other leading travel reward programmes* will be able to join the MSC Voyagers Club at a similar or higher level than their current status**. You will also a receive a 5% discount on any booking. If you are already in possession of a privilege card from a mainstream leisure travel programme, you will be able to join the MSC Voyagers Club, receiving a matching status card from either their Classic, Silver, Gold and Black tiers, guaranteeing you a 5% discount on any booking and a similar or higher benefit status*.

Call us on 0800 023 1273 to take advantage of this new programme and discover the world of MSC Cruises.


Terms & conditions

Terms: *MSC Cruises will only consider benefit cards from other Cruising companies, Hotels and/or Tour Operators. Airline Company benefit cards are excluded. ** Matching is carried out by comparing as much as reasonably possible the level of benefits guaranteed from the external travel programme benefit card with those offered by the MSC Voyagers Club cards. Customers will physically receive their membership card once on-board during their first cruise with MSC Cruises. It is not possible to combine MSC Voyagers Club points with points from the benefit card data of other cruise companies. If you have benefit cards with multiple companies, you will have to choose which card to use to take part in the promotion. The MSC Voyagers Club card and membership will be subject to the terms and conditions of the MSC Voyagers Club. MSC Cruises reserves the right to reject any Status Match Request without any legal ramifications for legitimate reasons and to stop this programme at any time

What's included in the MSC All-Inclusive drinks package?

Great savings on Premium Extra drinks packages

There's never been a better time to plan your next holiday with MSC Cruises. Book now and, in addition to all of the great value that's always available as well as tips included as standard (saving around £80pppw), you could also secure a discounted Premium Extra drinks package! The regular onboard price is up to £67pppn, so with average savings of over £300pp per week, you can relax knowing you're saving money and can enjoy that extra tipple or two onboard.

Cheers!

  • Premium Extra drinks package from £220pp (based on 7-night sailing), saving £249pp!
    • Prices vary by season and duration
  • Gratuities included for all

Guide to MSC Cruises' drinks packages

Refresh yourself with great savings. MSC has created an array of great-value drinks packages to offer you the choice of refreshment that most appeal to you, from soft drinks to fine wines and premium beers. MSC's unlimited cruise options and numerous drinks packages give you carte blanche to quench your thirst whenever you like and can be combined with a huge selection of cruise holidays. So go on, give yourself the gift of total relaxation! Prices vary by destination - our team will be happy to provide the appropriate price for your chosen cruise.

'Easy' package:

  • All destinations: Includes a selection of pre-mixed drinks
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £37pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £34pppn

Enjoy a selection of classic cocktails, house spirits and mixed drinks, non-alcoholic cocktails, a dedicated selection of house wines by the glass, beer, sodas, fruit juices, bottled mineral water and classic hot drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea). The Easy package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet and main restaurant plus private islands. Not available in speciality restaurants or signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

'Easy Plus' package:

  • Caribbean & North America, South America & Far East & Japan: All beverages priced up to $10
  • All other destinations: All beverages priced up to €9 (£9 onboard MSC Virtuosa in Summer)
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £50pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £47pppn

Includes all of the beverages from the 'Easy' package plus a selection of frozen and classic cocktails, a variety of spirit brands, liqueurs and cordials. In addition, there's a selection of wine by the glass, a 10% discount on bottled wines purchased onboard and a wide variety of draft & bottled beers, non-alcoholic cockatiels, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and hot teas. The Easy Plus package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet, main and speciality restaurants plus private islands. Not available in signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

'Premium Extra' package:

  • Caribbean & North America, South America & Far East & Japan: All beverages priced up to $16
  • All other destinations: All beverages priced up to €14 (£14 onboard MSC Virtuosa in Summer)
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £67pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £64pppn

The premium choice to quench your thirst. The Premium Extra package includes an extensive variety of frozen & classic cocktails, premium brand spirits, liquors and cordials. Then there's a varied selection of wines and champagnes by the glass, a 25% discount on bottles of wine and champagne purchased onboard and the entire selection of draft, craft and bottled beers, sodas, fruit juices, mineral water, energy drinks, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and teas. The Premium Extra package covers all of the above served in their bars, buffet, main and speciality restaurants plus private islands. Not available in signature venues such as Venichi 1878 establishments or MSC Virtuosa Starship Club.

Alcohol-Free package:

  • South America / Caribbean & North America & Far East/Japan Cruises - available for guests aged 21 and over
  • All other destinations - available for guests aged 18 & over
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £23pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £21pppn

Give your thirst a treat as and when you like with a wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, mineral water, flavoured water, fruit juices, classic coffee drinks and coffee specialities, hot chocolate, hot teas and soft-serve ice cream. You can use this package in the bars, self-service buffet, main restaurants and on private islands, but not in the speciality restaurants and signature venues (Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club).

Minors Package:

  • South America / Caribbean & North America & Far East/Japan Cruises - available for guests aged 4-20 yrs.
  • All other destinations - available for guests aged 4-17 yrs.
  • Cruises of 6 nights and less: £16pppn | Cruises of 7 nights and more: £15pppn

Give your kids the freedom to enjoy their choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, mineral water, flavoured water, fruit juices, a selection of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, hot tea and soft-serve ice cream. Available at selected bars, the self-service buffet and main restaurants. What’s more, the Minors Package also includes the private islands but does not cover the speciality restaurants and signature venues(Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club), regardless of beverage price. Applicable for minors (age respective of the country/operation area) who are part of a group/family purchasing Adult Package


Terms & conditions

Discounted drinks packages may not be available on every sailing. Further conditions apply. Please ask for full details.

Please be advised that in respect to Saudi law, during the calls in Saudi Arabian ports, alcoholic drinks will not be served until the ship will be in international waters. Beverage packages are not transferrable and may not be shared with other guests, being valid for one beverage only per each order. Violation of these terms may result in the cancellation of a guest’s package without eligibility for a refund or credit of any kind. Packages are sold on a per cruise basis and not a per day or any other basis. Pricing applies to each day of the cruise, except for disembarkation day. Once activated on board, packages cannot be terminated or refunded. Packages must be booked by all guests occupying the same cabin, travelling together and wishing to dine at the same table. This includes minors, for who the Minors Package must be booked. Packages are not obligatory for infants under three years of age. The following exclusions apply: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar, room service, promotions and signature venues (Venchi 1878 establishments or Jean-Philippe Maury venues, MSC Virtuosa Starship Club, MSC World Europa Coffee Emporium, MSC World Europa Raj Polo Tea Room), regardless of beverage price. Must be of legal age to consume alcohol - see our terms of our guest alcohol policy. Other conditions & terms may apply. Beverages and liquors may be substituted based on availability and itinerary.

All-Inclusive Cruising

All-Inclusive Cruising with MSC Cruises  - Upgrade from just £36 per day!

When MSC Cruises say all-inclusive they mean it. Sail with unlimited premium extra drinks, gratuities and port taxes included when you upgrade from just £36 per day.

Onboard MSC Virtuosa, sail to the Canary Islands, Norwegian Fjords and more. Onboard MSC Preziosa, sail to iconic Northern European treasures, including Hamburg, Bruges and more. Both are sailing from Southampton!

In the summer months, fly from airports around the UK on direct flights that include hold luggage and return transfers to the East or West Mediterranean, or feel the warmth of the Caribbean with plenty of embarkation ports from Miami, Port Canaveral, or New York.

For some winter sunshine, fly to Dubai for the dazzling Arabian Gulf onboard MSC Euribia or fly from London to Barbados for 14-nights of adventure onboard MSC Virtuosa, taking in the best of the Southern Caribbean.

Get all-inclusive from £36 per day when you book your drinks package in advance with MSC Cruises.

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