Can I afford a cruise?
If you can afford to take a hotel-based vacation, you can afford to take a cruise. Cruises represent perhaps the best value for your vacation dollar.
What do I get for my money?
Your cruise price includes your cabin, all meals, entertainment, parties and, of course, all transportation between all the ports on your itinerary. Optional shore excursions and port charges are not included in the basic price.
Will I feel bored or confined on board?
Never! Think of a cruise ship as a floating resort. On-board activities begin at dawn and go into the wee hours of the night. The scenery is constantly changing, and every port is filled with new and exciting opportunities for exploration.
What can I do on the ship?
You may wish to lounge on deck by the pool with a good book, sign up for exercise classes, swim, play bingo or bridge, gamble in the casino, take in a Broadway-style floor show or a magician's act, see a movie, get a massage or dance the night away.
How long do cruises last?
MSC offers cruises that range from three to 19 nights.
Is airfare included in my cruise price?
MSC offers both a cruise-only price and an AIR/SEA price that includes connecting airfare, transfers between the airport and ship and baggage handling. In some instances, only the cruise-only fare is available. The prices shown on our site are typically cruise-only, but our cruise counselors will gladly provide an air-inclusive price if requested.
What's a shore excursion?
That's a term that refers to anything you do off the ship, in port. At every stop, you'll have the option of exploring the area on your own or as part of a group with a planned itinerary.
Will I need a passport?
All cruises now require proof of citizenship. On some itineraries, a certified copy of your birth certificate and a driver's license or government-issued photo I.D. are sufficient, on others a passport is required. Visas may also be required on the more exotic itineraries. Your cruise counselor will advise you on documents you will need depending on your itinerary. For more information, click here.
Is a cruise suitable for families with kids?
Not just suitable, they're perfect! Large cruise ships are now designed with kids-only facilities, counselors, daytime activities and nighttime baby-sitting. MSC ships offer programs for kids of all ages.
Are cruises suitable for single travelers?
Cruising is very popular with single travelers. The single supplement charged by MSC varies by sailing. Your cruise counselor can advise you of the supplement at the time of booking.
Are cruises really that popular?
You better believe it! More than 20 million people will cruise in the next year, and cruising routinely earns the highest ratings in customer satisfaction among all vacation categories. Once you try it, you'll be hooked.
What is a Day at Sea?
A Day at Sea is a full day spent sailing between two ports. Most cruises include one or more Days at Sea.