All about MSC Cruise Line


New promotion! Booking any cabin with the Fantastica experience now includes 12 drink vouchers for each person in the cabin!

Italian-owned MSC is one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, with many fantastic cruise ships that rival anything on the seas.

Our online booking system has the military rate already built in for all inside and oceanview cabins. Call us at 866-964-5482 if you want a balcony or suite so we can add a little extra discount for you!

Additional discount for balconies when you email or call to book, 866-964-5482

MSC now sails in the Caribbean! Click here for more information about this beautiful new ship!

New! Civilian military contractors now qualify for the military discount!

Don’t worry Americans, English is spoken on all the ships! All announcements are made in English, then in Italian. MSC tries very hard to cater to American clients and keep them from having the communication and cultural struggles they would have if they were on foreign soil.

MSC consists of 12 ships - eight of which have been built since 2006 - which cruise around the world to over 100 destinations. Over half the fleet of this cruise line are big, beautiful new ships! This gives MSC the distinction of have the ‘youngest’ cruise fleet in the entire cruise industry. That’s a big deal. New ships are really the best way to cruise. We always recommend the newest ships to our clients.

The best thing about MSC, for people who have kids, is that KIDS 11 and under SAIL FREE on most MSC cruises when they are the 3rd/4th person in the cabin. Christmas sailings are excluded.

Kids age 11 and under only pay tax, while kids 12-17 pay a very reduced rate.

CALL US to make sure the price for your cruise does not include a charge for kids under age 11 and to be sure you get the military discount 866-964-5482
Now, if you have a redeployment or revocation of leave, you can cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing and not lose money. Your money would apply towards a future MSC cruise! This is an EXCLUSIVE benefit of booking with us!

Military Discounts on MSC cruises

Who qualifies for the military discount on MSC?

All active and retired members of the U.S. and Canadian military, and their spouses, dependents, parents and in-laws! 

So even if your family is not traveling with the person is who is the member of the military, you still get a MILITARY DISCOUNT on your MSC cruise.

A military discount from us at Military Cruise Deals is built into the price you’ll find on all MSC cruise line rates shown on this Web site. You can see for yourself that our online rate is LOWER than the rate you can get directly from MSC or any other travel agency or online travel seller! But, we don't stop there...

We have live agents answering the phone 7 days a week, 15 hours a day! 866-964-5492

Entertainment, sports and activities for all ages include:

outdoor pool, miniature golf, F-1 simulator, sports court - tennis/basketball, fitness center / jogging track, showroom, casino, disco / nightclub


Some of you will be thrilled to hear that MSC offers gluten-free meal options!

Special gluten-free meals are served on the Fantasia, Orchestra, Peosia, Musica, Splendida, Magnifica and Divinia. On all other ships, pre-packaged, gluten-free products are available.

There’s even a kosher-category on the wine list! So clearly, MSC tries very hard to accommodate all dietary needs.

Meanwhile, everything else about MSC dining is very Italian, very European, very chic and very delicious. The menus focus on regional Italian specialties, which is a real bonus for the cruise dining experience. Lunches and dinners in the formal dining rooms are 6- and 7- courses!!

All MSC ships have specialty restaurants for even more private and refined dining, and room service is available 24-hours a day.

Fantasia Class Ships:

Preziosa - 2013 - brand new!! (91 VIP suites) Maiden voyages start in March, cruising Western Mediterranean
All future Preziosa cruises Video tour
Divinia - built 2012 - cruising Mediterranean and Caribbean, from Miami, Istanbul and Italy
All future Divinia cruises


Panamax Class ships: 133,000 tons, 3300 passengers, 1100 balcony cabins

Seventy-one VIP MSC Yacht Club suites located in the most scenic part of the ship, where guests have access to 24-hour butler service. Water slide, Aqua Park with 150 illuminating musical fountains, 1700-seat theater with live entertainment every night, interactive 4-D cinema, Formula 1 race car driving simulators, WiFi zones, magrodome, retractable roof over the pool area!

Splendida, built 2009 - cruising Western Mediterranean from Rome, Genoa and Marseille, France and Valencia, Spain. All future Splendida cruises
Fantasia - built 2008 - cruises Mediterranean and South America
All future Fantasia cruises - Video tour

Musica Class ships: 92,000 tons, 2500 average number of passengers, over 800 balcony cabins

Fifty-four VIP MSC Yacht Club suites, unique activities on Musica class ships includes - rock climbing and volleyball.
Magnifica - built 2010, cruises British Isle, and Greece, Turkey and Black Sea -Video tour
Poesia, built 2008, cruises from Ft. Lauderdale in the winter, and Southern Europe in winter - Video tour
Orchestra, built 2007, cruises Western Mediterranean in summer and South America in winter. Video tour
Musica - built 2006, cruises Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Fjords in summer Video tour

Contemporary Class ships: 59,000 tons, average 1700 passengers, 200 balcony cabins

Opera - built 2004, Video tour
Lirica - built 2003, Video tour
Sinfonia, built 2002, Video tour
Armonia - built 2001 - Video tour

MSC Military Discount rules:

A discount of up to 10% (not combinable with MSC Club discount) is also applicable to active and retired U.S. and Canadian military, civil service, and interline personnel and their spouses, dependent children, parents, and parents-in-law. Qualifying guests must present an I.D. badge from their respective organization at time of booking. Offer is capacity controlled, subject to availability and restrictions apply. Government taxes and fees for all guests are additional. Discount for inside and ocean view cabins is 5%. MSC Cruises reserves the right to pass on any fuel surcharge without notice to all guests. MSC Cruises reserves the right to refuse to honor any prices/sailings that are erroneously printed or quoted. Category YC2 and YC3 do not get a military discount.

WHAT if he’s re-deployed, and we have to cancel the cruise?

Will we lose all our money?

If a member of the United States Armed Forces or Canadian Armed Forces can no longer travel due to redeployment or revocation of leave – MSC Cruises will issue a full cruise credit for use on a future sail date. Must be verified by letter from commanding officer. Cancellation must be done within 15 days and future cruise credit is good for two years from cancellation.

However, this is just MSC, and is only if cancellation is for redeployment or revocation of leave.  IT DOES NOT cover cancellations for reasons of death, illness, or injury in the family, or give you medical coverage while on the cruise.

So, even though you are getting this layer of free protection from MSC up until 15 days before your departure date, you may still be wise to consider TRAVEL INSURANCE.  We provide a military discount on that as well, and our travel insurance is FREE for kids.