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MSC Cruises Cabin Overview – what you need to know

MSC balcony cabin

As with most cruise lines, MSC Cruises has a wide selection of cabin options across its fleet. Whether it be a cozy interior cabin or the ultimate deluxe suite, there is something for every traveler.  

Ships offer a variety of accommodations to meet diverse needs, including solo travelers, those guests requiring accessible rooms, and solutions for larger families or groups who want to share common spaces.

One of the unique features of sailing with MSC Cruises is their custom MSC Experiences which offer a selection of benefits at different price points.   

Here is what you need to know about MSC’s cabins and suites.

Interior Cabins

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MSC inside cabin

The smallest amongst the cabin options, interior rooms vary between 129 -301 square feet, depending upon the ship. Perfect for cruisers who spend little time in their room and want good value for their money.

Interior rooms provide: 

  • Single beds that can be combined
  • Armchair
  • Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer.
  • Can accommodate 2-4 guests (with pullman beds)
  • Available with the Bella and Fantastica Experiences across the fleet

MSC offers a few different iterations within the interior room category, including the Interior Studio, which has one single bed and is 129 square feet. They are available on the Meraviglia class of ships.

The Seaside class of ships offer deluxe and premium interior cabins of 150 square feet and up, and larger interior stateroom options accommodating up to 5 passengers.

Ocean View Cabins

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MSC ocean view cabin

A good option for those who want a view of the ocean and some natural light, ocean view cabins are good value. This type of cabin is not as numerous and are often located on lower decks

Ocean view cabins provide:  

  • Window with ocean view
  • Single beds that can be combined
  • Armchair
  • Interactive TV, phone, safe and minibar
  • Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Are available with Bella and Fantastica Experiences across the fleet
  • Range in size from 129 to 269 square feet.

For those passengers wanting more space, there are Junior Ocean View and Deluxe Ocean View cabins that accommodate up to 6 guests.

Balcony Cabins

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MSC Balcony cabin

Balcony rooms provide guests with extra space and a balcony, a must have for many cruisers. Basic balcony cabins (often referred to as Deluxe cabins) are the most common type on cruise ships, providing guests with many options, including different price points and locations.

Balcony cabins provide:  

  • Single beds that can be combined
  • Balcony
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Interactive TV, phone, safe and minibar
  • Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Are available with Bella and Fantastica Experiences across the fleet
  • Range in size from 129 – 183 square feet
  • Balcony space of 43 to 97 square feet
  • Available for Bella, Fantastica and Aurea experiences

Some ships, like the MSC Bellissima, offer a studio balcony.

Aurea Balcony cabins tend to be in the best locations, midship and above. Passengers should be aware that some deluxe balconies have partial obstructions or metal instead of glass balconies.

Suites

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MSC Grand Suite

MSC offers a range of suite options, separate from MSC Yacht Club.

Suites provide:

  • Larger balcony
  • Sitting area with sofa / separate living area
  • Comfortable king or single beds that can be combined
  • Walk in closet
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Interactive TV telephone, safe and minibar
  • Located on higher decks
  • Most suites are available with the MSC’s Aurea experience only, which provides several extra benefits.
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MSC 2 bedroom suite

There are a number of room types within the suite staterooms:

  • Junior Suite is the smallest of the suites at 183 square feet plus a balcony of 172 square feet
  • The basic suite (often called Premium Suite) offers more room at 280-344 square feet and a balcony of 97-161 square feet.
  • Premium Suite Aurea accommodates up to 6 passengers and is 269 square feet plus balcony.
  • Grand Suites and 2 Bedroom Grand Suites provide even more space, with some having their own private hot tub.
  • For the ultimate in suites, there is the two-level Duplex suite, which has a master bedroom on the second level and two bathrooms.

MSC Yacht Club

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MSC deluxe suite

When booking a cruise, MSC offers guests several options to enhance their cruise experience, and the top level is MSC Yacht Club. It is available for select cabins on many cruise ships across the fleet.

Referred to as a ship within a ship concept, this is the ultimate in luxury for MSC cruisers. This all-inclusive style of cruising includes ungraded suites, personalized service and dedicated venues onboard such as a private lounge, restaurant and deck area. 

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MSC Yacht Club cabin

Surprisingly, there are some interior cabin options available in the MSC Yacht Club level, as well as spacious suites and balcony rooms. These cabins tend to be grouped together on the higher level decks of the ship, close by to dedicated MSC Yacht Club amenities.

Overview of MSC Yacht Club Suites

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MSC interior suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Interior Suite has a sitting area with a total of 226 square feet of space.
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite ranges from 269-366 square feet, with a 86 square foot balcony.
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Grand Suite varies from 269-463 square feet has a separate living area and a balcony of 86-129 square feet.
  • MSC Yacht Club Duplex Suite has two levels and separate dining and living areas. It is 635 square feet, in addition to a 248 square foot balcony.
  • MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite has 667 square feet of space, with separate living and dining space. Its spacious balcony is 355 square feet with a private hot tub. 
  • At the top is the Owner’s Suites with an expansive 1,055 square feet of space, including a separate living and dining area. Its 269 square foot balcony has a private hot tub and lots of room to lounge.

Included with these staterooms are a number of MSC Yacht Club perks:

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MSC Yacht Club pool

General

  • Dedicated priority check-in and check-out, along with priority departure and return on port days
  • 24-hour butler and room service as well as a dedicated concierge
  • MSC for Me wristband (where available)
  • 1 free cruise booking change
  • Custom experiences including onboard shopping and port excursions
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Yacht Club suite

Cabin

  • In room welcome package (Prosecco + chocolate)
  • Memory foam mattresses, selection of pillows, bathrobe and slippers 
  • Complimentary minibar
  • Luggage packing/unpacking service, newspaper directly delivered in cabin on request
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MSC Yacht Club dining

Packages / Services

  • Premium Extra Drink Package (includes all drinks up to 13$ in all ship areas)
  • Premium Internet package (Browse - 2 devices Unlimited Internet Package)
  • 20% discount on a dedicated specialty restaurant prepaid package
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MSC Yacht Club pool

Private Venues

  • Dedicated, private area of the ship accessible only to MSC Yacht Club guests
  • Panoramic Top Sail Lounge with bar, afternoon tea service, snacks and live entertainment in the evening
  • Private and spacious pool deck, whirlpool baths, sunbathing area and an outdoor bar
  • Gourmet, Yacht Club restaurant with a la carte dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
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Aurea Experience

MSC Aurea Spa – MSC’s Balinese style spa

  • Complimentary access to Thermal Suites at MSC Aurea Spa
  • 40% discount on a dedicated Spa prepaid package
  • 10% discount on all spa treatments purchased on board

Other cabin considerations

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MSC whirlpool

For those guests wanting accessible cabins, MSC offers ADA compliant wheelchair accessible cabins throughout the ship; however, they are a limited number.

There are some attractive cabin options for larger families and groups who want to share space:

  • Super Family Plus cabins combine 3 connecting rooms (1 Inside and 2 Balcony cabins for up to 10 guests
  • Super Family cabins combine 2 connecting balcony rooms for 6 guests
  • Family Balcony accommodations are 2 connecting cabins (1 Inside plus 1 Balcony or 1 Oceanview for a maximum of 6 people

Solo travelers often face limited options when selecting cabins without additional costs. MSC’s Meraviglia offers single occupancy cabins, although less than 20 per ship.

Overview of MSC Experiences

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Fantastica Experience

When booking an MSC cruise, passengers can select from five distinct MSC Experiences. It is essential to understand the cost and associated benefits of each tier and that not every experience is available for every room type

Bella Experience:

Marketed for those cruisers who want good value and a pleasant stay. This tier is available for balcony, ocean view, and interior staterooms. It includes:

  • Comfortable staterooms
  • Fee for cruise change
  • Discounted drink packages at the time of booking
  • MSC Voyagers Club Points

Fantastica Experience:

Suited to those passengers looking for comfort and flexibility, this tier is available for suites, balcony, ocean view and inside rooms. It includes:

  • Perks of Bella level
  • 1 free cruise change
  • Opportunity to select cabin and superior locations
  • 24-hour room service (delivery fee)
  • Free breakfast delivery
  • Preferred dinner sitting
  • 20% off specialty restaurants (prepaid)
  • Complimentary picture at Mediterranean night

Aurea Experience:

For suites and balcony guests who desire a more all-inclusive vacation, this is the most deluxe tier. Benefits include:

  • Bella and Fantastica perks
  • 1 free cruise change
  • Opportunity to select cabin and its location
  • Suites and balconies in best locations
  • Easy drink package
  • Prosecco and chocolate welcome package
  • 24-hour room service (free delivery)
  • Free breakfast delivery
  • Flexible dining time
  • 20% off specialty dining package
  • Access to private solarium
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Pillow options
  • 40% off spa package
  • Complimentary massage
  • Priority boarding and luggage drop off

MSC Wellness Experience

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MSC Wellness Experience

Available for any cabin type, this experience caters to wellness enthusiasts, providing unique benefits onboard and while onshore:

  • One complimentary sport drink each day
  • Personal exercise mat, Technogym Wellness Bag, towels and a sportswear kit
  • Personalized fitness schedules with a wide range of dedicated activities and facilities
  • 5-% off Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga classes
  • Use of MSC’s mywellness app
  • Complimentary internet access
  • On shore activities designed for Wellness Experience participants
  • Adult only
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