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MSC Cruises: MSC Magnifica

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MSC Magnifica Review

The fourth sister ship in MSC Cruises’ Musica-class, MSC Magnifica was introduced in 2010 as a groundbreaking ship featuring design and technology to achieve energy efficiency and environmental performance. Interiors reflect an Italian style with decks named for Mediterranean

ports.

MSC Cruises took a giant leap into mainstream cruising with the introduction of this large and entirely new ship class. Highlights of the Musica-class design are a three-deck central foyer, where a piano is suspended on a transparent floor, à la carte restaurants, large-screen outdoor cinemas, and, on MSC Magnifica, a covered outdoor pool with retractable roof.

Italian culture prevails throughout, and serves as an important part of the entire cruise experience. Interiors are a blend of art deco and art nouveau themes as well as the authentic Italian designs for which other MSC Cruises ships are known. The extensive use of various colored marbles adds a luxurious quality to public spaces. In addition to its soothing Zen garden and Oriental music, the sushi bar is a bonus to the dining experience.

More widely known as one of the world's largest cargo shipping companies, MSC has operated cruises with an eclectic fleet since the late 1980s. When the line introduced two graceful, medium-size ships in 2003 and 2004, it ushered in an era of new shipbuilding that has seen the fleet grow faster than any other European cruise line. This line is growing into a major player in both Europe and the Caribbean.

MSC blankets the Mediterranean nearly year-round with a dizzying selection of cruise itineraries that allow a lot of time in ports of call and include few if any sea days. In summer months, several ships sail off to northern Europe to ply the Baltic. Itineraries planned for repositioning sailings visit some intriguing, off-the-beaten-track ports of call that other cruise lines bypass.

No glitz, no clutter—just elegant simplicity—is the standard of MSC's seaworthy interior decor. Extensive use of marble, brass, and wood reflects the best of Italian styling and design; clean lines and bold colors set their modern sophisticated tone.

MSC adopts some activities that appeal to American passengers without abandoning those preferred by Europeans; however, regardless of the itinerary, be prepared for an Italian-influenced experience. Also expect to hear announcements in several languages.

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Pros

  • There's a walking track high atop the ship as well as a covered promenade
  • Private gaming rooms for serious gamblers add a Las Vegas vibe to the casinos
  • Smoking is limited to one lounge and outside deck spaces

Cons

  • Announcements are made in several languages
  • Boat drill instructions, also given in several languages, can seem endless
  • Some in-cabin TV programming might be considered too "adult" for family viewing
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 987
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 92,400
  • Length 964 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,259
  • Passenger Capacity 2,518
  • Width 106 feet

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