Launched in 2008, she is best suited to families. There is the distinct aura of a resort hotel on the ship, with the ship offering a great variety of activities, staterooms, and dining options. Whilst onboard, guests may want to take advantage of some of her more distinctive and unique features, or unwind in one of the many bars available.
There are a variety of restaurants available onboard, including two main dining rooms, a self-service buffet, and a number of casual snack or lunch options. Two traditional sittings, flexible and casual dining options are all available.
Located on Deck 6, serving a wide variety of dishes, prepared by hand with the freshest ingredients, there’s a great variety of choice to be had in the restaurants. One of two main dining rooms onboard, guests will find everything from freshly baked bread, to Italian and Mediterranean styled food here.
Located on deck 5, serving a wide variety of dishes, prepared by hand with the freshest ingredients, there’s a great variety of choice to be had in the restaurants . One of two main dining rooms onboard, guests will find everything from freshly baked bread, to Italian and Mediterranean styled food here.
L’Obelisco is Poesia’s à la carte restaurant situated aft of deck 13 offering panoramic sea views with seating for 250 guests.
Open for dinner only from 6pm to 11pm and with reservations recommended, examples of dishes served are Tuna tartare, swordfish carpaccio and steamed king crab to start, with Tagliolini pasta with lobster sauce, Vermicelli pasta with carpet-shell clams and cherry tomatoes, Risotto with shrimp tails and zucchini, Grilled T-bone steak and Roast rack of lamb with pistachio crust for main course.
If you’re looking for something a little different that’s fresh as the sea and oh so healthy then the Kaito Sushi Bar is the place to go. A unique concept where food is all prepared by hand by our experienced master Sushi chefs in an authentic Japanese minimalist restaurant setting, providing a genuine taste of Japanese cold and hot dishes, including sushi, sashimi, tempura etc.
Villa Pompeina is the ship’s buffet and pizzeria, located on deck 13 with seats for 472 guests.
Open from 6.30 to 7.00am for an early birds coffee, the breakfast buffet with a range of stations from eggs to fresh fruit, cereals and yogurts to cold meats, cheeses and breads is served from 7.00am to 10.00am.
The lunch time buffet opens from 12.00 to 2.30pm with food on offer ranging from salads, pastas, carved meats and fish to cheeses, breads, burgers, hot dogs, fries, sandwiches, pizza and desserts. The grill section and pizzeria remain open until 4.00pm when an afternoon tea is served until 5.00pm (with self service sandwiches, filled rolls, pastries, cookies and desserts) and from 6.45pm to 8.45pm a dinner buffet is served with a scaled down selection remaining on offer until 3.30am.
MSC Cruises’ uncompromising dedication to its passengers is nowhere more evident than the unrivalled entertainment programmes and facilities offered on board. With its state-of-the-art 1240 seat Theatre, futuristic Disco and Casino with over 600 square metres of casino gaming and the Virtual Games, video games room.
The Lounge and Wine Tasting Bar with tapas and live music and can be found on deck 7 of the ship with seating for 135 guests.
Each day special wine tastings are accompanied by different bites of food, such as fried polenta with cream cheese, bruschetta and other specialties as guests are guided through the wine selection by experienced sommeliers.
The Coffee Bar is an additional charge bar, situated on deck 6 seating 220 guests and with complimentary snacks ranging from pastries to cookies and potato chips served with all drinks purchased.
Coffee packages are available and drinks on offer range from chilled liquor based coffees such as Espresso Martini, American Style Coffee, Cappuccino and Hot Chocolate.
Entertainment on offer here ranges from live music to trivia quizzes, art and craft demonstrations and cookery demonstration
The Cyber Cafe located on deck 7 is the ship's computer room with 17 workstations and a printer (Charges apply).
Costs are around €3.33 Euros for 10 minutes in the Cyber Cafe or if guests want to spend more time on the internet a number of packages are available as follows (subject to change)
- €10 for 60 minutes
- €15 100 minutes
- €50 for 8 hours
- €120 for 24 hours
There are a variety of shops and boutique onboard. From the MSC Logo shop that sells MSC clothes, souvenirs and toys, Le Parfum selling a range of cosmetics and perfumes including Dior and Marc Jacobs.
La Boutique, on deck 6 sells men's, women's and children's fashion with brands including Polo, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Armani, with sunglasses, watches and fashion jewellery.
The Duty Free Shop sells a range of tobaccos, liquors and snacks and is located on deck 6.
The Zebra Bar is the ship's second show lounge served by its own bar and dance floor.
It is situated on deck 6 with seating for 477 guests.
Entertainment and activities range from bingo, seminars, Italian lessons and salsa dance classes to audience participation game shows, karaoke and international dance music.
Enrichment onboard MSC include Language lessons, dance classes, arts & crafts, and many more.
The ship is well equipped to ensure her passengers stay active whilst travelling. From a fully-equipped gym with panoramic sea views, to an outdoor jogging track, to the MSC Aurea Spa. The Aurea Spa offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, aromatherapy, as well as the only Balinese Spa at sea.
The Luxurious MSC Aurea Spa is an exotic paradise with superb sea views. It is a sanctuary of tranquility where a team of expert masseuses and beauty therapists will take care of your well being.
Choose from a wide range of treatments and facilities which include:
- 20 different types of massage, 19 body treatments, 19 facials, aromatherapy treatments, manicure and pedicure spa.
- A spa doctor and team of specialist masseuses, manicurists, pedicurists, hair stylists, personal trainers and yoga instructors.
- Thermal area, sauna, and steam bath.
- Exclusive beauty treatments in partnership with renowned international beauty brands.
- Further exclusive facilities, including a beauty centre with hair salon and bar
There are two outdoor salt water pools onboard- one ranging from 1.70 metres to 1.90metres deep, it is the smaller of the two pools at 1300 square metres; the other is the larger of the ship's two outdoor pools at 1600 square metres.
They are served by the outdoor Bar (which also sells additional charge Gelato ice cream) and flanked by two whirlpools.
The smaller pool is located by the ship's outdoor stage area where a range of activities take place from ice carving and cookery demonstrations to complimentary aerobic classes.
MSC pay special attention to the needs of families travelling with them, and it is easy to spend time together onboard the ship. There are comfortable, purpose-built family cabins, and a variety of experienced staff onboard to look after the younger passengers will parents disembark upon shore activities or make use of the onboard facilities. The Kids Club comes in five different age groups, and there are dedicated menus for kids in the restaurants. A special Edutainment programme is laid on as well, allowing children to express their creativity, alongside themed parties, and an adult-free zone for teenagers.
Comes in five different age groups, with dedicated services and entertainment activities for each, open from 9am to 11pm.
- Baby Club is for those under 3 years.
- Mini Club is for those 3-6 years old.
- Juniors Club is for 7-11 year olds.
- Young Clubis for 12-14 years old.
- Teens Club caters for 15-17 year olds.
Guests with special needs should inform MSC Cruises of their needs, ideally, at the time of booking, or at the very latest, no more than seven days before departure.
Accessible Cabins are available, and should be requested at the time of booking.
All decks, public areas and tenders have been designed to be as accessible as possible for guests with reduced mobility.
Wheelchairs are available onboard to assist with embarkation or disembarkation only in the case of an emergency.
In the interest of safety, guests with hearing impairments must travel with a carer. Passengers with partial hearing disabilities can travel alone, as long as they request the installation of a TDD System kit in their cabin. This kit is available across the whole fleet, but only in limited numbers.
Trained, certified and healthy guide dogs are allowed onboard, assuming that they possess all documentation for entering any and all foreign countries visited during the course of the voyage.
The medical facilities and equipment onboard may not be adequate enough to deal with a birth or any pregnancy complications. Therefore, for safety reasons, MSC are unable to admit any women onboard who have reached or exceeded their 24th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise.
Any guests with food intolerances and/or allergies are asked to inform MSC Cruises of their requirements through the Special Needs form (available online). Once onboard, guests must confirm their needs at the Reception, and with the Maitre d'Hôtel.
Casual wear is advised is advised for life onboard and shore excursions. For informal evenings, summery dresses for women and a lightweight jacket for men are recommended. For Gala evenings and Parties, slightly more formal dress is advised. For any formal evenings, cocktail dresses for ladies, and a lightweight suit or dinner jacket for the gentlemen onboard.
MSC Cruises advise bringing a jumper or shawl in your luggage to be prepared for changes in temperature in-between the air conditioned interior of the ship and the deck areas.
For visits to religious sites, appropriate clothing is recommended. This means covering knees, shoulders, and no low-cut tops.
15% is automatically added to all Bar and Spa Services. Hotel Service Charges vary depending on destination.