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MSC Cruises - Family Cruises

MSC Cruises offers the perfect affordable family cruise vacations as kids 11 and younger cruise free* on MSC!

In addition to our family cruises, we also offer a complimentary kids program filled with entertainment, fun, and games. Dedicated entertainment and activities are arranged for children over 3 years old in the Children’s Center. The daily activities are divided into age specific groups with themed activities displayed daily in the onboard program. Children’s entertainment is organized into three different age categories:

• Mini Club:     Children 3 to 8 years old
• Junior Club:  Children 9 to 12 years
• Teenager's Club:  Guests 13 up to 17 years of age

Our kid’s club leaders organize lots of great activities, shows, and games such as treasure hunts, a mini-Olympics, painting courses, dancing, arts, and crafts. Each ship has a cheerful, spacious and safe playroom. Knowing your children are with our expert cruise staff, you can relax and enjoy the pool or unwind with an aromatic massage.

When parents are on excursions ashore, the Mini Club and Juniors Club will remain open for children 3-12 years of age, allowing parents’ peace of mind. If parents are ashore or involved in other activities, the kids club leaders will also take youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals (from a dedicated Children’s Menu).

You’ll also find lots of family activities onboard MSC Cruises, such as miniature golf, tennis and basketball. Several of our newest ships, including MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica, MSC Divina,  MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida offer designated children’s pools and outdoor play areas. For example, on MSC Poesia, your children can enjoy our Stone Age dinosaur play area.  While MSC Fantasia offers Il Polo Nord, (The North Pole) children’s play area that includes a swimming pool with a waterslide, the first on any MSC ship. MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia, and MSC Armonia offer dedicated indoor areas for the kids including a video game room. All entertainment activities, both for younger guests and adults are conducted in all languages to cater to the needs of every guest.  As our ships vary in size and facilities, kid’s activities are not restricted to the Mini Clubs. When parents are on excursions ashore, the Mini Club will remain open, allowing parents’ peace of mind. If parents are ashore or involved in other activities, the kids club leaders  will also take youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals (from a dedicated Children’s Menu). And for families who want to share a shore excursion experience, this affordable family vacation also includes discounts on shore excursions for children (ages vary by destination)!

The fun continues even with our children’s menus. Kids love our pasta and pizza.  And, we also offer All-American favorites, too, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious pastries and desserts. And, "My Teen Card" makes it convenient for kids 12 -17 to make pre-paid purchases while onboard.

As a family-owned company, you can be sure we make every cruise family-friendly and enjoyable for all.

* For all cruises, kids 11 and under sail free. Kids sail free offer applies to children sailing as 3rd/4th occupants in same stateroom with two adults paying Early Booking or Retail Rates excluding MSC Yacht Club.  Government fees and taxes for all guests is additional and varies by itinerary (some restrictions may apply).

**Please note that the activities vary by the number and ages of the children onboard.**

Family Cabins on MSC cruise ships

Family Staterooms

Traveling with the children but would still like your own private stateroom? On selected MSC ships we offer family accommodation in adjacent staterooms with a connecting door. Enjoy your privacy or open the door – the kids are right next door!
Teen Card - Family Cruises

Teen Card

The teen card is a prepaid card that opens the door to MSC Cruises entertainment for your children. Let your kids enjoy themselves while you can keep an eye on what they spend and allow them to enjoy special teenage features with complete freedom.
Mini Club - Cruises for Families

Mini Club: Children 3-6 Years Old

On all the ships of the MSC Cruises fleet there is a special area exclusively dedicated to children – cheerful and colorful. Safe and equipped play areas offer daily entertainment and plenty of space for running, exploring, diving, swimming and, most important of all...playing! The Mini Club is also available during excursions.
Junior Club - Cruises for Families

Junior's Club : Children 7-11 Years Old

Offering dedicated activities, sports, parties, games and shows the Junior's Club provides plenty of opportunities for kids to have fun while Mom and Dad relax and vice versa.
Children menu on MSC Cruises

Childrens’ Menu

Moms will be delighted with our cuisine designed just for kids. There are special menus (Stellar, Polar, Jungle, Farm) designed to keep kids healthy and above all happy, whether they’re eating with their parents or in the care of their club supervisors, without mentioning the thousands of tantalizing pastries and desserts.
Happy dinners

Happy Dinners for kids aged 3 -11 years

Children are served their own dinner from the kids menu while parents are enjoying opening courses, so they can dine together as a family. Then, when kids have finished at their usual speed (in about 45 minutes) parents or entertainment staff take them promptly to the Happy Dinner Meeting Point near the entrance to the restaurant, where our staff accompany them to the Mini & Junior’s Club.
Fun time dinner

Fun Time Dinner for kids aged 3 -11 years

Children aged 3-11 can have dinner with entertainment staff for 4 evenings per week. With MSC Fun Time Dinners, children dine in a separate, specially decorated area of the buffet restaurant with the entertainment team, and then have fun in the Mini and Junior Club while parents enjoy a leisurely dinner alone, picking up the kids when they've finished. The service is free of charge, limited places available, booking is requested.
Do-Re-Mi mascot


Younger guests will love MSC Cruises’ mascot, Do-Re-Mi. Not only does this smiley character feature on a range of products for children, he also makes live appearances during children’s parties at the pool or in the disco, as well as during boarding and disembarkation.
Teenagers Club on MSC cruise ship

Teen's Club for Kids over 13 Years of Age

MSC Teen's Club provides specialized entertainers to organize fun activities for teenagers. Treasure hunts and kids’ missions, talent shows, the Virtual World Arcade, trivia and dance contests…there’s even a newspaper in which they can write and draw about their preferred activities. There’s so much to do we’re sure they’ll want every day to be twice as long just to fit everything in. The program changes daily to keep it all endlessly entertaining.
fun at Teens Disco on MSC Cruise ship

Teens Disco

After the day-time fun is finished we get the evening parties going while the Teens Club Live holds events that include music live shows, Hip-Hop, Latin and group dancing, plus much more. There’s even a disco just for teens, a place they can call their own.
happy with Teen's Card

Teen’s Card

This personalized credit card will provide children aged 12 to 17, with more freedom of movement and allow them to spend small sums on board. These can be used on board like a proper credit card as well as a cruise card. When you board the ship you’ll be given a flyer describing all the benefits and an order form. This way, your Teens’ Card will be delivered directly to your cabin.
Mini Bowling on cruise

Mini Bowling

MSC Splendida an MSC Magnifica feature two innovative mini-bowling alleys in their high-tech Sports Bars. Every aspect of these ten-pin bowling alleys has been carefully designed for maximum entertainment and impact, including a traditional-looking bowling surface that is actually made of a tough phenol compound which allows anyone to join in the fun without changing shoes. The alleys are scaled down to work perfectly in a bar environment, stimulating people to mix and mingle, while even the bowls themselves are somewhat smaller than usual, making everything manageable for youngsters while still presenting a challenge to all. Increasing the fun, there are two large LCD electronic screens featuring interactive videogame animations with a choice of Ten Pin Tour and Turkey Shoot.
Wii consoles on MSC cruise ships

Nintendo Wii Consoles

MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida are equipped with 114 Wii consoles, including 9 Wii Sport consoles in the Sport Bar, 4 Wii fit stations with balance board in the Fitness Center, a competition console on the Sport Deck and a further console in the main pool area that’s connected to a massive 7x3 metres screen for public competitions and activities. Other consoles form part of the sumptuous fittings in the elegant suites of MSC Fantasia’s exclusive MSC Yacht Club complex.
F1 car simulator on cruise ship

Formula 1 Simulator (onboard MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida)

Climb into a racing car to experience the adrenaline rush of travelling at high speed. This state-of-the-art simulator perfectly reproduces driving conditions in one of the fastest cars in the world! The flash of the green light, the pit stop, overtaking a rival and the checkered flag awaits as you experience all the excitement of the Grand Prix.
experience 4D cinema on board

4D Cinema

For the ultimate virtual reality experience MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia feature the stunning 4D Cinema where cinema comes to life. A giant screen and special headphones for an audio/visual experience like never before.
Arcade games

Video Games Arcade

Our video games arcade has a wide range of games for all ages. Teens and adulds will enjoy familiar amusements while grownups can challenge themselves on multi-player machines.
fun at the MSC Aqua Park

Acqua Park

Its 150 fountains provide endless fun during the day and an astonishing spectacle when lit up to music at night.
Basket onboard with MSC Cruises

Sports Amenities

Onboard MSC Cruises ships sports amenities are equally extensive, with tennis, squash and basketball courts, shuffleboard, a jogging track and four swimming pools, including the amazing mini-golf.
safe fun at MSC kid's pool

Kids’ Pool

Just as adults deserve their own swimming area, so children merit their own fun place for waterplay, too! MSC Fantasia boasts a thrilling waterslide and most of our cruise liner have children’s waterparks with fountains, whirlpools and waterfalls.