MSC Musica began the Musica class of ships and at around 3000 passengers it sits between the Lirica Class at around 2000 and the Fantasia Class at 4000 guests. You might be knocked out a little the first time you step on board and see its stunning central foyer’s three-tier waterfall and the transparent piano, suspended above the water on a crystal floor. All the ships are fun, aimed at families and have great amenities, so you can choose by the size of the ship you feel comfortable in and where it is going. The Musica loves the Mediterranean in the European summer. The ship also gets into the Greek Islands a wonderful paradise of sun and history. Then in the European winter it heads back to the Caribbean. Other mid size Musica Class ships (some may call them large but at MSC they are mid size especially now they have the Seaside Class of circa 5,000 guests) sister ships are the MSC Poesia MSC Magnifica MSC Orchestra MSC CRUISES FROM SOUTHAMPTON – click here
The ship is as expected, two large formal restaurants, two buffet style restaurants and other options, many bars and a very America Havana smoking room which you will not find on British based ships. We have yet to find a written dress code for MSC, but people do get smart in the smart places and you will see in number 3 they suggest you bring a tux and the ladies an evening dress. We have the following (taken from their web site.)
Taking a cruise may be a holiday, but it is also a skill and those who have been on plenty know all the golden rules. If you have never taken a cruise before, but are keen to fit straight in and look and feel like a pro, there are five principles to live by, which will ensure you make the most of your time.
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1. Learn the lingo
There is a whole new language used at sea, so learning a few words will help you look like you have done this before. Always remember that the vessel you are cruising on is referred to as a ship and never a boat and your accommodation is a cabin. Get your bearings on board and refer to the front of the ship as the bow, the back is the stern, port is to the left-hand side and starboard is the right.
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2. Keep to ship’s time
One of the beauties of cruising is the opportunity to visit a wide selection of destinations in one trip, but this could well mean crossing various time zones. Running on ship’s time will help you manage your day on board and not miss that all-important dinner reservation, but it is also vital for port days. Be sure your watch is in line with ship’s time before disembarking to guarantee you are back on board well before the vessel is due to set sail again.
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3. Only pack what you need
It can be tempting to pack all things for all eventualities for your cruise, especially if you are travelling with young children. Experienced cruisers know that many of these items are actually readily available on board, so they leave them at home. These include a buggy, which can easily be organised in advanced, and toiletries, which are found in each cabin. Leaving these out of your luggage will give you extra space to buy souvenirs on the ship or in your favourite ports.
The items that really are a good idea to bring along though are a tux for the men or a formal dress for the women. Gala night really is one of those special cruise experiences and you will certainly want to look the part. Click the picture to go to their site.
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4. Plan your time
Yes, you are on holiday, but you have booked yourself onto a cruise ship that is chock full of fantastic things to do, see, eat and explore, so you’ll want to make the most of your time. There’s nothing more frustrating than realising you could have seen Cirque du Soleil On The Seas if you’d organised it earlier.
Plan the experiences you really want to have in advance and get them booked to avoid disappointment. This includes reservations at the speciality restaurants and spa treatments for a good feeling of being pampered. Even better, if you book on embarkation day, you will receive a 50 per cent discount on your spa treatments. Explore ports on an organised excursion or have ideas before getting off the ship about where to go, otherwise, you could end up missing out on a destination’s best attractions.
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5. Know when to take advantage of the ship benefits
There are a wide number of benefits that passengers can take advantage of on board MSC Cruises simply by upgrading. For example, if you upgrade your Bella cabin experience, you’ll automatically be served breakfast in your cabin. While this may sound romantic for couples, it can also be great for families. Not having to ready all the children for breakfast at the same time makes for a less stressful trip and everyone loves the treat of eating in your pyjamas.