Friday 30 May 2008

Families at sea with MSC Cruises


There are many benefits for families who choose to travel with MSC Cruises - the only cruise company entirely dedicated to offering a 'Truly Italian' experience. MSC Cruises can provide the perfect holiday experience; combining family escapes with the opportunity to discover new destinations, with the needs and desires of every age group catered for.

On an MSC Cruise, children under the age of 18 sharing a cabin with their parents can cruise for free throughout the year* – even at peak holiday times.  In addition to this there is a 30% discount on excursions for children under 14, so the whole family can enjoy exploring new destinations.  Customers booking early can also take advantage of great 'Prima Price' rates enjoying discounts on the standard brochure pricing.  Families enjoying 7 night Mediterranean cruises on board MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica and MSC Opera can also take advantage of connecting cabins in category 10 which are available at a supplement.

On board each ship there is a dedicated team catering for the needs of all age groups - including the youngest guests. Throughout the fleet there are special areas exclusively for the under 18's – all are cheerful, colourful, well equipped, safe and have something to amuse children of every age. MSC Cruises ships are completely child friendly, offering daily entertainment and plenty of space for running, exploring, diving, swimming and, most important of all...playing!

In addition, the MSC Club provides specialist entertainers to organise fun activities for teenagers. Younger brothers or sisters will not be left out, as children are divided into two or three groups according to their ages: children from 3 to 9 in the Mini Club, those from 9 to 13 in the Juniors Club, and the over 13s in the Teenagers Club.

MSC Cruises also offers a Teen's Card. This personalised 'credit' card will provide passengers aged 12 to 17 with more freedom of movement and allow them to spend small sums on board. Two options are on offer - from 30 Euros (with a bonus credit of 5 Euros when purchased) and 50 Euros (with a bonus credit of 10 Euros when purchased). These can be used on board like a proper credit card as well as a cruise card. Guests boarding the ship are given a flyer describing all the benefits and an order form. This way, the Teens' Card will be delivered directly to the cabin.

Child friendly menus are also available on board – including Italian favourites such as pasta and pizza as well as numerous tantalizing desserts and snacks to enjoy.  Furthermore, if it's someone's birthday during the cruise, a mouth watering birthday cake will be served at the end of dinner.

Parents can relax in the knowledge that children have been entrusted to expert and friendly staff and even the smallest details taken care of, such as providing sunblock and sunhats. Parents can therefore look to indulge themselves in the spa, unwind with a Turkish bath, enjoy an aromatic massage or session at the fitness centre and then perhaps an evening flutter in the casino, safe in the knowledge their children are being taken care of and having a good time.

With MSC Cruises you can find the perfect holiday for all the family – from a cruise in the western Mediterranean, to a journey amongst the beautiful Greek islands or the fascinating ancient sites of Turkey.  The choice is yours.

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*Paying only for flights and port dues.

About MSC Cruises:

MSC Cruises  currently has a fleet of nine ships: MSC Poesia third flagship of the "Musica" class, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody , cruising in the Mediterranean all year round, Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and South America. The fleet will increase to 12 ships by 2010. In the winter of 2008 the MSC Fantasia will launch, followed in the spring of 2009 by MSC Splendida. These will be two of the largest ships built by a European ship owner. Then in 2010 MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in the Musica class will enter service.

MSC Cruises is a partner of the city of Venice and a member of the Club - 'Friends of Venice' as well as one of the supporters for the project 'Venice Blue Flag' which sets the standards for the carbon emissions.

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