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Best MSC Cruises

U.S. News ranks 12 MSC Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. MSC Divina is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 MSC Divina (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2012, MSC Divina offers year-round sailings to the Caribbean, meaning travelers can enjoy leisurely sea days at one of the ship's numerous public spaces, including five pools and five outdoor lounges, en route to sandy beaches and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 MSC Armonia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Sharing similar characteristics to its fellow Lirica-class siblings, the MSC Armonia welcomes up to 2,199 passengers and 765 crew members — about the same capacity as its sister ship,  MSC Lirica. Though it first debuted in 2001, received an upgrade ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 MSC Preziosa (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2013, MSC Preziosa is the cruise line's newest ship. Aside from its modern facilities, the ship also boasts the first Eataly Restaurant at sea — an Italian eatery and marketplace. Along with Eataly, MSC Preziosa offers eight other ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 MSC Sinfonia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Among the smallest ships within the MSC fleet, MSC Sinfonia transports a little more than 2,100 guests and 765 crew members, and maintains a nearly 1-to-3 crew-to-guest ratio. Past cruisers said the service wasn't as personalized as other ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 MSC Splendida (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2009, MSC Splendida is among the largest ships in MSC's fleet, carrying more than 4,300 passengers and 1,370 staff members. While most reviewers compliment the state of the ship, describing the public areas as well-maintained ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 MSC Musica (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

New to the fleet in 2006, this MSC ship is the namesake vessel for the Musica class. Welcoming upward of 3,013 guests and 987 staff members, MSC Musica features a 1-to-3 crew-to-guest ratio — higher than similar ships in the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 MSC Magnifica (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Part of MSC's Musica class, MSC Magnifica debuted in 2010, making it one of the line's newer vessels. Welcoming a little more than 2,500 passengers and nearly 1,000 crew members (and maintaining around a 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 MSC Fantasia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

One of MSC's largest ships, MSC Fantasia is a behemoth in every sense of the word. Proudly boasting a ship length that is greater than the Eiffel Tower, MSC Fantasia has the capacity for 4,363 guests and 1 ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 MSC Poesia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    2.5
    2.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

First setting sail in 2008, Poesia is one of MSC's newest ships. With innovative onboard amenities, like the trendy Kaito Sushi Bar (which touts its own Zen garden) and the laidback Mojito Bar, MSC Poesia distinguishes itself from its ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 MSC Lirica (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

A member of MSC's Lirica class, MSC Lirica first set sail in 2003. Though it hasn't received an update since its debut, the ship still receives positive reviews for its comfortable, clean interiors. One aspect of the ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 MSC Orchestra (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

First setting sail in 2007, MSC Orchestra is part of MSC's aptly named Musica class. Orchestra sets itself apart from its sister ships with a few notable amenities. Starting with its dining venues, MSC Orchestra offers the Shanghai Chinese ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 MSC Opera (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Among the older ships in MSC's fleet, MSC Opera first debuted in 2004. Like its Lirica-class siblings, MSC Opera can accommodate about 2,199 passengers and close to 750 crew members, providing a nearly 1-to-3 crew-to-passenger ratio. While recent ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.