7 Reasons Why an MSC Meraviglia Cruise is the Perfect Option for Your Next Vacation

Now sailing from New York, we share our 7 reasons why we think an MSC Meraviglia cruise is the perfect option for your next vacation.

7 Reasons Why an MSC Meraviglia Cruise is the Perfect Option for Your Next Vacation

MSC Meraviglia just made her stunning debut in New York. This 170K+ gross ton cruise ship features 19 decks of food and fun for the whole family. We were lucky enough to spend a day onboard discovering just some of what she has to offer before she set sail to warmer destinations this past weekend. Now, we are back and want to share our 7 reasons why we think an MSC Meraviglia cruise is the perfect option for your next vacation.

Now Sailing From New York

MSC Meraviglia launched in 2017 as the first ship in MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia Class of vessels. This class includes MSC Meraviglia, MSC Bellissima, MSC GrandiosaMSC Virtuosa, and the soon to debut MSC Euribia.

7 Reasons Why an MSC Meraviglia Cruise is the Perfect Option for Your Next Vacation

At 1,036 feet long and 213 feet tall, carrying 5,700 guests at max capacity, MSC Meraviglia is one of the largest cruise ships sailing from the New York area. Debuting at the Brooklyn cruise terminal, this ship will sail year-round from New York, offering locals more cruise options.

As New Englanders, it’s great to have another ship within driving distance. Adding to the list of ships departing from Boston, Manhattan, and Cape Liberty, MSC Meraviglia gives cruisers the opportunity to explore various destinations right from their backyard. Alleviating the need to fly to ports in Florida, an MSC Meraviglia cruise is a perfect vacation option for those in the Northeastern United States.

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A Variety of Itineraries

MSC Meraviglia even offers a variety of itineraries, with various lengths and destinations from which to choose. Cruisers can visit the popular summer destination of Bermuda or take a fall foliage cruise to Canada and New England. Travelers can also choose from a variety of Bahamas/Caribbean sailings with a stop at MSC Cruises’ private destination Ocean Cay.

Ocean Cay Marine Reserve is the newest cruise line private island in the Bahamas, located about 20 miles from Bimini. The island can only be reached by booking an MSC cruise that calls on this private destination. It features 8 sandy beaches, teeming marine life, Bahamian cuisine, tropical cocktails, a shopping village, and more.

7 Reasons Why an MSC Meraviglia Cruise is the Perfect Option for Your Next Vacation

MSC Meraviglia’s Bahamas itineraries vary in length from 7 to 11 nights. They include stops in Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Starting in August, guests can enjoy 5- and 6-night sailings to Kings Wharf in Bermuda, with several days in port to explore the beauty of the island. Or, they can hop onboard MSC Meraviglia this fall for a 10- or 11-night sailing to Canada and New England. These itineraries include stops in Newport, Boston, and Portland and Saint John, Halifax, Charlottetown, and Sydney in Canada.

Great Prices

The best part is that cruisers can take advantage of great prices on an MSC Meraviglia cruise right now. These low cruise fares coupled with eliminating the need to fly makes it a win-win for those of us in the Northeast!

A 7-night Florida and Bahamas itinerary in June 2023 is starting at just $279 per person. If you opt for a more all-inclusive rate, cruisers can get onboard credit, free drinks, and WiFi starting at just $689 per person. Further, a 6-night Bermuda itinerary in September 2023 is priced as low as $459 per person.

If you are thinking of a fall cruise, MSC Meraviglia’s 10-night Canada and New England itinerary in October 2023 starts at $439 per person or $1059 per person with OBC, drinks, and WiFi.

*Prices are subject to change.

Spacious Pool Areas

As a ship for all seasons, MSC Meraviglia has plenty to offer cruisers despite the weather outside.

MSC Meraviglia features several pool options as well as the Polar Aquapark and Himalayan Bridge ropes course for the kids. This waterpark includes a splash pad for the little ones and 3 waterslides.

The Atmosphere Pool, centrally located on the pool deck, offers plenty of space for those seeking the sun. The Horizon Pool, located aft on the ship, offers more poolside relaxation and some great ocean views. This pool area is adults-only.

The Bamboo Pool is an indoor pool with a retractable roof that makes it a pool day no matter the weather outside.

Of course, for those opting to upgrade to the Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ ship-within-a-ship, there’s an exclusive sundeck and pool too.


An MSC Meraviglia cruise is a great family-friendly option. Whether you are cruising with little ones or teens, or as a multi-generational family, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.

The Sportsplex is an indoor gaming facility that features a sports court, an arcade, a full-sized bowling alley with two lanes, an F1 racer, an XD cinema, and a flight simulator.

MSC also offers a kids club for children aged 0-17 years old. This space has dedicated facilities and programming for babies, toddlers, children, and teens. The cruise line even has an exclusive partnership with Lego.

If that’s not enough, the main theater features several different shows, along with signature productions in the Carousel Lounge. This theater in the round configuration features upcharge Carousel Productions at Sea.

We had the opportunity to experience House of Houdini, showcasing some of Harry Houdini’s illusions set to song, dance, and acrobatics. We can attest that this immersive show is a must-see during your MSC Meraviglia cruise.

An Array of Dining Options

MSC Meraviglia features 12 restaurants and 20 bars!

Along with the traditional main dining rooms and buffet, the ship has several specialty venues for cruisers to indulge in various cuisines. Continuing the Mediterranean-influence, MSC Meraviglia is home to HOLA! Tacos and Cantina. Cruisers will also find the American-style steakhouse, Butcher’s Cut, serving up prime cuts, as well as the Ocean Cay seafood restaurant. Not to mention, Kaito Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar serves up Asian favorites in a lively atmosphere.

Further, those with a sweet tooth will love Jean Philippe’s Crepes, Ice Cream, and Chocolate.

Of course, there’s also plenty of bars to enjoy an adult beverage from the champagne bar to an Irish pub. Cruisers will certainly find a watering hole to fit their mood.

Elegant Design

From the glamorous Swarovski crystal staircases to the artfully themed Galleria, you will be surrounded by elegance in all design elements on MSC Meraviglia. Perhaps the most stunning example is the 5,000+ square foot LED dome that projects a digital sky over the 2-story promenade.

7 Reasons Why an MSC Meraviglia Cruise is the Perfect Option for Your Next Vacation

Whether you are shopping, dining at one of the specialty restaurants, sipping a cocktail in one of the bars, or socializing and enjoying some live entertainment, you are sure to love all of the luxurious touches throughout the ship.

When compared to MSC Seascape, MSC Cruises’ newest ship sailing in the U.S., we actually prefer the more open promenade area on the Meraviglia Class of ships.

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Have you cruised out of New York? Are you ready to book an MSC Meraviglia cruise? Drop us an anchor below to share your experiences sailing with MSC Cruises.

Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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  1. We were on the Meraviglia in December from Port Canaveral and loved each day on this beautiful ship. The entertainment, dining room, buffet, pools and service were excellent. We are now looking forward to our booked cruises on Seaside and Seashore this year.

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    Having taken 5 other MSC cruise on other ships over the last few years we were expecting the same well run ship with attentive, caring customer service. Instead it was the worst MSC cruise.
    Crowded – everywhere you went 3800+ people crowded the gallery, lobbies, stairways and elevators. The pool area was only comfortable to use when people went ashore. Otherwise half of the pool side was filled with smokers and chairs were pushed out into walkways. The hot tubs were often crowded beyond capacity with no staff enforcing posted limits.
    Dining – The main dining room was disorganized the first two days and thereafter it was clear the hard working servers were short handed. One manager admitted that the ratio of staff to diners has increased. Market Place is also suffering with tables left unattended and dirty after use. The menu does not change much from one day to the next.
    Specialty Options – many found that their dining package came with small print and extra costs when making selections from the menu. Turns out you are limited with the attractive package costs. Buyer Beware.
    Sportsplex – use of the equipment was subject to a crew member on hand to sign it out to you. No crew no equipment. The rest of the complex will cost you $100 per person for use of the machines and games.
    Dome Show – a short 5 minute simple use of LED technology with shows that are the same as three years ago.
    Bars – over worked staff taking up to 20 minutes to get a drink.
    Lounges – always crowded with more people standing than sitting. Difficult to get a drink with so many waiting.
    Port Delays – on three port days everyone had to wait 1-2 hours after the ship docked and then again waited on the streets 1- 2 hours when returning. Often one gangway, 2 security stations were the problem. In a tender port only two tenders were used.
    In the end no apologies from the cruise director or Captain. IMO they owe all of use some FCC or refund.

    Our experience hardly matched what we experience on other MSC ships and certainly your cruise earlier in this year.

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