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Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines: MSC Cruises

Courtesy of MSC Cruises

No. 13 MSC Cruises

MSC’s mostly-European crowd isn’t looking for the giant ziplines and skating rinks typical of American cruise ships. Instead, the fleet offers refined service and well-curated itineraries in both popular and less-visited destinations, such as the Baltic region. The MSC Yacht Club, the line’s private club, has wood-paneled suites with Nintendo Wii consoles, a Dorlean pillow menu, and in-cabin laptops.

What’s New: Modeled after its sister ships the MSC Splendida and the MSC Fantasia, the MSC Divina, scheduled for a May 2012 launch, will have an infinity pool, walkways with glass balustrades, and an elaborate entertainment complex that includes a cabaret and a 4-D cinema.

Number of Ships: 11.

Destinations: Mainly the Mediterranean, but also the Caribbean, Bahamas, Central and South America, South Africa, Abu Dhabi and the Emirates, the United Kingdom, Northern Europe and the Baltic, and Transatlantic.

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