Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines

Find the best cruise for you: Here’s the scoop on the top large-ship cruise lines, as selected by T+L readers.

No. 13 MSC Cruises

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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.

Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines

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.

Courtesy of MSC Cruises
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