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.