Sea Tales 2023/2024 Family Cruise Travel Planner

O verview The ships of MSC Cruises are modern and sophisticated. The newer ones are glitzy and quite glamorous; all have a distinctly Italian ambience. The ships cruise the Mediterranean in both winter and summer, attracting an international clientele, mostly European. The newer ships have appealing new facilities: a children’s aqua park, a big shopping mall, the longest single-rider waterslide at sea, and an Eataly restaurant. Though life on board generally follows traditional cruise ship schedules, with fixed mealtimes and fixed table-mates, the atmosphere is relaxed. For the two formal nights each week, men are encouraged to wear tuxedos or suits and ties, while women are expected to choose either evening wear or cocktail dresses. Informal evenings call for jackets and trousers for men and casual dresses or pants outfits for women. For casual nights, just about anything goes—except shorts, which are never allowed in the dining room at dinnertime. Tank tops, bathing suits, bathrobes, etc. are not allowed in indoor restaurants. Announcements are generally made in Italian, French, Spanish, German and English. During cruises in Europe, the onboard currency is the euro. Entertainment is fairly traditional, with music ranging from classical to jazz, as well as Vegas-style revues and Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas. While MSC ticket prices are often at bargain levels, passengers may be disconcerted by the number of “extras” that carry a price tag; for example, shuttles from port into town and room service other than breakfast. MSC Cruises cater mostly to couples and families; in Europe the ships attract European passengers. Caribbean cruises are geared to North American travelers. The “kids sail free” deals attract lots of families with youngsters during school holidays. The longer cruises that sail more exotic itineraries appeal to more mature travelers. These cruises are best for budget-conscious couples and families (children under seventeen and sharing a cabin with two adults sail free on all MSC trips), and travelers who desire a traditional cruise experience on a large resort-style ship with an Italian flair. D estinations Asia Caribbean Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Qatar Grand and World Voyages Mediterranean Northern Europe Private Island Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Saudi Arabia & Red Sea South Africa South America United States and Canada M inimum A ge It is recommended that medical advice is sought before Booking for children who will be under one year of age at the time of the Cruise Package. The provisions of Section 7 of these Booking Terms and Conditions and the requirement of fitness to travel are applicable to all Passengers including infants.

Policies subject to change without notice, always check with your travel agent regarding pregnancy policies and children age policies prior to booking your cruise.

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