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Picturesque, culture-rich, colorful, and truly exciting – the Mediterranean is a destination like no other. It’s an area where a trek to historical ruins are as possible as beachside excursions. It’s a fascinating place where you can enjoy the best of pretty much all worlds – the majestic infrastructures of ancient times, the sparkling beaches, the delectable European cuisine, the fashionable shopping venues, and so much more.

But why choose to go on an MSC Cruises ship to experience all of that? Here are three reasons you simply cannot say ‘no’ to:

Reason #1: MSC Cruises gives your family the best bonding venue for a Mediterranean vacation

A large number of families frequent MSC Cruises, especially its newer ships, and for good reason. The cruise line has exerted efforts to elevate its family offerings. They have partnered with major brands like Lego and Chicco to provide age-appropriate activities for kids.

Clubs are divided into age groups. Small kids can enjoy arts and crafts activities, talent shows, fun parades, Wii gaming, and even Lego challenges! ID wristbands are given to younger kids for identification and security purposes throughout the duration of the cruise.

Teens also get to enjoy their own gaming nook in the Virtual Arcade, with foosbal tables, game consoles, and a ‘hang-out area’. They can also participate in exciting activities like PingPog tournaments, fun games, karaoke contests, ice cream socials, and so much more. Some of these activities can be done on port days so parents or adults can fully enjoy their excursions.

A waterpark, 4D cinema, arcades, and a theater gives hours of morning and nighttime entertainment for families who want to make the most of their cruise together. Those who enjoy playing outdoor sports can make full use of their tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts.

Perhaps one of MSC’s best points are its child-care offerings. They have set up programs like Kids Around the Clock, Fun-Time Dinner, and Happy Dinner, which basically allow parents to enjoy their ‘alone time’ or their meals at the main restaurants while kids get to enjoy a special menu. They are entertained and supervised by the ship’s trained staff in the buffet restaurant. Kids Around the Clock can be availed for a fee, but Fun-time Dinner and Happy Dinner can be enjoyed for free.

Reason #2: MSC Cruises play host to plenty of European passengers

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What better way to enjoy your Mediterranean cruise than by mingling with people who know and live the rich, interesting culture of the area?

You are likely to meet families from France, couples from Spain, or travelers from Italy. Befriending them will definitely give you some precious insight not only about the history of your favorite Mediterranean destinations, they can also clue you in on the most interesting points of the various cities you will most likely venture to in the course of the cruise.

Where do you get to mingle with them on an MSC Cruise? There are a number of fabulous bars and lounges onboard! Try out the Alchemist Bar for some unique drinks, or get the best martini experience at the Martini Bar. The Wine and Beer Bar also offers an extensive array of spirits that should make for a great nightcap with your new-found friends.

Themed bars are also a trademark of MSC Cruise ships. They offer the best in terms of signature local beverages and cuisine in the Mediterranean region you’re cruising to.

The ship’s restaurants are also great places to socialize and soak in the Mediterranean culture. They provide you with signature Mediterranean dishes from their excellent chefs. The interiors of the main dining areas are true to the style of the region – grand, sophisticated, yet truly inviting and impeccable. They also offer international dishes, but MSC’s Italian selection are an absolute must-try.

Reason #3: MSC Cruises offer some of the best Mediterranean excursions

The Mediterranean region is one that’s just jampacked with sights to see, things to do, and thrills to experience.

MSC Cruises which is Swiss-based and headquartered in Geneva provides first-hand and thorough knowledge of the Mediterranean region. They also work with some of the best guides. In comparison to other Mediterranean cruises, their excursion packages are easier on the pocket as well.

Another plus on an MSC Cruise are their family excursions – these enable your group to visit destinations that will pique the interest of teens and young children. They also make sure to include some ‘downtime’ wherein the MSC team will take over childcare, while the parents are free to explore or do activities on their own.