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General Description

The 133,500-ton, 3,300-passenger MSC Fantasia debuted in December 2008 as the largest and most innovative cruise ship ever built by Italy-based MSC Cruises. Along with sister ship MSC Splendida, which followed a year later, it represents a brand-new class for the rapidly growing line. Simply put, MSC Fantasia is a beautiful ship. Cruise lines throw that "beauty" description around a bit too liberally, but Fantasia is special. The atrium area is lofty and towers five decks; the colors in the public rooms and cabins are vibrant without a hint of gaudiness.

As a prototype, Fantasia offers a blend of MSC's signature features with a handful of novel twists. The most notable new-to-MSC feature is the Yacht Club, a luxurious ship-within-a-ship living space, pioneered by Cunard with its "Grill-class" and NCL with its Courtyard Villa complex. Also new are the fleet's first retractable-roof-covered pool, a popular destination when the weather turns foul, and a 4D cinema that takes strapped-in passengers on a cosmic coaster ride. On the evolutionary front, Fantasia boasts the fleet's highest ratio of balcony cabins, an expanded version of the line's staple Balinese-style spa and a pair of for-fee alternative restaurants.


It's important to note, that MSC's style is definitely European. English-speaking travelers who are comfortable with European service and cuisine will find the ship a delight.

At about 75 percent, MSC Fantasia's ratio of cabins with private balconies is not only the highest in its own fleet, but it also ranks quite well among all new ships. The major benefit to a high ratio for verandahs is that the more balconies a ship offers, the more affordable they are. A standard balcony stateroom measures 194 square feet, not including verandah, which is just above the industry average.

One of Fantasia's most intriguing features is its Yacht Club. The aforementioned ship-within-a-ship concept surrounds a luxury enclave of cabins and private facilities (including a lounge, pool areas and dedicated areas in the main dining venues).

Entertainment

What to do, what to do? Each day brings different activities. Sleep in or wake up early. Stroll around the deck or run on the jogging track. Get refreshed with a swim or relaxed in the whirlpool. Work out at the gym or try out one of the aerobic and step classes offered on board. Join in a game of cards, table tennis or shuffleboard or play a game of tennis or volleyball. The library is stocked with books for your perusal. Our cinema features recently released and classic movies. There's the Internet Cafı to email friends and family with updates throughout your journey, duty-free shopping boutiques, a video arcade and a card room–or you can enjoy the simple pleasure of lounging on a deck chair under the warmth of the sun sipping tropical drinks.

 

Bars, Clubs & Lounges

Intimate Lounge

Fantasia Bar

Le Vele

Wine Bar

La Cantina Toscana

Cigar Bar

The Cigar Lounge

Sports Bar

Sports Bar - features 9 Nintendo Wii Sport consoles!

Casino delle Palme

Coffee Bar

Il Cappuccino

Pool Bar

The Glass Bar

Bar delle Fontane

Gaudi Bar

Music and Dance

Piano Bar

Il Tansatlantico

Piazza San Giorgio

Jazz Bar

Manhattan Bar

Night Club

Liquid

L'Insolito Lounge

Exclusive Lounge

Yacht Club Lounge

Top Sail Lounge

Yacht Club Pool Bar

The One Bar

Teen Spots

Teen Lounge/Club

I Graffiti

Arcade

Virtual World

Casino & Gambling 

  • Casino delle Palme

  • Table Games and Slot Machines

  • Card Room

  • Currencies accepted: U.S. Dollars, Euros, Traveler's Checks, cruise card, and all major credit cards except Discover. For all Europe cruises, the only currency accepted onboard is the Euro.

Spa 

  • Aurea Spa

  • Sauna, steam room, thalassotherapy, and numerous body treatments.

  • Beauty Salon

  • Spa and salon treatments are at current menu pricing

Sports & Fitness

Fitness

  • Fitness Center: features state-of-the-art equipment

  • Exercise Classes: Aerobics, Step Classes, Yoga, Resistance training, spinning, Circuit training, and more. Exercise programs vary by ship itinerary.

  • Nintendo Wii fit stations with balance board (4)

Sports

  • Jogging Track: Deck 15 outdoor track

  • Lo Stadio Sports Center

  • Tennis and Basketball court

  • Mini-Golf: Deck 16

  • Nintendo Wii competitions

Pools

  • Nintendo Wii with large screen located in the main pool area

  • Acqua Park: outdoor pool area with 150 spraying fountains, waterjets, whirlpools and pool bar

  • Il Tropici: indoor pool with retractable roof

  • Whirlpools

  • Lido Catalano: aft outdoor pool area

  • Il Polo Nord: Children's Waterpark & Play area

  • Toboga: Children's Waterslide

  • The One Pool: exclusive Yacht Club Pool area for guests of the Yacht Club suites.

Shops

  • Shopping Arcade

  • Duty-free shopping - Nintendo Wii consoles and accessories available for sale!

  • Perfume & Cosmetics

  • Jewelry

  • MSC logo shop

  • Photo Gallery/Photo Shop

  • Gallery Plaza: Art Gallery

  • Candy Shop

  • The Pool Shop

Leisure

Shows

  • Teatro L'Avanguardia

  • Musicals

  • Stage Shows

  • Flamenco Dancing

  • Magicians and Mimes

Parties and Theme Nights

  • Captain's Welcome Party

  • Themed parties and events vary with ship and itinerary

Music and Dance

  • Live Bands

  • Classical Concerts

  • Karaoke

  • Solo and Duo Vocal performances

  • 40's Dance Music, 50's Rock and Roll

Contests & Tournaments

  • Game Rooms

  • Blackjack and slot machine contests

  • Treasure Hunts

  • Trivia & Quizzes

  • Sports Tournaments, Pool Games

  • Nintendo Wii competitions

Other Features

  • Library

  • Internet Café (for a fee)

  • Formula-1 Simulator

  • Solarium

  • Outdoor Cinema & Entertainment

  • Shuffleboard

  • Business Center 

Enrichment

  • Photography lessons

  • Wine Tasting Workshops

  • Guest Lecturers

  • Gaming lessons

  • Art classes

  • Dance lessons

  • Wellness program

  • Classes vary on ship and itinerary

Kids & Families

  • Mini-club: 3 - 8 Years Old

  • Junior Club: 9 to 13 Years Old

  • Teen Club: 14 to 17 Years Old

  • Activities vary by the number and ages of the children onboard

  • Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times to visit the Mini-Club

  • My Teen Card: prepaid card for onboard spending

Dining

From breakfast in the morning to the midnight buffet, there are several dining options available on board. Have brunch delivered to the privacy of your stateroom, enjoy a casual outdoor lunch by the pool from the grill or pizzeria and sample a variety of snacks during the afternoon and evening.

 

Red Velvet

Experience authentic Italian cuisine and MSC traditional family recipes at this two level main dining room. Breakfast and Lunch are opening style dining and Dinner is formal sit down.

  • Seating Times: Breakfast: 7 - 9 AM, Lunch: Noon - 3 PM, Dinner: Early: 7 PM; Late: 9:15 PM.

  • Dress: We suggest smart casual attire. On formal evenings (2), formal attire is appropriate in the restaurant, which includes suits and ties or tuxedos for men and dresses for women. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.

  • Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages are at current bar menu prices.

  • Reservations required.

Il Cerchio d'Oro

Enjoy panoramic views along with the flavors and dishes from an authentic Mediterranean cucina. This main restaurant serves up Italian specialties and MSC traditional family recipes. Breakfast and Lunch are open style seating and Dinner is a formal sit down meal.

  • Seating Times: Breakfast: 7 - 9 AM, Lunch: Noon - 3 PM, Dinner: Early: 7 PM; Late: 9:15 PM.

  • Dress: We suggest smart casual attire, which includes sport shirt and slacks for men and pantsuits or informal dress for women. On formal evenings we suggest suits and ties or tuxedos for men and dresses for women. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.

  • Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages are at current bar menu prices.

  • Reservations required.

El Sombrero

Join the fiesta, dine on spicy entrees and other traditional Southwest cuisine at this Tex-Mex restaurant.

  • Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.

  • Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.

  • Costs: A nominal per person fee as well as specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages that are at current bar menu pricing.

  • Reservations are required.

L'Etoile

This specialty restaurant serves up gourmet French cuisine in a romantic setting.

  • Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.

  • Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.

  • Costs: A nominal per person fee as well as specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages that are at current bar menu pricing.

  • Reservations are required.

Zanzibar

Buffet-style breakfasts and lunches are the main event at this causal cafeteria. On select days the cafeteria also features an a la carte pizza menu.

  • Seating Times: Breakfast: 7 - 10 AM, Lunch: Noon - 2 PM.

  • Dress: We suggest casual attire.

  • Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages are at current bar menu prices.

  • No reservations required.

L'Africana

Located at the aft of the ship this buffet-style restaurant serves up a wide selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.

  • Dress: We suggest casual attire.

  • Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks and alcoholic beverages are at current bar menu prices.

  • No reservations required.

Room Service

The ship offers 24 hour room service with continental selections for breakfast, and soups, salads, and light snacks for lunch and dinner.

  • Seating Times: 24 hours a day.

  • Dress: Always Casual.

  • Costs: No additional charges for breakfast & non-alcoholic beverage orders. A nominal fee of $2.50 at other times. Alcoholic beverages are additional costs.

  • No reservations required

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