Cruise Ship Profiles
Ship specifications, photos, itineraries, accommodations, dining venues, notable rooms, activities, children's areas, deck plan, enhancements, incidents, accidents and more.
2014 Hurricane Season Summary
Posted December 1, 2014
The National Hurricane Center reports below average activity this season with 8 named storms, of which 6 became hurricanes, and two of those hurricanes were major storms. Strong wind shear, dry descending air throughout the Atlantic and fewer tropical waves coming off the African coast due to a below average monsoon season in Africa can be attributed to a quiet season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30.
We can't say the same for the Eastern Pacific...the 2014 season was extremely active with 20 named storms, of which 14 became hurricanes, and 8 of those reached major hurricane strength. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 - November 30.
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The One Pool and Bar, VIP area
Passenger Staterooms, MSC Yacht Club, Mini-Golf, Shuffleboard, Baskeball, Formula Simulator, Video arcade
Top Sail Lounge, VIP Consierge, MSC Yacht Club, Graffiti, Waterpark and waterslide
Aurea Spa, Salita, Covered pool, Tropici, Bar Delle Fontane, Acqua Park, The Glass Bar, Caffetteria Zanzibar, Caffetteria L' Africana
Passenger staterooms, Atrium
Teatro L' Avanguardia (upper level), II Transatlantico, Manhattan Bar, Sports Bar, II Capuccino, La Cantina Toscana, El Sombrero Tex Mex, Gallery Plaza and Photo Gallery, Secondary Lounge/L'insolito Lounge
Teatro L' Avanguardia (level two), Casino delle Palme, Card Room, The Cigar Lounge, Boutique, II Gioello, Piazza San Giorgio, Electronic Shop, Main Foyer - Le Vele, Shore Excursion Desk, Bar Le Vele, Via San Lorenzo, La Caramella, Red Velvet Restaurant (upper level), Panoramic Aft Restaurant - II Cerchio d' Oro
Teatro L' Avanguardia, Passenger Staterooms, Reception Area, Cyberlibrary, Business Center, Fantasia Bar, Red Velvet Restaurant
MSC Aurea Spa
Blending the magic of Balinese massage with the benefits of the latest technology, this sumptuous wellness center offers a plethora of options for unwinding, from saunas and Turkish baths to a fitness center, beauty salon, Thalassotherapy room, relaxation area and massage rooms. Here, in the heart of MSC Fantasia, highly trained Balinese personnel offer traditional Balinese massages and a wide variety of beauty treatments.
MSC Fantasia gives guests the perfect opportunity to relax and restore their natural balance, emerging refreshed and reinvigorated.
Italian favorites like pasta and pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious pastries and desserts. The My Teen Card makes it convenient for kids 12 -17 to make pre-paid purchases while onboard.
MSC Fantasia is the Flagship for the MSC Fleet. Elegance and class are the elements which distinguish all the new spaces on the flagship, which, as always, have been designed by the studio De Jorio Design International. The most important contemporary design styles dominate all the ship's spaces and reveal the great attention given to detail, and the quality of the materials.
MSC Fantasia is also an entirely ecological ship with environmentally friendly paint, modern technology for the treatment of black and grey waters and a system of energy saving in cabins and common areas.
Ship Class: Post-Panamax
Length: 1,093 ft.
Draft: 27 ft.
Speed: 23 Knots
Air conditioning, telephone - Availability of Internet connection on your own lap top (not included in price), bathroom with shower, mini bar, and safe. Wi-Fi service available in select rooms. All staterooms have satellite TV, mini-bar, safe, radio and 24-hour room service.
Additional Suite amenities include spacious wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, and internet availability.
MSC Yacht Club
99 suites, between 247 and 570 square feet, furnished as a luxurious yacht; a large lounge with a breathtaking view of the sea; a Conciergerie with Swarovski crystal stairs; and other reserved spaces. Personal butlers will provide the most exclusive services such as taking care of the luggage, booking excursions, in-suite dining, choice of cigars, liquors and champagne.
|Balcony||250-324||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
|Suite||374-561||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
Main Dining Room
Two main restaurants. (Lower) Red Velvet Restaurant, located on Fantasia deck, offers a different menu every evening to celebrate an Italian region with its typical cuisine and most renowned wines. Il Cerchio d'Oro, located on Magnifico deck, offers an assorted Mediterranean menu, including light choices and options that are always available, to satisfy those who know what they want each day.
L’Étoile, the private restaurant at the exclusive service of MSC Yacht Club members, provides guests with a gourmet dining experience principally inspired by the Italian and French culinary traditions. Refined ingredients such as foie gras, truffles and scallops combine with delicacies such as quail eggs, guinea fowl and pigeon breast to create dishes that are both sophisticated and minimalistic. The sparing use of decoration serves as foil to highlight the scrupulously selected raw ingredients.
Tex-Mex restaurant. Sample all the tastes of Mexican cuisine: from Texas steaks to enchiladas, fajitas to burritos and tacos, guacamole to tortillas, all accompanied by Mexican beer, Tequila and Margaritas.
Pizzeria, casual buffet.
Sports bar featuring sporting events when available.
High-tech 4D cinema.
Main show lounge.
Located just off the Red Velvet Restaurant.
Le Vele Bar
Late-night dance club.
Pub with piano.
Casino delle Palme
Slots, cards, games and more.
Cabaret-style venue for music and dancing.
La Cantina Toscana
True connoisseurs can find the most renowned Italian wines at La Cantina Toscana, a wine bar that welcomes guests into an environment inspired by the peaceful Tuscany hills and Chianti vineyards. Every day, special wine tastings are accompanied by different bites of food, such as fried polenta with cream cheese, bruschetta and other specialties.
Top Sail Lounge
MSC Yacht Club members only.
The main pool area includes the Glass Bar, Acqua Park, Fontane Bar, LED TV wall, and Tropici Pool on Miraggio deck. Aft pool- Lido Cantalano on Splendido deck. The One pool (MSC Yacht Club pool) area is located on Sun deck.
Sports and Fitness
Jogging track, fitness area, sauna and mini-golf located on Vivaldi deck.
MSC offers dedicated indoor areas for the kids including a video game room. All entertainment activities, both for younger guests and adults are conducted in all languages to cater to the needs of every guest. As ships vary in size and facilities, kid’s activities are not restricted to the Mini Clubs.
MSC's kid’s club leaders organize lots of great activities, shows, and games such as treasure hunts, a mini-Olympics, painting courses, dancing, arts, and crafts. Each ship has a cheerful, spacious and safe playroom. Knowing your children are with our expert cruise staff, you can relax and enjoy the pool or unwind with an aromatic massage.
When parents are on excursions ashore, the Mini Club and Juniors Club will remain open for children 3-12 years of age. If parents are ashore or involved in other activities, the kids club leaders will also take youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals (from a dedicated Children’s Menu).