MSC Cruises Children's Programs

A detailed overview of  onboard features and educational programs

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MSC Kid's Programs

MSC has increased the ratio of staff to children and established new criteria for the hiring of counselors. This includes the requirement of a college degree in recreation or child care, or the equivalent experience.

New dedicated welcome desks for the handover of security bracelets have been set up, and pagers and beepers will be available for rent for the parents/supervising adults of children who are three to five years old, children with special medical conditions and children with special needs.

Children's Club

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).

Club Ages

• Mini Club: children 3 to 6 years of age
•Junior Club: children 7 to 11 years of age
• Y-Team: children 7-14 years of age
• MSC Generation Club: guests 15 up to 17 years of age

• Nanny's Hour: ages 10 to 36 months.  9am - 10 am.


Since mid-January 2012 program enhancements have been rolled out across the MSC fleet, with a focus on popular sporting activities, arts and crafts, theatre and technology. Programs also feature a broader choice of family events, ranging from parades to scavenger hunts.

On Musica and Lirica class ships, a special dance floor is dedicated to kids and teens.

On MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Divina - the sports bars and maxi screen by one of pools will be equipped with Nintendo Wiis. Kid's lucky enough to be staying in a Yacht Club suite will have their own system available in their stateroom.

Opening hours

On both days in port and days at sea the Mini Club and Junior clubs opening times have now been extended. From 09:00- 23:00, parents can leave their children in the safe hands of mini club staff while they enjoy shore excursions or simply relax on board.

MSC’s children’s menus.

Kids favorites like pasta and pizza, and All-American favorites, too, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious pastries and desserts. And, My Teen Card makes it convenient for kids 12 -17 to make pre-paid purchases while onboard.

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