Cruising is a pretty straightforward way to holiday. All you’ve got to do is get on the ship and let someone else take care of everything for you. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tips and tricks you can take advantage of to make your trip go even more smoothly and have a better holiday. If you’re planning on setting sail with MSC, here are 5 MSC cruise line secrets that will help you get the absolute most out of your time at sea.
MSC Cruise Line Secrets
Use the Status Match Programme
Are you a member of a loyalty programme for another cruise line or a hotel chain? MSC will match your status when you sign up for their MSC Voyagers Club! This loyalty club is totally free to join and rewards you with a 5% discount on future cruise bookings, plus any other benefits you’ve earned from your other loyalty programmes.
As you move up through the ranks, you’ll be rewarded with bigger and better treats, including priority boarding, bottles of sparkling wine in your cabin, complimentary bathrobes, spa access and dinner at a speciality restaurant.
MSC ships sail pretty late compared to most other cruise lines and the embarkation time on your card is likely to be just a couple of hours before the ship leaves the harbour. But don’t think you actually have to wait until that time to head down to the marina and get on the ship.
Travellers have reported getting on as early as 11am, when the ship is so empty you’ll think you’re the only one on it! This is a great time to snap pics that aren’t full of other cruisers, have the pool all to yourself and get yummy treats from the buffet before everyone else.
Avoid the upsell
MSC does amazing cruise deals that work out fantastic value for money. But to make up for the low profit margins, when you’re on board staff will try to get you to sign up for everything from drink packages and excursions to spa experiences and photo sets. Don’t give in! If you’re really not interested, a polite “No thank you” is all you need. Just be aware you’ll probably be using that phrase a lot while on board.
Pick up a ship map
As soon as you get on board, head straight for reception and grab yourself a map of the ship. There are diagrams of the ship showing you what’s on each of the levels next to the lifts, but it’s so much easier to have a map you can take around with you as you go, especially on your first day when you’re just finding your bearings.
Sailing with another cruise line? Check out these Carnival cruise line secrets or Royal Caribbean cruise line secrets.