Cruising the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises means coming within reach of the best in culture, tradition and monuments that have for centuries enriched its shores.
Visit these countries and learn about their rich Mediterranean history just like ancient mariners did as they sailed from Italy to the Greek Islands.
Traveling on an MSC Cruise to the Mediterranean will give you the opportunity to get a closer look at the historic ports of Italy, from Bari to Venice, from Genoa to Naples. Appreciate the picturesque and refined French towns of Cannes, to immerse yourself in Spanish culture in Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia and Ibiza.
Take advantage of the excursions organized by our staff to enjoy the Greek sunshine while visiting important archaeological sites or develop a passion for Croatian music.
If a Mediterranean cruise was not enough, you can choose MSC cruises that head beyond Gibraltar for a quick visit to the Portuguese coasts of Lisbon and Funchal and the Canary Islands. Italy, Spain and Morocco, the East and the West have never been so close as on a cruise on MSC Cruises.
There's no better time than now to book one of our Mediterranean cruises. Enjoy an incredible vacation to the Med surrounded by cultural capitals, stunning coastlines, sophisticated towns and delicious food.
For every new ship class that we develop, we completely revise the design to achieve optimal efficiency. We rethink the ship’s overall structure, deck space, weight distribution including the ship’s hull, rudder and bulbous bow to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.
Reducing air pollution We have installed hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on 14 of our cruise ships which reduce SOx emissions by 98%, and Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems on 3 ships, which reduces NOx by up to 90%.
Underwater radiated noise
Hull and propellers are designed, built and installed to minimise noise or vibration that might impact aquatic mammals.
Wastewater treatment systems
Our fleet is in full compliance with wastewater discharge rules and, in 11 of our ships, advanced systems deliver treated water near to tap water standard.
Our new ships are capable of providing all onboard freshwater needs from seawater.
Waste is compacted, separated or incinerated, and residual waste is carefully delivered to dedicated port reception facilities for recycling or disposal.
New fuel types
In 2022, we will launch our first LNG-powered ship. LNG largely eliminates sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions and particulate matter in the exhaust, reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85%, and CO2 by up to 25%.
On new ships’ lighting is provided by energy-efficient LED and our heating, ventilation and air conditioning system self-adjusts to the weather and the number of passengers onboard.
Shore power capability
7 of our ships are now able to connect to shore power, potentially enabling the onboard engines to be switched off whilst in berth
Digitalisation is allowing us to anticipate and address inefficiencies in systems and equipment, and provide the crew with specific guidance for performance improvements.
Heat recovery systems allow the intelligent redistribution of heat and cold where needed throughout the ship.
A software application monitors the ship’s stability to support the deck officers in optimising the vessel’s trim – and therefore reducing fuel consumption.
Our ship hulls are coated with hi-tech paints that slow the growth of marine organisms, thereby reducing drag and improving energy efficiency.
Ballast water treatment system
All ballast water is filtered and UV treated before being discharged at sea to ensure that it does not contain harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens.