MSC vs DCL vacation? It really isn’t comparing the same products, honestly.
MSC is an Italian owned cruise line just now breaking into the North American market with the Divina’s home port in Miami and another ship being delivered within the next 2 years. These 2 ships will have the creature comforts American cruisers are accustomed to, whereas their European fleet most certainly will not, which might not be a bad thing.
MSC has the traditional casino you will find on every other cruise line except on DCL, they have a number of dining options- but only a limited number are included in your fare. DCL all are included (even room service) expect the adult only options. However, MSC is the fast growing cruise line hosting more than 11 million passengers. They have 12 state of the art ships cruising now and they are adding 4 more ships in the next 4 years!
MSC also have a tiered reservation levels to know about when you are choosing to cruise with them:
You can opt to book the Bella level, which is their lowest price with a la carte ameneties (these rooms include interior, ocean view, and balcony rooms).
You can upgrade to their Fantasica level which gives you a stateroom with a better location on the ship plus Priority choice of early or late dinner seatings, free room service, 50% off all fitness classes and personal training, free cooking and language classes for the kids, and free continental breakfast in bed daily.
You can also upgrade to the Aurea level in a premium location of balcony staterooms and suites plus unlimited drinks (coffee, wine, non-premium cocktails, soft drinks, beer, and gelato)! You also get “My Choice Dining” (dinner anytime on the Black Crab during dining room hours), a 60 minute massage, steam room & sauna access (adults only), priority boarding, and adults get access to the exclusive Top 18 Sundeck.
The top tier is their MSC Yacht Club level which is an elite VIP club level with All Inclusive Amenities! You receive the same unlimited drinks as Aurea level’s but also includes it in their club and your en-suite mini bar. 24 hour butler and concierge service, priority check in and check out in private reception, access to the Top Sail Lounge and Bar with panoramic views of the sea, private pool and bar, open dining times in Le Muse (only for this level) restaurant, private elevator to the spa and fitness center, upgrades linens, pillow menu, memory foam mattress, and a marble bathroom and spa bathtub!