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09/22/2011 04:29 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

The MSC Magnifica: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The MSC Magnifica is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the MSC Magnifica.

Destinations

The MSC Magnifica sails primarily to such destinations as the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and North Europe on seven- to 11-night cruises. Trans-Atlantic crossings from Venice to New York City are expected to be added in the future.

Grand Ship

The MSC Magnifica is a large Musica-class ship, measuring 962 feet long and 106 feet wide. It can carry 2,500 passengers and a crew of about 1,000 on its 16 decks. The ship is popular with luxury-minded cruisers, as the company describes the ship as "opulent and magnificent." It's a newer ship, and it has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to singles, couples and families.

Special Features

For guests looking to relax, the MSC Magnifica has a Zen garden, spa, sauna, Turkish bath, and various lounges. More active cruisers can try out the tennis court, basketball court fitness center and three swimming pools -- including one under a retractable roof. Other amenities include a beauty salon, disco and theater.

Accommodations

The MSC Magnifica boasts spacious staterooms -- 80 percent of which have ocean views, and 60 percent of which have balconies. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including interior, ocean-view, balcony and balcony suite. All staterooms are equipped with a shower, telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer, Internet broadband connection and TV. They range in size from 151 square feet to 331 square feet.

Cost

Fares vary, depending on such factors as itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. Options range in price from a seven-night Mediterranean cruise in an interior cabin for $1,049, or a nine-night Mediterranean cruise in a balcony suite for $2,499.

Excursion

One MSC Magnifica passenger recommended the excursions to Bari, Italy, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, stating that the cities "are easily managed via self walking" and that Dubrovnik is "a surprisingly delightful town."

Dining Experience

Passengers on the MSC Magnifica can choose from four restaurants, two buffets and 17 different bars and lounges. Expect Mediterranean and Italian dishes in the two main dining rooms, both of which have set seating times. There are also Asian and sushi restaurants that cost extra, as well as room service.

Maiden Voyage

The MSC Magnifica made its maiden voyage on March 9, 2010. The ship was built by the French firm STX Europe specifically for MSC Cruises.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the MSC Magnifica.

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