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09/21/2011 04:39 pm ET Updated 5 days ago

The MSC Musica: A Huffington Post Cruise Ship Guide

The MSC Musica 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 Musica.

Destination

The MSC Musica sails in the Mediterranean during the summer. In the fall, the ship sails across the Atlantic Ocean. During the winter, the ship explores South America before heading back across the Atlantic for its Mediterranean ports.

Passenger Ship

Newer and larger than other MSC vessels, the Musica is more glamorous than many of its earlier sister ships. However, like all MSC ships, the company prides itself of creating a low-key, relaxed cruising atmosphere. The Musica has special amenities that lure families to the ship.

Special Features

The MSC Musica has some unique cruising features, including a Zen garden. Families will enjoy two pools, a children's water play area and the super-sized movie screen. Adults can try their hand at poker in the Sanremo Casino or boogie in the Q32 Disco.

Accommodations

Few of the MSC Musica's staterooms are interior cabins because more than 80 percent of the cabins have an ocean view or a balcony. All rooms pair rich woods with bright jewel tones to create an opulent stateroom.

Cost

Prices vary for passage aboard the MSC Musica. An eight-night cruise of the Mediterranean can cost as little as $599 per person for an inside cabin, and $1,999 per person for a balcony suite. However, the transatlantic cruise to South America can cost as much as $1,299 per person for an inside stateroom, and $2,549 per person for a balcony suite.

Excursions

One MSC Musica family recommended the Walls and Wars tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The tour included a walking tour of the old city and talked about the effects war had on the entire region.

Dining Experience

The MSC Musica's two main restaurants are Le Maxim's and L'Oleandro. Each offers open seating for breakfast and lunch, and two set seatings for dinner. The Kaito sushi bar offers fresh, handmade sushi. For a more casual dining experience, head over to Il Giardino with its a la carte menu.

Maiden Voyage

The MSC Musica began its maiden voyage on June 29, 2006. Actress Sophia Loren was named the ship's "godmother."

In The News

In January 2010, an MSC Musica crew member, Camilla Peixoto Bandeira, was found dead in her cabin aboard the ship. In May 2011, Brazilian police concluded that the cause of death was strangulation, and named Bandeira's then-boyfriend as the perpetrator.

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Dinner on board the MSC Musica.

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