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MSC Fantasia | MSC Italian Cruises
MSC Fantasia
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MSC Fantasia | MSC Italian Cruises
MSC Fantasia cruise ship
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MSC Fantasia | MSC Italian Cruises
MSC Fantasia, Kreuzfahrtschiff, Funchal, Madeira
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MSC Fantasia | MSC Italian Cruises
MSC Fantasia pool
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The MSC Fantasia is the flagship of the MSC Italian Cruises. It’s one of the cruise line’s biggest vessels carrying up to 3900 passengers. While it’s sophisticated, there are amenities for children, making it a family-friendly cruise ship. What make the MSC Fantasia special are its huge staterooms. Even its inside cabins are larger than usual. The MSC Fantasia, as the name suggests, is the first Fantasia-class vessel in the cruise line. MSC Italian Cruises are also known for their tight security.

The MSC Fantasia travels to Tunis and Egypt during the summer and winter months. Cruises to Bahrain, on the other hand, are scheduled in winter. There are also trips to the Caribbean, South Africa, the Mediterranean, and South America sprinkled all throughout the year, depending on the weather conditions. Cruises run for 4 to 14 nights.

MSC Fantasia was built in 2008 by the ship builder STX Europe in the Saint-Nazaire, France shipyard. The cruise line MSC Cruises is the first owner of this vessel, and it has been sailing to major cruise points across the globe since its maiden voyage. The cruise ship was christened by Sophie Loren, and is the declared flagship of the line. Last March 2005, some of its forward mooring lines were broken off by high winds. One of the passengers and three crew members fell into the water and had to be rescued. Apart from this incident, though, the vessel hasn’t been involved in any untoward accident.

There are four main dining areas aboard this ship. The Red Velvet restaurant is probably the most impressive with its posh furnishings, fine Italian cuisine, and the ship’s trademark collection of authentic Italian wine. The Il Cerchio d’Oro is also a good place to eat with its Mediterranean dishes. Both restaurants are serviced by waiters. If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, you should go to the Tex Mex El Sombrero Restaurant. As the name suggests, the food served here is Mexican. The L’Etoile Restaurant is also impressive, unfortunately, only members of the yacht club can dine here. Some cabins as labeled as “Yacht Club” cabins. These are the best in the vessel. When a passenger purchases accommodations for these cabins, it entitles them entry to the L’Etoile. This restaurant serves exotic seafood and game dishes with Spanish, Italian and French wines.

Onboard the MSC Fantasia, you can enjoy a 4D cinema, hydromassage pools, a sky dome pool, F1 simulator for the children, a spa for relaxation, a sports bar, a disco, and a casino. The video gaming room is very impressive, featuring the newest virtual reality games in the market. There is a sports deck and a gym for those who would like to keep in shape.

Expect spacious cabins when you travel with the MSC Fantasia. The most luxurious ones onboard are the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites and Deluxe Cabins. You may choose from units which have balconies or none. The Aurea Suite is also quite pretty with sealed windows or a balcony. These are graded according to their sizes. The Standard Suites are simpler, but they have similar amenities to the Aurea Suite. Regular outside cabins are still spacious at 17 to 20 square meters. You may choose units that have balconies if you wish. The inside cabins are the smallest at 16 square meters. All cabins are air conditioned with their own TV sets, phones and internet connection. However, only the suites have their own separate bathrooms.

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Ship Summary
Operator:MSC Italian Cruises
Built by:STX Europe, Saint-Nazaire, France
Date Completed:2008
Gross Tonnage:135000
Length:333.30 m
Width:37.89 m