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Dining on board MSC Cruise

One of the best things about Mediterranean-style cruising is that you can enjoy all of the culinary treasures associated with Italy and her neighbouring countries while at sea. The fantastic food available onboard MSC Cruises' magnificent fleet is a huge cruise holiday highlight. Meals are included in the cost of your cruise and you have the opportunity to enjoy gourmet speciality dining at a supplement.


MSC Cruise Food

Find out what kind of food choices you will have throughout the day.

Included Breakfast Options

  • Buffet - quick and casual international favourites alongside Mediterranean traditional foods, and don't forget to see what local specialities are cooking in the Tastes of your Itinerary Corner
  • Main Dining Room - for a peaceful and organised start to your day enjoy a variety of dishes served to you by attentive wait staff
  • Included Lunch Options

  • Buffet - eat at your own pace from the buffet featuring a selection of salads, pasta, and other delicious mains.
  • Main Dining Room - enjoy waiter service for lunch in the main restaurant, choosing from a broad menu of multiple courses and included wine
  • Pizzeria - If the sun is shining enjoy a casual outdoor lunch in the form of freshly made pizzas by the pool
  • Included Dinner Options

  • Buffet - open 20 hours a day, you can always trust the buffet to provide a wealth of tasty food including traditional Italian snacks such as focaccia, pizza, salads, fries, croquettes, and pastries
  • Main Dining Room - each evening a seven-course dinner is served onboard your MSC cruise, featuring starters, soup, salad, a traditional Italian pasta course, main course, dessert, and cheeses. MSC Cruises dining staff serve a choice of regional specialities including fish and vegetarian options creatively prepared from the freshest ingredients.

  • MSC Food for Kids

    Kids and families are well catered for on MSC Cruises ships with plenty of tasty options to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dedicated children's menus have been carefully curated so that mini cruisers can enjoy the international cuisine on offer. Fun Time Dinners and Generation Dinners for kids and teens are organised by the entertainment staff to give parents a bit of a break and the Happy Dinners scheme offers a speedy dining service which escorts kids to the Miniclub when they have finished eating. Find out more about MSC Cruises' childcare.


    MSC Room Service

    MSC Cruises offers a comprehensive 24/7 room service, bringing all its delicious dining and best bites straight to your stateroom or suite. Pizza delivery is a must for a cosy night in.  Small additional room service fees may apply.

    Special Diets with MSC

    All guests are treated equally with MSC Cruises and special dietary requirements are carefully considered throughout the fleet. Gluten-Free menus are available from breakfast through to dinner. Vegetarian options and pre-prepared Kosher meals are also available.

    MSC Restaurants

    MSC Cruises' main dining venues range from laid back buffet style (open 20 hours a day) to classic and contemporary formal dining with waiter service and set dining times. Poolside snacks, room service, and takeaway-style foods are also available. You'll find expertly prepared Mediterranean and international fare from MSC's skilled chefs in a range of venues onboard.

    MSC Yacht Club provides an exclusive haven onboard MSC Cruises Fantasia Class ships. The 'ship within a ship' experience offers luxurious gourmet dining and a private sun deck.

    Speciality Dining

    Each ship features speciality dining venues where you can enjoy quality, gourmet dining for a fee. Enjoy a varied selection of cuisines including International, authentic Italian, sensational Japanese, Asian fusion and even Tex Mex. Sweet treats including delicious pastries accompanied by excellent Italian espresso or cappuccino can also be enjoyed across the MSC Cruises fleet.

    Don't worry if you don't speak Italian – menus and wine lists are also printed in English and the crew are English speaking. But by all means, feel free to experiment with your Italian pronunciations!

    Speciality dining venues featured on MSC Cruises ships include:


    Explore, taste, buy and learn about traditional Italian cuisine in this relaxing venue. The fun play-on-words name lets you know you're in for a treat as you eat your way through Italy's best bits.

    Tex-Mex and Steakhouse

    Spice up your sailing with some fiery Mexican fare or fill up with hearty Texan classics in this fun and eclectic dining venue. Cool beers and cocktails are also on the menu.

    Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar

    A stylish sushi venue offering authentic Asian cuisine prepared live on the spot. Diners will be delighted by the live cooking and delicious Asian-fusion food on offer.


    Please note that dining venues vary across ships

    MSC Dining Times

    MSC Cruises offer three flexible dining styles to choose from:


    Ideal for traditional cruisers, the Classic Dining Style offers fixed pre-set dining for the entirety of your cruise. Classic diners will keep the same table, dining room, staff and dining companions every evening.


    For adaptable dining, Flexi allows you to select a preferred dining time slot or time range for your cruise, but with the option to make changes up until 4 pm each day. Flexi dining depends on your chosen MSC Experience level.

    My Choice

    Arrive at any time during available dinner hours, with priority access at Flexi restaurants.

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