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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 whilst at sea.  The fantastic food available onboard MSC Cruises' magnificent fleet is a huge cruise holiday highlight. With meals onboard included in the cost of your cruise fare and the opportunity to enjoy gourmet specialty dining at a supplement, there is plenty to look forward to when dining on an MSC Cruises cruise.


What can I expect when dining with MSC Cruises?


Head to the buffet for a quick and casual breakfast. Find international favourites alongside Mediterranean traditions and don't forget to see what local specialties are cooking in the Tastes of your Itinerary Corner.  For a calm and elegant start to your day, the Main Dining Room is open for breakfast and provides a serene setting to enjoy a variety of dishes. 


Enjoy waiter service for lunch in the main restaurant, or eat at your own pace from the buffet featuring a selection of salads, pastas and other delicious mains. If the sun is shining enjoy a casual outdoor lunch by the pool from the pizzeria.


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 will serve a choice of regional specialties including fish and vegetarian options creatively prepared from the freshest ingredients.

Still hungry? A midnight buffet is served each evening with a choice of traditional Italian snacks such as focaccia, pizza, salads, fries, croquettes and pastries.

Specialty Dining

Each ship features specialty dining venues where you can enjoy quality, gourmet dining for a fee.  Enjoy a varied selection of cuisines including: International fare, 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!


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 alongside the entertainment staff to give parents a bit of a break. Whilst Happy Dinners offers a speedy dining service which escorts kids to the Miniclub when they have finished eating. Scrumptious poolside snacks also keep kids and parents happy onboard.


Room Service

MSC Cruises also offers a comprehensive 24/7 room service, bringing all it's 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

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.

Which restaurants can I find onboard MSC Cruises ships?

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 food is 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.

Specialty 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 Asisan -fusion food on offer.


Please note that dining venues vary across ships

At what times can I dine in the main restaurants with MSC Cruises?

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 4pm each day. Flexi dining depends on your chosen MSC Experience level.

My Choice

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

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