I recently cruised for the first time with my son, Roland. I quickly realized that cruising is a perfect family vacation because everyone in the family gets to have their perfect vacation (even the parents!). I feel like a secret has been kept from me for years and now just realized that cruising is the best way for parents to get the vacation of their dreams and kids to have their best trip ever.
MSC Cruises, a family-owned company is also the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line. While MSC Cruises have always had a focus on family, they recently introduced several new programs to truly make an MSC Cruise the trip of a lifetime for kids!
Matteo Mancini, MSC cruise manager of the youth activities program said, “Children are on board from all over the world. They are from different cultures and speak different languages. They are still able to cook, build with Legos and play sports together without speaking the same language”.
5 Reasons MSC Cruises Are A Perfect Family Vacation
Let’s get real. If the kids love the activities on-board a ship and can’t wait to head to the kids club or teen club, it means mom and dad are also able to relax and have a bit of adult fun. MSC Cruises offers activities and clubs for kids from 3-17. There are four clubs; BabyTime for kids 3 years old and under, Mini for kids 3-6 years old, Junior Club for kids 7-11 years old and Young Club Y-Teen for 12-14 and 15-17 years old.
Here are just a few of the new programs that could make this the perfect cruise for your kids and in turn for the adults too!
DOREBRO Sports Program
This is on-board entertainment designed especially for kids 3 to 17 years old who love sports. My son is all about basketball at the moment. When I heard about the Dobrero program, I knew exactly what his number one activity of the day would be! Sports include football, basketball, baseball, handball and dodge ball. They kids work with sport coaches by age group (3-6; 7-11; 12-17 year olds). Don’t worry, if you are a kid at heart and love sports too, parents are welcome to join the family activities which offer fun competitions and prizes.
DOREMI Chef by Carlo Cracco
A cooking class designed in collaboration with the two-starred Michelin chef Carlo Cracco is another new kids activity. This idea came from children. When MSC asked some pint sized cruisers what they’d like to do on-board they asked for a cooking class!
Led by MSC Cruises chefs and the on-board MSC Cruises mascot DOREMI, children aged 3 to 11 will learn to make meals such as homemade pasta from scratch. At the end of the course, each child receives an official mini-chef certificate signed by Carlo Cracco himself.
LEGO® MSC Cruises Toy Experience
The LEGO Experience encompasses a whole day on every cruise itinerary that is dedicated to LEGO® activities. The LEGO Experience Day includes a program of activities, which have been specifically developed in collaboration with the LEGO Group to offer something for children of all ages, including the DUPLO® Play Pen construction challenge for children under the age of three to a LEGO® Vertical Play Wall challenge where teams compete to build a vertical structure against a specially created wall as well as LEGO® Tech Challenge with all of the latest games consoles to play LEGO videogames.At the end of the day, children will graduate with a LEGO diploma and be presented with a souvenir certificate by the LEGO Sailor mascot – verifying that they are now a Junior Master Builder.
MSC Cruises mascot Doremi plays DJ at this fun family disco party. Along with other fun family events like talent shows, this is a cruise highlight for many families.
Kids sail FREE Year-Round
Of course I saved the best for last! Kids sail free year-round on cruises with Anytime & Early Booking Rates. You can find all the details for the kids sail free program here: www.msccruisesusa.com/Kids-Cruise-Free
Bonus Reason Why MSC Cruises Are A Perfect Family Vacation: After a year filled with enhancements to the family offerings on MSC Cruises, they have added a new program called ‘KELLY+KLOE’ which runs across the entire fleet. The youth engaged web series tells the story of how two young girls whose father is the captain of the cruise get into adventure and mischief along with the butler and two MSC Cruises staff members.
Those were my top 5 Reasons MSC Cruises Are A Perfect Family Vacation plus an extra bonus! I didn’t even mention that MSC sails to 190 destinations in 73 countries. If you could sail to any of MSC’s destinations where would you go?
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.