An MSC Transatlantic Cruise at a Rock Bottom Price

Published on: August 30, 2022 | Last Updated on August 31, 2022
AN MSC transatlantic cruise

Imagine taking a 17-night cruise on a new ship, MSC Seascape, at fares that start at $399 per person. Yes, $399. 

That sounds pretty incredible—a cost of less than $25 a day per person. But you’ll have to hold on to your money belt.

The basic price of the 2022 MSC transatlantic cruise can skyrocket, of course, when you add in such things as the costs of alcoholic drinks and other beverages, specialty dining, Wi-FI, and other extras onboard.

You also may incur extra costs for shore excursions, which are add-ons, and special entertainment venues (like the zipline, 4D cinema, Formula One race car simulator, bowling, and others) that are particularly attractive to kids.

Yet, the value of the basic fare for a 17-night voyage is impressive, especially at a time when everything costs so much, even food and gas.

The MSC fare includes accommodations, three meals a day (in the two main dining rooms and the buffet), most entertainment, use of the fitness center (exclusive of classes), and more.

The 2022 MSC Transatlantic Cruise Itinerary

On an MSC transatlantic cruise: St. Peter's Basilica and the Tiber River

St. Peter’s Basilica and The Tiber River in Rome

The inaugural journey of MSC Seascape from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy to New York City is scheduled to depart from Rome on November 19, 2022. The cruise is a repositioning cruise that takes the ship from the Med to the Caribbean for its winter sailings.

Rome is a great launching pad, enabling guests to add days to their trip before boarding so they can tour the Italian capital or nearby cities or towns in the region of Lazio.

On its way to New York, this MSC transatlantic cruise will stop at some interesting ports of call in Barcelona, Valencia, and Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Funchal (Madeira Islands), Portugal, and overnight in Hamiton, Bermuda. 

About MSC Seascape

Aurea Bar, one of many outdoor spaces on the ship

On MSC Seaside (a sister ship to MSC Seascape), Aurea Bar, one of many outdoor spaces on the ship (credit: MSC Cruises)

MSC Seascape will be entering service with this transatlantic maiden voyage. The mega-ship has 18 decks that hold some 5,800 passengers. Cruise Critic describes the MSC ambiance as lively, fun, and family-friendly. MSC Cruises tends to draw a younger (40-ish) and more international group of passengers, including Spanish, German, and Italian-speaking cruisers.

The itinerary for any crossing is always filled with an abundance of sea days that allow plenty of time to spend onboard simply relaxing or exploring the ship and its amenities. 

And a ship of this size offers something for everyone. MSC Seascape has six swimming pools, including an aft infinity pool with incredible ocean views. The ship also has an expansive waterfront promenade (although the weather at this time of year may be chilly).

The cruise includes 98 hours of live entertainment and has 11 different dining venues, 19 bars and lounges, a fitness center, a multi-story water park, and a host of amusement options for kids and teens. The ship also features a spectacular glass-floored Bridge of Sighs on Deck 16, suspended 72 feet above the infinity pool, with expansive ocean views.

MSC Seascape is designed to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient with a new air purification system that promises to reduce 99% of airborne germs, mold, viruses, and other pollutants.

Sailing on a crossing offers another unique benefit: The changes in time zones (in this case between Italy and the U.S,) allow guests to go to stay up later, catch a few more hours of sleep along the way, and arrive well-rested when departing the ship.

Bottom line: Is the MSC transatlantic crossing worth the price?

The MSC Yacht Club

MSC Seaside, MSC Yacht Club Pool (credit: MSC Cruises)

If you can stick to a budget and forgo the extras, the pricing of this 2022 MSC transatlantic cruise offers an excellent value with the opportunity to visit five different countries on a brand new ship. The timing of this particular cruise also provides a great way to escape family obligations and the chore of cooking for Thanksgiving. 

But MSC Seascape has many lures that may seduce you into digging deeper into your pockets. For example, the availability of 12 different types of staterooms and suites, including an expanded, luxurious MSC Yacht Club (a boutique ship within a ship), provides a strong temptation to upgrade from basic.

Of course, like any other all-inclusive or nearly-inclusive travel experience, on land or sea, you need to read the fine print to find out exactly what’s included and what isn’t. 

Learn more about MSC Cruises, including ships, itineraries, and terms and conditions. 

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