MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and Review

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MSC Fantasia in port.
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

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We loved sailing on the MSC Fantasia, so I am sharing a look at this beautiful ship and some inside info to help you choose your cruise. This MSC Fantasia ship review with photos will look at the activities, the food and the choices of guest areas onboard. It is always a good idea to get a feel of the ship to help you make your cruise booking choice, so read this MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and Review before you book.

The MSC Fantasia is a fabulous stylish and eco-friendly ship run by MSC Cruises. She really is cutting-edge designed ship which has recently been updated. She was also one of the first ships in the MSC fleet to have the Swaroski staircases installed and which makes her a dazzling ship with all of the glamour you would expect from MSC. With real murano glass chandeliers, bright vibrant interiors and fresh public spaces you will have a great time.

Ultimate guide of MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and ship Review

The Casino bar on MSC Fantasia Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all
The Casino bar on MSC Fantasia Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

In this MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and Review we will discover everthing that she has to offer to guests sailing with her. The MSC Fantasia was built in 2008 and went through refurbishment in 2019. She is fresh and new with new carpets and upholstery making her look stunning. She will soon be having other technologies onboard updated too such as the photo lounge which will become digital.

A quick over view of MSC Fantasia

L Translantico Bar on MSC Fantasia Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

MSC Fantasia is a large cruise ship operated by MSC Cruises. It was launched in December 2008 and can accommodate up to 4,363 passengers and 1,370 crew members. The ship is 333 meters long, 38 meters wide, and has a gross tonnage of 137,936.

MSC Fantasia features a variety of amenities and activities for passengers to enjoy, including multiple swimming pools, a water park, a spa and fitness center, a 4D cinema, a Formula 1 simulator, and a full-size bowling alley. The ship also has a range of dining options, including multiple restaurants, cafes, and bars, serving cuisine from around the world. It has plentiful bars with Live music such as a piano bar, Jazz bars and a pub.

The ship’s accommodations include a range of staterooms and suites, with options ranging from interior ocean view cabins to large balcony staterooms with private hot tubs. The cabins are equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and air conditioning.

MSC Fantasia sails to a variety of destinations around the world, including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and South America. With its wide range of amenities and activities, it offers passengers a luxurious and entertaining cruise experience.

What’s onboard MSC Fantasia?

Manhattan Bar, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

Not only does the MSC Fantasia have multiple pools and outdoor areas she has plenty of activities onbaord too. Here are some of the entertainment places on Fantasia;

  • The Theatre-Teatro l’Avanguardia
  • Liquid Disco
  • MSC Arena Sports Center
  • Casinò delle Palme
  • Gallery Plaza
  • Cyberlibrary
  • Business Center
  • Il Polo Nord Childrens pool
  • MSC Aurea Spa Fitness Center
  • Video Games Arcade
  • F1 Simulator
  • 4D Cinema

MSC Fantasia Facts

Piazza San Giorgio ( serves snacks ) On MSC Fantasia MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and Review
Piazza San Giorgio ( serves snacks ) On MSC Fantasia, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

She has a real stone piazza complete with an espresso bar that also serves daily fresh baked pastries and authentic gelato as well as a huge glittering atrium. She sparkles from all corners.

This is the Ship statistics on MSC Fantasia;

  • Launched in 2008
  • Refurbished in 2019
  • Class, Fantasia Class
  • Length, 333,30 m
  • Width, 37,92 m
  • Gross Tons, 137.936 
  • Has a capacity of passengers 4,363
  • And a crew of 1.370
  • Decks, 18
  • Deck names are Italian words such as Encanto
  • Cabins 1.637
  • Cruising Speed of knots 23.64 max

MSC Fantasia Dress code

Yacht club Lounge on MSC Fantasia Photo Credit: Donna Vallance
Yacht club Lounge on MSC Fantasia Photo Credit: Donna Vallance

In this MSC Fantasia Photo Tour and Review we look at what to wear whilst onboard the ship. Depending how long your cruises is for there is normally different dress codes on different days. For instance, on our seven day cruise, we had the following dress code as suggested evening dress. Knowing what to wear on a cruise ship can be hard but it is much more relaxed now especially on formal night. Here is an idea of what to wear on MSC Fantasia suggested evening dress as shown on the planners in your cabin;

  • Flower Night, which could be anything from floral floral shirts, Hawaiian shirts flower dresses
  • Casual night which is general casual smart dress
  • Elegant, elegant is rather like your formal night. ( No shorts, flip-flops tank, tops and T-shirts are allowed on elegant night)
  • White Night wear as close to white as possible ( remember this is only suggested )

Elegant night is also known as gala night, so you can even make an appointment with the hairdresser and really glam up if you wish. You can also have elegant night portraits too. There are several photographers that set up at different studios across the ship each with a different backdrop to complement the elegant theme. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your photos taken against different Backdrops.

MSC Fantasia main pool

Msc Fantasia main pool area
Msc Fantasia main pool area, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

These are the pools on the MSC Fantasia;

  • L Tropici covered pool on MSC Fantasia with glass roof retractable roof
  • The Aqua park on MSC Fantasia
  • Lido Catalano
  • Top 18 exclusive solarium whirl pool sun deck
  • The One pool in Yacht Club
  • Il Polo Nord Childrens pool

L Tropici covered pool on MSC Fantasia

L Tropici covered pool on MSC Fantasia
L Tropici covered pool on MSC Fantasia, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

L Tropici covered pool on MSC Fantasia with glass roof retractable roof Is perfect for all weathers.

MSC Fantasia Aqua park

MSC Fantasia Water slides
MSC Fantasia Water slides, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

The MSC Fantasia have slides in the pool area too. The slides are shorter tube slides suitable for older children and teens.

The MSC Fantasia Bars and lounges

The MSC Fantasia bars are vibrant and fun I loved the bold colours in the Manhattan Bar. Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

18 Different Bars

MSC Fantasia Wine Bar, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

There are also different 18 Bars and lounges throughout the MSC Fantasia ship. They are as follows;

  • Fantasia Top Sail Lounge
  • Yacht Club Pool Bar
  • Fantasia Bar ( with gluten free service )
  • Le Vele Bar
  • The Cigar Lounge
  • Piazza San Giorgio ( serves snacks )
  • Casino Delle Palme
  • L’insolito Lounge
  • La Cantina Toscana ( Wine and Beer )
  • Il Cappuccino coffee Bar
  • Sports Bar
  • Manhatten Bar
  • II Transatlantico Bar ( cocktail mixologist bar )
  • Zanzibar
  • I Tropici Bar
  • Bar delle Fontane
  • Gaudi Bar
  • Liquid Disco

MSC Fantasia Restaurants

Cappuccino Bar MSC Fantasia, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

The main dining restaurant serves a different menu every day. As well as the main dining on there a few other places to eat these include:

These are the MSC Fantasia restaurants;

  • L’Africana Buffet
  • Il Cerchio d’Oro
  • Butcher’s Cut ( speciality restaurant extra charge )
  • Red Velvet Restaurant

Butchers Cut Speciality restaurant on MSC Fantasia

Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

The MSC Fantasia only has one speciality restaurant but that is the Butchers cut. They serve a wide range of American style food from Steaks to ribs and also American style desserts.

Butchers Cut food Menu on MSC Fantasia

These are the Butchers Cut menus on MSC Fantasia; Dining experience
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all, MSC Cruises App

This is the Butchers Cut Dining experience menu on MSC Fantasia.

Butchers Cut drinks Menu on MSC Fantasia

This is the Butchers cut Cocktails menu on MSC Fantasia;

MSC Fantasia Drinks menu and prices 2023

This is the MSC Fantasia Drinks menus and prices as of summer 2023. Drink prices on MSC Fantasia are as follows,

  • Easy package cocktail’s are priced at 7 euros.
  • Contemporary classic cocktails are €8
  • Premium Cocktails are €11
  • Signature cocktails are 14 euros
  • Frozen drinks are €8
  • zero alcohol drinks are €6
  • beers are priced around €6.50

MSC Fantasia Itinerary

Lunch time on MSC Fantasia view outside the ship. Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all
Lunch time on MSC Fantasia Yacht club restaurant view outside the ship. Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

You will find a range of activities onboard MSC Fantasia from the morning through to the evening here are some of the onboard activities that you can find in your planner;

Examples of Aqua park activities in the morning on MSC Fantasia;

  • Stretching at 9.30
  • Wake up gym at 10 am
  • Trivia such as guess the flags
  • Dance lessons such as salsa, Cha Cha and country dancing

Aqua park afternoon activities on MSC Fantasia

  • Name that tune quiz
  • Aerostretching
  • dance lessons such as Mambo and Merengue
  • Rope game
  • Stretching
  • Sail away Party
  • Crazy Darts
  • Fitness
  • Music and DJ sets

Aqua Park activities in the evening onboard MSC Fantasia;

  • Live music
  • Disco dance lessons
  • party nights

MSC Yacht club rooms

MSC Fantasia Yacht club large balcony 16035
MSC Fantasia Yacht club large balcony 16035 On MSC Fantasia, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

This is MSC Fantasia Yacht club large balcony 16035. Take a look at the full cabin tour here in our MSC Fantasia Yacht club large balcony tour.

MSC Yacht club mini bar

Msc yacht club mini room bar fridge
Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

If you have booked a Yacht club Cabin on MSC you will be pleased to know that it includes a premium drinks package. It also includes a fully stocked mini bar and a choice of a bottle of alcohol delivered to your room. So what is in the Mini Bar in a Yacht club suite on MSC? The Yacht club mini bar is topped up daily and replenished you can find the full details in our Yacht club mini bar post.

MSC Yacht club On Fantasia

MSC Fantasia outdoor buffet and food in the top sail lounge deck
MSC Fantasia outdoor buffet and food in the top sail lounge deck, Photo Credit: Donna Vallance Cruising for all

The separate outdoor area yacht club area on Fantasia has a pool and two whirl pools with a large outdoor area and beds. There is a buffet restaurant and the One Bar area for drinks. There is also separate restaurant and inside lounge area serving drinks and snacks throughout the day.

The Fantasia however is one of the MSC smaller ships and not as High tech as ships such as the MSC Bellissima or the MSC Grandiosa but she is beautifully presented sparkling clean and a more intimate choice.

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  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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