MSC Cruises have revamped and increased the size of four of their smaller ships, the MSC Armonia, Sinfonia, Lirica and Opera, with a key aim being to attract and satisfy families more than ever. This means better kids’ clubs and facilities.
The Baby Club, in partnership with the Chicco range of toys and babycare equipment, is for babies and toddlers under three years of age. There are toys to enable parent-baby playtime and a sleep area where MSC staff supervise the children while parents enjoy meals or other facilities on board.
Next door is the Mini-Club. This is for three to six year olds. The room has been developed in conjunction with Lego and is a treasure trove of Duplo and Lego bricks and games where children can play under the watchful eye of MSC youth crew members.
The Juniors Club is for 7 to 11 year olds and provides a different Lego experience. In addition to an endless supply of bricks and more complex challenges to build are video games and a dance floor to meet the changing and varied needs of this age group.
Next to the Starlight Disco is the Young Club, for the 12 to 14 year olds. This cosy room has trendy seating, mood lighting, a large dance floor and video games.
The fourth club is the Teens Club for 15 to 17 year olds. At the entrance is an arcade with high-energy simulator rides and traditional fair type games. Inside the club itself is plenty of space to mingle with seating, a wall of video games as well as more traditional table soccer.
There are other diversions for kids beyond the clubs. On the new extended pool deck , a Doremi Splash Park has been built. This is an area of water cannons, fountains and other aqua-based features where children can play safely, while also freeing up the regular pools for the adults to enjoy.
Conveniently located close by is the Gelateria Italiana serving authentic Italian gelato. A popular diversion in between the water fun.
High up on the upper decks is another area for more active pursuits with a basketball and soccer court and a multi-hole crazy golf putting course for kids and families to enjoy.
Catering for families by providing supervised clubs enables parents to have private time to dine alone or enjoy other attractions around the ship. A focus on the needs of the entire family is something you will find on all of the MSC fleet – and especially the revamped MSC Armonia and sister ships that went through the “Renaissance Program”.
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