For All Tastes

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - All Eyes On Deck -

A dozen dis­tinct din­ing venues range from fine Ital­ian to a clas­sic steak­house, and MSC is mix­ing things up with its new Flexi Din­ing style, which al­lows guests to pre-se­lect a time slot for din­ner in the so­phis­ti­cated main din­ing rooms, but also have the abil­ity to change that time on a whim. Tra­di­tional two-seating din­ners are also still avail­able, and Yacht Club guests, who dine in their own ded­i­cated res­tau­rant, choose from free-time din­ing or reser­va­tions.

Ca­sual din­ing is avail­able in the airy Mar­ket­place Buf­fet (where an em­pha­sis on fresh, lo­cally in­spired fare makes a quick lunch shine with in­gre­di­ents like fresh-made moz­zarella) as well as at the At­mos­phere Bar South where pool­side clas­sics in­clud­ing pizza and burg­ers rule the day.

Spe­cialty res­tau­rants, which of­fer à la carte pric­ing, in­clude Butcher’s Cut modern Amer­i­can steak­house; the new Kaito Tep­pa­nyaki and Sushi Bar con­cept star­ring Ja­panese cui­sine; and Eataly – Ris­torante Ital­iano, fea­tur­ing fine Ital­ian cui­sine as well as a sump­tu­ous Chef ’s Ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. Other deca­dent treats in­clude the Jean-Philippe Maury Cho­co­la­terie where you can watch (and smell!) fab­u­lous con­coc­tions be­ing cre­ated by choco­latiers in an open kitchen, and a very pop­u­lar Crepes and Ge­lato shop is avail­able for more sweet-tooth mo­ments.

Cruis­ers with a health fo­cus will be happy to hear about the Well­ness Ex­pe­ri­ence, which fea­tures health­ful din­ing op­tions at ev­ery meal. And stop by Bam­boo Bar for a vi­brant, healthy juice or smoothie (I loved the zesty Green Power).

And whether your drink tastes run to a frothy pint or a per­fectly chilled glass of Cham­pagne, you’ll have no short­age of choices — 20 in fact — when it comes to cock­tail hour. My fa­vorite was the Mer­av­iglia Bar & Lounge where craft cock­tails have clever names (try the Je Suis St. Ger­maine). The Sports Bar and the Brass An­chor Pub of­fer low-key hang­outs, while you might want to hit the glam­orous Sky Lounge or Hori­zon Bar for an el­e­gant cock­tail.

Coun­ter­clock­wise from above left: MSC Yacht Club Res­tau­rant; Jean-Philippe Cho­co­la­terie and Café; L’Olive Dorée L’Olivo D’Oro main res­tau­rant, and Kaito Tep­pa­nyaki; Op­po­site page top to bot­tom: Po­lar Aqua­park wa­ter slides; Cirque du Soleil; and the 4D theater

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