MSC Magnifica stopped over for a St Patrick’s sleepover in Sydney, with the Opera House sails glowing green as the European ship sat proudly stationed in the harbour. While MSC ships don’t commonly come through Australian waters, Magnifica is currently on an 116-night world cruise, with a harbour city on there as an itinerary highlight. 

Cruise Passenger was lucky enough to get onboard and explore the beautiful ship and its European decor. With capacity for 2518 passengers, two sparkling pools, multiple entertainment and dining venues and plenty more, there was lots to explore. 

The ship is part of MSC’s Musica Class, and while it’s initially something to marvel at size-wise, the brands larger ships tower over it.

Perhaps most notable to the Australian Cruise Passenger is the multicultural, European feel of the vessel. As the leading cruise line in Europe, the ship is set up to cater to cruising Europeans, with every single crew member speaking English, Italian, Spanish and German. 

As Magnifica sat stationed in the harbour, it was clear how the ships design serves to soak up the surrounding views, with the sails of the opera house putting on a sensational show for those onboard. Whether you’re soaking in the spa, sweating in the gym or splashing in the pool, you’ll have magnificent views of the city or seas surrounding you. 

The European influence is also apparent with more lax smoking rules than Australians might be used to, as well as a dedicated cigar club, you can also smoke freely in the casino. This influence extends to the theatre, where shows are generally not dialogue heavy due to the variety of languages spoken onboard, but have a stronger focus on theatricality to bring together theatre-goers of all nations.

While the ship doesn’t possess the Royal Caribbean-esque family frenzy of fun, there is a kids club for your little ones and minigolf, bowling, pools and more for them to keep active on sea days.


The cabins toured were cosy and compact, yet classy. Rich red decor lines the sheets and walls giving an almost cabaret feel to the rooms.

You can also expect similarly striking decor throughout the ship, with colours dynamically shifting from space to space. The swirling yellow and black of the Tiger Lounge becomes the brilliant blue of the L’Edera Restaurant, into the purple prints of Quattro Venti restaurant and more mosaic-like colouring across the ship.

The cruise line shared that Australians take a particular liking to MSC’s Mediterranean itineraries, with the cruise lines regional expertise shining through for Aussies. While the cruise line doesn’t have any specific plans currently to sail more frequently in Australia, it’s not out of the question for the future.