Families heading to join a Mediterranean or Caribbean voyage with MSC Cruises can now enrol their children in a significantly enhanced Kids Club program which has been bolstered with a new sports program and an upscale, yet fun, cooking class.
Now available across most of the MSC Cruises fleet in southern Europe and the Caribbean, the boosted program sees kids aged between 3-17 able to learn or hone their cooking skills in a safe environment as part of the “DOREMI Chef Program”, designed by world-renowned and two-starred Michelin chef Carlo Cracco.
Under the expert tutelage and guidance of the culinary team from the particular MSC ship the guests are on, cooking activities will include discovering how to make pasta from scratch as well as trying out other fun, simple recipes as well as learning new cooking skills and hints. On completion of the course, each child receives a mini-certificate acknowledging their achievement, signed by Cracco himself. The cooking program will be available in two different age groups and slightly varied for the older children.
Other changes coming to the kids facilities include a brand new sports program, tailored to children in three different age brackets of 3-6 years, 7-11 and 12-17. Delivered in two 45-minute sessions daily – one in the morning and a second in the afternoon – dedicated coaches will run sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, handball and dodgeball, with parents also invited to take part if they wish. The sessions will consist of fun tournaments, social games and activities designed for all skill levels.
An expansion of MSC Cruises’ partnership with iconic building block brand LEGO has led to the introduction of a special LEGO building kit of the line’s upcoming ship MSC Meraviglia, which can be purchased from the gift shop. Priced at US$12, the model is made up of 180 bricks and is designed for children aged seven and up. Take a look at the new model here.
The existing LEGO Experience onboard the entire MSC Cruises fleet will continue, with one entire day in each cruise set aside for a host of LEGO themed activities including the DUPLO Play Pen for kids under the age of three, the Vertical Play Wall, a special challenge inviting kids to build the most elaborate structure their imaginations can come up with, and the Tech Challenge, where guests can play LEGO themed video games on dedicated consoles.
Children participating in the day receive a LEGO diploma at the end of the day from the ship’s LEGO Sailor Mascot, recognising them as a Junior Master Builder.
MSC Cruises’ partnership with baby brand Chicco also remains in place, providing a range of services for parents with babies and toddlers up to the age of three years. These include free of charge bottle warmers, cribs, strollers, baby store onboard, dedicated play programs for infants to share with their parents, babysitting services, kids menu and warm milk available.
All of the new Kids Club features are in addition to the existing children’s amenities which will continue to include Family Dining Times, a kids water park on the top deck, children’s pools, a bowling alley, 4D cinema and dedicated shore excursions created with families in mind.