MSC Gay Friendly ?

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I am taking my first MSC cruise later this year on MSC Divina out of Venice and really looking forward to it. But can anyone tell me if they are "gay friendly" and do they hold FOD's ?

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Brussels, Belgium
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Joined Jun 2011
My partner and I sailed on MSC 3 years ago in the Indian Ocean and we had no problem at all !!! There were other gay couples onboard but no FOD
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Joined Jul 2011
Anyone know if MSC hold FOD's on European Cruises ? Sailing on Divina at end of Sept, so hope they do
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Joined Sep 2005
they did on the magnifica out of venice...fantastic cruiseline,,have sailed them 5 times and they are definately my favorite..very GAY friendly!!
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Joined Oct 2001
The line is typical European & never had a problem....we decided not to sail the anymore because the ships got too big for our taste..

Saying that teh ship were very clean, cabins small - definetly get a balcony...tons of entertainment - food is ok but you could always find something.

Also check out the shops onboard - we bought italian driving shoes onboard.....great...wish they had more than the several pairs we bought.

Mostly Europeans onboard....and no FOD that I recall....lots of very good gelato!!!

Houston, TX
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I was on MSC a few years ago and I loved the ship and experience.

I wonder if they don't have FOD meetings scheduled if requesting one to your CD would get them on the daily. Might be worth a try. I don't recall if they had them when I sailed the Caribbean.
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I am sure I will enjoy it, FOD's or not.
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I have sailed 4 times with MSC in different ships (including the newest MSC Preziosa), MSC does not have any FOD meetings, in fact MSC has the shortest list of scheduled daily activities I have seen comparing with other cruise companies like RCCL or NCL. So if your expectations are on what schedule Daily activities are on MSC be aware that day schedules are mostly limited to aerobic, dancing, quiz and bingo.
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Joined Jun 2009
am leaving in 2 weeks for 1 week cruise on Preziosa with 2 friends who never cruised before wonder how they will like it. Hope to meet other gays during the cruise. I make my cruise n° 20 on different lines and kept good friendships from the cruises I did.
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Joined Sep 2013
Originally posted by irishmangh
I am taking my first MSC cruise later this year on MSC Divina out of Venice and really looking forward to it. But can anyone tell me if they are "gay friendly" and do they hold FOD's ?

My partner and I have cruised on MSC Fantasia in the Med and found the environment and attitude amongst both staff and fellow passengers rather hostile towards two men travelling together. There is a lot of families (kids oftentimes travel free) and the staff is unlike most other cruise lines not Asian but mostly from Italy and Eastern Europe. We behave like normal people, we tip well, don't express in public and you could not tell we're gay by our looks or body movements:-) but still they made us feel rather unwelcome and definitely seemed uncomfortable with us being around them families and kids. We've been on HAL and Carnival many times and never had such experience with them. Would not cruise with MSC again (ship's interior and cabins were very nice though...)

P.S.: And no, no FODs on the one we took and to be fair I should add that their shows were the best I've ever seen at sea and would have been worth upwards of $60 each and every night. Good Vegas show quality.
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The Venice Trans Atlantic November 2ed will be my fourth cruise with MSC and I have found them to not be particularly gay friendly. Having said that we are a party of five men and we can have a daily happy hour party of our own.. Looking forward to meeting you.

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