So many people don’t realize that some cruise lines actually match loyalty rewards from other cruise lines and in MSC Cruises’ case, they even have an MSC Cruises status match from hotel programs! By being a loyalty member or frequent flyer on some airlines, you can increase your loyalty level on the MSC Voyagers Club program and receive discounts on future bookings.
Unfortunately, being an MSC Voyagers Club member doesn’t have too many perks until you get to the top level (Diamond), but you do get discounts on future bookings.
How does MSC Status Match Work?
MSC Cruises makes it easy to status match with any qualified program. Just go to their status match form on their website and submit your information with a screenshot of your matching loyalty program. Some cruisers say they’ve received status matching within hours, with our status match on MSC (From NCL Platinum), it took MSC two months to confirm our GOLD status.
What loyalty programs does MSC match with?
There are a surprising number of loyalty programs that MSC Cruises recognizes loyalty with. By far, this is the most generous matching program in the cruise industry. Here are the programs (cruises & hotels) that MSC recognizes to match with their Voyagers Club reward program:
- Azamara Cruises
- Carnival Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Cunard Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Holland America
- P&O Cruises
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Line
- Ponant Yacht Cruises
- Aida Cruises
- Crystal Cruise
- Oceania Cruises
- Star Cruises
Hotels & Booking Companies:
- Club Med ITA
- Club Med FRA
- Club Med DEU
- Ritz Carlton
- Hyatt Hotels
- Accor Hotels
- Melia Hotels
- Best Western
- Club Carlson
- Othon Hotels
- International Hotel Group
- Centara Hotel Resort
- Steigenberger Hotel Group
- RIU Hotels and Resorts
- Wyndham Hotels
- MGM Resorts
- Air China
- China Eastern
- China Southern
- Jin Jiang Hotels
- Club Med US & CAN
- Mohegan Sun
MSC Voyagers Club Status Match Forms
How to apply for the MSC Voyagers Club status match program:
Voyagers Club Levels & Benefits
The benefits of the MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program are relatively limited compared to other cruise lines, however, the discount alone makes it worth being a member of the program or status matching to get the discounts.
The real benefits of each level:
Voyagers Club Classic:
5% discount on all bookings up to an additional 5% off for bookings made 9 months or more out.
A welcome cocktail (which we’ve never received, for what it’s worth)
Shop discount of $10 for every $50 spent.
Voyagers Club Silver:
All of the above +
$50 onboard credit per person
Double points for bookings more than 12 months out
Additional $50 onboard credit for cruises booked 12 months out
Voyagers Club Gold:
All of the above +
One hour of thermal area access per cruise
A “Gift” (no clue what this is, will give details from our upcoming cruise)
Priority disembarkation for tender ports
Free Birthday Cake
MSC Voyagers Club Diamond:
All of the above +
Complimentary specialty dining/restaurant tasting menu (excluding drinks)
Bathrobe + Slippers
Dancing class (wth?! but ok)
Late checkout and disembarkation
** We’ll be testing our newly minted Diamond status on MSC with our next cruise and will let you know how it really ends up.
MSC Status Match Chart With Match Levels (Updated October 2023)
This is an example of MSC loyalty status match programs and how they’ve been reported by fellow travelers.
It’s worth noting: MSC Cruises does sometimes change the program by adding or removing matching hotels and airlines. Additionally, we’ve heard reports that some cruisers will submit the same status level in the same program (i.e. Carnival) and the MSC rep will match to a different level. For example, speaking with a Carnival passenger with a Carnival Diamond level status, they were matched to GOLD on MSC Cruises, however, a different passenger with the same Diamond status on Carnival was Matched to SILVER on MSC. There seems to be no official chart on the MSC Website at this time.
|Program Status (Cruise Lines)||MSC Status Match||Last Confirmed*|
|Best Western Diamond Select||Gold||Late 2021|
|Carnival Diamond||Gold||Late 2020|
|Carnival Platinum||Gold||Mid 2023|
|Carnival Gold||Silver||Early 2020|
|Celebrity Elite||Gold||Early 2020|
|Celebrity Select||Gold||Mid 2020|
|Costa Gold Pearl||Diamond||Mid 2021|
|Disney Platinum||Diamond||Mid 2020|
|Disney Gold||Gold||Mid 2020|
|Disney Silver||Silver||Early 2020|
|Holland America 2 Star||Classic||Mid 2020|
|Holland America 4 Star||Diamond||Early 2020|
|NCL Platinum||Gold||Late 2023|
|NCL Gold||Silver||Late 2022|
|NCL Bronze||Classic||Early 2022|
|Princess Platinum||Gold||June 2023|
|Royal Caribbean Pinnacle||Diamond||Mid 2020|
|Royal Caribbean Diamond||Gold||Early 2022|
|Royal Caribbean Platinum||Silver||September 2023|
|Hotel Status Program||MSC Status Match||Last Confirmed|
|Best Western Diamond||Gold||Mid 2021|
|Expedia + Gold (NEW)||Silver||Mid 2023|
|Hilton Diamond||Diamond||Early 2023|
|Hilton Gold||Gold||June 2023|
|Hyatt Explorist||Gold||August 2023|
|IHG Diamond & Diamond Elite||Gold||Early 2023|
|IHG Gold & Gold Elite||Silver||Mid 2022|
|IHG Silver||Silver||Mid 2022|
|Marriott Titanium / Platinum||Gold||Mid 2020|
|Marriott Gold||Classic||Mid 2020|
|MGM M Life Leap||Gold||Mid 2020|
|MGM M Life Gold||Silver||Late 2019|
|MGM M Life Pearl||Classic||Early 2020|
|Wyndham Diamond||Gold||Mid 2020|
|Wyndham Platinum||Silver||Early 2021|
Do you have an experience status matching that is different or more recent than above?
Let us know and we’ll update this chart! Submit a comment below!
How the MSC status match actually works, and what to expect
The process to match is simple once you locate the correct form to submit (above). A simple screenshot of the program you are matching with is all it took. However, there was no correspondence after submitting the request, so it felt like the request went into a black hole. I didn’t think much of it until a couple of months later, I received the notification (below) of the approval and status match to Gold (from Norwegian Platinum).
Many passengers report that they get their status match email within a few days if not the same day as the submission. This wasn’t my experience, nor was it the experience of one of my travel companions who did a status match from Hilton Gold to MSC Gold. The same couple of months passed to get the confirmation.
So don’t expect any real communication from the moment you submit your form.
Getting notified of your approved loyalty / status match
It took longer than most passengers have reported to get our status match. Perhaps it’s because our situation is a bit more complicated being an American ex-pat in Europe with an MSC account that has been used in different locations (this is just speculation). But this is what you should receive when you get your match approved:
Thank you for your status match request.
On behalf of MSC, I can and am pleased to welcome you to the MSC Voyagers Club.
At MSC Cruises we have a passion for the sea and discovery. The MSC Voyagers Club is our way of rewarding those who share our passion.
It’s an exclusive world full of privileges, discounts, offers and extras to spoil you the way only MSC Cruises can. In short, the MSC Voyagers CLub rewards your passion for travel.
We are pleased to confirm that you are a Gold member of the MSC Voyagers Club and can immediately enjoy all the benefits with the following club number xxxxxxxx.
When you make a booking on our website, I recommend that you always enter your club number. In this way, any discounts are calculated immediately.
If this does not work or if you have already made a booking, please provide us or your travel agent with your booking number and we will be happy to include your club number in your booking.
We trust that we have informed you sufficiently and would like to welcome you on board one of our ships.
Jan PMSC Cruises BV
Personal Vacation Consultant
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