MSC Status Match Program – How to match your loyalty status from other cruise lines (with Forms & Match Chart)

MSC Cruises loyalty program status match

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.

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:

Cruise Lines:

  • Azamara Cruises
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Silversea
  • 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
  • Expedia
  • Hilton
  • Marriott
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Orbitz
  • Shangri-la
  • Accor Hotels
  • Melia Hotels
  • Fairmont
  • Starwood
  • Kempinski
  • Pestana
  • Best Western
  • Club Carlson

  • Othon Hotels
  • International Hotel Group
  • NH
  • Centara Hotel Resort
  • Sandals
  • Steigenberger Hotel Group
  • Mosturflot
  • Infoflot
  • Vodokhod
  • RIU Hotels and Resorts
  • Wyndham Hotels
  • MGM Resorts
  • GNV
  • Alipay
  • Air China
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Jin Jiang Hotels
  • Club Med US & CAN
  • Mohegan Sun
  • C-Trip

MSC Voyagers Club Status Match Forms

MSC has a unique status match application form for each country

If you’re status or loyalty matching from outside of the USA, be sure to use the status match application form for your country.

How to apply for the MSC Voyagers Club status match program:

USA form to complete for MSC loyalty match / status match

Canadian Status Match Program for MSC

MSC Cruises UK status match form

Netherlands (Dutch) MSC Status Match form

Belgium Status Match MSC Voyagers Club

Italy MSC Voyagers Club Status Match form

Spain MSC Voyagers Club Status Match

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Voyagers Club Levels & Benefits

MSC Cruises Status Match

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 Photo
Free Birthday Cake

MSC Voyagers Club Diamond:

All of the above +
Priority boarding/embarkation
Complimentary specialty dining/restaurant tasting menu (excluding drinks)
Bathrobe + Slippers
Dancing class (wth?! but ok)
Diamond Party
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)

MSC Status Match Program - How to match your loyalty status from other cruise lines (with Forms & Match Chart) 2
Msc Voyagers Club Loyalty Program &Amp; Status Match Guide

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 MatchLast Confirmed*
Best Western Diamond SelectGoldLate 2021
Carnival DiamondGoldLate 2020
Carnival PlatinumGoldMid 2023
Carnival GoldSilverEarly 2020
Celebrity EliteGoldEarly 2020
Celebrity SelectGoldMid 2020
Costa Gold PearlDiamondMid 2021
Disney PlatinumDiamondMid 2020
Disney GoldGoldMid 2020
Disney SilverSilverEarly 2020
Holland America 2 StarClassicMid 2020
Holland America 4 StarDiamondEarly 2020
NCL PlatinumGoldDecember 2023
NCL GoldSilverLate 2022
NCL BronzeClassicEarly 2022
Princess EliteDiamond2020
Princess PlatinumGoldJune 2023
Royal Caribbean PinnacleDiamondMid 2020
Royal Caribbean DiamondGoldEarly 2022
Royal Caribbean PlatinumSilverSeptember 2023
Hotel Status Program MSC Status MatchLast Confirmed
Best Western DiamondGoldMid 2021
Expedia + Gold (NEW)SilverMid 2023
Hilton DiamondDiamondEarly 2023
Hilton GoldGoldJune 2023
Hyatt ExploristGoldAugust 2023
Hyatt GlobalistDiamond2021
IHG Diamond & Diamond EliteGoldEarly 2023
IHG Gold & Gold EliteSilverMid 2022
IHG SilverSilverMid 2022
Marriott Titanium / PlatinumGoldMid 2020
Marriott GoldClassicMid 2020
MGM M Life LeapGoldMid 2020
MGM M Life GoldSilverLate 2019
MGM M Life PearlClassicEarly 2020
Wyndham DiamondGoldMid 2022
Wyndham PlatinumSilverEarly 2021
MSC Status Match Programs & Chart Updated Regularly

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 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:

Dear Phil,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Jan P
Personal Vacation Consultant

MSC Cruises BV

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  1. Hello

    We would like request for the status match application for Taiwan.

    We have China airline gold card, can you please advise if this can be process the status match.

    Thanks a lots.

    1. Hello Yi – I do not think there is a status match form for Taiwan or China 🙁

      BUT! If you call MSC, they will still do a status match internally or send you a form that is not country specific.

  2. If you status match to MSC Gold, how many points do you need to get to Diamond? Do they just credit you the minimum 4300 points required for Gold, so that you would need 5700 more for Diamond? Thanks!

    1. Good question! So what MSC originally did for me is just advanced me to 4300 point level (Gold). My assumption was if you were lower than 4300 points, regardless of where you were on the scale, they just set the counter to 4300 (Gold). (When I applied I had 3200 points). But! I just logged in and it looks like some how I have 4300 ADDED to the balance and now I am closer to Diamond than I thought (10,000 points is Diamond). But remember, this is MSC Cruises we’re talking about. The rules change, the way they apply credits and points on EVERYTHING seems to change regularly. So from my experience just recently, it looks that they’ve ADDED 4300 points in addition to my previously earned points, but don’t expect that. Expect that you’ll be put at the 4300 point level and have to earn up to Diamond.