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Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on NCL's Haven several times and enjoyed this immensely. However, their pricing has gone through the roof, and since we're also Canadian, NCL for now priced itself out of our range. We learned that MSC's Yacht Club (YC) on ... Read More
We have been on NCL's Haven several times and enjoyed this immensely. However, their pricing has gone through the roof, and since we're also Canadian, NCL for now priced itself out of our range. We learned that MSC's Yacht Club (YC) on Divina could be a great alternative, with much more reasonable prices. Given the price difference, we knew to not expect the same high quality product as on NCL or Celebrity for that matter, but we anticipated at least something really good, especially being in the Yacht Club. We stayed in stateroom 15025. It was lovely. Great Butler (Sidonie). The balcony was sized appropriately. The room was clean and maintained well. However, on boarding we noted black water coming out of our bathroom tap! We were told this was due to recent maintenance of the plumbing, which is fine as the water cleared up after about 10 minutes of running it. Dining was a bit of a minefield. You had to listen closely to your waiter when he described the menu and then hopefully could guide you as to a good choice of entree etc. However, several waiters really did not offer this type of guidance. And in the end, no matter what one chose from the menu, there were problems. Mind you, they made the best lobster tails we've had at sea or even on land, but that's it. Other dishes were plated poorly to say the least and some were virtually inedible. I often just went for the alternate entrees that are always available. So almost every dinner I had the filet of beef. The meat quality was poor, and had a consistency suggesting that the meats were tenderized (e.g. with papain). We ate in two alternate dining rooms, Eataly and Galaxy. The former used to be their steak restaurant but no more. It's basically an Italian restaurant with admittedly excellent pizza! The Galaxy is mainly Asian tending to Japanese. The sushi here was interesting. The fish was obviously fresh and tasty but the use of rice was seriously overdone! When ordering you could substitute (say you don't like eel, and ask instead for salmon), you were charged even if you had a free dining package. But the charges were minimal; just annoying. We also noted that unlike the Haven or Sky Suite level on Celebrity we were asked for our Sea Passes way too often. On the other lines, once they know you, they don't ask again. To sum up the dining experience then, it did not even reach a level that we anticipated given the lower fare prices we paid. Apart from some standouts (lobster/pizza), the best compliment we could give for any one meal was, it wasn't bad! Finally in relation to dining, the outside buffet was limited in YC but the pasta chef there was excellent! So this was where we generally had lunch. The entertainment and activities were done well! The small ensemble groups were excellent! The theatre shows, not so much. We attended their version of La Traviata. The quality of the singing was such that one had to cover one's ears when some really bad notes were hit (and missed). But I would never expect opera on a ship to even approach the standards of, say, The Met and so I would still award kudos to MSC for trying something different. This said, theatre shows on NCL like Burn the Floor, and The Million Dollar Quartet were of excellent quality. Not Broadway but darned good. MSC needs to up their game in the larger theatre productions. The staff on this line are wonderful! I cannot say enough good about their friendliness and dedication to service. This said, we noted that surfaces of brass and the like were not cleaned often and were covered in hand-prints. On other lines you could not go more than 30 feet before seeing someone cleaning and polishing all surfaces but this was a rarity on MSC. I was surprised that they don't get Norovirus outbreaks more often than other ships quite frankly. When asking for a particular service one also had to be extremely precise! And even then, an order or orders were frequently mixed up. One really nice touch for YC pax is that a key card can be used to get express elevator service on the bank of elevators serving that area. Great idea! We did not use their shore excursions. The ports on this cruise were quite nice including St. Maarten. The YC deck has literally no shade but we knew that and brought our own umbrellas that attach to the chair (Versa-Brella). These were perfect and we recommend this for anyone who needs some shade. I subscribe to the notion that 'you get what you pay for', and didn't expect a 5 star experience for all aspects of the cruise. But in some areas we did see 4-5 star service/product, while in other important areas including dining I would say that we had a 2.5-3 star experience. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Unfortunately we booked this back in June for new years. We also had a cruise booked with MSC seaview in Sept. (New ship) That was awful the staff were rude there was no atmosphere we couldn't wait to get off the food was the same ... Read More
Unfortunately we booked this back in June for new years. We also had a cruise booked with MSC seaview in Sept. (New ship) That was awful the staff were rude there was no atmosphere we couldn't wait to get off the food was the same every night. When we got back we tried to cancel our dec new Years cruise on the splendida but we couldn't so we are here. We decided not to let it get to us I must say it's better then the last cruise back in sept some of the staff are lovely. Our waiter Naveen and his friends were fantastic thank you so much to them they were lovely and nothing was too much trouble Food still the same as what we had in September mostly cold. The boat is old now and needs a revamp. The entertainment is boring not like royal. I can't recommend royal Caribbean enough to people if you want fun atmosphere formal nights and too feel like your enjoying yourself. Never ever will I come on a MSC I felt like we were the minority British. With pushy rude passengers. The muster is a joke because people get on and off every stop the musters at night 11pm. Most nights Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my 8th cruise, the good lady's 4th and children's 3rd - though the first with MSC. We booked at Fantastica package which included 24 adult beverages and 24 non alcoholic ones for the family. I think if you approach MSC with ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise, the good lady's 4th and children's 3rd - though the first with MSC. We booked at Fantastica package which included 24 adult beverages and 24 non alcoholic ones for the family. I think if you approach MSC with an open mind, that it won't be the same as RCCL etc, there will be more of 'Mediterranean' feel to certain things, rather than a US polish / efficiency - I think you'll have a great time. The embarkation in Dubai involved no queue at 4.30pm and our cabin was already available to use. Disembarkation, we walked off with our own bags with ease and straight into a taxi to the airport. Food: We used the dining room for breakfast as one of party is gluten free and there was always a gf menu available. Choice of menu items cooked to order or hot and cold buffet options. Lunch we always used the buffet, where we never had an issue finding a table and enjoyed the freshly made pizza along with wide range of hot and cold food plus deserts. Buffet is open almost all day. Dinner we ate 5 times in the main restaurant (1st sitting at 7pm) and twice in the Butchers Cut, speciality restaurant. We liked the variety in the main restaurant, though portions are not large. Given how much we'd already consumed throughout the day, this was not an issue! Butchers Cut was ok, but not a stand out meal for the additional price paid. Unlimited bottles of mineral water were available at lunch and dinner, which was a nice touch. (Not sure if due to Voyager Club / where we booked cruise or included with Fantastica package). Wine included with drinks package included a nice Puilly Fume in the main restaurant. Ports (we did not book an MSC excursion as I didn't feel they were good value): Abu Dhabi - took a taxi and visited Yas Waterworld. Really enjoyable and I suspect less people and queues than Atlantis in Dubai. Sir Bani Yas - beautiful island, particularly the views to the far side. Kids played on the aquapark, I rented a paddle board for an hour. Buffet served on the island. Tender service worked well. Bahrain - port is 40 mins+ from Manama so chose to stay onboard Doha - Nice, compact city. Walked to Souq Waqif. Well worth a visit, particularly to the Falcon section Dubai - docks for 24 hours before disembarkation. Took a taxi to the Dubai Mall to see the aquarium (impressive) and Burj Khalifi (also impressive). Entertainment: Given the multiple nationalities on board it was mainly dance, acrobatics and signing. We went to a couple of shows, they were fine. Huge theatre with plenty of seating. Outside public areas: There was sports court that the children, and several others had a great time on playing football. We never had an issue finding space to grab a couple of hours in the sun (we always looked away from the main pool area). Even on the day at sea there were sunbeds free at 11am. Staff: Our cabin steward was quite quiet, but the room was cleaned well twice per day. The restaurant staff were all uniformly excellent & friendly. Summary: Given the price paid, versus the price we paid for a similar cruise with RCCL, MSC wins hands down. We all enjoyed the cruise to the extent we booked another one for December. Yes, there is a definite difference between MSC and the major US lines, though I don't see this as a bad thing. You could argue it has its plusses. I'd happily recommend as we all had a really enjoyable week onboard. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My family and I go in a cruise at least once a year. First time going on MSC and most definitely the last. The customer service is nonexistent. I upgraded the drink package because I only drink Grey Goose sour Apple Martinis. For a ... Read More
My family and I go in a cruise at least once a year. First time going on MSC and most definitely the last. The customer service is nonexistent. I upgraded the drink package because I only drink Grey Goose sour Apple Martinis. For a weeklong New Years cruise the ship only had 1 half full bottle of Puckers (apple mix tu make the drink). Whenever I would ask for the drink I would be told they didn’t make that. I only found 1 bar crew member, Edison, that would actually track down the bottle for me so he could prepare my sour apple martinis. I was able to drink for 2 days before the puckers ran out. I was actually told at a bar to buy the mix myself when we got to an island. When I went to complain at guest services I asked to speak to the bar manager and was told he was all over the ship and I could not speak to him even though I said I would go wherever he was. For the other people in our group most bars are closed before midnight or run out of the higher end liquor. Unlike other lines that bar crew walks around to take your order, at seaside you have to hunt them down or pray they know how to make what you drink when you find an open bar. Food was also horrible. Unless you love pizza and pasta you will actually feel hungry. Furthermore the protein portions are minuscule. I would have to hunt down the room Stewart for extra towels daily and even though I requested wash clothes and ice daily only got them once. On days at sea there was nowhere to exchange your beach towels. The shows and entertainment were also pretty bad. I’ll stick to Royal Caribbean and NCL even the worst Carnival Cruise was better than this. Oh the shower/bathrooms are made for petite skinny people. I’m full of bruises from banging on everything in there. There also no storage room in the balcony rooms. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We thought it would be fun to adventure out and try a new cruise line for New Years so we sailed on the MSC Seaside. The Pros: - Extensive beverage menu. - Premium Beverage package includes bottle water and lattes (it does ... Read More
We thought it would be fun to adventure out and try a new cruise line for New Years so we sailed on the MSC Seaside. The Pros: - Extensive beverage menu. - Premium Beverage package includes bottle water and lattes (it does exclude some drinks that should be included by price discrimination, frustrating/confusing) - Massages at the spa were incredible! - Overall boat appearance is shining and new, Las Vegas sparkle theme. - Room maid was very friendly, room was always clean. - Waterslides were a blast. The Cons: -THE FOOD IS HORRIBLE! - Buffet wait staff did not enforce hand sanitation (washy, washy, happy, happy). This was very concerning and gross, pretty sure this is how the Noro virus is spread. - Specialty restaurant Butchers Cut, Streak was good, everything else came from main dining room which means it was BAD! Service was below expectations. - The Sauna, felt like you were in a dark cave (being honest, the Spa on NCL Escape, Epic and Breakaway are incredible, tried hard not to compare but it was impossible). - Aurea Deck 19 was a let down, nothing elevated or special...half the time the attendant didn’t check people’s cards so anyone could enter. - Service was a hit or miss in bars and restaurants - fancy wristband was a hit or miss on whether it worked or not (had it reprogrammed 3 times and gave up). - The majority of the passengers on the boat are from Europe. Some of the passengers were extremely aggressive and rude (cutting in line, shoving and pushing). - Linking your form of payment for purchases to your room card took place once you got on the boat (rather when you checked in / just odd). - entertainment was just odd and non cohesive. Michael Jackson show was strange at best. - Boat maintance was starting to show wear and tear (lighting out or broken, stained carpet / furniture, window tint toren and flapping in the wind) which is surprising since the ship launched in 2017. Overall, it was an interesting experience and had a good time (impossibile to have a bad time on any cruise). Though, I will stick to either NCL, Royal or Celebrity. The overall experience on these cruise lines are superior in all categories to MSC. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided to try MCS. Overall we enjoyed our cruise. Ship is beautiful. Loved the sparkling staircase. Sports bar great. Mixed drinks below average. Slides/ water park are great. Service and crew was very good. Fellow passengers were ... Read More
We decided to try MCS. Overall we enjoyed our cruise. Ship is beautiful. Loved the sparkling staircase. Sports bar great. Mixed drinks below average. Slides/ water park are great. Service and crew was very good. Fellow passengers were fine, no more rude then any other cruise I’ve been on. Food in dining room was very good. Buffet was ok - redundant food. It wasn’t bad just same food again and again. Go to dining room for lunch for some variety. No track so difficult to walk deck and exercise area was too small and poor service. The towels were piled up and no guidance about time limits on machines. Our cabin attendant was good but some difficulty getting pool towels exchanged by cabin attendant in my brother’s cabin. They woul not do it but ours did. I liked the cabin lights with DND and Makeup cabin. Not sure why adults need a slide bracelet. It ruined our pictures to see it. They didn’t take a million pictures and hassle us which was nice. Room is small, not a lot of storage. Getting on and off was a breeze. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
So let me start by saying this was my first cruise, I have been to afraid in the past. Embarkment: Beyond easy, took maybe 20 mins max Ship: This ship is HUGE!!! It is beyond beautiful!, It did take me a couple days to figure out ... Read More
So let me start by saying this was my first cruise, I have been to afraid in the past. Embarkment: Beyond easy, took maybe 20 mins max Ship: This ship is HUGE!!! It is beyond beautiful!, It did take me a couple days to figure out where I was going. Cabin: We took a balcony, I was expecting a much smaller room because of what others had told me about cruising. But I was quite big. Very clean! They cleaned our room every morning and at night when we showered and went to dinner our room was cleaned again. Always fresh towels. Dining: So I read a lot about this cruise before going, and to be honest I got scared by the reviews. The food was excellent! If I was at diner in the restaurant and didn't like what they were serving, I made my way to the buffet. The food was always hot and fresh. Yes the buffet often had the same food daily but also offered different choices, there was always a fish option or pasta. Honestly, I think the people who wrote previous reviews need to maybe bring their own personal chefs, Zero reason to be that picky. Entertainment: I loved the nightly shows, they weren't long so kids didn't get bored. Although most shows where fully booked, there is always people who dont show up and plenty of room. The entertainment staff at the pools are hysterical and so much fun. Ports and Excursions: I booked the excursions with MSC because I was alone with my daughter and afraid to travel around by ourselves. They were fabulous. Easy to get to and everything is done for you, really a no brainer. My daughter is 14 and she loved this ship, although she didn't do the teen club, she still did lots of other things. They have an arcade but pretty pricey. I read in some reviews that the staff is rude. This is COMPLETELY FALSE!!!! Remember this is a very European ship. If anybody was rude it was the passengers, the staff was always happy to help guide me, considering I was lost half the time! I DID NOT MEAN A SINGLE RUDE STAFF and the be honest this pisses me off. These people work very hard all day to make our experience memorable and deserve our respect. I saw several "people" complain about everything. They should just stay home. I'm afraid to ever take another ship because I fear I will be greatly disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Have read different, sometimes contrasting reviews. Made very good decision to try MSC myself - and my expectations were exceeded. One of the newest MSC ships, very functional layout - never felt overcrowded. Never spent time looking for a ... Read More
Have read different, sometimes contrasting reviews. Made very good decision to try MSC myself - and my expectations were exceeded. One of the newest MSC ships, very functional layout - never felt overcrowded. Never spent time looking for a table in either buffet (for outside tables availability was almost 50%). Contrary to some reviwes, did not have to wait more than a couple of minutes for a drink at any bar. also, when we sat at lounge tables - bar service people would come within 3 minutes. Plenty of activities for us and the kids - used all water slides, zip line, 5D movies, bowling, etc. Attended just 2 shows (Peter Punk and Beatles) - both great. Actually liked that you have choice of 3 times to book and that those shows were 30-40 min. Attended cruisecritic.com party where we met captain and all officers (with drinks and snacks provided) - nice touch. Also were at the welcome back party. The famous White Party was actually New Year party - a celebration to remember! Embarkation and disembarkation - the quickest so far (to compare to my previous cruises). Getting on tender boat (and back) on Cayman Islands - quick and easy as well. Kids club - so far was the best - kids were enjoying the experience! Room service was superb and even better than on other ships we have been before - our steward was great (room 11179). As actions speak better than words - I have laready booked another one with MSC (this time in Europe). Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on 17 MSC cruises now and wouldn't consider any other cruise line. We tend to pick cruises based on dates rather than itinerary as we just go to relax. This time was a bit different for us as it was the first time ... Read More
We have been on 17 MSC cruises now and wouldn't consider any other cruise line. We tend to pick cruises based on dates rather than itinerary as we just go to relax. This time was a bit different for us as it was the first time we had been away for New Year, and the first time cruising in winter. This was also the first time being on such a large ship so we were a bit apprehensive especially with all the negative reviews, but as a seasoned MSC cruiser, I know to ignore most of the bad reviews on here as they are mostly unfounded. Our overall experience was very good and I would travel on the Meraviglia again if that ship was the only one available at my chosen dates, but if given the choice I would pick a smaller ship or try to get a much bigger cabin. We travelled with our 6 year old son, another couple with a 5 year old and a childless couple. We arrived at Genova by train and walked the short distance to the port arriving around 11.30. We all had Aurea cabins so had priority boarding and had no waiting around we got straight on, however even the other queue was not very long. I think later on in the day, queues can get to be quite long when the transfer buses arrive but if you get there early enough you won’t wait very long. Our cabins weren’t supposed to be ready until 14.00 but we went straight there to drop off our bags and they were ready. One negative point was to register the credit cards, the machines on the Meraviglia are slightly different to other ships and there was a bit of confusion as it was not clear which part was to pay in cash and which was for credit cards but we got there eventually. We all had Aurea balcony cabins, but we were very disappointed with these as they were tiny. It’s amazing how the biggest cabins we’ve had were actually on the smallest ships, I get the impression that they just try to squeeze in as many cabins as they can to make more money. The wardrobe was much too small for 3 people, although we did manage to squeeze all our clothes in there and stored our empty luggage under the bed as usual. The bathroom was small but well designed with a proper glass shower door and very powerful hot shower. Disappointing that we didn’t have a bath as we usually do with Aurea cabins. Some of the Aurea/black member perks were missing at first but as soon as housekeeping/reception were informed they appeared. So make sure you know what you should expect. The ship is very beautiful and plenty to do, so much that we didn’t get to do everything. The extras were quite expensive (bowling, 4d cinema etc) – even more expensive than on other MSC ships, but you can buy Fun Passes on board which are quite good value. Little tip, don’t expect to just turn up and do bowling, especially on the day at sea as there are only 2 lanes and you need to book in advance. We did it at 14.30 on the Marseille port day and were on our own. If you have small children ask the to put the gutter barriers up, I didn’t realise this was possible at first and it was only after a few loud tantrums from my 6 year old when he kept going in the gutter, that the staff member told us about this. It was a much more enjoyable game after that and my son ended up winning! I would also not recommend the flight simulator for young children, my son was tall enough to go on, but we didn’t realise that it actually went upside down and was very scary for him and even me as we were unable to control it, I laugh about it now as we were completely safe but wouldn’t take him on again until he was much older. The promenade was a great atmosphere for parties, but not well designed for parties due to the lack of bars. There is one bar at the far end then it is all shops, so we tended to go thirsty and dance rather than wait ages to get a drink. What is missing on this ship is little bars with music to have a drink and a dance, I think they could have created more of these rather than have so many specialty restaurants. The New Year’s party was amazing and best New Years Eve I have ever had. There was also the flower power party, white party, fluo party which were all amazing, great atmosphere and great music. This was a winter cruise so we didn’t use the outside pools at all (although some crazy people did) and only used the inside pool once. They seemed to be quite spacious but I can imagine how busy they would be on a sea day. We had a massage each included in our Aurea package, and I also had an eyebrow wax at the spa. The spa therapists are all very professional and the massages are excellent. They are quite expensive though, but I think you can get some good packages, I go on a cruise for family time though so didn’t look into this. It was quite hard to get an appointment for the wax as they only have one beautician that does this, but I suppose most people do their waxing before going on holiday. The theatre shows were quite disappointing, still high quality but not as varied as on the other ships we’ve been on. I think with them having the Cirque du Soleil, they don’t want to have any acrobatics in the ‘free’ theatre any more. It was mainly singing and dancing, which was quite boring for the children. There should have been a magic/puppet show on our first night but the magician missed the boat so this show was replaced by a classical concert. Cirque du Soleil was excellent but a little short, I would’ve been prepared to pay a little extra to see a longer show. We just got the show & cocktail tickets which I would highly recommend, when you already have dinner included in your cruise I don’t see the point in reserving a dinner with the show. The dinner started an hour before the show so you didn’t get to eat while you watched the show and the drinks only seats were much better – although the Carousel lounge is so small there are no ‘bad’ seats. Be aware that these shows can be cancelled in bad weather. Foodwise I am always amazed at how people can criticise the food on MSC as for us it is always amazing and one of the main reasons we like MSC cruises. I think there is something for everyone. I am a vegetarian and I never have to eat the same dish twice – unless I want to. The food is high quality, and if you think the portions are small in the restaurant, just order double! We rarely went to breakfast as we like to take it easy in the mornings on holiday. On the days that we did get up in time we just went to the buffet, there was plenty of choice, and we especially liked the made to order omelettes that you don’t usually get on MSC. We also went to the buffet most days for lunch as we find that there is more choice for everyone here at lunchtimes and more relaxed. The buffet can get very loud and crazy, but for the whole week we always found a table easily even when we were a group of 8. The trick is to have one person reserve a table while the others get their food, to avoid your food getting cold while you search for a table. It is also easier to find a table near the back end of the buffet. On the day at sea we preferred to go to the Panorama restaurant, although there is not as much choice here and not as well organised at lunchtimes as it is in the evenings. Dinner was in the Panorama restaurant. We had My Choice but it wasn’t as flexible as usual as we were a party of 8 so not as easy to get a table with the same waiter whenever we wanted. We ate at 19.15/19.30 every night apart from new year’s eve when we were able to get a table at 21.15. Our waiter Ashveen was excellent and we were very disappointed to hear that 2 days before the end of our cruise he had to return home due to personal problems, he was very professional and gave 120% to make sure that everything was perfect for us and we were able to have a laugh with him. One thing to note during winter cruises is the risk of bad weather. We were generally very lucky with the weather apart from the sea day. During the trip from Malta to Barcelona we encountered gale force 9 winds which made it very bumpy. A few of our party felt ill during the afternoon, and 2 had to leave the restaurant early in the evening. In all my 17 cruises I’ve never experienced seas that rough before, it was so bad during the night that it felt as though we were going to tip over. I always thought that the bigger the ship the less you felt the sea, but I’ve now realised that the bigger ships get knocked around more in high winds. A note on the photos, the MSC photographers are always excellent and the photos are always perfect but I always feel I am conned on these as they are always so expensive. On the other cruises we have managed to negotiate a price on board for all the photos usually €150-200, but this just means I have hundreds of photos hanging around at home that I never look at anymore. This time I decided to book in advance a 10 photo package (any size) for €80, still pretty expensive but limited photos. As soon as we got on the ship our friends were able to book packages for all photos – digital and small printed copies for €130. I wasn’t able to change my package but I was able to add all the digital photos for €60, so not as good a deal as my friends got but I much prefer to have the digital copies than the printed ones. I am also always surprised that people on here criticise the MSC staff, I find the staff to be highly professional and pleasant. I always get a smile and a hello out of anyone I pass in the corridors and always try to have a chat with staff I see regularly. Our group was a mix of 4 nationalities – English, Italian, French and Cuban with all of us speaking at least 2 different languages and none of us had any communication issues. All staff are required to speak English so I don’t understand how any English speaking passengers have communication issues. Passengers are a mix of all nationalities and personalities which I always find really interesting. If you want to be surrounded by English-speakers then please stay away from MSC and stick to the hundreds of English speaking cruises and leave the multinational cruises to us multinationals. We never choose our cruises for the destinations and do tend to repeat ports often. My main reasons for cruising are to relax and spend time with my family, this time especially as I was recovering from a foot operation and was not planning on doing too much walking. Civitavecchia – I had planned on going to see the nativity scenes at the nearby fort, but as the weather wasn’t great when we first got up we decided to stay on the boat instead. Palermo – we took a taxi tour with our friends €120 for 6 adults and 2 children. Saw most of the sights over 2 hours and had a wander round the food market. Malta – new years day so wanted to take it easy, took a horse and carriage ride around the city for €40 (or €50 can’t remember but was negotiated €10 cheaper than the ‘official’ price) 2 adults one child, then a wander around the shops near the port. Barcelona – a city I never tire of and so easy to get around on your own. We got the port cruise (blue) bus from right outside the terminal for €4 return each which leaves you near Plaza Colombo (as does the MSC shuttle which you have to pay €8/9). We then got the Metro from Drassanes to the Sagrada Famiglia (changing at Passeig Gracia) we got a 10 trip ticket for €10.20 as we were 8. Wandered round the outside of the Sagrada Famiglia, then got the metro back to Plaza Catalunya (changing again at Passeig Gracia), and walked back down the Ramblas stopping at the food market near the middle. Marseille – stayed on ship, had a lazy morning then took advantage of the quiet ship to do bowling and 4d cinema) Overall I’ve given the Meraviglia 5/5 as I feel that MSC needs a little boost and none of the negative points I’ve mentioned ruined my holiday in any way, I am already planning 2 cruises with MSC for 2019. I would recommend to anyone taking a cruise, no matter which company, to do your research on what to expect, to avoid disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Yes really enjoyed the cruise however the entertainment is poor with not much variety and only the evening shows only lasts on average 35/45 minutes. No entertainment program in any of the bars in the day or very little. On average ... Read More
Yes really enjoyed the cruise however the entertainment is poor with not much variety and only the evening shows only lasts on average 35/45 minutes. No entertainment program in any of the bars in the day or very little. On average we enjoyed the food,the cabins and service BUT the one thing that annoyed us was when I queried about the €10 a day service charge was told it didn’t matter how it was paid as the staff did not get it anyway it goes straight to the company So then did not have time to tip all we came into contact with Apart from leaving money in our cabin Toilet facilities around the ship are poor as it’s difficult to find a toilet when you want one, as the disabled toilet is huge they could put another toilet in there and there are no urinals so everyone uses the sit down ones Read Less
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