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The 2,142-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2004 (the others are Armonia, Lirica and Sinfonia). MSC Cruises spent more than $200 million on Opera and the ...
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248 MSC Opera Cruise Reviews

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Fanie
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The ship was ready for its passengers. It was clean and tidy. The embarking procedure was understandably slow, but then rather slow and thorough that anything else. I did not make use of any excursions The cabin and the whole ship, as ... Read more
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geereheather@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We did the Durban / Madagascar / Portuguese Islands 7 day cruise. Unfortunately couldn't get off for the Islands. Enjoyed the cruise so much that we are going again in April to see if we can get onto the Islands. This was by far our ... Read more
denisevanwyk
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
It was our first experience of cruising and my husband and I, together with another couple, boarded the MSC Opera on Monday the 16th February, for a four night cruise to the Portuguese Islands in Mozambique. We were very excited and our ... Read more
lisarich007
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We travelled by Taxi to the Port of Durban, and got there early.... 2 hours prior to the stated embarkation time... This was to ensure that we would not have to wait in queues later in the day, and would get onto the ship before the heat ... Read more
Karlien B
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I booked this cruise as a surprise for my Mum as friends of ours had done this route the year before (different ship) and had so much fun so were doing it again in 2015. I have to start by saying that I was one of those people who ... Read more

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Quintin89
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
Everything was awesome just the boarding takes a while and that's the only negative thing I can say.The staff on-board is very friendly and helpful. Have no complaint. The other thing is its better to add money on the card when your ... Read more
kenwoodza
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
This was my first cruise as I am prone to sea-sickness and have avoided traveling on Cruise liners. As this was my wife's 50th celebration, I arranged the surprise to provide her with an unforgettable experience. From the start of not ... Read more
Brenda Scott
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Although we loved the cruise and the time on board it was somewhat spoiled by the many children running amok and unsupervised all over and at all hours often up and down the passages in the early hours of the morning. But possible a bad ... Read more
karienm
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
This was our 3rd Cruise and the 2'nd on the MSC Opera. At embarkation in Durban we were greeted with such friendly, cheerful and helpfull staff, we really felt at home and could not wait to go to our cabin. This time around we wanted a ... Read more
raissa
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
WOW, what an experience.....sun, fun, relaxation, ok maybe not so much relaxing due to alll the awesome activities. Fabulous food, from fine dinning to 24hr pizzas. I had my 4yr old with me and she wanted to live on the ship, loved ... Read more

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MartinaV
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
I booked my first cruise to Portuguese islands for 4 nights on 10th Nov from Durban. The embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient everything in between was a complete disaster. 3 mornings we called reception for wheel chair ... Read more
carolcasey
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
MSC Opera - Captain,ship and staff - take a bow! Wow, I have just disembarked from the Opera in Durban (trip from Cape Town) Wow MSC have certainly upped the ante. I cannot rave enough about the ship, the staff, the food, the facilities, ... Read more
Showboy
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was on the MSC Opera for 3 short back-to-back cruises, 10 days in total. This cruise started in Cape Town, South African…. sailed to Walvis Bay in Namibia, returned to Cape Town for a two day cruise to nowhere then sailed to ... Read more
tursiops
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2014
We boarded in Southampton without any problem,enroute to Amsterdam.The ship docked at Ijmuiden and we took the MSC "Amsterdam on your own" tour,effectively a shuttle bus into Amsterdam.The following day we arrived at Le Havre,and were ... Read more
Foxy495
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2014
Had a lovely time onboard MSC Opera. The 21 days were very enjoyable. We had an inside cabin that was clean, quiet and comfortable and our cabin steward looked after us very well. The cabin was surprisingly light and felt roomy with plenty ... Read more

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alexturf
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We took an 11 day cruise out of Southampton to Northern Europe on the Opera ship. We booked a suite and it was roomy, it even had a walking closet, which was great. The ship, which is about 14 years is and has never been updated was fine. ... Read more
mark*shark
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a fabulous time on this smaller ship where it was easier to get to know people. Easy embarkation/disembarkation at Southampton Superb service from all staff (special mentions to Roberto and Gustavo) Enjoyable food particularly ... Read more
susancuddeback
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
I just spent 10 horrific days on the oldest boat in the fleet - had I known this I would have never booked this trip. As always the staff was great (this was our 4th MSC cruise) but the ship was in horrible condition. Everything was in ... Read more
roberthj
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was a 'Farewell Opera' cruise as it's in it's final season from Southampton before being enlarged. It was amazing value for money and altogether excellent. We heard some passengers foolishly comparing the cruise to much more ... Read more
Geekiegal
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
One of the reviewers correctly called this the marmite of the cruise world, you love it or hate it. We are in the love category. This was a fantastic cruise, fantastic staff, incredible entertainment and clean, comfortable with good food. ... Read more

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Jan Hunter
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
This was the first cruise we had ever been on. Was very wary but was absolutely thrilled with every aspect of the cruise. Staff were amazing and always smiling and ready to help where needed. Food was out of this world, so much choice but ... Read more
cruising babe
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
153 forum posts
1 helpful vote
On reading previous reviews I have come to the conclusion that this ship can be classed as the Marmite of the Cruising World; it's either loved or hated. I have just returned from a 10 day cruise to Holland, Spain, Portugal and France. ... Read more
Cruisin-Geezer
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
664 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are British and in our sixties.  This was our 18th cruise; the 9th with MSC. We have always enjoyed the cosmopolitan experience that is indicative of this Italian line. The main national groups on this cruise were British, Dutch, ... Read more
mscmyerscough
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having never sailed with MSC before ( I have sailed with Royal Carribean and NCL ) I was nervous , especially after reading the many bad reviews on this MSC Opera and MSC in general. Quite honestly I am mystified , everything was pretty ... Read more
Stargazerjack2010
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from our first cruise on this ship (18th August) . Unfortunately the weather was not great and so the ship was unable to port in Guernsey which we were really looking forward to. The additional sea days were not really ... Read more

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