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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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245 MSC Opera Cruise Reviews

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happychick71
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We were a family of 9 cruising with MSC for the first time , we have previously cruised on p&o and my parents with the royal Caribbean, we like many were a little put off by the few bad reviews we had read and did wonder what the ... Read more
peter.magnum@hotmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Without the company of Dale, Ross and a german lady called Irene the cruise would have been a failure. Boarding the ship at Southampton was poetry, so smooth and professional. Ventured around the ship and found it spotless, staff very ... Read more
ehogan
Member Since 2005
19 reviews
713 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We chose this cruise as a prelude to an extended vacation in England since it conveniently sailed out of Southampton. This was our first and last experience with MSC cruises! We have sailed over thirty times on most of the large cruise ... Read more
STEPHEN01
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just took my 7th cruise and decided to try MSC (we have previously cruise Celebrity, RCI, NCL). After reading some reviews I was dreading the cruise and we actually considered cancelling at one stage! However, I was pleasantly surprised ... Read more
walkingbad
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We have just returned from our 1st ever cruise onboard the MSC Opera. Travelling with 3 children aged 12, 10, & 7. Although the food, staff and accommodation were very good, I found the entertainment for adults to be very boring. and ... Read more

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dcsingl
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
I wanted to relate to you our experience on the MCS Opera. From the time we checked in we started experiencing problems. The young man at the check in counter could not run our credit card, he said he would have to enter it manually, this ... Read more
claire21bear1985
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I cannot believe the reviews I am reading with regards msc opera. We sailed the 9th of july as a party of 14. We have cruised many times (over 25) before with different companies this was our first cruise with msc. We read all the negative ... Read more
AR02OUR
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I read so many bad reviews before I went that I was dreading going. ALL I CAN SAY IS, WERE THESE PEOPLE ON A DIFFERENT CRUISE SHIP! Embarkation was very straightforward and well organised, and there was 750 embarking in Southampton. Ship ... Read more
prudence kitten
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
Like other reviewers we did consider cancelling after reading reviews. So glad we didn't, had a wonderful time. Had no problems with staff,entertainment or food. Many children on board but no problem all seemed to be having a great time, ... Read more
mickw66
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After reading some of the previous reviews we were a little concerned but need not have worried. The ship was spotless, food was excellent with plenty of choice. We dined in the restaurant rather than buffet and the service was very ... Read more

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lesapp
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from the above cruise and was so glad that i didn't cancel my cruise based on the reviews I had read on various sites. We have had over 10 cruises with Celebrity, Royal Carribean and NCL, we had chosen the MSC cruise ... Read more
Southoztraveller
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This MSC cruise was the 4th of 4 cruises during 10 weeks in Europe. I have left writing this review from our arrival home to try and establish some objectivity, I struggle. Embarkation was a debacle, we stood for over 4 hours, only to ... Read more
GOLDSURFER
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Booked this cruise for myself partner Maureen and my friend and his wife to give them a taste of cruising, first time for them.We have cruised 17 times between us, Maureen cruised on here May 2013.Our ages are 75 & 70 and Maureen has ... Read more
CJH84
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
Just back from our first ever cruise, have to say we were utterly disappointed. Food on board MSC Opera was appalling and always cold whether in the main dining room or buffet. Food is an important part of any holiday, I usually look ... Read more
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Moi 123
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
MSC has some pretty bad reviews, and I'm pleased to report that we had a very pleasant time on board Opera. However, it was not all plain sailing, if you'll excuse the pun. So let's start with the bad points and if you feel you can stomach ... Read more

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michaelborn
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just returned from ten night cruise from Southampton taking in Holland and Norway. First time with MSC and will be the last time with MSC. Having cruised with other cruise lines I think by now I have gained a fair old idea of what these ... Read more
Eurolord
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have cruised with MSC before on Lirica and enjoyed it a lot. This cruise on Opera was just as good if not better in many ways. Firstly, I really do have to wonder why some people go on cruises because based on their reviews it is just ... Read more
PhilipH1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I have just returned from an outstanding cruise. Yes the embarkation process took time simply due to the fact that the majority of passengers arrived at virtually the same time. However, we were all processed with courtesy and ... Read more
beevor69
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
We have just returned from a cruise on the OPERA. The best advise I can give to anyone who is booked to go on this trip, is to break a leg or similar, anything to avoid having to go on this ship. our trip was a catalogue of disaster from ... Read more
simonlake
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
Having sailed on the Opera 2 years we expected the same experience but were sadly disappointed. We were a group of 6 adults who have travelled with MSC several times in the past. After going through MSC boarding procedures and then through ... Read more

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bogyhi
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed May 2014
Our cruise on the MSC Opera left Southampton on May 26, 2014 and returned to the same port on June 7, 2014. The Good The cost of the cruise was low and the ship departed and arrived on schedule. All stops on the itinerary were as ... Read more
DnJDorset
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cruised 8 times with other lines before incl. Cunard, RCL & Fred Olsen. MSC Opera was poorest by far. Checking Opera reviews on this site there seems to have been a serious increase in customer dissatisfaction over last 6 months. What ... Read more
anne.dennis1@ntlworld.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
Our nightmare began as soon as we arrived at the port! Arriving 12 o’clock, to discover that our prior online check in made no difference, and we still had to go through the checking procedure again, it was absolute bedlam, and sat ... Read more
Jaj45
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
This was our first and last cruise with MSC. A two night taster cruise from Southampton to Guernsey. A temporary berth in the form of a marquee awaited us for embarkation. 2.5 hours later we boarded! No explanations as to delay it was ... Read more
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TJM.LVM
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Like other passengers on this ship, we too have been on a number of cruises, so know how things work. We arrived early only to be herded In to a marquee where we waited for around 3 hours before boarding. The refreshments were chargeable, ... Read more

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