Not so good!: MSC Opera Cruise Review by herecomesthesun1
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Not so good!
Unfortunately the weather was bad on sea days so most people spent the time indoors. Indoor bars were often closed but the ones on deck were surprisingly open with no-one outside at all because it was too cold. Apparently they had to stay open as they were in smoking areas - not sure why. I have never seen so much bickering amongst staff members - and sometimes they were blatantly rude to passengers. We found the casino bar the best as the barman was excellent - best on the ship.
I must say the restaurant staff were plentiful and very good as was the food - good tip, stick with the pasta dishes - excellent.
Restaurants were very hot and opressive during the evening meals which made the dining experience most uncomfortable. Also, second sitting was at 8.15pm if you arrived after 8.30 you were not allowed in - a bit harsh I think.
The buffet was mediocre and at times mayhem with people wandering around looking for seats. Not much choice of hot meals but again always pasta on the menu which was good. Don't know why they use instant mashed potato even in the restaurants! We found eating all meals in the dining room a better choice particularly at breakfast time - much more civilised.
We decided to opt out of the tips as we felt it was just not up to standard but we did tip individually the staff who we felt deserved it - stateroom attendant and casino barman, waiters etc.
Can't really comment on entertainment as didn't see any shows but people did comment to us that they were quite poor and repetetive.
Beleive it or not we did have a good holiday but would not cruise with MSC again.