MSC Poesia Cruise Review by benecar: MSC Poesia, not as scary as other reviews
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MSC Poesia, not as scary as other reviews
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We did the Baltic cruise with MSC after looking into Royal Caribbean's rate, which were DOUBLE. Baring that in mind, I did not expect the same level of accommodations or boat as Royal Caribbean. The boarding was quick and flawless, much better actually than Royal. The boat was smaller, older and did not have the amenities that Royal did, but we expected and embraced this for half the price. We would not have been able to afford Royal Caribbean so we were happy so far.
Our room was comparable to Royal's! The service was just as good or better. Every single time we left our room, room service was perform and we came back to a made bed and refreshed towels. We left our cabin attendant a well deserved tip.
The spa was awesome. The rooms were beautiful and the Balinese women performing the services were excellent. And for what we saved NOT taking Royal Caribbean, we could purchase a spa package every day and still come out well ahead...
The food service was OK. More Our waiter was new and apologetic. The food was average and a little salty at times. WAY way way too many carbohydrates. This is main issue on the ship, not enough fruit or cooked vegetables and way too many carbs. The quality of the pizza and pasta was fine but they desperately need more vegetables as did my poor rear-end by the end of the vacation, if you know what I mean.
Don't do the St. Petersburg tour through the ship, it was terrible. Try to book through an independent tour guide. We didn't get to leave our bus or see any of St. Petersburg outside museums and churches which was heartbreaking.
All in all, four over HALF the price we got almost as much as what Royal Caribbean offered. No major complaints.
Oh- and I counted. There was a total of FIVE announcement on the ENTIRE cruise, most of which were on speakers OUTSIDE the cabin. So to all the ignoramous's complaining about "unending announcements in 5 different languages" you're ridiculous. This was a total non-issue. Less
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Cabin review: 1110032
10032. Our cabin attendant was PHENOMENAL. Excellent service. The showers are too small, I'm 5'9' and 120 lbs, so tall but skinny and I had a very hard time in the shower. Also, the shower curtains are terrible. Please consider replacing with shower doors. The curtains stick to your body while showering which feels terrible.
Port and Shore Excursions
Beautiful, be sure to visit Nyhavn St if nothing else. We did a bike tour which was superb and helped out with all those carbs ;)
Horrible, terrible, no good. $208 per person to spend the entire day inside of a bus, museum of church that looked exactly like the last. The state-owned souvenir shop is a huge rip off. The tour guides ripped us off claiming a 5 euro fee to take pictures at the stops, however there was no such fee... they pocketed the money. They delivered us back 1 hour late, as most of the day was spent waiting in line and packed like sardines in stuffy old museums.
I recommend doing a tour of the streets of St. Petersburg and nothing too formal, it was a waste of money and we didn't step foot in an authentic Russian restaurant or on the streets. So disappointing.
Unbelievable city. So unexpected. We were in awe, you have to see it to believe it. We walked around aimlessly for hours and vowed to spend a week there in the future.
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