From Genoa to Cape Town: MSC Opera Cruise Review by Ann Leeds
Overall Member Rating
From Genoa to Cape Town
Special mention has to go to the Animation Team, they were all splendid and really made the holiday. If you wanted to join in anything, and lots of people did, you were made welcome and really part of things. Aerobics and dance lessons in the sun on deck were great. If you wanted quiet sophistication there were plenty of lovely venues for you too. Crossing the Equator has to have a mention as this was a great event finishing with everyone who wanted dancing on deck in the sunshine. If you wanted fun you got it!
The ports of call after Casablanca were very disappointing if you did not want to use the organised tours.
I realise the Customs requirements are no fault of MSC but the arrangements at Walvis Bay were really bad and along with others, we gave up and did not go ashore which was disappointing after 6 days at sea. The views from the ship arriving into Cape Town on a sunny day with Table Mountain as a backdrop were truly memorable, you could not help but be thrilled. Disembarkation again, possibly not the fault of MSC, was very long and drawn out. Customs officials were very friendly but slow and there were approximately 2,000 people getting off the ship. Fortunately, we had booked transfers from ship to hotel and were met promptly but the queues for taxis were very long and outside the port was chaotic. Again, not the fault of MSC.
Overall opinion, getting on and off the ship drawn out and tiresome. The ship itself, clean, elegant and well maintained. Food good, entertainment: shows good, Animation Team excellent. Overall memory, I feel as though I have been to a rattling good party and would travel with MSC again. It was good value for money. Less
When divided into single beds, the cabin was comfortable and roomy. One or two things missing on arrival, e.g. lampshade and shower curtain but replaced very quickly when reported. After six unbroken sea days there was a bad smell in the bathroom but after next port of call this disappeared. Steward kept room clean and neat.