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MSC Opera Cruise Review by maria.rich78

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MSC Opera
MSC Opera
Member Name: maria.rich78
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Africa
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 8062
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
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MSC Opera - Mozambique / Madagascar

Well embarkation was not too bad, luckily the lady in fast track allowed us to come through because we had a baby with us and there was no place to feed or change the baby, otherwise we could have stood there for 4 hours instead of 1.5 hours. Once on board we registered our 9 year old in the kids club and found out that our baby of 2 years was not allowed in the until baby play time which was generally 1 hour in the morning and another hour during dinner time, and one of the parents had to be present at all times leaving one parent with one child another with another child.

Entertainment was great over with a 2 year old it is difficult to participate as she is either running around, tired or taking a nap in the cabin.

Dining the food was very good. Our waiter understood no English and couldnt answer any of our questions in the end all our dinners were reduced to a smile and say fish, meat, salad, chicken, pasta. As he understood nothing else. He had not finesse at the table often bringing the kids meals totally last or mixing up the coarses so we ate different coarses between us on the table.

We did too excursion... Portugueses iland and then Madagascar Botanical Gardens and City Tour. The first one was a mission as our boat only went ashore during our little ones nap time. We sat on the outer most rim of the rubber duck and held on to our baby for dear life while our 9 year old enjoyed it thoroughly. However on our way back at 17:30 our engine on the rubber duck stoped and we were just there for about 10 minutes hoping it started to work again. The later excursion was a total waste of money. There was no air con bus and we kept climbing in and out of the bus, which with a pram proves to be a mission at everystop. Then we get to the botanical gardens and we are shown 5 trees, the nile crocodiles and encaged Lemurs. The bus broke down on the way back to the beach and we were stuck on the side of the road for 40 minutes. Our drive finally forced the clutch in and off we were to the beach and then broke down just before the beach again and climbed into another bus for the final stretch. Once there they were the food was practically finished and as we had no $'s couldnt purchase any cool drinks. Our bus was still broken down and we couldnt return back to Port. There was no point in swimming as the locals were hanging on the walls watch our every move. Finally they split our family and I went back with the kids... naturally the little one cried all the way back because we left her dad behind.

Children's clubs nothing to speak about for children under 3 it doesnt exist. As for my 9 year old they grouped the activites with the 3 to 11. So the activities didnt suit his age group after two days of trying to fit into the schedule turned out to be guidelines not the actual scheduled as as that he be included in the 12 - 14 year old group of which he enjoyed.

Reception desk for the excursion where ok.

I will never return until my little one is at least 5 and they should really just not allow kids under 3 on board as they really do not cater at all for this age group. There are no nappy changing facilities anywhere on board we had to keep returning to our cabin and infact they even published later in the newsletter that kids that are still in nappies are not allowed to swim either.

Publication Date: 01/18/14
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