MSC Lirica Cruise Review by Karen: MSC Lirica - Southern Caribbean
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MSC Lirica - Southern Caribbean
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation was long but about the same with any ship. Disembarkation was one of the quickest and least painful I have encountered.
Arrived in cabin at 1230P, two single women with one bed...requested two beds when booking...were separated after we returned from dinner. One bag arrived around 4P, one at 7P and one after dinner, not good!!
Requested second dining, assigned first, changed with a looooong wait along with many, many others who did not get assigned their requested times.
Food was of good quantity but poor quality! Gala dinners were the best, of course. Very bland, boring, over done food, decided they didn't use spices due to mostly elderly passengers. Freshly made daily pasta was good.
Stated in documents that there were two formal nights, actually was three which was fine with us but heard lots of complaints on not being informed.
Mass confusion on shore excursions but once on buses, most were great. Rather disappointed as More one excursion we prepaid was cancelled due to low sign up. We were informed the day before and all the other excursions we wanted were sold out by then, ended up with a beach day and it was great but really wanted the other one!
Entertainment was okay..not as professional as I expected. Rather strange times with 7P for late dining and 815P for early dining. Maybe again to fit the elderly passengers.
Deck chairs were the most uncomfortable I have ever laid on, but there were plenty to go around. Very silly games on deck in the afternoons but many participants.
Many items were an extra charge that I had not run into on other cruises, ice cream, speciality coffee drinks, very limited room service menu.
Tipping is shared by all crew members at $12 per day per person and added to the bill. Think there would be much better service if done individually.
Ship, Lirica, was lovely over all, little worn in areas but well kept and clean. Bit of a sewer smell when showering, must be some drain problem and showers are very small. More than adequate storage but need many more hangers in the closet.
Itinerary was exceptional which was why we choose it and prices were very low for a 10 night cruise but passengers compared prices and some were unhappy they paid more than others for same category cabin.
Heard of thefts in two cabins, money, jewelry, perfume and snorkel equipment. Money and jewelry should have been in safe but apparently wasn't but who would put perfume in the safe and snorkel gear wouldn't fit.
I would guess passengers were 70% European and 30% American which was fun and loved hearing the many languages spoken but most of the staff did not understand English very well and sometimes communication was difficult.
I would not recommend this line to former cruise passengers but maybe to first timers or those who really want an inexpensive cruise. Less
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