Went on the Lirica to 6 different ports. The embarkation was excellent, as it only took a few minutes getting there around 12:00(leaving at 7:00 P.M.). We were escorted to our cabin and this was never done before on any of our cruises (this one totals 5) all different cruise lines. It was so nice not having to find our own way to the cabin. We had a wonderful buffet lunch waiting and the selections were great! I have found that many people complained about the Lirica food and I feel this is not right. Yes, some ships have a bigger buffet with more choices, but this was completely satisfying. How much does one person want to choose from? They always had pasta stations set up outside with different ones each day. The pasta was yummy! They also had an outside grill with hamburgers, salad bar, pizza, etc. Never got tired of anything! The dinner selections were wonderful and the cold soups were excellent. My husband and I always tried the pasta, which was different every night (we had to share), as it was just to much to eat with all the other food - appetizer, soup, salad, pasta, entree, dessert. The only thing I can say was disappointing was the Lobster. Mine was overcooked and others were fine, but not very tasteful. I could of ordered anything else, but chose not to as I was already stuffed. You could have anything on the menu and as much as you wanted. How could you complain? The service was excellent always filling your water glass and making sure everything was just right. They would not let a dirty plate sit in front of you. How could anybody complain about not getting enough water. Gosh!!!! I usually chose the different fish selections and they were all excellent. You could always have a steak, chicken or salmon dish any night you wanted. I felt everything was great! The deserts were also fantastic. The last night we saw our neighbors at the next table getting a desert that looked wonderful. We asked our server about it and she said it was a banana concoction she made especially for them and asked if we would like the same. It was wonderful! They would always go out of their way to please you. We were able to buy a coupon book for wine and it was a much better deal than buying it at dinner. The ship was so clean! Lots of beautiful brass and the cabin service was excellent. There were always clean towels and a made up bed for our return later that day. After leaving at night we would come back to a clean room, blankets folded back ready to jump into. It was so nice! Always left were new shower caps, shampoo and body wash. Yes, maybe the shower curtain would stick to you once in awhile, but who cares? Petty stuff! Can't believe someone mentioned that in a review. No, we did not have towels made into little animals, but we were always left a bowl full of fresh fruit. Take your pick! The ports were so much fun! We walked 3 to 5 miles each day and truly enjoyed the exercise and the fun things to see along the way. We did do an excursion on St. Lucia and truly loved it.
We also enjoyed most of the entertainment at night, as it was quite different from the Las Vegas type shows we were use to on other ships. I am sure some people would of preferred that. There were ballet type ropewalker singers and dancers. There were two great magicians that put on excellent shows. They had a few piano concerts and an opera singer, but we only saw one and it was wonderful if you like classical concerts. The only thing we didn't care for was the comedy in one of the lounges. It seemed to be more like a highschool program and maybe not even that good. Needs great improvement! The kids probably would like it, but this cruise definitely had a majority of seniors (55 and above), which includes us. We spent three days at sea, and never got tired of the ship. We played miniature golf and always seemed to find something fun to do. They also had Italian lessons each day and I wish I would of been able to do that. This cruise had three gala nights and we dressed as they asked us. Some people didn't, but I am sure they didn't have as much fun. This made for a great atmosphere at dinner and after. We were always treated like King's and Queen's so we got to dress for the part. It was fun as how often do you dress up. I just want everyone to know that we felt this was a wonderful cruise in most ways. I am sure you will always find something you don't like as you know we are all different and like different things. We would definitely go on a MSC cruise again. The value, accommodations, food and service was fantastic!!!! You must try it and you decide?