MSC CRUISE-HIT AND MISS?: MSC Lirica Cruise Review by parthia
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MSC CRUISE-HIT AND MISS?
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
At no point was a More constructive level of information asking if one a is a "virgin" cruiser they would be able to assist in procedure etc;
Our second gripe was that we was given to believe that is was ocean voyage and only partial Caribbean therefore assumed as the ship was Italian owned that Euros would be dominant currency and only Puerto Rico would be in Dollars for excursions and the remainder ports in Euros as Martinique was French and dealt in Euros.But no ALL excursions including Madeira,Portugal,Spain and France plus Dover were in DOLLARS.
We were given to believe that the time of five days at sea after Martinique would be filled when NOT TO MISS ENTERTAINMENT!-Not so,by the time then third day arrived my wife and I saw the same entertainers at the Broadway theatre in different guises and giving the similar themes of show titles.
The ship was absolutely spotless every day and night we even saw a rather tired but polite worker polishing one of the many stairs at 11.30 at night!
We found that the crew above the waiters and other lowly workers seem to think they were above our station and wasn't prepared to consider and compramise any our queries.
Our last gripe was the day of the disembarkation at Dover;we were herded into the Broadway Theatre-
rather the corridors leading to it for over an hour so that the British customs would assess our documents-then a further 45 minutes to get off the ship.No crew were at hand to assist but only after
a near riot erupted with some disabled passenegers unable to get out of lifts.
Meals were average-only that our waiters were helpful and guided through most complicated menus we ever imagined after pointing out of our "virginity"!We think that the 15% charge on at the bars for drinks paid the CAPTAIN'S COCKTAIL EVENINGS twice on TWO evenings during the voyage.
Ouir last gripe was that we had to wait for 8 hours at Heathrow for our a RETURN flight to Manchester
although having asked the T.A.to ask why on our behalf they were told as it was on a Transatlantic Voyage we could encounter some kind delay!Absolute rubbish-There already a excursion list given for Dover giving options on passengers tranfering to Heathrow on flights after 5.30pm for an excursion to London or Canterbury on would be dropped off at Heathrow at a cost of 93 dollars!
But we were not put off cruising in the near future we like it but not with MSC ever-space does not allow us to go further in our criticism.
All the ports we visited were superbly situated and suited us greatly excepting Le Havre which is not on the port choice-it was quite a walk from the terminal to the City-and were offered free travel by the city council-it was on a Friday and it was day of "Bank" holiday and the streets were virtually deserted and very few if any shop open! Less
Cabin review: sta8118
Our cabin was adequate but small but usuable-although it was after 3 days we were told that the cabin mirror housed the "missing" safe-no one told us of it's whereabouts!
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