We arrived in Naples from Rome to board the ship around noon and found our way through the terminal with lots of helpful MSC staff along the way. The only thing I would note that at other ports I think there was more of a welcome than at Naples. Once we left the terminal there was only the ship's photographer and then we were on board. No one explained the drink packages etc., until we got to the cafeteria for lunch. You can buy various packages of beer, wine and/or water at different levels depending on how much you intend to drink. I didn't think it was too expensive, as I believe one package was for 4 bottles of wine and 7 bottles of water for 78 Euros. We went to the cafeteria area for lunch that day for the first and only time. It was very crowded and very large with people, particularily a lot of children dashing around loading their plates. You have to first get a table, then take turns getting food which is spread over numerous serving areas and by the time we each found something the other person would be finished their food.
We left the ship to visit Naples and soon as we were finished eating. We did check out our cabin but our luggage had not yet arrived so we headed out on the streets of Naples. The ship docks very close to the older part of the city, so no need for a cab or bus. We saw the Archaelogical museum which has a lot of things from Pompeii since there was no time to go out there as we had to be on board by 6.30p.m. We had taken the early seating for dinner which is now at 7 p.m rather than 7.30 which it had been when we booked. We took in the show at 9.30 p.m.
We attended all of the shows, some were better than others but they were all worth going to for the 40 minutes or so they last. Lots of very good acrobats, dancers etc. The kind of shows you would expect with 5 or more languages in the audience. We thought that the MC and the dancers which did all of the shows were most professional compared to some of the animation teams we have seen at the all inclusive resorts.
The food was very good in the dining rooms. We had breakfast and dinner in either the red or gold rooms, most of the time they weren't that busy and we could find a table with a view out the window. Tip.. if one of the entrances has a closed sign just go to the other entrance or other room some where will be open...avoid the cafeteria if you can.
We used the pools on board but mainly the adult one at the rear of the ship. Way too many children at the other pool areas.
We visited most of the bar areas and danced at on two different bar occaions. Lots of nice music from very good performers. Way too many children here as well. We aren't use to seeing children in strollers in bar areas at midnight.
I'm sure you can see a pattern here. We enjoyed our cruise but we think we would have liked it better with a few less children. This was early June and we thought they may not have been on school holiday yet. Our only other comment would be that we would have liked being in port a little longer and perhaps a bit more local port information would have been nice.