My wife and I were recently on the Jan 30 - Feb 6th Eastern Caribbean cruise. This was our first cruise and overall we had a terrific experience. We chose MSC for 2 main reasons, price and age of the ship. We booked an inside cabin, were provided an immediate upgrade to an oceanview , then when we got our confirmation the week before we left we found out that we were upgraded once again to a balcony cabin - off to a great start. The ship is only 2 years old and is in impeccable condition as the staff take great care of it.
There are countless rooms, bars and lounges to suit every one's needs. We tried to spend time in each but always seemed to find ourselves back at the Zebra bar or on the outside deck (13). It is a mostly non-smoking ship except for the Casino, Pigalle lounge and parts of deck 13, the smoke did not bother us at all.
The pools and Jacuzzis were adequate, we rarely used them as we were content to just sit in the hot sun with the wind blowing. The entertainment staff did a great job during the day by the pools with activities, games and exercise classes. The gym is also on deck 13 and faces forward with a panoramic view and new equipment. Around the corner from the gym is the sauna, steam room and 3 more Jacuzzis that are a lot hotter than the ones outside. Each night you receive the next day's daily program which was followed to a T by the ships staff. The program included the dinner dress code (not that many people followed it) and information about day and evening entertainment.
Food: Not going to say much as it varies for all 3000 people on board, we truly enjoyed the breakfast buffet and the evening pizza. Lunch was repetitive and dinner was OK. Our server at dinner was very quick to take our order and bring us our meals he didn't mind if we wanted to try 2 main courses or 3 desserts he would bring out what ever we wanted. If we didn't like the food, instead of complaining and letting it ruin our vacation we simply made sure to stop by for some pizza later in the evening.
Our cabin was cleaned it seemed 3-4 times per day. We were located on deck 11 near the front of the ship. We did notice a bit of rocking but no vibrations at all. Our balcony was a decent size and we loved siting out there when we entered a new port or watching the sun set.
From many people that we spoke with, the main reason they chose Poesia was because of the unbeatable price. We remembered that each time something minor came up, we kept saying to ourselves what a great deal we got and it sure beats being back home in the snow.
The majority of the cruise was 50 years + with few families and even fewer couples like ourselves. There was a wide range of nationalities and languages. If we decide to cruise again in the future, if the price is right we would definitely travel with MSC again.