Travelled on the MSC Poesia for our first Caribbean Cruise. Have previously been on a Med cruise which we enjoyed last year. Poesia is a beautiful ship and always being cleaned so she gleams. We wanted to see a little of the Caribbean and travelled with my two year old son leaving our teenagers at home in school. MSC don't charge for children, unlike the other cruises lines that would have charged a lot. We knew the majority of other travellers would be American and were prepared for that. What we weren't prepared for is how demanding the American travellers are, how much they eat (vast quantities left after breakfast which they ordered and then left on the table) and the fact they moan about everything. We met a couple who had been eating in the cafe as they hadn't realised there was a restaurant table allocated to them every night! We liked the lack of tannoy announcements which we'd had before as it makes the whole experience far more restful. The food was great, we stuck to the Italian menu and always in the restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The waiters couldn't have been nicer to my little boy and bought him things that weren't on the menu. I'm a vegetarian and always found a choice on the Italian side of the menu. My husband eats meat, and even said his rare steak (he had to confirm he wanted it rare) was perfectly cooked. Our cabin was small but cleaned and the towels changed TWICE a day by a very nice chamber maid.
The ports were good, we only went on one trip organised by MSC (the rest we'd pre booked ourselves). Grand Cayman was our fav. Captain Marvins tour (Cayman in a Nutshell) a trip of a lifetime (and I've been all round NZ and Australia). The senior crew are mainly Italians, and some of their English not so good, but that really wasn't an issue. I suppose our ONLY complaint about the whole cruise was the children's club. They wouldn't even let our little boy play on the equipment, as he was under 3, even with US to supervise. We don't go on holiday to park our children with child care (it's holiday family time) but it would have been nice to have had the ability to use the equipment. The shows are simple, but I suppose they need to be for all the different nationalities, and we enjoyed the music in the bars - our fav being the classical trio who payed every night in the main lobby area in the middle of the ship. Our little boy even enjoyed that. To all those people who moan about the Poesia, what are you expecting? To us, it's a beautiful ship, friendly people, clean as a whistle and we'll be sailing MSC again (...and you don;t pay for your children!!)