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MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by KansasBoy: Tons of pics....maybe too many


KansasBoy
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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Tons of pics....maybe too many

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice

Another European cruise I undertook solo as part of a larger goal of seeing most of the continent. In particular, I chose this cruise b/c of Istanbul. I highly recommend trying to make it out to Istanbul is possible! It's an amazing city in many ways and I could easily spend a week there.

I had read many negative reviews about MSC. Personally, I think people need to chill out a bit. The Magnifica is a brand new ship - spotless. The service is excellent. The main differences are that:

1. Vast majority Europeans on board - which I think is great.

2. No dinner buffet. I personally prefer the buffet but no big deal.

3. Room service is not free (except continental breakfast).

4. Port times are short.

So although room service is not included, the average plate is around 3 - 4 Euros if you order it to the room. Nothing to get excited about. And I was initially wondering about the short port times but it's due to the long distances that More are sailed each night.

This was a winter "off-peak" cruise. The nights were cold and the seas were very windy. But the days were great - T shirt or light vest weather. And only had rain in Dubrovnik. It was too windy to use the balcony...some nights over 100 km/hr wind....that's not a typo. Keep that in mind. The crowds were much less at the ports and the value is unbeatable!

I would recommend getting cash - Euro, Lira, Kuna before-hand to save time. Bring warm gear if you take the cruise in the winter.

Overall, highly recommend the Magnifica and the itinerary!

Check out the relevant pics albums at:

picasaweb.google.com/rhaquemd

Venice, Bari, Katakolon, Izmir, Istanbul, Dubrovnik

Also did Verona as a day trip from Venice. 2 hours by train each way. Awesome.

At the time of this review (12/2/10) the albums are still a work in progress. But they should be done soon. I took over 4000 pics but only uploaded a sampling. Have fun!

Thanks to CruiseCritic.com for a great website! Less


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