MSC Poesia Cruise Review by AAABBBCCC: Mixed Assortment
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Embarkation was a nightmare. We were herded into a large holding area and told to sit and wait for our time to embark. The two elderly MSC employees had no control over the crowd of 3,000 passengers. Many passengers walked around the people waiting their turns. This almost turned into a riot. One of the MSC employees said that he was "going to call the police" if we didn't obey.
Itinerary: We spent 2 days at sea before we docked at St. Thomas. Not much to see and we were only here for about 4-5 hours. Spent another day at sea and docked in St. Maartin. We had a private sailing booked, but we had to be back on the ship by 1 PM. Another day at sea and then we docked at Freeport. What a waste of time. There is nothing in Freeport to see or do. We took a van "Taxi" with "Butch Cassidy" at a price of $20/person and were promised to tour the island, go to the beach and see a castle. "Butch" drove us through the slums of Freeport while shouting out to his friends. We then went to More the beach, but had no time to actually swim. We then went to the shopping area - Tourist Trap!!! We could have taken a taxi for $5 each way and had the same experience. To be truthful, Freeport isn's worth $10. Stay on the ship and swim. This cruise would be OK, if you really enjoyed the "cruise time". If you enjoy spending time ashore, then this is not the cruise for you.
Food: The food was OK, not great. The lunch buffet was fine, but the choices never changed. Our dinner time was to be at 8 PM, but by the end of the cruise, we had to wait until 9:30 to eat. It was after 11 O'Clock before we finished our dinner. Some meals were better than others. Cabin: Nice, clean cabin. The cabin service was great! We would go to breakfast and when we returned, the cabin was already cleaned. Bathroom was efficient and clean. Plenty of hot water. Our cabin was under the buffet area and sometimes in the morning, we could hear chairs sliding on the floor - not a major problem.
Entertainment: Pretty good, not great. Every night we saw pretty much the same performers doing the same acts, but with costume changes. The acts in the lounges were much better.
Ship: The ship is beautiful, clean, and well decorated.
Would I cruise again? Maybe. I will check out the itinerary before booking and see how much time is spent on board and how much was on land. I'm not someone who loves to sit in the sun for 7 days with 3,000 people. I enjoy the history of places and getting to know the people. This is not possible on this itinerary.
Overall, I would rate the cruise and average. This cruise is on the low price end, so I would take that into consideration. Less
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