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MSC Opera
MSC Opera
Member Name: rhys price
Cruise Date: June 2011
Embarkation: Dover
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: 1
Cabin Number: 8150
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 2.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 2.0
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M.S.C.Opera The Good and the Bad.
The good parts---

The Ship was Fine.The decks and lounge areas were always immaculate and quite luxurious with plenty of comfortable seating space in all the lounges.

The food was fine but we were herded together into tables set close together for some reason at lunch time on a couple of occaisons. This felt very cramped and proved very noisy.

Our waiters were in general very pleasant and did their job well.

The cabin although small was well kept and always clean and tidy.

We enjoyed the shows in the main theatre which were quite professional and on the last Gala night show the cast received a well deserved standing ovation.

Good marks for all the above but then the downside.

The bad parts----

We told boarding was at 1.oopm so we arrived at Southampton just before. We then queued for nearly 3 hours to board- not a good start.Why not stagger the times somehow there must be an easier way.

The price of drinks is ridiclously high.£4.50 for small bottle of beer,£6.50 for a vodka and lemonade plus 15% service charge (greedy).

£7.00 euros per person per day for tips which will be charged unless you opt out of paying. Why not put it onto the price of the holiday in the first place then no complaints.

There were 2000 passengers on this ship if everyone paid this charge then that would amount to £100,000 in tips. It would be nice to know how that cash was distributed amongst the crew.

We enjoyed ourselves but would think twice about sailing with M.S.C. again simply because of the over the top charges.

Publication Date: 06/19/11
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