NO SMOKING PLEASE!!!!: MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by krmsry
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NO SMOKING PLEASE!!!!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Next morning we arrived at Istanbul which is a world heritage.Since we already knew the city we walked along the pier and over the Galata bridge to Misir bazaar(spice market)through which you can also walk to Grand Bazaar which can take more than an hr.If you miss the tours the most atractive sites like Topkapi or Ayasophia will not take more than 10 minutes by taxi and cost no more than 10 euros.Next day we were at open sea to Dubrovnic and same night there was the first gala diner of the captain Francesco Veniero.The food was good and we enjoyed the shampain offered.Next they at Dubrovnic we took shuttle bus arranged by MSC for 10 euros.The road to old town has no attraction and doesn't worth to walk.The old town is a beautiful site which still needs some renovation work.There we had a nice local draft beer and paid in euros.So euros and dollars are accepted by the shops and restaurants so we didn't exchange money.Next day we arrived at Venice which is another world heritage.And while approaching and departing the port you can take best pictures of the islands and grand canal and don't miss to be at the open decks.We bought transfer tickets from MSC,to sanmarko squire for 11 euros.We embarked the transfer boat directly from the ship which was very convenient.We walked around venice and enjoyed it very much.Next day at Bari we took escorted train tour waiting just outside of the port gate for 20 euros.Tour took 2 1/2 hrs and we visited Sannicola church,castle and the narrow streets of Bari with our guide Nicoletta and we enjoyed it.The last port vas Katakolon and we spend our time for shopping and had ouzos at a bar.Same night was the second gala night and we enjoyed fine food and coctails offered by the captain in all bars before the dinner.I advise you to visit the tax free shops where i bought 1 lt whiskeys for 9.5 euros(sale price).Ihave a suggestion for MSC to sell tax free raki on board and if priced reasonably all Turkish pasengers about 250 on board will buy.Last morning we arrived at Izmir port where you can go to Ephesus and to the house of Virgin Marry.The historic sites around izmir are very well preserved.You can also take a taxi for 120 euros for four people to take you there.There is a good motorway which is about 100kms and takes 1 hr one way.If you stay at Izmir you can take the municipal hopon-hopoff bus for 10 euros to visit the city.
In summary i can say we enjoyed our cruise with Magnifica and can sail again in future if they ban smoking on board.They allow smoking at Topazio bar,L'Ametista lounge and in closed pool area.Can you imagine your kids getting into the pool in a closed space which is invaded by smokers.I sneezed continously because of the smokers during the cruise.I hope MSC and partner ARKAS will take the necessarry steps to find a solution. Less
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