Never again!: MSC Opera Cruise Review by Brenda Waterman
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Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
The food quality was poor and bland. I was actually sick after a dinner of lamb cutlets that were more fat than meat. Drink prices were extortionate with an extra 15% service More charge added on top even if it was a soft drink. Excursion prices were also high considering how little time you were actually away from the ship. This ship also adds a whopping 7euros per person per night in gratuities which would add approx £150 to the cruise which was not worth it. The 'animation team' were very juvenile and the evening shows were only half an hour long - even the preceding bingo was slightly longer! We were told to vacate our cabins at 7 am on the last morning even though the ship did not dock in Venice until 9 am. After breakfast it was difficult to find a toilet that you could use before disembarking and when we found one it had no toilet paper or paper hand towels - not very hygienic at all!
The flight time back to London was 23.10 which meant having to take yet another expensive excursion and sitting for hours in the airport. Bearing in mind that I booked this cruise some 18 months prior to departure, I would have thought that I would have got a better flight time than someone who I met that had only booked four months beforehand. The ship itself was beautiful with its Art Deco decor, but that doesn't make up for the disappointment. Less
Cabin review: 1010036
Our first taste of luxury (we thought) of having our own balcony and a larger stateroom. We were most disappointed as the only extra space to a standard cabin was the balcony and even that was a bit of a squeeze for two people. There was not enough wardrobe or drawer space and the bathroom was no bigger than we have had with a standard outside cabin with portholes. We were even charged for something out of the mini-bar that we never had!
Port and Shore Excursions
Seemed like a training cruise
Overall a great experience