I read previous reviews and started to worry.No need.An absolutely beautiful ship.Excellent staff,even at the unfairly slated reception.Food ranged from o.k to very good,never fantastic but certainly never bad.The choice at lunch in particular was very extensive.If you couldn't find something you liked, then there must be something wrong.
Most people we spoke to got some sort of "deal".We ourselves paid £456 each for a 14 night cruise.Incredible.To make up for cheap headline prices,M.S.C do try to recuperate by charging on various items.The drinks are rather expensive,as are the photo's,and excursions,but no one is forced to use any of these services.
There is always room for sun-bathing on M.S.C Ships as they don't clutter the decks with climbing walls e.t.c.The evening shows are of an excellent standard if a bit on the short side.The music in the various lounges is also of very high quality.We thought the day time activities could have been a bit more extensive and varied particularly given the number of sea days on a Transatlantic trip.Daytime entertainment seemed to consist of either quizzes or holiday camp type knobbly knee competitions.A film show,cooking demonstration,or port lecture might have been nice.
The Gym hasn't the biggest range of equipment,but has fantastic views at the front of the ship.The pools and Jacuzzis are fine.The Balinese massage is great
but expensive so wait till they have offers on port days.The specialist Italian restaurant L'OBelisco isn't really worth the extra charge, the food is good but the portions very small.The cabins too are quiet small,but are nicely decorated,and have everything you need in them.
One tip if you do ever go on this ship, is to take a proper cup with you, they use plastic cups at the 24 hour drink station and they just don't taste the same as proper cups.
A great tip at a great price.If you ever get an offer go for it, and don't worry about the critics,there are undoubtedly people who go on cruises simply to find something to moan about.