“The Good, Fair and Bad Poesia Nov 10-14”
Cruise review of MSC Poesia

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first the good >>> absolutely beautiful clean ship, looks brand new very lovely....beautiful purple theater, the zebra room is a real treat for the eyes, not annoying, actually quite stunning....all in all a very very pretty ship Cabin was great..had a balcony...lovely decor, great room steward "Made" The service was mostly good....English was not a problem I found the workers friendly and very polite, they seem to be mostly Indonesian, a little more "reserved" than other lines but all in all great LOVED the drink packages and prices...bought 12 drinks for price of 10, they give you coupons...very easy to use and accepted everywhere with NO problem, could get most any drink, pina colada,mojito the price was fantastic...with tax it was 79.95 for 12 drinks....that included the 15% tip. Drinks were simply cheaper than on other cruise lines...they also had specials and 2 for one and other deals...very very affordable. I really liked that The spa was fantastic...I hear they charge for it in Europe but it is free (for now at least LOL) in USA sailings. It had 3 large hot whirlpools...lovely sauna...rich thick towels, "Bali" decor...just great The whole ship is very beautiful and very clean, nice loungers with a "face shade" thing you can adjust..nice touch. They give out pool towels and it is really nice pool area. No chair hog problemsNow for the Mediocre : the food is just fair Breakfast is fine IMHO, both at the crowded Buffet and in the Dining room The layout is bad, small lukewarm poured glasses of juice, sort of a jam up at the coffee machines. The tile floor and hard surfaces make it very noisy and crowded Lots of people milling about. Tip : go to the back area for more space, same items repeated in more lines but less crowded Lunch is a joke IMHO>> pizza is tasteless with a soggy crust. Lines bad and not logical layout. I get tired of people saying this is "European" style food If this is "European" I can see why so many left there and came here haha Horrible...tons of mayo on salads and creations that looked like leftovers. Jello Jello ...tasteless desserts. They had some Indonesean Stir Fry that LOOKED good but was also tasteless. Everything very bland and lots of leftovers/mystery meat dishes. Ugh Dinner service was slow and yet rushed, pretty bad...the food was just blah. By the last night we learned to order lots of items, mix and match. A few good dishes....a cold seafood salad was excellent, some of the pasta was pretty good. The Baba ah Rum cake the last night was the best dessert Food is not a highlight here IMHO. Now for the horrible Room service is limited and could make you gag...horrid wonder bread sandwich with pink mayo paste, state chips..."shrimp salad sandwich". dry pale brown "cake" with gooey lardy frosting posing as a "brownie" YUCK...they should be ashamed The "staff" (temp workers>?) in Fort Lauderdale is rude and clueless They have no idea what they are talking about Misinformation and rude people on the phone Many of the "policies" of MSC are out of line with other cruiselines The website is a joke and on line check in a mess for many people unless they have a passport. I have a passport but my cabin mate did not and one of the clueless in Ft Lauderdale office actually told her that "You NEED a passport".... ummm...in fact their joke website was set up for that until I wasted hours of my life on the phone with the rude staff One of them in "customer service" told me "Thats not my problem" ...unreal No one could give accurate info about boarding or anything...and boarding was a horror...long lines, hot and tiring, barren warehouse, and tons of rude and clueless people. MSC COULD be really good choice...but the hassles and the mediocre food make me happy that my next cruises are on Royal and Carnival. Ciao MSC
MSC Poesia Cruises to the Bahamas
  • Sail Date: November 2011
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Embarkation: Other
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Trolley to the Southernmost...got the "pics" there :) Enjoyed the drivers talks....back up to Duval...rude tee shirt shops were fun stopped at Key West Aloe Last year I liked Irish Kevin's but this year it was too smokey and the entertainment was not to my taste (too country) we went next door to Lazy Gecko, I had some great 2 for 1 coupons..they were cool with those for some of my group....had the best Mudslides ever tasty pretzel with mustard sauce...(tip..if on Poesia try to eat on shore since food on MSC is blah and horrid at lunch Then the manager got an attitude about the coupons but oh well LOL Fun place...be sure to get a shot of the sweet dog who supports a family by posing in sunglasses for pics :)
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Been there, done that so many times They still don't have the straw market up and running, the tents in the street are getting annoying I stayed on the ship and then went out to Senor Frogs for a 2 for 1 Margarita and that was pretty cool.
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