Fully Inclusive makes the MSC Lirica sparkle: MSC Lirica Cruise Review by stevelcumbria
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Fully Inclusive makes the MSC Lirica sparkle
Destination: Middle East
So what about on board? First off the boat itself is clean & well looked after. The all inclusive deal makes sense as all the 'extras you buy' are expensive (drinks, ice cream etc) & also attract 15% service charge. Therefore with the all inclusive this is removed & really just feels part of the cruise price. On deck there are plenty of beds and the entertainment is lively. One point is you can (for 2.50 Euros a day) get a western paper printed and delivered to your cabin each day and is a great way to spend a couple of hours in the sun. The staterooms are clean and well looked after, our cabin steward was excellent & looked after our boys room really well. A note about the standard of service on board, its very mixed, some staff are helpful, others are just too cold & surly for words. You have to just accept it, don't worry about it, you still get what you want. The biggest bug bear is the Head Waiters in the restaurant, what do these guys do & get paid for? On every other ship Ive been on they talk to you & take an interest, ours NOT once approached the table, pathetic at the least! The guys waiting the table were great and deserve better support.
The food, outside the main restaurant is pretty much canteen standard, not much more, the best is the burger bar! In the restaurant there is one course per night that's top notch, the others are quite bland.
The nightly entertainment is poor in the bars but ok at the bigger events.
All in all we had a great break in the sun & I would come again for the value, but it would have to be all inclusive, I think I'd have burst a blood vessel with the standards of service and then pay high prices & 15% service charge for the privilege! Less
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