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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia
Member Name: flossinstructor
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Fun in the Caribbean
We arrived at the port around 11am. Embarkation was very easy. We were on the ship quickly.

A crew member showed us to our cabin. He tried to give us some info about the ship, his English wasn't that great. That was true most of the trip. The language barrier was a little challenging. The cabin was fine. Plenty of space for the 3 of us.

We hung out by the pool. The lounge chairs are really weird. Quite uncomfortable. It was pretty easy to get a drink on day one. The rest of the time, not so much. It's not like other cruises were there are servers around all of the time. You couldn't really go to the bartender either, if you ordered from him, he didn't have a register. So, he would make your drink, but then he had to have a server come over to swipe your card. They do offer a drink package-12 drinks for the price of 10. They also offer buckets of beer.

The absolute best, best, best part of this trip was the Entertainment Team. They are the best I have ever seen. Shout out to: Corrado, Rafaele, Wilkens, Francesco, Andrea & all the rest. You were all fantastic!!! They are soooo much fun. They entertain you by the pool, the nightclubs, while disembarking, etc... Such hard workers!!!

One thing that takes a bit of getting used to: all announcements are made in 5 different languages. At first, it's really annoying. Eventually, you learn to drown it out, after you have heard the announcement in your language.

There are not a lot of people who understand English though. That was tough at first. Again, you kind of get used to it and figure out ways to communicate. FYI, good luck getting a drink that is not on the "drink menu".

The food was ok. We did the buffet for breakfast. We ate in the dining room each night. Really, nothing stood out as far as the food went. The dining room staff was friendly and efficient, but they do not have any conversation w/ you, like on other cruise lines.

As far as photos, I am glad we did not purchase the photo package. We had no pics taken when we got on or off the ship. There were some pics taken at dinner, but we only found a couple of them. If you are interested in pics, check daily. Older pics get placed into plastic bins that you need to sort through.

The stage shows were ok. Good parts/bad parts. I find typical of most cruises. The shows in the nightclubs were fun. Of course, it was the Entertainment Team doing them. They really were incredible.

We stopped at Key West, Cozumel, Montego Bay and Roatan. I would highly recommend in Roatan booking an excursion with Victor Bodden tours. We were very pleased with the Fun & Sun tour we did with them. I would definitely use his company again. In Montego Bay, we did a highlights tour. Wouldn't recommend that. Key West and Cozumel, we just explored on our own.

Over all, we had a really fun time. Again, I can't say enough good things about the Entertainment Team. Truly the best!! I can't thank them enough for all of their hard work and making our vacation special!!!!

Publication Date: 02/18/12
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