MSC Poesia Cruise Review by PBC29: Could be better could have been alot worse
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Could be better could have been alot worse
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We were at the pier at 11:50 and in and out of the cabin to drop off the carry on bags and up at the buffet by 12:15. I had 12pk soda in my carryon luggage and 2 24oz bottles (of stuff) in my checked bag everything got to the cabin safely no questions asked. They handle all the credit card/sign and sail card stuff in the terminal no need to do anything onboard except spend $$$ unless you use cash for the account.
Cabin: I was in cabin 9002 which is a handicapped cabin all the way to the front of deck 9. The room itself as expected is big to accommodate a wheelchair/scooter. The only problems I found with this cabin are the bathroom and bed placement. The bathroom size itself is fine but the flip down shower seat is a bit smaller than I'm used to roughly the size of a sheet of paper. Also the bar that holds the hand held shower head is directly behind the seat so you'll have to sit forward or sideways facing the corner to shower. The balcony was More accessible except they put 2 chairs and a small table on it which I just moved inside very light easy to move. The balcony itself is rather enclosed by solid metal walls and other than a nosey neighbor very private unless directly up against the railing. The cabin had 2 beds put together although the space between made for a big hole when trying to sleep in the middle. Also with the beds pushed together being alone in the cabin made for access to the hanging clothes closet more difficult due to only about a foot and a half between the closet and the bed.
I'm extremely picky eater and many consider me a big kid when it comes to the type of foods I like. Breakfast buffet was typical of any hotel buffet nothing fancy except for 1 made to order omelet bar. MDR only difference seemed to be the food was really hot not just warm like in the buffet.
Lunch was interesting as the left and right sides had a few slight changes in what was offered so don't just stick with one side thinking it's exactly the same.
Lunch in the MDR again only difference was food is actually hot
Dinner only did the MDR choices weren't bad always had something I liked pasta, beef, chicken or seafood also had a vegetarian dish but I don't do veggies. However I will say the portion sizes are small unless you order appetizer soup salad and entree. Gala nights weren't that fancy and only seemed to have lobster tails on the 2nd of the two and they were not big. Late night food was a joke except for the Magnifique buffet held the same night as the 2nd formal night and the Neapolitan buffet held on the 2nd night. Any time it said sandwiches they turned out to be more bread than anything and WAY too much mayo.
For breakfast and lunch most passengers kept to the code of no swimwear and did wear some type of footwear. Dinner was a joke as expected, formal nights I saw people in t-shirts and jeans informal nights a few people were wearing shorts nobody said a word. The doors were never closed on anyone coming late.
We didn't do any wine packages but they had a wine list on the table every night which ranged from $20-$260 a bottle.
Entertainment in Theater
Presented by Cruise Director Maddy and North American Cruise director Tyler
Tyler was seen around the ship far more often and very friendly Maddy not so much.
I found the shows to be on par with most other ship shows I've seen, attractive dancers in skimpy outfits usually dancing to singing on tape. Be warned some shows have strobe lights used which can get annoying if seated up front.
They had the typical pool deck games along with arts and crafts making paper flowers, boxes and postcards. The casino was rarely full and usually opened within an hour of leaving ports. On sea days the slot machines usually worked by around 10am as table games were open around 1pm. Many of the slot machines seemed to be 25cent with a scattering of 1 and 5cent machines. The casino did have a smoke smell but the septic smell on the aft side near the cage was by far worse and lasted the entire week. The septic smell was also felt in other areas on deck 5, 6 and 7 all week but not all day and night it seemed to come and go randomly.
Chair hogs were out in full force actually watched one woman block off more than 15 chairs and crew said nothing including when she went back and forth to get towels for each lounge chair. The jogging track on deck 14 was useless by 7:45 as they put out the lounge chairs then the passengers couldn't keep them lined up to make a clear path to walk.
All in all it was a nice trip but not a typical American style vacation by any means. Less
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Cabin review: 9002
Handicapped cabin with balcony. Cabin across from crew closet. When docking alot of banging can be heard and felt. With beds together a person in a wheelchair can not reach the closet to hang clothes up while in wheelchair or scooter. No peep hole in the door.
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