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242 MSC Barcelona Cruise Reviews
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shem56
Member Since 2008
1 review
3 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We normally go with NCL and the cruise we were planning to do on the Norwegian Epic was full and our travel agent suggested giving MSC a go. We were very apprehensive about this due to reviews we have seen about food etc. However, it was ... Read more
mcmuff
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We booked this mini cruise as an alternative to a break in Barcelona over Easter. AT the time of booking we had to fly from Dublin (Aer Lingus) as flights from Northern Ireland were not available on the websites and as there were 6 adults ... Read more
TheHannans
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise experience, so im writing this without a comparison to other cruises. I was a tad worried about the MSC Fantasia, based on some reviews - they were unfounded! We were on a Genovo - Barcelona - Marseilles - ... Read more
ilovegoldens
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
1 forum post
29 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise as there wasn't a lot of choice for the time of year. We have visited most of the ports before, so the main purpose of this trip was to chill out. We are seasoned cruisers and have used most of the main cruse lines, ... Read more
cruiserre
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Many MSC fans will take issue with my review, but I write it to help cruisers who have traveled with other lines - for you, I believe you will rate your experience on this MSC ship as only average. But let me say some good things first- ... Read more
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Rockpebblar
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Selected this cruise as a late break when very little choices were available at the time. Initially we were very impressed with the speed of embarkation at Barcelona, but this was quickly dispelled by having to wait around for some time ... Read more
silver seas
Member Since 2017
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We had never cruised with MSC and choose this one for price and a wedding anniversary but we were very disappointed. Embarkation went smoothly and we were allowed on the ship early due to the weather in Barcelona. The cabin was a decent ... Read more
neikirkcd
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Great value for the dollar with an interesting itinerary. Prior to departure we were given a complimentary upgrade to the exclusive yacht club. Upon arrival at the port in Barcelona, we were seated and offered champagne. After about a ... Read more
Cruising 2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After reading reviews before we left I was unsure what to expect as some were very negative about the food, entertainment and the overall experience. We travelled as a family in January 2017 and found the following: The ship was ... Read more
Swale
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual vacation over the Christmas period and even though the weather was not great, we thought it would be good first-time cruise experience. Embarkation/disembarkation was fairly painless ... Read more
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Maurobin
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Pre-trip - we had to ask for the itinerary about a week before we left and then received it in Spanish. When I asked for an English copy I was told there wasn't one yet a German lady on the coach had an English copy. The coach journey ... Read more
Oak Hill Cruisers
Member Since 2009
1 review
979 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Low price attracted us to this cruise. After interior cabins sold out, we booked an outside view. After booking, we got reciprocity for our RCI diamond plus status which gave us Black Card status on MSC. We also got a 5% discount on our ... Read more
Dax5741
Member Since 2009
1 review
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
First of all, my expectations were somewhat lower than for other cruises on Princess & NCL. I had read numerous reviews about MSC's notoriously bad service and was prepared to experience what these other passengers went through. ... Read more
JagDeeAb
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
When researching for an European cruise for Christmas holidays we came across this which was of quite low tariff. Having sailed in semi-luxury cruises before we were somewhat concerned about this cruise because of relatively low charges. ... Read more
Inge timmy123
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We joined the cruise at Barcelona, as did many others. There was one girl directing people and one desk open. It was a shambles. The staff of Fantasia have no concept of queueing.They brought a party in front and signed them in in front ... Read more
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J.Thomas
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I had previously sailed on the OPERA on her maiden voyage, that was wonderful. I had expected this cruise to match that one. I was wrong. Everything, but everything had to be paid for, right down to water on ... Read more
Rrr3h
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
The sheer hard work, friendliness and professionalism of the on board staff would be hard to better. The food is of a high standard, abundant and beautifully presented. Our cabin was superb, well attended, comfortable and clean as a new ... Read more
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joern
Member Since 2016
1 review
51 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we were certainly not disappointed. The ship was fantastic and all the staff were always smiling. Food was very good, all though I was surprised that they could not make a real caparchio. We had a balcony ... Read more
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mulcaster1
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Our first ever cruise! We joined friends at a weaker moment, worried we would be too young, wouldn't like the experience, sea sick and bored!! Well we could not be father from the truth. It was amazing. Loved the ship, so big there ... Read more
Rog and Nod
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Ship: Very clean throughout, impressive art displays throughout the ship.Embarkation very quick at the time we boarded. Disembarkation very well organised and directed. Food was reasonable given the number of people on board whichever ... Read more
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Peter Mendez
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose MSC due to its competitive price, the fact that we both love Italian food and the very good Itinerary of this particular Cruise. The ship was very nice, our room was very clean and nice, our dinner Waiter was superb and our ... Read more
ZapCity
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
I’ve never added anything to the forum so though it was time to pay back for all of the great info. I have found during my research for a recent cruise. It really is a great place to find out what to expect, but it’s like most ... Read more
Peter.barlow@outlook.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Our first ever cruise was a test for us as we had only ever stayed in 5 star hotels previously and expected a lot. I must say that we were very pleasantly surprised in that the cruise with MSC on Fantasia yacht club was fantastic. Best ... Read more
lynneesh
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We have cruised with MSC before, so the free upgrade from inside to balcony, £ discount and free kids, breakfast on balcony was a no brainer !. We travelled with our 2 children aged 16 and 10, also our mothers aged 68 and 78. We ... Read more
J Mohon
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Chose this Ship because of the fact it had a Yacht Club section. We were in cabin 16033 which was a good size and had everything we needed. The Yacht Club experience was great for us as no problem getting a lounger, it had its own lounge ... Read more
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