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270 MSC First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Jirkapieter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
we went for a cruise with msc orchestra to the French Antiles. We had a great time. The staff was verry friendly, they spoke french/ englisch/ spanisch/italian,.... The cabins were clean the beds confortable and the housekeeper was ... Read more
seamonkeee
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
27 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and I have to say that I had some reservations about taking one. I didn’t know if I’d like being “trapped” on a ship, not able to go where I wanted, but after seven days on the MSC ... Read more
star222guns
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
just got back from this my very first cruise ,the ship was very very clean, the food was ok ,nothing great as such same sort of food just done differently ,we had the drinks package but beware everytime you get a drink they sting you for ... Read more
Leics 1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Only booked this for the destination really and to try msc as we have never sailed with them before and after this experience we wont ever again ! Whilst the ship itself was lovely that's the only thing that could be said was good about ... Read more
glitterP
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We sailed on the MSC Sinfonia . WOW . It was such an amazing trip. From the moment we step on board until we disembarked . Our cabin attendant Yusif was just amazing. He came to greet us and for the entire trip he remembered our names and ... Read more

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Frescer
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise ever, so we went with no preconceived ideas and no expectations. We chose the cruises mainly on price, it was cheap and it went to interesting places in the Middle East that I wanted to go to. We knew we would ... Read more
Robert Webster
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Booked our trip to begin three days before boarding ship, wanted enough time to get over jet lag. Our trip was to be done in three legs as we started in Az. a long way from Genoa, our final destination to board ship. Arriving early was ... Read more
oscularia
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Never thought a cruise will be such as awfull as this. 80% Seniors and zero organization: - Not enough shadow for 10% of passangers outside while full sun. - No care for making people follow rules and not take all chairs and ... Read more
sharonmorgan71
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
So before I start I want to acknowledge all the other reviews for MSC and the Orchestra and appreciate that everyones expectations and experiences are individual and I will just be representing ours as 6 family members including ... Read more
Newbie545
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. We arrived at the port at 11:30 using Jiffy Jeff transportation. Well The terminal was packed as it was a partially chartered ship most of the group (claim 800 people) many of which were arriving together on ... Read more

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Blackkath
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This was a first cruise and a trial cruise for us and if three days on board MSC Sinfonia is any indication what cruising is really about, we'll never do it again! We can heartily recommend the suite cabins with balconies which are ... Read more
Priyesh Matabal
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
If you enjoy bad service, filth and bad food then this trip is for you. My wife, 3 yr old and myself went on the cruise to nowhere ex Durban on 29 Jan 2016. We booked a suite which was the only good part of the trip as it was large and ... Read more
paulsmith
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
we went on this cruise thinking it was wheelchair friendly the staff were very rude the only person that helped us was the cleaner I had to get my partner off the ship by myself twice as there was no one to help nearly lost him ... Read more
ricardom
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was my first cruise. The ship was three hours late. you cannot fault them as the weather was. However the communication was not extremely good and a few of the people on the ground knew what was happening. They could have also ... Read more
VeronicaFiguereido
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my maiden trip on a cruise and was absolutely mind blowing experience. Since I was travelling with my mother, I must say I was bit apprehensive given the health conditions of both of us, but that fear did not deter us from ... Read more

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Adrian63
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
The ship is nice and the balcony cabines are looking good also. The food was low cost quality. The strongest point of this cruise was the staff, with special remarks for Miguel, the waiter in cigar bar. Ship and entertainment ... Read more
1HungryGirl
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was the first experience my boyfriend and I had with cruises. We flew in from Toronto into Fort Lauderdale. To preface, we felt that we did have a very nice time on the ship. In general, the service was good and we were generally ... Read more
kanarskyn
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
So we are a family of 4 and we decided to take our kids of there first new years crews on MSC which is a line that I have never been on. The sailing was from Dec. 26 2015- Jan 3 2016,days 8 nights. when we arrived at the port of Miami, ... Read more
Innocent on board
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My wife and I went on an MSC Carribean Cruise, the Cuba Special Cruise, from December 22nd to December 28th, 2015. On December 22nd when we arrived at Rome Fiumicino Airport we were welcomed by three very nice young ladies who helped us ... Read more
Perwal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our third cruise aboard the Divina, so we knew what to expect. The Showroom entertainment is as good as any, and better than most, of the 100, or so, cruises we have taken. The ship is elegant and well maintained. The cabin ... Read more

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CindyJacobs4658
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We were greeted by exceptionally long queues and frustrated people. We paid for "Fast track" as it is impossible to stand in a queue with a 3 year old child for 4 hours. Once inside the Fast track option was available but this ... Read more
naomigrey
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was one of the best weeks of my life and I didn't want to get off the Preziosa. MSC are one of the best value cruise lines for solo travellers which is why I initially chose this cruise. The staff were outstanding, friendly and ... Read more
JGANDROS
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
i. Eish! Not so Magnifica! On boarding, there is no orientation and you are left to figure out on your own where everything is located – all 14 decks worth! ii. We had paid for the welcoming champagne and canapés on arrival ... Read more
docktoar
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
First The good: The Ship itself is beautiful. Now for the rest. If you are palnning on cruising with MSC I would advise you to heed the following. Sail Date: November 2015 Destination: (Caribbean, Central & South America) The ... Read more
vladimirbeograd
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I had a great honeymoon cruise on MSC Preziosa. Took the plane to Milano, went to Centrale station and then took a train to Genova, Piazza Principe. On account of the wedding trip we got a discount (on net price, without ... Read more

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