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275 MSC First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Mikebyrne
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
As it says, this was my first cruise so I have no base line to compare. I thought the embarkation was a little slow booking in, but we were then boarded very quickly and had our first look around. The Poesia is a big, beautiful ship. ... Read more
Hedgy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was my first cruise and I have to say, I'm off to a good start! The cruise route sailed around the Med calling in La Spezia, Mallorca, Ibiza, Olbia and Slareno, and lasted 7 nights. First things first, we were welcomed onto the ship ... Read more
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Marin108
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Well, because this was our first cruise I went to this site and read all critics regarding this particular ship and this particular route. I have found that most of the critics are (IMO) exaggerated. First, for the embarkation I can't ... Read more
oldroadpainter
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
We are just back from our first cruise, 7 days in the Baltic, on the MSC Sinfonia. Read some pretty bad reviews from other people so was a little anxious before we left, but it was really good. We had a very good holiday, and really ... Read more
Jessie Price
Member Since 2015
1 review
It seems that not many Brits have heard of MSC Cruises yet - so we're going to do our best to keep it a secret for a while longer! Our family of 2 adults and 2 kids (10 and 6) had our first cruise around the Med in May half term week on ... Read more

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arlengarrison
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
Loved our time at MSC Divina. The restaurant staff was great. Ship is beautiful. ExceIlent food! Would go back again and recommend the Mediterranean cruise to anyone. The only thing I would suggest is to train the customer service better. ... Read more
Two Jerrys
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise so I did a lot of research before travelling. We decided to book with MSC as the route appealed to us and they were offering free flights with our package. Having now completed the cruise I am amazed at the ... Read more
Welshone03
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
I am a first time cruiser so some may say I have nothing to compare with, however I do travel extensively each year and stay in many hotels with my work and a cruise ship is like a floating hotel. My wife and I both felt we were treated ... Read more
FreddieSchwenke
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
My wife and I wanted to do an overseas trip and decided that a Mediterranean cruise would be the perfect opportunity. We booked through an agency and the agent was most helpful. The embarkation process was smooth and easy, despite the ... Read more
afelhofer
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
I do have to give myself kudos for my logistical planning as far as arriving at the port and getting back home but our experience on board the Armonia was AWFUL. I read as much info/fine print as I could about the cruise and this ship but ... Read more

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RayaneLB
Member Since 2015
1 review
Our cruise started terribly from the embarkation. we were given the first priority because I have a child in a stroller, but we were the last to embark. 1.5 hours waiting at the counter, with an MSC employee that had to ask a colleague a ... Read more
Kimgh21
Member Since 2015
1 review
We recently completed a 14 day cruise on MSC Opera from Venice to Istanbul, Channakale, Istanbul and back to Venice. The ship and cabins were ok, but the food was terrible. The restaurant was bland but the buffet was swill. While there was ... Read more
Rajkumar
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
I am very impressed with this cruise company. MSC did very well to make our cruise a great and pleasurable experience. The good point: Excellent Food, Excellent Accommodation, Amazing service from all the crew staff. Very friendly and ... Read more
Leak
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
For the price of a 7 night cruise you cannot beat it; this was our very first cruise ever so we didn't expect much..just go with the flow. There are many reasons why I wouls cruise with MSC again.. The daily programs were excellent, plenty ... Read more
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jackie wibberley
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
This was our first cruise and we were naturally a little apprehensive about how we would cope with such a long time on board. Our fears were allayed considerably by the friendliness, courtesy and efficiency of the staff. The ship was ... Read more

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Stumpy1278
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
We left the ship in Rome after 36 days on a ship riddled with respiratory illness. The ship itself was well maintained and comfortable. That's where the good news ends. Health - A high percentage of the passengers, like ourselves, ... Read more
Stumpy1278
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
I will cover the good point first. The ship MSC Orchestra was a clean, well maintained ship. That's where the plusses end. The food was appalling, mostly overcooked in the dining rooms. The buffet on the thirteenth deck even ... Read more
Chopsie1
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
My wife and I embarked in Fremantle with our young Son in Perth, it was super slow embarkation. We left our bags with MSC staff as requested at 3pm, we did not get our bags again until 10:30pm when they were delivered to our room. We had ... Read more
samer
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
OK, 35 nights cruising for one's first cruise could be problematic! NOT loved the cruising, despised the European cruise staff. Best bits: Our dinner table companions (overwhelmingly the best thing about the cruise) Visiting ... Read more
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Grace Conger
Member Since 2015
1 review
We took this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. Was a little disappointed. Pros Balcony room was nice Ship is beautiful Loved two of our 3 destinations Specialty dining was delicious, mostly Cons Language ... Read more

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E>Davies
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
I Was disappointed with the Portuguese island stop it had absolutely nothing to amuse me. i had nothing to hold onto in the rubber duck.it traveled at excessive speed and was frightening i did not go on the island as i was not prepared ... Read more
Cobus Jonker
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
It was always my wife and myself's wish to go on a boat cruise but unfortunately there was always something that prevented us from going. We just decided that come what may we will do it this year. Then there was the thought of whether ... Read more
moniemonie54
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
I cruised with my sister and neices on the MSC Divina to St. Maarten, and Nassau. This was my first cruise other than a dinner cruise on a small ship. My neices and sister have cruised several times before. I was immediately ... Read more
Cath652
Member Since 2015
1 review
We had always thought taking a cruise would never be our cup of tea. But having been persuaded by friends it was worth a go we chose MSC and the Divina Caribbean cruise for our maiden journey - and I don't think we could have made a ... Read more
geereheather@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed February 2015
We did the Durban / Madagascar / Portuguese Islands 7 day cruise. Unfortunately couldn't get off for the Islands. Enjoyed the cruise so much that we are going again in April to see if we can get onto the Islands. This was by far our ... Read more

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