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75 MSC Holiday Cruise Reviews
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ltracy258
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed July 2013
We just finished our fourth cruise with MSC. The first was in 1999 when few Americans had heard of MSC. We loved it! The cuisine, the shows, the demographics, the waiters, came together for a very European experience. Since then we ... Read more
TNGALOHA
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
3,082 forum posts
Sailed December 2012
Tom and I enjoyed the cruise very much. We had a great Christmas on board. We were a group of 12 ranging from 3-64. Everyone enjoyed themselves very much and are anticipating this coming Christmas onboard. We were invited to a vow ... Read more
marcs2
Member Since 2009
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed October 2012
we had sailed on msc from quebec city to ft. lauderdale 2 years ago and the cruise was excellent in all respects. in oct. we sailed from venice on armonia and the ports were great but the ocean view cabin was so small or the minibar was so ... Read more
LukeSkywalker
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
34 forum posts
Sailed September 2012
The cruise left from Venice and took us to Ancona, Corfu, Santorini, Athens, Argostoli, Kotor, and back to Venice. We arrived early at Venice port, about 12.00 noon, and boarding was very quick and efficient, within minutes we were on ... Read more
highlandmom
Member Since 2007
1 review
55 forum posts
This was our family's second cruise, the other being on NCL Jewel. We have traveled quite a bit outside of cruising. I have no bias for or against any specific line. When we booked we were looking for a Christmas cruise vacation which ... Read more
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Dancecrazee01
1 review
Sailed December 2011
Having read a lot of reviews regarding the MSC Magnifica, we decided to go on the cruise with an open mind; and on the whole it was a very enjoyable cruise. The ship does live up to its name and is constantly kept clean and tidy, the staff ... Read more
Cruiseinful
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
11 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
My husband and I have taken many cruises with one other being on a MSC ship so we were not surprised at the differences on this Italian ship versus other American geared ships. We live in Florida so it was a drive down to the port. We ... Read more
sauunders
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
6 forum posts
After 33 cruises myself, and as a travel agent who booked over a million dollars in cruises last year, I have never sold any MSC products nor have I ever seen the product, so I booked us on a Thanksgiving cruise on the MSC Poesia. The ... Read more
Luckyone2
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
262 forum posts
This was our second cruise on the MSC Poesia. I will admit that I booked this cruise because of the great pricing on a balcony cabin AND the great experience that we had on our first cruise on the Poesia. The negative reviews that I had ... Read more
bernardshakey
Member Since 2007
1 review
15 forum posts
We were a 3 generation party of eight with five children that just returned from the Poesia Thanksgiving cruise. We are frequent cruisers and have sailed on seven different cruise lines. Embarkation: We arrived to the port around 2:30PM ... Read more
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r0dsc0tt
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
61 forum posts
Sailed November 2011
First let me state that the quality of the entertainment in the theater was the best we have ever experienced on a cruise. My wife even gave a standing ovation to the final ensemble show. The ship is beautiful but public bathrooms are ... Read more
jeande607
Member Since 2007
1 review
20 forum posts
Sailed November 2011
After reading many reviews about MSC Poesia, I was anxious to experience the cruise for myself. The ship is gorgeous and spotless. We were greeted on arrival and escorted to our cabin by the cabin stewards. They were lined up in white ... Read more
Maureen Cusselle
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2011
What a disappointment.We have been on many cruises over the years, none as bad as this one. The customer services staff were unbelievably rude, the staff above waiter level were completely arrogant. 15% was added on to everything including ... Read more
geminitraveler2
Member Since 2009
1 review
229 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2011
I read the many critical reviews but booked 3 consecutive cruises totaling 23 nights for a relatively low price anyway. I am writing my first cruise review after taking 10 cruises because my great experience and belief that some of the ... Read more
Theo Cay
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed October 2011
Our cruise on the MSC Poesia turned out to be one of our best ever. We were concerned about the many negative reviews we had seen prior to sailing, but were pleasantly surprised! THE FOOD: It's about what you'd expect on any cruise. ... Read more
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dlittledike@bigpomd.com
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
We Arrived in New York 21st overnighted then Boarded next day Saturday. No Luggage labbles available/supplied until the Bus has arrived at the dock & we had waited over 20 minutes. Boarded the Poesia & escorted to our Cabin on Deck 12 ... Read more
sveg_adis
Member Since 2011
1 review
This is the current flagship of the MSC fleet, so the ship itself is great the food is good (except the undrinkable free coffee), the cabin and waiting staff are all absolutely lovely. The issue is with the administration they are ... Read more
tronky
Member Since 2011
1 review
Prior to booking our cruise on MSC Magnifica we read the reviews here on Cruise Critic and to be honest, we were very concerned whether this cruise was going to be a good one or not based on the many negative comments left about this ship. ... Read more
markeefc
Member Since 2009
1 review
13 forum posts
Firstly I need to admit one thing. We only paid 199 each for a balcony cabin having come upon a real bargain five night cruise on the Internet, sailing from Barcelona, so I shouldn't really grumble about the less positive aspects of the ... Read more
gek
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
1,192 forum post
Some of you may be familiar with the sci-fi cliche of the evil parallel universe where everything good in our universe is evil over there (and presumably vice versa). This is what doing back-to-back cruises on Carnival and MSC feels like. ... Read more
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mollyc1
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2011
On our recent cruise on the MSC splendida, we were disappointed with the poor service provided particularly for English speaking passengers. The only time we saw our cabin steward was when he walked in without knocking. We ran out of loo ... Read more
Jenny
Member Since 2000
3 reviews
When we booked this cruise we were flying from Gatwick to Genoa, about 20 minutes transfer from the port. This was one of the deciding factors when picking this cruise as long transfers are really difficult for me. However, 9 days before ... Read more
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Axiomaticly
1 review
Sailed September 2011
Let me start by saying what is good about this ship as its a short list. The entertainment was the best I have ver experienced, not the round the pool stuff which was largely sub butlins quality, but the evening shows and the regular ... Read more
Claire
3 reviews
Embarkation Our cruise departed from Venice. As we've booked direct with the cruise line we made our own way to the port and we were greeted by an MSC rep with a coach organised the terminal. The bags were taken from us at the terminal ... Read more
3redsuitcases
Member Since 2011
1 review
We were apprehensive after reading reviews about MSC, but we found that this cruise line suits families very well. There were babies to Grandparents on board, off all nationalities, which we enjoyed. Announcements are made in 5 languages ... Read more
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