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68 MSC Middle East Cruise Reviews

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marina pirates
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
46 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
Just arrived back from a wonderful cruise with MSC on board the Orchestra. I really cannot understand the bad reviews which have been written. Firstly the flights were good with Emirates, transfers and booking in at the port, very quick ... Read more
Mogmail
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We had a balcony cabin 12120 which was kept spotless by the unobtrusive cabin steward , enough storage space and pleasant bathroom area . Food and drinks all ok , we ate most of the time in the dining room as it is waiter service and ... Read more
Wato1957
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from hols we flew to Dubai stayed 2 nites in a nice hotel had a chance to look around pick up from hotel fine we got onto ship ok beautifull ship full of Italians few Germans French and English food was very cold in all ... Read more
deadslow
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
8 Night fly cruise balcony 8046 MSC Orchestra To start with we had faultless flight with Emirates from Gatwick. On arrival the free transfer to the port fast and faultless Embarkation was quick and faultless. The cabin was acceptable ... Read more
rfausset
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I travelled with my family of four adults and to say the cruise was a disappointment is an understatement. We've been on other cruise lines before which are far more superior in every way. To start with the staff: getting on to the ... Read more

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tmbhl_on_the_go
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
151 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I’ve given this cruise an average of 4 stars, but it’s really 3 stars for MSC and 5 stars for the ports/itinerary. We are very glad we did it just to get to experience the ports, but MSC is a poor choice for English speaking ... Read more
BarnsleyDave
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We travelled from the UK and joined the ship in Dubai. The flights on Emirates were excellent. There is good service, good entertainment and good legroom on the aircraft. The transfer to the cruise ship was OK on arrival but chaotic on ... Read more
kat29
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Well.......where do I start? Let me start with the positives..... The chamber maid was a delight, my room was always immaculate and I was greeted with a smile and a hello... always. The gym, good equipment and I enjoyed my daily ... Read more
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isobelmccrum
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My parents have been on many cruises and based on their advice myself and husband booked the all inclusive package for 1 week for Christmas. I cant even begin to describe what a waste of time and money this cruise was. Firstly the food ... Read more
bammy64
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Didnt get off to a great start at Dubai Airport. Total lack of organisation. Had to wait for ages for coaches to arrive and then mad panic. People ramming each other with cases . No allocated coaches just a mad dash. Worst thing about MSC ... Read more

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EvelynJ
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There was 4 off us, one disabled, and we had a marvellous time. The staff where friendly and very helpful and went out of their way to make our disabled friend's live as easy as possible aboard. They made sure that he could access anything ... Read more
sidari
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
6,430 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
MSC Orchestra Grand Cruise Venice to Dubai  25th November to 13th December Itinerary. We chose this cruise mainly due to Petra/Aqaba in Jordan being one of the stops, traveling through the Suez Canal and a day in Dubai plus the fact ... Read more
November Cruiser
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Overall the cruise was very good and a good value for the money. There were a lot of highlights: Venice where we started, the Akropolis in Athens, going through the Suez Canal, Petra in Jordan, and finishing in Dubai. We also stopped at a ... Read more
butlerman
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
MSC may be good at carrying goods but are hopeless at carrying passengers! They must be the worst cruise line afloat ! Food; DISGUSTING ! Cheap ingredients., poorly cooked by incompetent "Chefs?"You will lose weight on an MSC cruise as ... Read more
Phil lorraine
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cleanliness of the ship was in my view impeccable. Food was very good. With multiple choices every meal with choice of restaurants. I have seen previous reports of hot dogs and burgers being a staple. This is misleading, as whilst they ... Read more

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suron
Member Since 2005
10 reviews
1,306 forum post
0 helpful votes
I am fortunate to have family based in Dubai so have seen many of the sights already. I booked my flights independently to give me time pre and post cruise with the family. If you arrange a fly-cruise package you need to bear in mind that ... Read more
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2010 freetime
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2014
After waiting two and a half hours in port to board ship was given a disabled cabin which we don't need it was two single beds put together at an angle where you couldn't use some of the furnishings in the cabin for the beds blocking them ... Read more
ayorkshire
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
Poor pre cruise service fom MSC UK Quick & easy embarkation 11.30am, cabin was ready and buffet lunch provided. Maps of the ship/deck plans not given out. Ship, looked very clean and spacious with large mirrors everywhere but NO ... Read more
maleagle
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
On a random visit to our Travel Agents to check out something different for a holiday in February we were offered an attractive cruise deal with MSC Lirica to UAE. This included two extra nights stay in a four star hotel in Dubai with ... Read more
Bigbum & Shortarse
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After the Christmas celebrations were over we decided we would shoot off somewhere warm to combat our UK weather. A UAE cruise fitted the bill and looking at the available cruises we had a choice of MSC or Costa. We had cruised with both ... Read more

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pennib
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
We have family in Dubai so it is handy to visit them in January and then to tag on a week long cruise before flying home. Unfortunately RCI seem to have pulled out of the Dubai to Dubai cruise so you have the choice of MSC Lirica or Costa. ... Read more
Benkins
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
My Wife and I decided to do a Cruise this Christmas to get away from it all. We flew to Dubai on the 20th December from Dublin, good flight. The Hotel overnight supplied in Dubai was excellent and we were up graded to a Junior Suite(not ... Read more
tammez
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
58 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
The MSC Lirica is a medium ship, doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the mega ships but nether less is spotless and service was great. Our teenage family tend to go for an itinary that will engage the kids and this was ticked the ... Read more
Mandy G
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The LIRICA was ok, I don't think we will cruise with them again though because their service is so inconsistent. We booked a junior suite with a balcony. Good Bits:- - Lots of staff at the airport, made finding the coach easy. - Moved ... Read more
Mally60
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Previous cruises with Princess, Celebrity, Fred, and Azamara. This was first with MSC and first visit to Gulf area. Having heard many good things about Emirates the direct flight from Manchester was a disappointment. Nothing ... Read more

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