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114 MSC Middle East Cruise Reviews
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apaarnold
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I was quite dubious about going on a cruise as it is far removed from the holidays I'm accustomed to. We flew from Dublin to Dubai and were met at the arrivals area by helpful MSC staff. They checked how long embarkation was taking and ... Read more
preston1
Member Since 2017
1 review
25 helpful votes
Having read about the horror stories regarding this ship, Our party of 8 (6 adults and 2 teenagers) who have cruised mainly with celebrity, where not sure what to expect as we embarked on our fantasia experience, Embarkation Very ... Read more
Truk
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Our travel agent recommended this cruise a bad choice. We have done up to 20 cruises and have to say MSC are the worst cruise line we have been on. Our room as fine , the food is catered for Italians, the staff was rude especially when ... Read more
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jb2864
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise, we normally do beach holidays in the Caribbean and decided to have a change as our friends had indicated how wonderful cruising is. This cruise was chosen for the destination and the cost however we ... Read more
vino123
Member Since 2014
1 review
250 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We have cruised many times mainly with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean but this was our first time with MSC. We were lured by the concept of the Yacht Club so most of my review is based on this. Pre Cruise: We arrived at 1am so ... Read more
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kmill007
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
MSC Fantasia Xmas Cruise 2016 We joined the cruise on Christmas Day, arriving at about 0800 from Abu Dhabi airport. When we got to check in at the port we handed over our tickets and credit card so that in a few minutes we got a bit of ... Read more
alikt123
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Joined the cruise at Dubai on 24rd December.. The embarkation went smoothly, but seemend a bit of a drawn out experience.. We were on board by 11.30, but then had to queue up to ave our photos taken on board for our cruise card, then told ... Read more
fly the flag
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
we shared a mid ship cabin with balcony which was very comfortable , having a balcony was a big plus because the pool areas were always overcrowded with parents and their kids. the ship was spotless, the food was excellent in the ... Read more
pete7291
Member Since 2013
1 review
37 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This cruise was chosen for the destination and the cost however we didn't realise at the time of booking that this cost would come at a heavy price on quality. so to the details, Embarcation went very smoothly and quickly as they've ... Read more
suron
Member Since 2005
11 reviews
1,481 forum post
23 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: I have taken over twenty cruises with Princess, RCI, Star Lines, NCL, Thomson and MSC. My cruises with MSC go back to 2000 on their smaller ships Rhapsody,Melody and Monterey and the larger Poesia. I have already done the ... Read more
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hanan1967
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have gone on many cruises and by far this has been the worst My husband chose this cruise to go around Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat from the moment we set foot on cruise everything started to go downhill. firstly they gave my kids room ... Read more
Cruisin-Geezer
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
685 forum posts
51 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: My wife and I are British and have cruised MSC since 2004. They are not the best and not the worst, but they always represent good value for money. We choose cruises based on 1) Itinerary, 2) Price and 3) Cruise Line. We ... Read more
Colin R
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This 7 night MSC cruise on Fantasia was part of an Imagine package including two days at the Dubai rugby 7's and four nights at the Dubai Marriott Marquis hotel.. The latter two were quite excellent but, sadly, the Fantasia cruise turned ... Read more
karenda
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Just got back from an amazing experience on MSC Fantasia in a Yacht Club deluxe suite. The Yacht Club is described as a ship within a ship and it certainly is. Couldn't fault anything, the service was exceptional from start to finsh. ... Read more
karenda
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We booked this cruise so that we could go to the Dubai 7's, As we sailed on the Saturday we missed the final but that was fine as we had a great week to follow it up. My review is for Yacht club as we spent most of our time in this ... Read more
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seasider20
Member Since 2009
1 review
17 forum posts
24 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise on itinerary and dates. However will never sail with MSC again because there is so much missing compared to other cruise lines. We had bought the drinks package thankfully because you couldn't even have a glass of ... Read more
AWHW
Member Since 2015
17 reviews
16 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Although I have experienced some of the ports of call in the past (on a Suez transit to Dubai on QM2) I wanted to experience a 'standard' 7-day Dubai returned trip. And in my opinion MSC is better than Costa and RCI that also operate here, ... Read more
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Mrs England
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We did not pay much attention to reviews about MSC Musica until after we already booked a cruise and got quite upset in our choice of MSC, but still hoped for better experience with them. Yet, we were prepared for average (or even below ... Read more
juliecooper.jc31
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
I have been on three cruise ships but I can honestly say that my favourite cruise line is the MSC I went on the MSC Musica on 6th March 16 I picked the ship in Abu Dhabi we sailed to Dubai, Khor Al Fakkan' Muscat, the whole package ... Read more
Leics 1
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 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
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Frescer
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
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
Jumbo Mumbo
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
By this I mean you have to PAY for water, even in the dining room. It's free in the buffet restaurant, but that's the only place. Even the gym doesn't have water fountains! There are no fresh flowers anywhere (they're plastic) and the ... Read more
Buzzerburns
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Lovely ship, lovely decor, great staff and quick embarkation . Those are the only good comments I can make on this cruise.. The food choice was poor and the standard of the cooking was poor. Some of the meat was very tough.I love ... Read more
Panto pen
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Like many others we had read some not great reviews of MSC cruises and were aware that this might well be why they seemed consistently cheaper than some other cruise lines. This, however was one of only two cruise itineries that fitted in ... Read more
sealife19
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I'm at a loss to understand all the negative reviews regarding MSC cruise lines. This is our second cruise with MSC but we have previously cruised with NCL and RC. After 9 cruises i have come to the conclusion that all cruise lines and ... Read more
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