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92 MSC Middle East Cruise Reviews
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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
10 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
1 review
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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hemlock9
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Nice well appointed ship cabin was goo and decent bathroom size. Dining in the main resturant was excellent with varied menu but eating in the cafeteria buffet, which we like to do for breakfast was a nightmare, nowhere near enough ... Read more
oliver1875
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We really looked forward to this cruise it was the first time we every used MSC, we've cruised many times with other cruise companies, but this company was more like a circus. The ship it's self was lovely. (MSC Musica) The food was ... Read more
Essexsharon
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After seeing all the mixed reviews we kept an open mind on what to expect so here is mine Ship is really lovely, we have been on most other cruise lines and this is up there with the best if them Lovely atrium polite and friendly ... Read more
Jess100
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
First time on MSC. Cabin on deck 5 (5064) was so noisy it was impossible to sleep. It took 3 days of complaining before we were moved. Once moved to deck 8 the cabin was fine. Buffett restaurant was not good, very difficult to find a ... Read more
VeronicaFiguereido
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 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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DutchBunny
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
113 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Day 1: Abu Dhabi Day 2: At sea Day 3: Khor al Fakkan Day 4: Muscat Day 5: Khasab Day 6: Dubai Day 7: Dubai Day 8: Abu Dhabi Background: We are a couple, just turned 50, no kids and love to travel. This is our 3rd ... Read more
wherestheship
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I had awesome amazing trip on the Musica from Venice to Abu Dhabi 22nd Nov - 13 Dec 2015. The only thing I didnt like were the other passengers who complained about the most petty things such as not liking the overhead music and I cant ... Read more
Dianne Allan
Member Since 2015
1 review
The trip was sold as a luxury cruise it was NOT The idea of sailing to Gallipoli and following in the footsteps of our soldiers was a good one but that was where the dream ended.In fairness the Gallipoli component was very well done and ... Read more
Cruickshankn
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
My friend and I joined the MSC Orchestra in Fremantle for a 35 day cruise retracing the voyage of the ANZACS to Gallipoli and then ending in Rome. The ship was very clean and the decor very nice. The cabin attendant was excellent and ... Read more
Diannekaye
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
Most of the staff were fantastic. Food was below average. Buffet was disgusting. Nearly all passengers got the flu/virus and were very ill. Doctor was poor. No medication. Service was slow. Internet was so expensive and disgusting. Could ... Read more
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Genie13
Member Since 2015
1 review
The cruise went from Dubai to Perth Australia. It left on February 21, 2015, and was 33 days long. My husband and I will not be using this cruise line again. The Pros • The ship was well decorated. • The room steward ... Read more
Paul Edwards
Member Since 2015
1 review
Well what a joke!! we got on at Dubai, First thing we did was get a drinks package, went to our room it was nothing like on the pictures there was no throw bed was not clean the cabin was not that clean. The cabin steward did not introduce ... Read more
suron
Member Since 2005
11 reviews
1,480 forum post
7 helpful votes
My family and I (son, his wife and my twin grandsons, aged 11) sailed on MSC Orchestra from Dubai around the United Arab Emirates on 14th February. I have travelled many times before with MSC but this was the first ever cruise for my son ... Read more
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RDonald
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed February 2015
As this was my first cruise I was anticipating many of the good qualities and values which I had heard from others who had cruised. Fortunately for them they had, presumably, not ventured on an MSC ship, especially 'The Orchestra' The ... Read more
Cathcart 20
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed February 2015
My wife and I have just returned from our first cruise with MSC,please do not listen to all the complaints that are listed.Go with an open mind you will be pleasantly surprised. We arrived early morning in Dubai 7-30 ,usual queues taking ... Read more
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cruisingisagirlsbestfrien
Member Since 2015
1 review
Just returned from a great cruise. Having cruised previously with P&O, Royal Caribbean and Princess, I had heard mixed reviews about MSC, so was a little worried, but found the ship and the staff excellent. Food was very good too. I ... Read more
marina pirates
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
74 forum posts
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
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
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
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
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