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  • Mediterranean style in food and design
  • Features the ship-within-a-ship Yacht Club concept
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28 MSC Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Island Hoppin' Mama
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
17 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Must start by saying, I have sailed Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland, Carnival and now, MSC. Booked before I read reviews and was almost scared to devote 12 days and 11 nights aboard a ship that received such incredibly poor ratings. ... Read more
MandMcruising
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The only positive thing to take away from this cruise is that we were able to finally get off with no thanks to the ship staff. We chose to walk off and were directed to a bar to wait our turn. It was an endless wait which finally ended ... Read more
bhamelin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Worst cruise ever! Not worth the money at all! Firstly they are the most disorganized cruise line out there. I was shocked when I arrived at the port and the line up was almost at security. It was so disorganized from the start they had ... Read more
jgallagh1944
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
48 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We cruised with 26 friends on the MSC Divina to the Panama Canal and back to Miami (November 11-21, 2015). It was the first time on Divina for all of us. As you go through my review, you’ll see that I thought the Divina has some good ... Read more
otkit
Member Since 2007
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The MSC Divina is a magnificent ship with ambience to spare. I am a travel agent and often serve a Group Leader for my clients. On this sail date of November 12, 2014 we had 57 cruisers. The ship definitely has a Mediterranean flair to it ... Read more
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Real D.
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Our third cruise but the first with MSC. We had a wonderful time on the MSC Divina it’s a very lovely ship. They are more European style it was a different experience for us. We were on the 13th level (even if it’s under the ... Read more
ca1da8ba24@gmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Just finished a cruise on the Divina. My husband and I have been on many cruises but this one did a full circle from Miami to the Panama. Excursions were poor quality. Children running everywhere during adult times, in halls, up and down ... Read more
Devans930
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
18 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Positives: 1) getting on the cruise and off were both a breeze as we were rushed to the front of the line and where we needed to be quickly. 2). Shore exclusion to the Panama Canal were given first few rows of the bus that took us ... Read more
jspocala
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
MSC Poesia was our first Italian flare ship we ever cruised on. Left Fort Lauderdale, FL (Port Everglades) at 7:30pm. Before us left a parade of ships, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbeans Navigator of Seas, Liberty of the Seas and ... Read more
peachcrek
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
2,270 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2010
embarking day.. well we embarked without incident walked in to terminal checked our baggage an proceeded down the entry way to terminal check in whats this!! No LINES!!! I can hardly believe what I am seeing we will not be lead ... Read more

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klpusecker
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2009
My husband and I booked this cruise on MSC because of the great ports of call. We left from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and found that the cruise terminal was a little slow in processing. The reason for this probably was because when one enters the ... Read more
charjude
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2009
Excitely, we embarked on the MSC Possea November 30. We had booked a back to back cruise..Ah! 20 days of relaxation and good eating.Embarkcation went very soomthly. It was one of the easiest ever. Our cabin was very nice, the cabin boys ... Read more
worldtravelerwannabe
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Let me start by saying that those who take the time to write these reviews do so in the honest hope of helping others make wise decisions before booking a cruise. We all want to have the best time ever after spending of our hard earned ... Read more
Boulder Cruising Gal
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from a Panama Canal cruise on the MSC Lirica. While the cruise ship was immaculate, clean, and well-equipped, it fell short in some areas. Let's cover the good things first: Cleanliness - no one became ill. There were hand ... Read more
prettyblue_eyes
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
53 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2009
I have decided to write this epistle, on a timely basis, so as to keep memories fresh and accurate. We have just disembarked from a 10 day Panama Cruise on MSC's Lirica Ship. This was our 6th cruise, but the 1st on MSC. We chose to sail ... Read more

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fluffies
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
243 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We're a 40 something professional couple. This was our first cruise on MSC; previously we've cruised with Carnival and Norwegian. We're easygoing, not hyper-critical, and tend to make lemonade when handed lemons. We chose this MSC cruise ... Read more
revdonauctioneer
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Wonderful relaxing cruise. This was our 21 cruise. I am a young 60 my wife is 53. We had second seating dining. Our cabin was an inside on deck 9 I grade my cruises as follows. "A" Is exceptional. "B" Is good. "C" Is average. I would ... Read more
Robert Lewandowski
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The embarkation was fine,we arrived later in the afternoon and had no trouble boarding. As a whole the service on the ship was average. We did have great service from our cabin steward Luc and our head waiter. The entertainment team was ... Read more
Bob Kross
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first experience with MSC cruise lines (and probably our last). This was our 11th cruise in the past 8 years and we enjoy trying different cruise lines. We have cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Costa, and ... Read more
jula
Member Since 2001
1 review
42 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise, our previous cruises have been with Celebrity (6 cruises) and Princess (2 cruises). This was also our first cruise longer than 7 days. I would like to say that this cruise was a great value. The price of this ... Read more
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OldCop201
Member Since 2000
1 review
117 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife just read Sportinglife's review of our most recent trip. She yelled to me and asked if I had a different screen name as it could have been written by us. MSC Opera...Jan 14-25, 2007. We selected this cruise (our 10th) as we were ... Read more
teegeezfun
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
307 forum posts
0 helpful votes
i have had a chance to read a couple of other reviews of this exact same cruise and i mostly disagree with what was said by them. all cruises have problems. none are perfect, and msc is no different. luckily i knew what to expect and i ... Read more
Harvey Wallach
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Food, buffet lunch poor. Limited selection. Meat tough. Same salad every day, limited selection. Three or four hot selections, uninteresting. One soup. Two desserts each day, poor quality. Two sugarless desserts and fruit. Beverages were ... Read more
Bartbrown
Member Since 2006
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed on the Lirica on 5 February 2006. We went a day earlier and staid at the Econo Lodge in Hollywood. It was no "great shakes" but it provided a free continental breakfast and free transportation from the airport and to the ship, ... Read more
mmemichele
Member Since 2004
18 reviews
6,260 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My boys 14 & 11 were with me on our 9th cruise on MSC Lirica on Dec 27 for 11 days. The ports we visited were really interesting especially Cartagena, Colombia, which looks like old Spain and is truly charming. Panama was dull because ... Read more

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