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116 MSC Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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oceanicmyfirstlove
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 forum posts
I started to cruise in 1965 with Home Lines on the SS Oceanic. It was just a week's cruise to the Bahamas, but it was the start of a love affair that went on for many many years. After Home Lines retired, I tried Pacquet Line on the MV ... Read more
krabat39
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2012
I was wondering about the very different reviews for the Poesia. Some people love it and others have been highly unhappy. I was not too thrilled about it either. I talked to people they actually booked a cruise the year before to see and ... Read more
love of cruising
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2012
We boarded the ship in Rio de Janiero after we were told our cabin was occupied by a travel agent for a 1 night cruise from Santos to Rio. We paid the same price as all the other passengers who boarded in Santos. Our balcony cabin was ... Read more
forestgrump
Member Since 2012
1 review
Embarkation was total chaos - it took an age to be called from the reception hall to check-in, then the check-in seemed very long winded. The cruise began with a four hour delay in sailing from Buenos Aires due to problems with the ... Read more
Cruisin-Geezer
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
664 forum posts
BACKGROUND We are British, in our mid sixties with a dozen cruises to our name and have sailed with MSC on eight occasions, four in the last 4 years. This most recent experience was with two back-to-back cruises: a) West Caribbean; & ... Read more

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keith goodlad
1 review
We actually had 2 different cabins Grade 11 for two loops of the Caribbean then Grade 12 suite foe the transatlantic section. Some of the recent negative reviews have commented on a lack of cleanliness- I can only say they must have been ... Read more
Stephen Johnson
1 review
Sailed December 2011
We travelled from Venice to Rio de Janeiro (18 nights) in December 2011. Check in was fast (we had done web check in which speeded things up), and were shown to our cabin much earlier than most cruise lines would allow. There had ... Read more
Michael Griffin
1 review
My wife and I booked this cruise to celebrate birthday/retirement & 45th wedding anniversary. It was paid for by visa debit card. When we arrived at Southampton, we were asked for a credit card to cover our onboard account. I offered my ... Read more
SPY1956
Member Since 2006
1 review
61 forum posts
Sailed September 2011
We booked MSC cruise because of its itinerary. I was not expecting much from this cruise line due to its negative reviews. We embarked at Kiel and the procedure was smooth and we were on board in 15 mins. The ship is sparkling clean and ... Read more
stephen wilson
1 review
Sailed September 2011
I read previous reviews and started to worry.No need.An absolutely beautiful ship.Excellent staff,even at the unfairly slated reception.Food ranged from o.k to very good,never fantastic but certainly never bad.The choice at lunch in ... Read more

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Linda Morton
1 review
Sailed September 2011
Beautiful ship, very friendly staff from booking in at Southampton,to the maintainance men who always said hello. Breakfast and lunch,as good as other cruise lines. the evening meal was tasty, but the presentation was not very good,it did ... Read more
shanacat
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed September 2011
This was the worst cruise we ever experienced,4 persons.Same menu daily,quality very poor with cafeteria buffet serving hot dogs, burgers,frozen french fries for dinner.The ship has a lot of smoking,disregarding the right of ... Read more
Brian Spencer
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
We were all hit by this company making a charge of nine dollars per person per day 'for our convenience as tips'. On top of this everything drink purchased had a 12% service charge. Add all that up at the end of the holiday and it amounts ... Read more
LEE WILLIAMS
1 review
Sailed on the Orchestra from 9th-28th April 2011, first time with MSC, we have previously experienced cruises aboard Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Fred Olsen lines. I read lots of reviews both prior/after booking both good/bad and we ... Read more
Awelon
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
34 forum posts
Not rated Sailed April 2011
Well, after all the worry after reading some of the reviews on this Cruise Line, we did actually go with an open mind. We where not dissappointed the ship was beautiful. After a very long flight we actually boarded just after 1pm plenty of ... Read more

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The Danish Cruiselover
Member Since 2011
1 review
Booked 2 balcony suites on the Atlantic cruise from Ft.L to Barcelona March 6 to March 22.We did not expect luxury when boarding M/S Poesia, even the vessel is new in the fleet.2 weeks in the same restaurant at the same table, with the ... Read more
Emma
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
395 forum posts
We have done a number of transatlantic crossings and enjoy the sea days, this was our 2nd time in the Yacht Club. The Yacht Club experience is worth every penny, it is a quit oasis on an otherwise very pretty but very crowded ship. The ... Read more
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Terry
6 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2010
Ode to MSC If you like to travel and are thinking of a cruise Consider all your options and be careful who you choose Royal Caribbean and Princess are just fine Celebrity and Carnival and P&O sublime But if you want ... Read more
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Boddon P,& T Scott
1 review
Having taken a plane to Nice and then a coach to Genoa in Italy, to the ship!! We arrived to find a cold buffet,no water and no coffee or tea. there is no tea or coffee or WATER available for the rest of the day. No water on ... Read more
Wendylooking
Member Since 2011
1 review
26 forum posts
Sailed September 2010
I waited a long time to try cruising and so pleased that MSC targeted the Australains last year. We became a number of 1700 Aussies or so out of more than 2200 passengers...or numbers something like that! MSC were testing the waters so to ... Read more

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lassie79
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
When this cruise was originally advertised in Australia at a really low price we all jumped on this one. originally we were booked for the Magnifica, with a departure from Venice to New York. But after booking 3 months later were advised ... Read more
MMDown Under
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
8,853 forum posts
We chose MSC Poesia's transatlantic voyage because of its unique itinerary and early autumn sailing. We went with the attitude to "not sweat the small stuff". As I liked the size of MSC Lirica, which my husband and I had ... Read more
kysen
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
I was going to write a lengthy and detailed review, but then I found AndrewK had jumped the gun on me,in that all the details he gave about the Transatlantic cruise are factually correct.All I can do is to add to the negative sentiments ... Read more
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kerrien
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3 forum posts
I have cruised with many other companies and seen most of the world. This is not my first MSC cruise and I keep coming back. Last year we went on Musica and Fantasia and this year have just completed a transatlantic crossing on Poesia from ... Read more
AndrewK
Member Since 2008
1 review
186 forum posts
MSC POESIA, Kiel to New York, September 2010 Background I have deliberately left it a few weeks after disembarking to post anything because I didn't want to write simply on impulse. To avoid it influencing my opinions, I have also left ... Read more

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