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521 MSC Venice Cruise Reviews

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Northerncedar
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Before we went, we read the reviews here: Poor service, cold dinner, bad attitudes... So we were prepared. But things has changed, even from recent reviews. The pluses: Great itinerary: A stop each day in some of the most ... Read more
Mcwcruise
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
Having sailed with American companies before, the complete lack of service from MSC was a bit of a shock. There were no nice little touches like towel animals, which is irrelevant really, but you missed it when it wasn't there. We had a ... Read more
jennzeis
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
14 night cruise from Venice - great ports and that's about all this cruise had to offer. We had high hopes for this refurbished ship. Besides adding a water park and some more rooms, this ship is circa 1990. The decor is outdated and ... Read more
AWHW
Member Since 2015
9 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This cruise is actually quite good, it exceeds my expectation in most aspects. For example the food is well-cooked in Italian style, not American style junk food that appeals more to some taste. The lunch buffet is one of the largest. Some ... Read more
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abaughman
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My family had taken 3 cruises in the past with MSC because of the kids go free offer. The last one was six years ago. We just got home from our fourth cruise and it will be our last with MSC. There were many things things that were not ... Read more

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Nonniclaus
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
If you are reading this, please know that I am 66 years of age and I have been on at least 12 cruises, with seven different cruise lines throughout my life and I have never, ever had to complain. I saved for many years to take 18 of my ... Read more
nigelcwll
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My partner and I prefer small ships but given the itinerary thought we would give this company a go. The ship was clean but unfortunately had to wait four hours and numerous calls for our cabin bed to be made up. The food in the ... Read more
shirajenta
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were a familiy travelling from Venice to Istanbul july 2015. 2 adults, four children from eight to fifteen years of age. The children loved the cruise, but not the sightseeing. We adults thought it was OK, but we will never go on a ... Read more
Prettynycgirl
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I tend to think of myself as a cruise veteran since I have been on 15 cruises and I was so disappointed with this ship. Below is a recap of my recent trip: Service: The cabin stewart barely cleaned our room. I had a breakfast plate and ... Read more
Ddullard
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. We were a family group of 5 comprising my husband, 2 teenage daughters and my mum who is 70. This cruise was fantastic. I cannot rate it highly enough. We chose 2 x side by side balcony suites on the Fantastica ... Read more

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Davidjohn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have taken many cruises and read the reviews for many months on ports, ships and destinations before we book. This is the first time I didn't trust the reviews. We choose this for the ports of call since it was going where we ... Read more
millnerl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My wife and I are in our early 60's and we wanted to try something different. There's so much to say about this experience, so I'll try to summarise: ** Checking in ** The customs and checking-in procedure at the cruise terminal in ... Read more
Woo-Doo
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
We (family of 12 people) had booked a cruise from Venice to Istanbul and back with the MSC Magnifica. The boarding was, due to the category of our cabins, very quick. The cabin was very nice, spacious and, thanks to the terrace, a ... Read more
elidadr
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The food was HORRIBLE! There are no fresh omelets in the morning all the eggs are COLD! The pasta was RAW! It tasted like raw flour. All the meat in the meat station was so dry, it tasted sandy. Don't bother going to the restaurant for ... Read more
Cloeted
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Well, we have read the reviews on this ship prior to departure and we cannot blame the Cruise line of anything. My wife and I were spoilt on our first cruise being on the MSC Splendida two years ago. We booked an inside cabin but was ... Read more

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lena085
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I had not previously cruised with MSC. Despite reading some rather mixed/ negative reviews of the company, because of the fantastic itinerary and even having already visited some destinations , we decided to go ahead ... Read more
Barrito
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Although our kids of 10 and 7 were meant to be in different groups, when I took them to the kids' club, there was one able-bodied girl looking after the group of about 25 children, with the assistance of another with a broken arm. The ... Read more
Malc and Eileen
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Having cruised on MSC OPERA in August last year and heard the refurbishment included a splash park we were very excited about bringing our daughter husband and 4 grandchildren on board. I could not believe the changes to the menu and ... Read more
EMYBgd
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Before MSC Opera I was on MSC Fantasia which is a bigger (and better) ship. Overall impresion is great! Itineraries are great, time spent on shore excellent and everyone are so nice and kind. If this had been my first cruise I would ... Read more
Holstebro
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,090 forum post
2 helpful votes
Having cruised with Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Costa and MSC before, you can hardly call me loyal to any one cruise line. However, even though I would probably prefer Norwegian and Royal Caribbean to MSC, I still think MSC does ... Read more

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Mikebyrne
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As it says, this was my first cruise so I have no base line to compare. I thought the embarkation was a little slow booking in, but we were then boarded very quickly and had our first look around. The Poesia is a big, beautiful ship. ... Read more
ClareV
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Since this was our 2nd cruise with MSC we were expecting the same as the MSC Fantasia. However, we find out that this ship is considered "Middle Class" and therefore no "perks" should be expected. Well, cleaned shrimp ... Read more
Marin108
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Well, because this was our first cruise I went to this site and read all critics regarding this particular ship and this particular route. I have found that most of the critics are (IMO) exaggerated. First, for the embarkation I can't ... Read more
snowp
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just got back from Venice which is an amazing city. We had 7 nights on board MSC Lirica, we had an outside cabin compared to other cruise lines we have been on it was very small, the shower was so small the curtain stuck to your body ... Read more
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hvanrob
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
As many others noted, we had read mixed reviews for the Musica. Overall, we had a very good experience mainly because we knew what to expect through these reviews (the good and the not so great). We are a couple in our early 30's who were ... Read more

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