This was my second MSC cruise experience, and as with the first one, I am highly satisfied with the experience. I am from the Western Cape and know Cape Town quite well, so before we embarked, we slept the night prior to the cruise in a ... Read More
This was my second MSC cruise experience, and as with the first one, I am highly satisfied with the experience. I am from the Western Cape and know Cape Town quite well, so before we embarked, we slept the night prior to the cruise in a hotel in Cape Town and went out for dinner, which is always awesome!
Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, and I am really impressed with the way MSC are organized to let everything runs smoothly all the time.
There are so many activities on the ship that one sometimes struggle to get to everything, because you enjoy one thing so much, and cannot just leave it unfinished to attend another thing that might be running concurrently! And I am that kind of person who wants to do them all (:
The massive ship are very clean and tidy. The lounges and bars are really neat and one love to sit and relax there. The disco in the club and on the decks are amazing. The cabin is comfortable and always clean.
I tested both the restaurant and buffet, and are very pleased with both in terms of food and the menu served.
The entertainment offered is really world class and one gets the idea that MSC make sure that they present good shows and entertainment. The theatre, comedy, music and artists are stunning, very professional with that special way of involving the crowd in what they present, which is great.
The crew staff are always friendly and ready to help with anything, which makes life on the boat very easy. All staff are giving their all in terms of service.
The ports and shore excursions are great, although a bit expensive.
I just need to touch on a few points which ZI think need consideration:
1. Is it necessary to take all the photos with everyone(I'm referring to the ones that looks like it is compulsory to take) The thing is, I've heard that so many people do not buy those photographs because it is really very expensive. I've asked what is going to happen to those hundreds of thousands of photographs that were to purchased by the people, and I've heard that it will be destroyed. Should people not be given an option to pose for those photos if they are going to buy it in the end. It is such a waste and destroying our planet as well?
2. The dinner seating: I had quite an uncomfortable experience where my travel buddy and I were placed for first seating. When we got to our table, there were already a family of three sitting. We did not know the family. My friend and I ordered wine to get rid of the uncomfortable situation in a way. Then the mother of the group told us that they are also uncomfortable with the arrangement, and they are Muslim, and not supposed to sit with people who drink wine. Now this situation caused us never to go to the restaurant again, because in our opinion, dinner is private, and we never had such an experience before.
3. The play area for the children seems also dangerous; on deck 14, the rails of the ship are not very high, and I think it creates a situation where children are exposed to danger, especially if their parents are not around: you know, falling down the stairs, or over the rails, etc. If I had small children, I would not be comfortable with the play area so exposed.
4. The theme parties are really good and people love it, but is gets so cold on that deck that it is really difficult to stay there for the whole evening!. On the previous cruise, discos were held every night in the club, which was so awesome, because the club is really big. I suggest the theme parties must be done in the club as well, like the last one with the pajama party.
Lastly: The cruise overall was absolutely great! I am going again! Thank you sooo much!!
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