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7 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Venice

7 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Venice

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Venice
  • Day 2
    Bari
  • Day 3
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 4
    Mykonos
  • Day 5
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 6
    Sarande
  • Day 7
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 8
    Venice

MSC Lirica

MSC Lirica - MSC Cruises

Marketed to North Americans as well as Europeans

MSC's first-ever new-build

Offers a nice variety of Caribbean sailings


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
* Our cabin attendant Mathew Lobo was always very happy and friendly and a great asset to the ship. * Our dining room waiters Inyoman Udiana Yasa & Andyson Anthony Manaji were always friendly & helpful with the menu and also ... Read More
* Our cabin attendant Mathew Lobo was always very happy and friendly and a great asset to the ship. * Our dining room waiters Inyoman Udiana Yasa & Andyson Anthony Manaji were always friendly & helpful with the menu and also both are a great asset to the ship * The meals in the dining room were average, a bit small in size and tasteless * The food in the buffet was a bit ordinary * We found it hard to speak to the Front Desk staff we are Australian, and they had trouble understanding us and we sure had trouble understanding them, not very helpful. * The entertainment at night time were very good. * The staff in the casino Florin & Danial were always very friendly, both are a great asset to the ship. ** We have been on MSC and found the Lirica a let down compared to our last cruise with MSC would not travel with MSC again. Been on 9 other cruise ships and Lirica would have to be the most disappointing Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise purely for the itinerary. MSC aren't our first choice for cruising, however most of the reviews were okay, so we booked the cruise. Check in went extremely smoothly with no queues and easy baggage drop off. Our ... Read More
We chose this cruise purely for the itinerary. MSC aren't our first choice for cruising, however most of the reviews were okay, so we booked the cruise. Check in went extremely smoothly with no queues and easy baggage drop off. Our suite was spacious and clean, though a little dated. Unfortunately our first bite to eat was from the burger bar on deck 11 which was on a slate bun and soggy chips. Further to that, dining was extremely hit and miss. We dined mostly at the dining room for breakfast and dinner and found some of the evening servings inedible and learnt to choose very carefully. All of the staff in the dining rooms and bars were fantastic and most helpful. Our dining review does not reflect in any way on the staff. Entertainment was fun and the shows were quite good. Overall we enjoyed the cruise a lot with our only issue was with the food. Read Less
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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
For my wife and me, this was our 22nd cruise and our first with MSC. Overall the cruise was quite enjoyable. Here are the details. THE SHIP Many of the ships we have been on could be described as “gaudy” in the Las Vegas sense. ... Read More
For my wife and me, this was our 22nd cruise and our first with MSC. Overall the cruise was quite enjoyable. Here are the details. THE SHIP Many of the ships we have been on could be described as “gaudy” in the Las Vegas sense. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we prefer a more understated look. This ship has a comfortable feel with pleasant décor. All parts of the ship were immaculately clean throughout the cruise. We were pretty impressed by the elevators. I think we never had to wait more than 30 seconds for an elevator to arrive, and they quickly took us to our desired floor. They are large enough to hold several passengers (maybe as many as ten). There are numerous lounges and entertainment areas, most of which had comfortable seating. The lounges were never more than half full when we were there (but we tend to go to sleep fairly early). ENTERTAINMENT I was surprised that there was a production show in the theatre every night (except for the last night, when there was no show). In general, they were pretty good. One night was classical music, another was opera, and others were shows with singing, dancing, acrobatics, magic, and more. We thought the dancers were wonderful, among the best we’ve seen on a cruise ship. The acrobats were also impressive. The theatre seats, though, were uncomfortable. We sat in a different part of the theatre each night to try the seats, but it was hard to get comfortable. The seats tend to slope downwards which I found to be uncomfortable. We are enthusiastic trivia players on cruise ships, and this was handled well on this ship. They were all “video trivia” which involved showing pictures on a screen. That’s helpful in an environment where many different languages are spoken. The trivia hostess was impressive in her ability to communicate easily with participants in seven or eight languages. There were only a few opportunities to play trivia during the cruise, though. We wish there were more activities available on the ship. FOOD In general, we chose to eat at the buffet for both breakfast and lunch. We ate in the dining room in the evening for the first part of the cruise but ended up switching to the buffet for the last several evenings. The food in the dining room was fine, and tasted good, but wasn’t very impressive. On formal nights, you could only have lobster, steak or other specialties if you ordered them in advance and paid a fee. Speaking of the formal nights, I didn’t notice anyone in formal wear. A few men were wearing coat and tie, but most were dressed fairly casually. There are multiple dining rooms, so perhaps people were dressier elsewhere. In any case, we prefer casual dining, so this style was fine with us. Our favorite meal each day, and one we looked forward to, was the lunch buffet. There were numerous choices and most things were quite satisfactory. We enjoy Indian food and there were two Indian dishes at lunch each day. This was a cruise through the Middle East, but we didn’t really notice much effort to serve the food of that area. The desserts were pretty disappointing in quality. For us, that just meant that it was easier for us to stick to a healthier diet. For breakfast at the buffet, I should mention that you should get there early if you want a seat. We usually ate between 7:30 and 8:00 so there was no problem. Any later and you might need to take your food to the pool area or to your room. It’s also possible to have breakfast in one of the dining rooms. An advantage is that they serve made-to-order omelets there. We tried it on the first day but had a bad experience with rude and inattentive waitstaff, so we ate in the buffet at breakfast for the rest of the cruise. Some of our friends ate in the dining room each morning and enjoyed it. You don’t need to worry about finding a table there. CABIN We had an interior cabin and it was SMALL. However, surprisingly, there was a huge amount of storage space. There were shelves everywhere, even behind the huge vanity mirror. There were plenty of mirrors: the vanity mirror, a mirror covering the wall behind the bed, a full-length mirror, and the mirror in the bathroom. You can see yourself no matter which direction you face! I know that cruise cabins generally have small showers, but I’ve never seen one THIS small. The shower curtain clung to my body as I was trying to wash myself. If I were any larger, I might not have been able to fit. The shower provided a strong stream, but the temperature wasn’t steady—getting a bit cooler then a bit warmer. The towels were large and fluffy. The bed was quite comfortable, and the room had a stocked minibar. Our room steward Romi did a great job keeping the room clean and comfortable. OTHER The embarkation process was fast and efficient. It didn’t take long to get onto the ship. We had to tender ashore for one port and the process for that was also handled well. The internet was fairly slow, as it is on most ships, but they charge by data flow and not by the minute. That’s much better because you aren’t charged while waiting for a response from a webpage. The cost for internet is reasonable. We choose our cruises based primary on the itinerary, and then on cost and quality factors. This was our first time to visit the Middle East and we feel that the itinerary gave us a good introduction to the area. MSC did a good job for us and we greatly enjoyed this cruise. Read Less
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