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One reason I choose to Cruise was to have fun and try out new experiences, how is it like to be in a titanic a 5 star moving hotel. The first time you enter the ship the ship smells 5 star and looks 5 star all the way, the decorations ... Read More
One reason I choose to Cruise was to have fun and try out new experiences, how is it like to be in a titanic a 5 star moving hotel. The first time you enter the ship the ship smells 5 star and looks 5 star all the way, the decorations inside are amazing you even forget That you are inside a ship. The embarkation que is horrible, you can't wait for a while before entering the ship, and didn't like the fact that they only open few service desk during embarkation. The stuff members are super great and friendly especially the man responsible for our deck 8, even when most of them didn't know how to communicate in English but they tried. MSC is one hygienic cruise hotel I ever seen, every corner you turn there is sanitation thats what I loved. The food is super Healthy and they don't compromise on taste, everything I ate I could taste that it's quality food. The dinning areas I loved them because you get the opportunity to dress up and be fine and finned, only problem is you have to buy soft drinks all the time, I don't mind them selling alcohols wish they could have gave us maybe complimentary soft drink for every fine dinning meal or 5 drinks per Cruz then the rest you purchase. I loved Eric the voice from above the program director all his shows were fun and entertaining. The parties organized by stuff were super great problem they only last for an hour. Deck 13 buffet area was home to most cruises and would like to give blow to the stuff there at deck 13 because they are forever working, especially the pizza guy 24 hours pizza. Our cabin was in front so every wave the ship cut through we felt it, and you couldnt stand straight which resulted in sea sickness, so would advice you to book balcony center cabin. The excursions on the island were expensive hence did not do them. I hated the fact that we did not go to Pomene Island and they could not take us to a different island like Maputo instead of Portuguese Island which had nothing to see the second day and the waters were unclean to swim at them. Pomene has been giving them a problem why don't they start looking for an alternative to island or take it out on your markets because when I booked I saw two island and wanted to visit two not one island. The disembarking program failed them a bit, stuff was not properly assigned to guide people were they should go,whuch made things to go slower. The photo package is expensive and it would be nice if the price could go down or be included as our take home package because we got nothing as complementary everything you have to buy. Despite all the negatives would still go and advice people to go is an experience you don't want to miss. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my second time on MSC cruise. This time the embarkation was a disaster. But this could have been caused by the bad weather. It took more than 2 hours to board. My daughter was restless and tired. The ship sailed late and was ... Read More
This was my second time on MSC cruise. This time the embarkation was a disaster. But this could have been caused by the bad weather. It took more than 2 hours to board. My daughter was restless and tired. The ship sailed late and was driven very fast, I think this was to catch up the lost time, this unfortunately made some of us very sick. Which wasn't great at all. The food/buffet was much better than Sinfonia. Musica was much cleaner and beautiful. The service was great. The cabins were much bigger which was a bonus. The down site was there was a sewage stench. Maybe they had a drainage problem. But you could only smell it outside on the deck not inside. The kiddies club did a great job entertaining the kids & keeping them safe. My daughter had a great time, she was sad to go. Overall we had a great time and yes I will do this again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Love cruising. Always take friends and family with. It's a relaxing and enjoyable way to travel. Love the evening shows and shopping for something special. The service from the bartenders is sometimes rude The service from ... Read More
Love cruising. Always take friends and family with. It's a relaxing and enjoyable way to travel. Love the evening shows and shopping for something special. The service from the bartenders is sometimes rude The service from the photo area is very poor,they are simply rude. The cabin steward in our suite was not helpfull. Towels wher not fresh everyday,as with qall our previous cruises. There was a very bad smell in some of the areas in the vessel. The smell was very bad on the pool deck,near the restaurant.The food in the top buffet restaurant,was really a bad experience. Always the same food in that restuarant and really not something to look forward to eating. But all the bad set aside we love cruising and will be back again and again. Love the cocktails in the Blue Velvet bar. Loved the shopping,they just need more Buckley of Londen jewellery. Also love buying swaroski jewellery Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Overall I had a really good experience on the ship. However I am not happy/pleased about the following: Coffee & Tea & Juice from the buffet were terrible coffee tasted like hot water with a hint of coffee, tea was the same and ... Read More
Overall I had a really good experience on the ship. However I am not happy/pleased about the following: Coffee & Tea & Juice from the buffet were terrible coffee tasted like hot water with a hint of coffee, tea was the same and the juice....I do not know what juice that was but it definatley was not juice at all. The care of passengers luggage is very poor and with the result two of our bags got terribly damaged and cannot even be used again (Baring in mind they were brand new suitcases). Bar staff on the outside deck were extreemly rude, yet Bar staff inside were super friendly and helpful. I would maybe suggest that the handling of luggage gets seen too as i think this is very unfair to the passenger. The buffet food was nice but a starting and end point need to be clearly marked so that other passengers can see which way to go as most times people would just bump into you and half knock you over. Other than that I had an awesome experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I travelled with the Oppiwater Kunstefees. The embarkation and disembarkation was very slow but allwrite. The food was good but not excellent, the cabin was very good/excellent. The shore excursion was good and interesting but not ... Read More
I travelled with the Oppiwater Kunstefees. The embarkation and disembarkation was very slow but allwrite. The food was good but not excellent, the cabin was very good/excellent. The shore excursion was good and interesting but not excellent. The ship is very big and it takes quite some time to accustom yourself and not get lost. The informal dining room was to crowded, to few tables. The services was excellent. I would not go again and next time prefer a smaller ship or a river cruise. I did not travel with children. The kunstefees which I attended was excellent.. The swimming pools area was good and the deck chairs also good. The services allover was excellent and the staff very friendly and professional. The venues for the shows was excellent, although a lot of the shows started late. The embarkation and disembarkation was very slow but very efficient, I suppose its nessasary for the officials to be very complete. The information on the ship was also excellent with the day to day papers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Cruised to Portuguese Island. Had a lovely experience. Food and entertainment was great! All aspects of onboarding and disembarkation were handled smoothly. Ship sailed smoothly and there was no need for sea sickness tablets. I had my ... Read More
Cruised to Portuguese Island. Had a lovely experience. Food and entertainment was great! All aspects of onboarding and disembarkation were handled smoothly. Ship sailed smoothly and there was no need for sea sickness tablets. I had my parents with me abd my child..the cabin numbers are seperated into odd and even on each deck so lotsa people were confused as to where to find their cabin but we soon got the hang of it .the entertainment was great! Sometjing for everyone at all times. Portuguese island visit..we did not do and shore excursions but just spending the day in the water was lovely. The food buffet on the island was good and the food within the ship was good as well. We experienced 'sea legs' for about 4 days after disembarking..weird wavy feeling. Aside from the drink vouchers we purchased, there is tea, coffee and water provided throughout the day that does need you to use the drinks vouchers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
A lot to do. Can choose from a variety of activities or lounges to go too. Can commend the staff with assistance when I left my wallet in the car. They went above the call of duty to get me off and back on again. The pizza that was ... Read More
A lot to do. Can choose from a variety of activities or lounges to go too. Can commend the staff with assistance when I left my wallet in the car. They went above the call of duty to get me off and back on again. The pizza that was available nearly 24/7 was a winner. Only dissapointment was the sit down dinings at night. Food was mediocre. Need to look at a second ice cream bar on the 13th deck. One bar was too congested and one has to que for a long time. I suggest buy the prepaid packages. Works out much cheaper. O by the way know your currency convertion because duty free is not as cheap. Take ZAR Rand to the Portugese Island. Lots of memorabilia and the local rum and raspberry muranga (r&r) is a must. Support the locals. Ps ask for Andries he was the best waiter on the island. My coconut stayed full with r&r. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Our cruise date was looming and we were going ready with trepidation, due to our last cruise with MSC being spoilt by both the illness of my wife and the rather bad service from the crew. Our cruise date came round the taxi collected us ... Read More
Our cruise date was looming and we were going ready with trepidation, due to our last cruise with MSC being spoilt by both the illness of my wife and the rather bad service from the crew. Our cruise date came round the taxi collected us and down to the harbour we went, MSC ground staff took our luggage straight from the taxi and whisked us to the wheelchair assist station and what a difference we were on board and seated by the pool within twenty minutes, compared with the one and half hours on our last trip. Holiday started no problems for the duration of the cruise apart from trying to get a room-service menu for breakfast, we asked at least four times on the first day (Monday) and it arrived late on Tuesday evening ready for breakfast on Wednesday that said and off my chest we had a really fantastic time from start to finish. Talking of food every meal we had was of the highest standard and a varied menu to cater for all tastes. Disembarkment went as smooth as embarkation and we had to wait for our taxi to arrive which we booked late due to the epic four hour adventure of our earlier cruise where they had to reopen customs and immigration to get us back on sovereign soil. Bottom line we have booked our next years cruise and are looking forward to being on board again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Crew members were not very clued up with information. Shore Excursions was very limited. More information should be made available on a channel on the TV Entertainment and Activities was very good Cabin very small. Was OK as we ... Read More
Crew members were not very clued up with information. Shore Excursions was very limited. More information should be made available on a channel on the TV Entertainment and Activities was very good Cabin very small. Was OK as we were only 2 adults, but if 2 children were included then the cabin would be very, very small. Beach towels were not replaced. Water leaking from the toilet which left the floor full of water. Not happy at all with our cabin, as it was suppose to be oceanview (Category 02 - ocean view) which was not. Feel that we were mislead. Not value for your money Dining - Buffet was not all awesome. Same food for lunch and dinner. On many days there were not enough fruit, tea, sugar, milk, and the coffee was very tasteless. Dining - Belle Epogue Restaurant, was stunning, food was tasteful. One disappointment was the prawns which was not at all cleaned, de-veined, and the smell was awful. A VERY SPECIAL COMPLIMENTS TO OUR WAITER SUDIANTARA FROM INDONESIA. He is really an asset to your company. Most friendly, helpful person with a great personality!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose our cruise as we had previously been on the Sinfonia last year and had a wonderful time. The Musica, I feel, has better laid out cabins but could do with doors on the showers as the shower curtain continuously blows on your back ... Read More
We chose our cruise as we had previously been on the Sinfonia last year and had a wonderful time. The Musica, I feel, has better laid out cabins but could do with doors on the showers as the shower curtain continuously blows on your back whilst showering (a most unpleasant experience) The staff were much more efficient and polite as I found the staff on the Sinfonia to be a bit churlish and unhelpful. The food however was of a much, much higher quality on the Sinfonia with a lot more choices for lunch. I did not enjoy the lunches on the Musica as they were repetitive and boring as you could not go to the main dining room for lunch. Whilst I did not have children with me, I felt that the swimming arrangements for young children to also be much better on the Sinfonia as the whole ship, young and old had to use 2, small, quite deep pools on the Musica. We had particularly enjoyed the shows at night on the Sinfonia so we were really looking forward to them on this cruise but they were a huge disappointment - strange, un-cohesive affairs and again quite repetitive. That said, one night there was a comedian on and he was absolutely brilliant and was the highlight of my cruise. The ship was incredibly clean and tidy at all times - no mean feat keeping it that way with so many people aboard. The service in the dining room at night was very good, very friendly and Jackie deserves a special mention as she was everything a superb waitress should be! Once again we missed getting off the ship at Pomene - which I believe happens quite a lot - maybe you could look at arranging an alternative? Despite any of the foregoing, we would definitely go again and we are just waiting to try out the Orchestra next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We did the Sokkie cruise from 08 to 11 March 2019....which was supper...mostly white Afrikaans speaking passengers onboard which all like the Afrikaans Sokkie Music.. so the vibe on the ship was great.. Cruising these days are not cheap ... Read More
We did the Sokkie cruise from 08 to 11 March 2019....which was supper...mostly white Afrikaans speaking passengers onboard which all like the Afrikaans Sokkie Music.. so the vibe on the ship was great.. Cruising these days are not cheap any more and we staying in Pretoria so to travel to Dbn and back is also costing a lot. Therefor to make it worthwhile we decided to do the back to back cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. We are pensioners and cruising a lot. The MSC Musica is a beautiful ship but we prefer the outlay of the MSC Sinfonias pool area more. On the day of embarkation the eating arrangements was quite chaotic...you were standing in long ques to get to the food just to find that some of the dishes put out was already finished...and to got a seat to sit down with your plate of food was even worse.During the whole cruise we never had a decend cup of hot coffee from the coffee stations. Hot water was kept in a non electric urn to make your coffee from.. and only cold milk was available...terrible...and most of the times there was no coffee powder available...you have to beg someone to find you a coffee sachet or two...only ready made American coffee...also luke warm ...was most of the times available. The juice at breakfast times is also a problem...either to sweat...or most of the times to watery...The food was good...not a big variety...same food over and over during the cruise..we only had fried fish once during the whole week...fried or grilled fish is much nicer than the steamed fish over and over on the menu during dinner times in the restaurant...give us a choice from the menu.. fried,grilled or steamed fish...What happened to the prawns on this cruise...we only had one prawn one night on a plate with a piece of fish and a calamari steak that nobody ate because the calamari steak was to chewy..you cant prepare calamari steaks in advance...rather make fried calamari rings...much better option for a lot of people...there was calamari rings for a starter but the portion was very small...we never got garlic snails or sushi on the menu for a starter ..may be MSC should put it on their menu....the south africans love it!!!!The sushi in the Kaito Sushi Bar was quite expansive...unaffordable for us.... The entertainment was great...specially the entertainment by the Sokkie team...Chambels en friends..most enjoyable..The Duo Resonance band was also very good..outstanding..most enjoyable..nice music for dancing...the best in a long time...it would have been nice if only they could have played alone in one of the lounges at all times and the Definition Band in another lounge...it gives everybody a choice to enjoy what ever they want to. When the Duo Resonance band was playing the dance floor was permanently full....that say something!!!! Overall the service and the staff onboard was good. I really hope that MSC can try to make things better in the problem areas....as we already booked the South Bound cruise in October on the Orchestra coming to SA as well as 3 cabins for the New Years cruise in December to Mauritius with our married children and grandchildren for my mothers 80th Birthday....as I said ...to cruise these days is costing a lot of money...!!!!so at least give us nice food and great entertainment... Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Well organised, boarding and disembarkment was quick - no need to pay for preferential embarking. Cabin was neat and clean. Bars were very busy especially on the deck - ice cream was virtually impossible to get to - will not buy the ice ... Read More
Well organised, boarding and disembarkment was quick - no need to pay for preferential embarking. Cabin was neat and clean. Bars were very busy especially on the deck - ice cream was virtually impossible to get to - will not buy the ice cream and soft drink package again. Coffee package also a waste as there is coffee stations available. Food in the restaurants were very disappointing - food was bland and cold and we ended up eating at the buffet rather. Shore excursions - vendors were rude when not being bought from - will never do the Inhaca island trip again. We were harassed by locals, further the island is dirty and the water around the island is murky and stinks. Bathrooms were disgusting and broken on the island. Water package was a waste of time - rather just buy on the boat as needed Boat cruise was awesome, will do it again - just wiser the next time round. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The embarkation was fast and effective, faster than the easy on board line. The friendly staff and customs was effective! Good job! The embarkation on the ship was confusing, taking the passport, taking photos and standing in a long ... Read More
The embarkation was fast and effective, faster than the easy on board line. The friendly staff and customs was effective! Good job! The embarkation on the ship was confusing, taking the passport, taking photos and standing in a long que to collect the vouchers, rather leave it in the cabin to collect. The food was very good, as well as the service at the bar inside the restaurant, but very slow on the deck. The day to the island was wonder full, more than what we expected. I will recommend this type of holiday for a lot of people Why is the photos so expensive. When you don't buy it they throw all away?? Their are many people that look at the photos but don't buy. It is very nice pictures but really expensive. Think about cheaper prices as to throw everything away.. This is a negative point every time on the our cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I wanted to explore a different country, have fun, meet different people and get to know more of their culture. It was so exciting, I learned basic Mozambique language, I learned how to meet and greet, the food was delicious, the ... Read More
I wanted to explore a different country, have fun, meet different people and get to know more of their culture. It was so exciting, I learned basic Mozambique language, I learned how to meet and greet, the food was delicious, the entertainment was fabulous. I had the best time of my life! The crew that I travelled with was very happy with the experience and the service. We got to see things we never thought we would see in our life time. The showers were too small, the toilets we're different compared to the one's that were used to, I was impressed! They should also enlarge the Jacuzzis they were too small. The lift clubs were an excellent service, the waiters and waitresses were very friendly and their communication skills were on pointm Indeed Mozambique was the best destination we chose! I wish I could have stayed on the cruise for 3 months. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Finesse Girls cruise 2019: We had a wonderful slow 2 day trip from hometown Jamestown in Eastern Cape via Bloemfontein to Durban; and afterwards a wonderful restive day in Durban, and another joyous 2 day trip from Durban via Bloemfontein ... Read More
Finesse Girls cruise 2019: We had a wonderful slow 2 day trip from hometown Jamestown in Eastern Cape via Bloemfontein to Durban; and afterwards a wonderful restive day in Durban, and another joyous 2 day trip from Durban via Bloemfontein back toe Jamestown. Embarkation & Embarkation went VERY smoothly. Cabin was small but sufficient. Ship is VERY big and comfortable shoes a MUST! Dining was out of this world - you can't have everything - choices MUST be made!!! Excursions not necessary, but if you want to experience everything : GO for it! A wide variety of Entertainment for every taste. Service was very good: we wanted to see the very front of the ship, and the gym instructor allowed us to go take a peek from the gym's windows. Everywhere we asked for help, everybody was so friendly and patient. I wish the cruise was longer - there were still so many things I wanted to explore, see & enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
it was an experience and I would like to take my whole family again on this worldly experience. The friendly crew makes you to feel welcome and at home. All the activities on the ship was such an experience one just needs to experience ... Read More
it was an experience and I would like to take my whole family again on this worldly experience. The friendly crew makes you to feel welcome and at home. All the activities on the ship was such an experience one just needs to experience yourself. The service was excellent. I could not attend all the activities as there was too many and I have to go back to finish all others. The entertainment was the highlight of my trip as I am a person that likes to enjoy myself on the dance floor. I think 3 days was not enough for me to peruse through the entire ship. next time I would want to do more excursions compare to only Portuguese Islands. I have really enjoyed myself with my friends. There was a variety of food and we could just choose what ever we wanted. The service was good and I hope to see all the crew members again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I heard about the cruise from a cousin who told me about the special that was running towards the end of 2018 and as a family we ended up going as a group of 15 cousins. The embarkation got off on a slow start because we were there on ... Read More
I heard about the cruise from a cousin who told me about the special that was running towards the end of 2018 and as a family we ended up going as a group of 15 cousins. The embarkation got off on a slow start because we were there on the scheduled time but after the bags were taken from us there was some delay and we never received information on why because the staff was there behind the counters but they were not serving us. From that point onwards the pace then steadied. Maybe in the future it would help to have more queue Marshall's because at one point it looked as if some people were cutting off the queues but in actual fact they knew that the 2 queues were going to the same point. The disembarkation went very smoothly. The use of elevators during peak times tested the patience of the most patient individuals. The ship is amazing and the time spent on it was not enough to explore all of its little treasures. The cabins were of acceptable size. The cabin staff was amazing, the cabins were kept neat. The dining rooms were well managed but a new strategy is needed for the management of the one on the 13th floor. The very first experience there was shocking because when we got on to the ship, the cabins were not ready and we went there for a meal. The queues were shockingly long and there were people who were done with their meal but were not prepared to vacate the tables which was really frustrating. The diversity of the menu was most welcomed as well as the continuous availability of snacking food. It can be recommended that fruits also be part of the snacking food as too much flour affects the digestive system. The entertainment was good and the welcome party was awesome, we even forgot that we were leaving dry land! We also enjoyed the stand up comedy. The available resources were sufficient to keep one entertained throughout the cruise. The staff was always available to offer information which was good. We will most definitely cherish the time we spent in the Portuguese Island and Pomene. It was really appreciated that the staff never ran out of ice! As we were getting back on to the ship from Pomene, the waves became a bit wild and that on its own was an adventure, it even made me consider doing the white water rafting! The staff was very calm and reassuring and that was really appreciated. Another awesome surprise for us were the cool face cloths as we were embarking from the ports. My family and I really had a great time and we would most certainly do it again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Dnt know. 24hour resturant nearly killed me with food. Hahahahaha At first I started at Resturant assigned for me,before I come to know about deck 13th. Otherwise,mostly I enjoyed excursion. Pictures also are a WOW. I am becoming ... Read More
Dnt know. 24hour resturant nearly killed me with food. Hahahahaha At first I started at Resturant assigned for me,before I come to know about deck 13th. Otherwise,mostly I enjoyed excursion. Pictures also are a WOW. I am becoming speechless. My mind is overwhelmed. The saxophone guy at the receptionist,eish. What else am I forgetting? Of course embarking was a little problem. No one imforms anyone about anything, we simply follow the queue yet I was 1st timer,I would not have know everything. Otherwise,goodness overpowered sadness. The plugs in the ship were not compatible to straighten up my suit. Theme,I wonder if I missed it at some point but I wish I was told earlier about what do I need to have on my clothes when I pack. Theater was also amazing though,I went 3 times. Pool deck was very smelly ,i could not cope. The bad part was, I was denied balls for soccer table. Sad story for me. But I still enjoyed. Xap xap Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was a 40th birthday gift from my husband and our first holiday together since our honeymoon. We have 2 small children and have been on the go non stop for the past 5 years. I was exhausted!! So it was great to spend time together, ... Read More
This was a 40th birthday gift from my husband and our first holiday together since our honeymoon. We have 2 small children and have been on the go non stop for the past 5 years. I was exhausted!! So it was great to spend time together, just the 2 of us again and fall in love all over again. Thank you. The cabin was clean and beautiful with a super comfy bed to take lots of naps!! The staff were incredible, not one bad experience or complaint. I take my hat off to them as they all work very very hard but always smile. A few negatives...I found the buffet quite overwhelming in that there were a great deal of people all the time, eating large amounts of food, and we were not aware that we could go and eat in the restaurants for breakfast. We ate in the restaurant once and were seated at a table with 8 other people that we did not know. We didn't feel comfortable and really wanted to spend the time with one another. So that led us to only eat at the buffet which wasn't always enjoyable. I also don't think it should be allowed for bottles of Whisky to be on sale so that people can walk around holding them and drink from. Although we didn't take our children with, many people did and I wouldn't like my children seeing that. I believe it was also one of these bottles that was used to break a pane of glass on deck 13. I also think the smoking area on deck 13 should be further away from the dining room, as when you walk out of the dining room, the smell of cigarette smoke is rather overwhelming. Getting off the ship wasn't a problem, but getting on was a very long and drawn out process. More x-ray machines and security should be available. The security checks going to shore and returning were quick, easy and professional. We went for the ocean safari at Pomene, but unfortunately didn't see a thing due to the direction of the current/wind, so that was rather disappointing but out of everyone's control. There were also a large amount of people all in one area on the islands, shouting and drinking, and it just didn't make for a pleasant or relaxing atmosphere, so we returned to the ship as soon as we had finished our excursions. Santa Maria was great fun, especially the drive to and from there, as well as 3 of the 4 vehicles breaking down - it just added to the entire experience. Lastly, the process of paying your bill and/or getting refunded needs to be explained better/clearer. There were queues all over the place and people didn't know where to go to pay. There also wasn't enough money to be refunded for some people. People didn't know they could pay their bill at the little machines with their cards (which are great for loading money onto your card - well done!!), so were standing in the queue's to get to the help desk. We needed to be refunded but didn't know we had to get a statement first - which was a different queue. So it was very chaotic with a great deal of irritated people around. If we had known there are "quieter" and less chaotic and crowded cruises available, we would have preferred one of those. We won't be going on another cruise for a very long time due to finances, however, we have some lovely memories, thank you. Loved getting to see Carvin Goldstone!! What a treat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was my first cruise but the friends I cruised with have all been before. I heard fabulous and exciting stories and the MSC Musica did not fail to disappoint. The ship itself is majestic to look at, we used to stare at the ship in ... Read More
This was my first cruise but the friends I cruised with have all been before. I heard fabulous and exciting stories and the MSC Musica did not fail to disappoint. The ship itself is majestic to look at, we used to stare at the ship in awe when we used to ferry back after our days at Portuguese Islands and Pomene. The weather certainly worked in our favour and were fortunate enough to make the most of our days at both places. The balcony cabin was fantastic, always clean and neat, the bathroom was always stocked with fresh towels and our room was tidied to perfection by the housekeeping staff. The fresh fruit in the cabins were a nice homely touch. The hairdryer in the room proved to be a blessing for us 2 girls. I certainly enjoyed the nightly dinners, the menu each night was excellent and the waiters treated us very well. The entertainment side was incredible, by far my favourite as I enjoy live theater. This was certainly worth the package alone. Top quality shows with extremely talented people. The live bands and singers in the lounges were fantastic. There was so much to explore on the ship itself and we soon learnt to navigate through the floors using our handy map, going to the shops and the boutiques as well as taking advantage of the jewellery sales. The service overall was great and it was very exciting to meet staff who are from all over the world. I I will go back just for the Portuguese Island experience, the place is pure paradise. Blue skies, pristine water, a great variety of goods at the local market. Pomene was indeed another tropical place with a lovely market and friendly locals. The beach party vibe was incredible, everyone enjoying themselves and safely. We didn't book the excursions as we were enjoying being in the water too much! The only two gripes I would say: 1) I heard so much about the theme nights on board and I packed appropriately (Italian, tropical, retro etc.) but each day the program indicated casual dress, but my friends and I still dressed up as we were out to enjoy ourselves 2) We were looking forward to clubbing but we only got to enjoy an hour of music which everyone enjoyed until the music changed at midnight each night to accommodate one group of cruisers. I just felt it a bit unfair as there should be music to cover everybody tastes. Overall I had a fantastic first cruise experience and I would definitely book again, especially since the MSC Orchestra will be gracing our Durban shores in November this year. Thank you for a memorable holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our fourth cruise from Durban harbor and we did not explore the city this time as we did all the site seeing on a previous cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went perfect, bit of queuing on embarkation but nothing to ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise from Durban harbor and we did not explore the city this time as we did all the site seeing on a previous cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went perfect, bit of queuing on embarkation but nothing to complain about. As we boarded the ship we could easily book our shore excursions with help from the friendly staff. The MSC Musica is a beautiful vessel, balcony cabin is spacious and was kept clean throughout our cruise by our room attendant. Linen and pillows are very comfortable. Always clean towels in the bathroom. The bathroom is a good size and the free shower gell and sjampoo was a great idea. Room service was a great spoilage and well organised as well. The fact that you can view you account on the TV is very thoughtful. The shows in the evening was spectacular. The costumes and the crew's enthusiasm was amazing. Activities on board was well organised and the shopping experience wonderful. The music in the lounges in the evening was excellent entertainment while having a cocktail. We bought the drink package and found it good value for money. Some cocktails was in a nice cocktail glass but some came in a really ugly glass that was not nice as you can see on my photo. The barman on my photo was the best and his cocktails was really nice. Dining in the lounges was well organised, food was excellent, our waiter was so friendly and really entertained us. Food/Fruit carving show was a nice treat. Our weather was great and the two island trips to Portuguese island and Pomene island was so well organised and the nice cold facecloth was a pleasant and very thoughtful surprise when we got back from the island. The excursion is a must do for all because the experience is worth it. There is no vacation like a MSC cruise. I book each time on a new vessel and are really looking forward to the MSC Orchestra. Thank you MSC from a very happy customer. Susan le Roux Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have chosen this cruise because we were previously on 2 voyages with the MSC Opera and Sinfonia and it was unforgettable voyages. The service and food in the Restaurant was very good and more than enough. Experience with the Musica ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise because we were previously on 2 voyages with the MSC Opera and Sinfonia and it was unforgettable voyages. The service and food in the Restaurant was very good and more than enough. Experience with the Musica was also good but we found that the food in the Restaurants was scaled down and our room service was not standard. Our cabin was neglected with the clean up when we got up. Another problem was that our cabin cleaner was not able to speak English and struggled to communicate with him. Entertainment was very good in the theatre as well as the singers who performed. The visit to the island was very enjoyable, as were the meals and entertainment. However, there was also the problem that we could not get chairs / seats at the pool as people occupied more chairs than they needed, sometimes it was also a problem to find a table with chairs in the restaurant to go for breakfast or lunch. The cruise has gone very well and will definitely going on more cruises in the future. We are planning to go on our 4th cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
From the moment we reached the Ship, everything was carried out smoothly. The crew gave us a warm welcome aboard. The Ship is magnificent with well trained staff. Well laid out cabin with ample room space. Room cleaning service was done ... Read More
From the moment we reached the Ship, everything was carried out smoothly. The crew gave us a warm welcome aboard. The Ship is magnificent with well trained staff. Well laid out cabin with ample room space. Room cleaning service was done promptly by Veronica. The dining rooms catered for everyone. There was a variety of food / desserts to choose from. The waiters / waitresses were friendly and handled their duties efficiently. There were lots of fun activities. Had fun at the pool. Enjoyed the theatre - shows were exciting. Had professional photo shoots done. Transfer to and from the Island was done smoothly. The Portugese Island - had an amazing day at the Island. The Island Chefs catered for everyone needs. Embarking and disembarking was fairly smooth. What an awesome trip filled with beautiful memories and lots of love. I would certainly love to go again next year. Lifetime experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Was our first cruise and we were overwhelmed by the luxury and entertainment on the ship. A balcony cabin added to the atmosphere. At dinner we were seated with 3 great couples. The food was excellent but our waiter was very slow. ... Read More
Was our first cruise and we were overwhelmed by the luxury and entertainment on the ship. A balcony cabin added to the atmosphere. At dinner we were seated with 3 great couples. The food was excellent but our waiter was very slow. We ended up leaving almost last every evening. The shows in the theater was very good and we enjoyed all the shows. The entertainment in the bars also met our expectations. Service overall was excellent and nothing was to much for the crew. They did their best to accommodate all our requests. I'ts a pity that we never got to Pomene due to poor weather. Many guests complained that in up to 7 cruises to Pomene, they are yet to reach the destination. 7 out of 7 times the weather did not play along. - Maybe you should consider scrapping Pomene, People pay for the trip and never get there - Must be a huge saving for MSC. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarkation was a breeze once we arrived at the port. All staff were courteous and very helpful. Easy to find where to go and what to do. Disembarkation a little more strenuous. The immigration officials were showed that the saying ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze once we arrived at the port. All staff were courteous and very helpful. Easy to find where to go and what to do. Disembarkation a little more strenuous. The immigration officials were showed that the saying "No Rush in Africa" really is true. Traffic getting to and from the Port was a nightmare. A plan needs to be made to make it easier. A possible thought is to make the embarkation time one hour later. Dinners in the main dining room were great. No pushing and shoving. The service and food were great. Other meals were less pleasant at some stages. The fear of food running out may have had something to do with it. I got the feeling that there was a sense of entitlement and sometimes the lack of consideration for others was a real problem. Staying on the boat while everyone went to the island was great with a smaller crowd and much less noise. Shows were great. Toilets were sometimes a problem due to inconsiderate passengers and numbers. Cabins were great and well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
MSC Musica Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 3.0 3.8
Value For Money 3.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.3

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