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"Nickel and Dime" Experience

Review for a Transatlantic Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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bmesser
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

I've cruised with Crystal, Princess, Norwegian, and Holland America, and without a doubt, my experience with MSC is the worst. Although the fare was lower than expected, transatlantic from Barcelona to Barbados, the "nickel and dime" experience on board, coupled with frequent billing errors, poorly organized shore tours, and poorly managed buffet staff, made the experience unforgettably poor. I ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


1st time with MSC and we loved it. Great crossing and very fun staff.

Review for a Transatlantic Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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roamingrhino
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise because as a retired couple it seemed like a new adventure to get back to the US. Embarcation took 1 hour and 10 minutes. The ship is a cross between Las Vegas and Star Trek. Lots of mirrors, glass and flash. The buffet food (we only went there 5 times) was very good and well-presented. The main dining rooms were elegant and service was great most of the time. MSC ...
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Sail Date: September 2022

Cabin Type: Balcony Aurea


We would book again if the price was right

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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Ziggydoddle
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

We booked 2 nights in Barcelona pre the cruise and then a 7 night cruise. The ports of call were Barcelona, Cannes, Genoa, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Palma De Mallorca & Barcelona. The ship surprised us and we would book MSC again but a couple of things need to improve. The Buffet selection was very good, The pizza was fantastic and we were very pleased with the drinks package selection. ...
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Sail Date: September 2022

Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony


Beautiful ship, wonderful ports.

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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mzvicky70
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

My husband and I chose this cruise because of the Ports of call. We really wanted to sail through the Italian and French Riviera to see Nice, Portofino, Cinque Terre. We had never sailed MSC before and wanted to try it. The ship is beautiful! The staff were wonderful! Entertainment was some of the best we have seen on a ship! Combined, my husband and I have been on over 20 cruise ships. ...
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Sail Date: May 2022


Amazing ship - amazing cruise

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Harmony of the Seas

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Esther-Belgium
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

Finally it is cruising time again! And you could feel that vibe all over the ship :-) In advance, we had to deal with a lot of paperwork (PLF for Spain, covid safe ticket, PLF for Italy, embarkation ticket, health quastionnaire, QR-code for covid test before boarding...) It was kind of stressfull. When we arrived at the terminal, we had to show our embarkation ticket at least 5 times at ...
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Sail Date: October 2021

Cabin Type: Interior


Amazing ship but not quite the suite spot

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Harmony of the Seas

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drpatronise
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

I booked this cruise mid-pandemic on a whim and got a great deal. As a Brit, it really came down to the wire as to whether we would be allowed onboard due to Italy not allowing UK residents to enter, luckily the rules changed on 1st September so we could finally start to get excited about our first cruise in 2 years! Some of the pre-cruise communications were confusing but it’s a constantly ...
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Sail Date: September 2021

Cabin Type: Grand Suite with Balcony


First Time on MSC...Not sure I'll do it again

Review for a Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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EllaDuChien
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise for the ports and to try a new line. MSC has the status match program which also helped. This cruise was from Genoa, Italy to Kiel, Germany with stops at Marseille, Barcelona, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, and Southampton. Embarkation: This was a disaster. I am not sure if Genoa was not equipped to handle this many passengers, or if they were just not prepared to turn over the ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Fantastica Outside Stateroom


Worst cruise ever!

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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rosyc
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

This was my 6th cruise, very first with MSC. I have cruised with Carnival and Celebrity. This ship was so disorganized. Every person you asked had a different answer. The rooms were not cleaned well. The food was TERRIBLE. Not fresh. They sent up wrong breakfasts and one day, no breakfast at all. 3/4 of the staff were rude. The dining room was awful. The first night our table of 4, we ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Aurea Balcony Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person


Had a Good Time

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

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Elric
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

I should point out that this was my first cruise although my wife has been on several, including another MSC cruise. We scheduled this cruise about a year in advance and purchased the cheapest cabin available. We figured we would be on excursions everyday and didn't plan to spend much time in the cabin so no need to get a fancy one. We flew from the US to Barcelona two days before the cruise ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Bella Inside Stateroom


Poor food, sad unfriendly staff and no customer support

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Rjrja20
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

First , I tried to contact MSC customer support prior to the cruise. Two emails and two phone call back requests and NO response! Ship was beautiful but food was mediocre at best. Staff was sad looking, not friendly and not helpful. They just stood around looking like sad sacks. When I had an issue and went to the front desk I was met with:someone will respond. No one ever did. Funny, after I got ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Bella Inside Stateroom


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