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Sail Date: November 2016
Me and my husband have to travel a lot between Brasil and Spain, and we would do it every time by cruise, if there were cruises all year. As it is, we try to get them anytime we can. We would love if you could start a regular line, as ... Read More
Me and my husband have to travel a lot between Brasil and Spain, and we would do it every time by cruise, if there were cruises all year. As it is, we try to get them anytime we can. We would love if you could start a regular line, as it used to have many years ago.... We like MSC more than other lines, unfortunately we had a bad experience with Costa, they charged us a tax that wasn't said we would and we decided never to travel with them again. We loved the space in our cabin, it was one for disabled, since I have problems walking and need a wheelchair. We liked a lot the shows as well, but we just missed more karaoke, cause in other cruises we made there was always karaoke and it's something we really enjoy. Our waiter (Mika) was fantastic, as it was the cabin attendant (Jean Innocent). Overall it was a very nice experience. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We want to highlight the outstanding cabin cleaning services performed by Rebecca, the maid of our cabin (10229) and the impeccable waiter serving our table, Kadik (we had the table 530, 2nd evening session). Very good points for the ship, ... Read More
We want to highlight the outstanding cabin cleaning services performed by Rebecca, the maid of our cabin (10229) and the impeccable waiter serving our table, Kadik (we had the table 530, 2nd evening session). Very good points for the ship, the cabin, the dining and the staff. Entertainment on board for OK, except for some shows performed at the theater. The ballet dancers, the soprano and the tenor - very good, the gymnasts brothers, the contortionist young lady and the two acrobats were excellent. Some performances (ex. Cat woman) were mediocre and Jimmy is too noisy, in our opinion. Very attractive was the International Quiz. We enjoyed the pool and the sunny deck. The pictures took on board by the staff are too expensive and the photos of the ship on the CD have a very poor quality. For comparison, the CD including the Funchal presentation we received together with the pictures took in the cable cabin is excellent. We recommend you install more orientation singes along the ship, especially to let the tourists to know the stern and bow direction. To much time allocated for Morocco excursions instead of Tenerife and Madeira islands. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise,the ship had a lovely atmosphere and we were treated well on all occasions.It was enjoyable to stroll around the ship as it was extremely tasteful.Our cabins were comfortable and well maintained and ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise,the ship had a lovely atmosphere and we were treated well on all occasions.It was enjoyable to stroll around the ship as it was extremely tasteful.Our cabins were comfortable and well maintained and spotlessly clean.We particularly enjoyed our balconies especially when coming into a port. We dined at Le Maxims and the service was excellent.It was nice to celebrate my birthday on board and I was presented with a cake! Breakfast was rather busy but this was to be expected and we always found a seat. A highlight for us was the entertainment which was varied and professional.We loved the opera! A particular favourite was the violin and piano duet performed nightly.It was impossible to be bored. The shore excursions were well organised and we saw some wonderful places.We were particularly impressed with the view from the top of the Acropolis,it was simply breathtaking. We met such interesting people on board from so many different countries.It is a really cosmopolitan ship and it made us feel young at heart! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was my first cruise so I really didn't know what to expect after reading some of the reviews. I was doing back to back cruises with the second week being on the Preziosa out of Venice. I flew into Venice then flew to Genoa and ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I really didn't know what to expect after reading some of the reviews. I was doing back to back cruises with the second week being on the Preziosa out of Venice. I flew into Venice then flew to Genoa and took a taxi to the cruise port after staying a night in a hotel. I was so pleased to find that embarkation was an absolute breeze. There were no queues, no waiting around, it was all so smooth and quick. My cabin was lovely. It was spacious with a couple of armchairs and a table as well as the usual dressing table, cupboards etc. They made the effort to sit people who spoke the same language together for dinner and I sat with a table of fellow Australians. However, I had all my breakfasts and lunches in the restaurant and it was great to sit with other nationalities. Mealtimes became quite international! I only went to the buffet twice. I can go to a buffet anytime at home so why on earth would I want to forego being waited on in a restaurant - and the waiters were so attentive! The service was excellent and I didn't see any crew members who weren't smiling and pleasant. The food was excellent and very well cooked. I can't speak for the buffet because I didn't patronise it. I bought the drinks package, which was well worthwhile as it covered cocktails, coffees and soft drinks (I believe the free coffee in the buffet was terrible!). I was disappointed with the amount of time we had in Rome, but, like many others, I hadn't factored in that it would take three hours out of our shore time to travel to and from the port to the city. I had booked the open top bus and river trip combination but really only had time for the bus in the end. (I booked it through Viator not the ship). I took ship's tours for Palermo and Tunis which were good, although Tunis is one to watch out for as they are out to rip you off - even at the "MSC preferred" shop. Disembarkation was only marred by a large queue to collect our non-EU passports which had been handed in earlier in the week. Once we had those, everything went smoothly. Those of us who were returning to Venice to board the Preziosa were whisked away on a coach and had a pleasant drive through the northern Italian countryside to our next destination. Would I travel with MSC again? Maybe but certainly NOT on the Preziosa - but that's another story! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This cruise was my 10th cruise and the 2nd with MSC, so I thought I knew what to expect and, most of all, I expected relax and entertainment, having already visited the majority of ports of call. Unfortunately this cruise did not live up ... Read More
This cruise was my 10th cruise and the 2nd with MSC, so I thought I knew what to expect and, most of all, I expected relax and entertainment, having already visited the majority of ports of call. Unfortunately this cruise did not live up to my expectations in several ways as the ship was always too crowded and loud so relax was not possible. THE GOOD: - elegant mid-sized ship - staterooms are fairly large: we had a seaview on deck 5, had a wide and well-organised closet, plenty of drawers and even a table and two armchairs - food at main restaurants is excellent (restaurants are open only for dinner) - no days at sea - shore excursions were varied, really well organised and not too pricey - pay per view movies can be rented using the TV THE BAD: - the management of the buffet was the worst ever! Opening hours were not adapted to ship's arrival and departure from ports of call: for instance, during the days when the ship docked in the afternoon, breakfast was served only until 10 a.m., resulting in an overcrowded and messy buffet area around 9.45...isn't it obvious that people are on holiday and want to sleep longer hours if they are not expected to go ashore until the afternoon? The day we docked in Tunisi the ship departed at 13.30: guess what, everyone needed to have lunch at the same time so MSC made several announcements via loudspeakers to invite guests to delay their visit to the buffet "to ensure a better service". The same happend when we docked in Palma, guess what, everyone wanted lunch before going ashore...In my opinion, the mess was generated by the fact that there were not enough waiters to clean tables promptly and the majority of table would accommodate 6 people: as most of parties were not larger than 4, most tables had empty chairs and cruisers were pointlessy walking with dishes in their hands in the hope of finding a free spot. Being understaffed, the waiters could not even help directing people so it was hectic and messy. My daughter and I ended up bringing our dishes to the stateroom and having most breakfasts and lunches there. - entertainment at the theatre was boring: every night the same singers and dancers (MSC onboard cast), only with different costumes. Acrobats did not run a whole show but made some 10 minutes' appearances amid traditional shows. - organised activities were reduced to a minimum and mostly consisted of stupid games at poolside. No lectures, crafts workshops etc. We missed NCL organised activities a lot! THE UGLY: - at the main restaurants you could get only bottled water (one liter bottle costed 3 euros): MSC urges you to buy prepaid water packages. I did not buy it and regret it! - very few waiters at poolside: most times to order a drink you would need to go to the bar yourself. - at poolside there is a lovely kiosk selling crepe with Nutella and ice slush: however there isn't any waiter standing behind the kiosk, so you need to queue at the main poolbar to place your order and then follow one of the waiters to the kiosk to receive your order. This proved to be a particularly inefficient procedure during the "2 for 1" crepe offer! - embarkation is possible at most ports: almost everyday we heard safety drill announcements and most mornings you could see desembaking guest waiting in the common areas, which sort of costantly reminded me that the holiday was about to end...   Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
We had a fabulous time on msc musica starting from Genoa, travelling on to Rome ,Palermo, Tunis ,Palma, Valencia and marseille . The ship was clean , staff very obliging, shows were excellent. Dining room staff couldn't have been more ... Read More
We had a fabulous time on msc musica starting from Genoa, travelling on to Rome ,Palermo, Tunis ,Palma, Valencia and marseille . The ship was clean , staff very obliging, shows were excellent. Dining room staff couldn't have been more helpful.I really can't fault the cruise despite reading the worrying reviews before I went. The food was very nice. I would go again with msc and can't help wondering why there are so many negative reviews. Agreed, Tunis was a bit hard going with hard sells everywhere, but it all added to the experience and am pleased to have stepped onto north African soil. There were 3 family members travelling together and we all had a fab time! Great value for money. We booked the allegrissimo package which was excellent. The tours we took were good as well.Looking forward to the next cruise. It was very cosmopolitan , enjoyed all the different aspects and languages! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We chose MSC Musica as it fitted with our vacation dates and those of friends that we were travelling with and the ports looked nice. Embarkation in Genoa was ok except whilst waiting to get on the ship we were talked into buying a ... Read More
We chose MSC Musica as it fitted with our vacation dates and those of friends that we were travelling with and the ports looked nice. Embarkation in Genoa was ok except whilst waiting to get on the ship we were talked into buying a beverage package - my husband and I drink very little but were talked into it with one of the perks being that it was an all inclusive package with nothing more to pay. We specifically asked about tax and told that it was not added, but guess what was included on our final account for the drinks package??? The accounts staff just laughed in our faces when we questioned the account. The cabin was lovely and clean as were the public areas of the ship. I have to say that the cabin steward was the least visible of any on the many cruises I have been on - no little touches like the towel animals or chocolates on the pillow - didn't matter to me particularly but just noted it was very fifferent to all other cruise lines we have travelled with. I have noted other reviews commenting on the effort to get food at the Lido buffet likening it to a feeding frenzy at the zoo. Never seen anything like it, and the pushiness and rudeness of a certain nationality that was prevalent on the ship was unbelievable. Several days. I did not eat breakfast or lunch on the ship. We ate in the dining room when able, but not much choice and often I had no more than a soup and salad. Entertainment was boring after seeing a night of it - same performances different costumes. Don't bother with excursions - our experience was that we paid 52 euros to be held hostage at a carpet shop, a perfume shop, and a vastly inflated priced souvenir shop which was meant to be a tour of the medina in Tunis. We complained to several people on the tour desk who simply ignored us and said it was not MSCs problem etc etc - finally the manager gave us a photo album in compensation which we returned promptly. I have emailed head office but looking through other postings on hus website, doubt we will get a response. So, prospective MSC oassengers, be warned about excursions. Also note that you only have short times in port so it makes doing your own thing difficult. Finally, e nail in the coffin for me, and I found it on this cruise and one we took wih this line in 2007, was the absolute arrogance and rudeness of the Italian staff on this cruise - we have cruised with Holland America, Celebrity, RCI, Thompson, MyTravel and loved every cruise and the staff whether it has been a big or small ship but MSC Italian staff were diabolical. I really felt so sorry for the Indonesian dining staff as they all looked exhausted, but they all managed to maintain a friendly smile and good service, as did the cabin staff. I have never seen such an unhappy looking crew though.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We were a little apprehensive about booking this cruise because of the mostly negative reviews by English speaking cruisers on this site. However, the timing of the cruise and the itinerary suited us very well and we went ahead and booked. ... Read More
We were a little apprehensive about booking this cruise because of the mostly negative reviews by English speaking cruisers on this site. However, the timing of the cruise and the itinerary suited us very well and we went ahead and booked. We boarded in Genoa and the experience was very encouraging. Boarding arrangements were like a well-oiled machine, no waiting, no fuss, polite and efficient staff. The ship itself is like most other cruise ships of this size, perhaps a little worse for wear but basically clean and well appointed. However, one issue throughout the cruise was that there was an unpleasant sewage-type smell in our cabin and in various other parts of the ship from time to time. I don't know whether there was some problem with the ship's sewage system or what caused the smell but it was the only significant negative aspect of the cruise. Our balcony cabin was pleasant, slightly larger than many that we have had in other cruises and well furnished. Disappointingly, there was no tea or coffee making equipment in the cabin but this seems too be the norm in cruise ships these days. This problem was overcome by having a pot of tea delivered every morning by room service (at no cost) when we woke up. Our experience with food on the ship was very different to the negative experiences of some other reviewers. Breakfast was excellent with a large choose of food from various cuisines and an excellent salad and fruit bar. Crispy bacon was also available and that was very pleasing for me. Lunch too was very good in the buffet with a great range of food options, again, especially the excellent fruit and salad bar. Dinners were of mixed quality but overall the food was good. We were placed at a table with three other English speaking couples - one Australian and two from New Zealand and they were excellent company. Service in the dining room was good although we never seemed to get to know our waiters in the way that we have in other ships. The cruise excursions were mostly good. First stop was Civitavecchia but we have been in rome so often that we chose to stay on board. We had a very interesting excursion around the city Palermo ned then on to Tunis. tunis was a disappointment - we went on the tour of the souks in the Medina and the tour guide steered us into too many shops selling carpets and other businesses where I imagine he gets a kickback on sales and this took up a lot of our time and we found it boring. Palma in Mallorca was next - beautiful city and a good tour guide. Valencia turned out to be an elegant and imposing city and we spent a very pleasant day there. However, because English speakers were minority on this cruise we were put in a bus along with German speakers and the tour guide constantly switched between English and German which we found very tedious. Marseille was next and we had arranged to disembark there to continue our holiday in France. The ship continued on to Genoa. Overall this was a very good cruise and our experience was quite different from the negative experiences of some previous reviewers. I will happily sail with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2008
The Musica is a lovely ship and very well cared for. The service was 3-4 star and good value for money, as was the food. On my sailing there were 2500 passengers. 2000 of these were German and 24 were english speakers. The balance was ... Read More
The Musica is a lovely ship and very well cared for. The service was 3-4 star and good value for money, as was the food. On my sailing there were 2500 passengers. 2000 of these were German and 24 were english speakers. The balance was made up of Italians, Spanish and French. I understand that MSC would like to encourage more British passengers. I would suggest that the best way to achieve this would be to have some sailings from English ports. Also to have some sailing from German ports so that the Germans can have a good time pushing and shoving one another around. I gave up going for breakfast after 3 days. The first 2 days trying to find somewhere to sit I was continually met with Nicht - Besetz, when the seats were obviously free. The 3rd day I was allowed to sit down by a Frau and then the Herr came and moved all their breakfast to another table - just because I was English. I can speak enough German to know that they were back - biting in the Lifts, and I always let them know I knew what they had said as they got out. Several of the couples under 45 were very pleasant, however those of 60+, I feel, were still thinking about the 1940s. I go on Cruises to relax and enjoy the ships facilities. I don't feel I shall be able to do this on MSC Ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2007
This was a Christmas Cruise experience of many facets. We were a party of 6 with many Cruises behind us, from 80+ to 20+ in total, so we've experienced many ships from Asia, Caribbean, Europe & USA. We took the package LHR to ... Read More
This was a Christmas Cruise experience of many facets. We were a party of 6 with many Cruises behind us, from 80+ to 20+ in total, so we've experienced many ships from Asia, Caribbean, Europe & USA. We took the package LHR to Milan Linate (our first mistake) & waited about 20 mins for the coaches to arrive. After loading we waited another 20 mins whilst they did 3 recounts to tally the pax list. The journey to Genoa takes about 2 hours & embarkation by MSC staff went smoothly & then the troubles began. We were herded into 1 double line, with no escape, just to have a Welcome Aboard Photo taken. We were then held in a large area to await entry through security. Eventually when the crowds had built up to a few hundred they announced ticket numbers 1 to 400 could go through, so people at the back were trying to get to the front & people at the front were reluctant to give up their prized position... Chaos.... It doesn't end there. On climbing the 3 layered gangway then had to wait at the top for an escort to our individual cabins, another farce as some of us have been on a cruise ship before! So the Ship. Musica is a beautiful ship by any standards, be it 3* 4* or 5*. Modern elegance without being flash, gaudy or over glitzed. Launched in 2006 Musica still has that brand new gleam & shine both in the public rooms, deck areas, the cabins & bathrooms, which should satisfy most tastes.Disembarkation Dining. Food in the Main DR is adequate & plentiful. That's about all I can say for it. If your expecting 5* food, then don't because your not paying a 5* price. Service in the DR was good efficient & cheerful & served at an acceptable pace for our liking. The Self Service Rest. on deck13 was a different story. The pax mainly consisted of Germans with a strong compliment of Italian thrown in. They hunt in packs for tables before getting food, leaving 1 person in charge whilst their cohorts push & barge their way along the food lines with complete oblivion to anyone standing in line. Hence the tables are not being used efficiently & people wandering around with plates of food getting cold. Entertainment. Le Scala is a beautiful theatre by any ship's standards & entertainment is more a dancing & circus type show to cater for the multi national pax contingency, with little vocal content. Other lounges have piano men, Duo's, Trio's, Quartet's of either, Italian or Classical music mainly, one exception being Sillio's Band, with a broad range of music styles & good standard of musical ability. Ports Of Call Ajaccio, Valletta, Rhodes, Alexandria, Tunis, Messina & Naples were a good mix of cultures & our taxi to Cairo was a life experience which is too lengthy to discuss here so I'll leave that for posting in the main forum. Service Deck service & lounge service were as good as most ships & no 15% Gratuity added to drinks was a welcome change to the already fairly priced drinks.This goes to show that service & tipping have little relationship with a 6 Euro Autotip per day charge to your account. (removable at you convenience). Disembarkation This was done efficiently by the usual colour tab system, but on arrival into the coach area the fun really began. The Germans & French pushed their way to the front, loaded their own cases into the side lockers of the coaches whist an MSC girl was doing a roll call on the other side coach for pax allocated to that coach. Hence when the correct pax were on the coach there was no room for luggage. This was chaos on a grand scale, just the way to end a holiday. Eventually we were all bussed to Linate Airport where some of us had to wait 6 hours for our flight. As I said in my opening remarks, taking a package was a big mistake us, as we have arranged our own flights, transfers, hotels etc. for the past 10 years & only book 'Cruise Only'. We could have flown direct UK to Genoa with a short taxi ride Airport Hotel Ship in comfort & at our own pace. The remarks from every Brit we spoke to, Never Again MSC. Ourselves? Well in fifty years of cruising we've seen a lot, done a lot . We had a great time because we make sure we do, take from it the positives & accept the negatives are part of life's tapestry. In conclusion would I cruise MSC again? Never say never, the right itinerary, the right price, the right time of year (not my main holiday).Yes I had value for money & would consider MSC again, but would not join the cattle bus transfer scenario at any price. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
The good things about this cruise were that the embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient. The side trips were reasonably priced and the ports of call were interesting, but the transfer to the buses could have been better ... Read More
The good things about this cruise were that the embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient. The side trips were reasonably priced and the ports of call were interesting, but the transfer to the buses could have been better organized. All language groups were herded into lounges and the theatre and then sent to the buses which was a nightmare. Our planned visit to Tripoli was cancelled after we had docked. Eventually, we found out that this was because the passengers did not have Arabic translations of their passports!!! which left 45 air conditioned buses standing empty alongside the ship for several hours, and frustrated passengers not knowing what was happening. Passengers received a refund for the cancelled side trip. For English speaking guests the cruise was uncomfortable. The language skills of the Italian waiters and cruise entertainment staff was extremely limited, and reluctantly spoken. You could count yourself very fortunate if you had a waiter from the Philippines, they were excellent. Travelling with over 2000 German speaking guests did not help the ambience for the Australian and New Zealand passengers who dutifully queued in line at buffets and for the elevators, only to be pushed aside, and I mean pushed! The food onboard was varied, and plentiful but oh! why could it not have been served hot....even the soup was lukewarm. The bread onboard was excellent and varied, and fruit and salads were plentiful. But the meat was invariably overcooked, and servings of vegetables were poor. The biggest disappointment was that we could not make a cup of tea or coffee in the buffet area except when meals were being served. Tea and coffee had to be purchased outside of meal times. Our experience with other cruise lines has been that tea and coffee were always available somewhere on the ship without charge. The entertainment shows were of reasonable standard but the acts were repeated night after night in different costumes and became boring. Take plenty of reading material with you if you are a reader, as English books in the library onboard were very limited. I play Table Tennis, and there was an excellent table on the ship. BUT, it was situated in the childrens playground with 2" raised rubber mats across part of the deck and a metal pillar at one end of the table which made it extremely unsafe. It would be very easy to twist an ankle. I am surprised that the ships insurers let them get away with this (if they know about it?) especially as they have table tennis tournaments as an almost daily activity, played in this area. The cabin was comfortable, and the cabin staff pleasant and efficient. Overall, I don't think we would cruise again with MSC, when other cruise lines do it so much better. I think that if they are planning to attract more passengers from Aust. and NZ they will have to lift their game and attract some entertainment staff who actually have a personality and are willing to speak some english with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2007
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA WITH MSC MUSICA Here's a home-made translation of the original Italian text you find below. Hope you can understand our scholastic English and forgive any mistake. Along with our sons (13- and 15-years ... Read More
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA WITH MSC MUSICA Here's a home-made translation of the original Italian text you find below. Hope you can understand our scholastic English and forgive any mistake. Along with our sons (13- and 15-years old) we have cruised from February, 20 until march, 3 the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with MSC MUSICA. The international MSC's motto is "Beautiful, Passionate, Italian": that's all true, but should be added "efficient and well organized". In one trip, actually, we found out three of them: one inside the ship, which is a gem of technology, architecture and interior decoration; one, of course, to the ports of call; and at last one across Europe, fully represented on board by a crowd of German (the largest group), French, Italian, Spanish and Russian guests. There were Japanese passengers too, and others. We reached Genoa with our car. A few miles after leaving the highway, we were in the port in a MSC reserved place where a crew of genoese porters welcomed us. They took just a while to carry away all our baggage and drive our car to a guarded garage (12 days, 120 euros, payment in advance). Soon we entered the Sea Station and started check-in. At the check-in counter there were many MSC stewards - mostly from Naples, the same ones we found later on board at the reception desk or at the accounting office - so they got thru the whole thing smoothly and fast. That's when everyone of us has been given a personal "cruise card", which allows you crossing every entering- and exiting- gate on the ship, get in the cabin and charge orders, shopping and any other expense on the personal account. Our credit card wasn't accepted, but we did easily feed our on-board-account in cash. Once we crossed police's electronic gates and metal detectors and have been photographed on the gangway with MSC hostesses ... we arrived on the dock. The ship is really huge, and everything's so small compared with it. It's breathtaking. As we got on board and passed the MSC security controls, we've been escorted in our stateroom by a steward and invited to take part to the welcome-on-board cocktail. The cabin is not that wide, but even the last and slightest detail has been planned to make it so roomy: there's everything you need and many solutions are really smart. The bathroom is a concentrate of functionality, the furniture is carefully executed and made of pleasantly matched materials and colors. It's fully supplied with towels, beach towels and cushions, as well as with telephone, hairdryer, LCD television set, minibar and electronic safe ... and a fresh fruit tray on the table. The stateroom attendant (the always-at-your-service and kind Bruce) and his assistant tidy it up twice a day. Every public space on the ship - beginning from corridors and stairs - have been projected and executed with a special regard and attention to functionality and aesthetic quality. Elevators themselves - spacious, fast and silent - are beautiful and fully mirror-finished, including the doors which seem to be mirror-coated ... until you realize they're made of incredibly polished metal. There are aboard many places (mainly on decks 5, 6 and 7) where to meet, talk, read, listen to the music and dance, and there are obviously many restaurants and bars too. You can have breakfast and lunch wherever you like to; we had a great time choosing at deck 13 "RISTORANTE GIARDINO" or "CAFFETTERIA GLI ARCHI", which has tables outside nearby the swimming pools, because of the astonishing view from their panoramic glass walls. At evening, instead, we had at "L'OLEANDRO" restaurant a reserved table which Yunarta - an Indonesian thoughtful chief waiter - and his friendly assistant were assigned to. Each restaurant has a large choice of excellent food and especially at the buffet ones there's such a wide assortment that any demand can be satisfied both at breakfast and at lunch. At dinner is provided a complete wine list and, apart from all other courses, an every evening different Italian regional menu. The service is always quick and careful, and the buffet restaurant tables are all the time kept cleared off and clean. Entertainment is provided by a team of cool young people and many bands and musical ensembles. "LOS PARAGUAYOS", a mariachi band from South America (three guitars and a harp), and "ANGELS QUARTET" (a female set of two violins, cello, piano) from East Europe, are really good and interesting and play "unplugged" here and there near bars and halls. The band playing at "CRYSTAL LOUNGE" and/or "TUCANO LOUNGE" are successful too, although they use computerized instrumentation; and so are the single artists performing in the bars. The said lounges are places with as well a stunning stylish decoration as a special attention to acoustic, so that music never seems too loud. About every night are booked variety shows at the "LA SCALA" theater. That hall is incredibly nice, all in a warm red and equipped with leading audio- and light- systems. "LA SCALA" theater is surely better than many dry land theaters. Artists, stage designing, music and shows are overall all first-class, and several times they've been rewarded with spontaneous standing ovations. A talk with the cruise director Anna or with the guys at the public address system gives you the sensation of a great professional competence added to a real passion. Everyday many publications (program of the day, description and history of the ports of call) are available in Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Japanese; communication during the shows and the games, and some of the ship's speaker announcements are not provided in Japanese (for oriental guests there was however a Japanese hostess at the reception desk). The crew is English-speaking, as well as two or three more languages. Everyone at MSC MUSICA is always really gentle, careful and efficient. All day- and all night- long there are people cleaning, painting and polishing and doing routine maintenance. Among the guest wander about discreet and watchful MSC security men - you can tell them by their earphone - young guys mostly from East Europe. The gym - at deck 13 - is equipped with TECHNOGYM machines and leaded by a German girl formerly international fitness champ; it's located at the bow and its glass wall allows to train with a terrific view. On board you can connect to the internet and e-mail, it's not too expensive but it's rather slow. We had to get in the MSC hospital too. It is run by a medical female staff from Russia; we found it out well organized (it's also provided with a surgery room...) and not expensive. Frequently you can have one's photograph taken, alone or in group (formal dinner, excursions ashore, entertainment). Pictures are to be bought, either during the cruise or the last day, at the "PHOTO GALLERY" store, where also three DVD (the ship, the ports of call, the-cruise-you're-taking-part-of: this last one is of course available just the last day) are sold. Such as other personal services (spa, hair dresser, etc.) pictures are not that cheap, although quantity discounted; that's why we couldn't help leaving some out. We had otherwise the nice surprise of discovering in the folder more copies than we expected, and all in large sizes. Excursions are supplied by external operators and they're both good. Buses are all European, modern, comfortable and fast, you get a gift of flowers (if you're female...) and free bottles of mineral water (even if you're male). Each guide is competent and well speaking your language: we've toured Rhodes sharing the bus with a party of French guests and we've been given a double explication. During the excursion you're not under pressure and you've got some free time. In Alexandria - a place where there's nothing you can buy without hard negotiation - the stamps we've got from the guide in the morning were very cheaper than the ones we needed to get in the afternoon in the town. Entertainment for children is well organized: our sons took part to some activities and seemed to appreciate them. Some, maybe, even too much: the teen music party at the "Q32" disco was supposed to end at 1 a.m., but about two hours later it was still going on ... Sadly, twelve days go by so fast. Friday night - after having taken tons of pictures - we had to line up outside the stateroom door our luggage, marked with an MSC pink ribbon. Saturday at 7 a.m. we came out of our cabin, we saluted Bruce, we went to the upper deck to have breakfast and then we waited for our color to be called, while we were taking a look at the crowd of people and various vehicles toing and froing on the dock downloading and uploading every kind of stuff. We crossed for the last time the gates, we said hello to the security crew (they left us our cruise cards ! ) and we smoothly got out of the ship. A little later we collected the bags and the car and, as "our" MSC MUSICA got smaller and smaller down in the port of Genoa, we went back to the dry land home ... with the sweet awareness we have a floating one too. Don't' go away MSC MUSICA, we'll be back soon. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2007
Hello from Germany! We had the pleasure to get a great bargain. For a rate of 60,00 USD/night we had a chance to be on a brand new ship. It's our second longer cruise. We are both male, 38 and 40. We stayed the night before the ... Read More
Hello from Germany! We had the pleasure to get a great bargain. For a rate of 60,00 USD/night we had a chance to be on a brand new ship. It's our second longer cruise. We are both male, 38 and 40. We stayed the night before the cruise at the Soglia Hotel (former Ramada) which was only five minutes walking distance from the cruise terminal. We paid about 100 USD for a double room which incl. a full international breakfast buffet. Our car we parked with the cruise terminal operator's valet car parking for about 12 USD/day. No scratch - all car completely returned!!! The MSC MUSICA was inaugurated in July 2006. All staterooms taken with 2400 of max. 3000 passengers. Deck 5 to 15 are public decks. We arrived at 10.30 hrs at the cruise-terminal. After check-in of car we go to check-in and after that you can book shore excursions and wine packages. Before 12.00 hrs we were able to enter the ship. You have a wide range of activities available on board: Tennis court, Jogging trail, Golf/Mini-Golf, Table Tennis, Pool Deck, Gym, Spa, Casino, Internet-Cafe. We liked the service - very personal!!! Reception desk was great. There were no problems only solutions! No complaint about friendliness or politeness or willing to help!!! Everybody was just great!!! 11 nights = 6 calling ports: Naples - just walked around as it rains - planned to use Hopp-on-Hopp-off-service Piraeus - Kap Sounion by MSC - was o.k. Rhodes - no need for booking as ship just "park" in front of the old town Alexandria - private tour - which was cheaper Tripolis - Leptis Magna by MSC - nice place but mal-organisation Civitavecchia - private tour - THE BEST what we can get We had an inside stateroom on Deck 11. Spacious. We did not need our suitcase as extra stowage or to use the upper berth to have additional racks. Mini-Bar, hair-dryer, LAN-Access, Safe was available on board. Well the dining could be a problem for those who are expecting every day lobster and caviar. Sorry to disappoint you. Some improvements in decoration and variation should be made urgently. But maybe it was helpful that Douglas Ward was onboard. The dessert and ice-creams are own-made. All starters are great. Too much. up to five meals per day. Restaurant with coverage charge is extremely good. As we were not travelling with children and it was off-season we did not remarked many children on board. If you are expecting Las Vegas-entertainment (beside Casino) you are wrong on this ship. But if you like entertainment in style of Cirque Soleil, The Three Tenors, Moulin Rouge and Riverdance you will love this ship. Especially the theater which is great!!! Disembarkation in calling ports very efficient. Even in such problem-ports like Alexandria or Tripolis you could leave the ship after few minutes. Small delay in Civitavecchia. After cruise disembarkment was well organized. Summary: I would not book MSC MUSICA for any price especially not the peak-summer-season if all Italian families are travelling with their children (up to 17 only port dues of 100 USD). But if there is a good offer (even higher than we paid) we would book again. Maybe also on MSC ORCHESTRA as a lot of the staff members will be transferred to this ship to organize the inaugural season. Regards, HeinBloed One picture says more than 1000 words. Visit my MSC MUSICA gallery: http://public.fotki.com/HeinBloed/msc-musica/ Read Less
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 3.7
Value For Money 3.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.3

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