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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
It was our first cruise experience and we enjoyed it through out. We did not have enough time to even look all parts of the ship. Its huge. They have lots of entertainments to keep us busy. Rooms are very neat and compact, cleaning ... Read More
It was our first cruise experience and we enjoyed it through out. We did not have enough time to even look all parts of the ship. Its huge. They have lots of entertainments to keep us busy. Rooms are very neat and compact, cleaning service is 100% perfect. Issues are resolved soon. Only suggestion is to have some difference in break fast, every day it was same menu repeated. We did easy on board, highly recommended, you dont have to wait for long. I would even prefer easy off boarding during disembarkation. Go earlier for breakfast, otherwise it is going to be crowded. We did not have chances to enjoy the lunch, we were busy with various other activities. You will have other food always like pizza, bread, salads etc. Food is not only provided at buffet area, there are other restaurants supply the same food during breakfast and lunch. Dining alone food menu is different between restaurant and buffet area. For fine dining, they say strict, but its actually not that strict, I have seen people dining in shorts. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My wife wanted to go on the RSG Oppiwater cruise. We travelled to Durban by bus as a first ever experience. Was a good way to travel.... no toll gates to pay, relaxing and very cost effective. The size of the ship overwhelmed us... ... Read More
My wife wanted to go on the RSG Oppiwater cruise. We travelled to Durban by bus as a first ever experience. Was a good way to travel.... no toll gates to pay, relaxing and very cost effective. The size of the ship overwhelmed us... Like a huge big mall floating on water. We suggest you go with a group of friends to maximise your experience. I would like to do the 21 day cruise to Europe. That would be really relaxing It was really easy to finding our way around the ship with 13 lifts and lots of stairs. The food was good BUT the hot water for the tea and coffee war always luke warm instead of hot! This must be due to the 2500 passengers on board moving in and out of the reataurant on deck 13. This facility os open 24 hours a day so you can pop in anytime for a pizza or a late night snack 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
I went with 16 family members. The food, entertainment, crew was fantastic. The cabin and service were excellent. The only thing, which was not the Captains fault, was that we never got to both islands due to the heavy sea swells. But we ... Read More
I went with 16 family members. The food, entertainment, crew was fantastic. The cabin and service were excellent. The only thing, which was not the Captains fault, was that we never got to both islands due to the heavy sea swells. But we were entertained well for those two days. The children were well looked after, 6 year old and four year old.And for the older children the disco and fun times were good. We found that the swimming pools and Jacuzzis were very relaxing. The waiters were very friendly and always ready to serve you. The photos that were taken were very professional and the quality excellent. The boughey was very good with a wide variety of foods. You could never get hungry on the ship as there was always something to eat, no matter what time of day or night. And as for the entertainment there were excel;lent shows and game shows. I highly recommend this cruise. This has been my 4th cruise with MSC and will be planning another one next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wow, this was my second cruise and I am hooked. The blues cruise theme was an extra cherry on the top! What more can one ask for than laid back music played by some amazing bands to give an overall amazing experience!!! I always disembark ... Read More
Wow, this was my second cruise and I am hooked. The blues cruise theme was an extra cherry on the top! What more can one ask for than laid back music played by some amazing bands to give an overall amazing experience!!! I always disembark wishing the cruise had been longer. It is a huge pleasure to have such an easy holiday with food and entertainment on tap! There is no need to drive anywhere and to stress over travel arrangements, etc, etc that usually goes hand in hand with travel holidays. To top it, the trip is good value for money. Thank you to MSC and the crew on MSC Musica for making my cruise experiences very positive ones. Considering the huge numbers of people on board all the embarking and disembarking as well as food, entertainment and other services ran smoothly. Counting the days to my next MSC trip in Europe next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It is safe to travel with MSC Cruise with family and I enjoyed being on a cruise employees are friendly and it is the best place to be with family and friends, Me and my family travelled with two of our friends and they really enjoyed ... Read More
It is safe to travel with MSC Cruise with family and I enjoyed being on a cruise employees are friendly and it is the best place to be with family and friends, Me and my family travelled with two of our friends and they really enjoyed being on a cruise though it was not the first time being on a cruise but a first to be in Portuguese Island before they travelled to Pomene. I have recruited my family and friends, cousins they are coming with us next year, I am spreading the word with my friends and family to come and enjoy and experience the fun in the cruise, I am recruiting people to come and enjoy the cruise, You know we work the whole year and we need some time to relax and thank your body for keeping you the whole year now you need a holiday, We are cruising with 5 families next year to Portuguese Island and the beauty of the ship I can't wait to see Orchestra next year, I have been to Sinfornia twice and Musica this year and next year Orchestra, I love the Island and exploring the beauty of the Island 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
I went for the Afrikaans Sokkie and it was my birthday. MSC Musica. I did state when I made a booking that it was my birthday. When I did my first cruise 17 years ago also on my birthday, I was supprised with a birthday cake! Now they ... Read More
I went for the Afrikaans Sokkie and it was my birthday. MSC Musica. I did state when I made a booking that it was my birthday. When I did my first cruise 17 years ago also on my birthday, I was supprised with a birthday cake! Now they charge you for it. There was always photographers taking ransom photos during your cruise, now you have to go to them and it is all unnatural studio photos at USD12 per photo!! Previously You bought a beverage package for the duration of your cruise which included all coldrinks, coffee, tea, ice-cream etc, now you can buy a package that has a maximum of 18 drinks, whether it is alcohol or not for R850 depending on the exchabge rate. And they do not tell you beforehand that it is limited to a specific amount (usd) per drink!! Everything has become so commercialized and greedy, that it does not seem to be worth the almost R5000 per day that you spent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose a theme cruise , it was a party wipe of the ship everyone enjoy themselves and the super sokkie was the best, the Musica is the 10 star a must to go on it what a fantastic time on the boat , we are ready to book our cruise for ... Read More
We chose a theme cruise , it was a party wipe of the ship everyone enjoy themselves and the super sokkie was the best, the Musica is the 10 star a must to go on it what a fantastic time on the boat , we are ready to book our cruise for 2021...don't miss out on this opportunity ...one word fantastic well done to the captain an all the cruise members you we great not even to talk about the service and the food on these cruises are excellent. The cruise members are friendly, the safety on the boat is excellent and safe for children lots of things to do on the cruise ship for big and small, the swimming pool and jaccuzi area is nice. The entertainment in the theatre are the best a must to see every show every night, the lounges is 10 stars lots of entertainment going on people go go go on this trip you will have lifetime memories Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Was Invited by a friend. Everything was spectacular. More than the first time. Our waiter only warm up to us the final night and the food was great. Love everything. I would only suggest that there would be gluten free options for me. I ... Read More
Was Invited by a friend. Everything was spectacular. More than the first time. Our waiter only warm up to us the final night and the food was great. Love everything. I would only suggest that there would be gluten free options for me. I have celiac decease and cant tolerate gluten. The first night I ordered a steak and it was covered in flour. That was tje only meal I couldn't enjoy. The entertainment was out of this world. Perfect! The cabin was what I expected. Everything was clean. I got lost a couple of times... Well not actually got lost. I lost my friends. The ship is way too big to find someone. Lol I embarkation was extremely fast this time. My first time we waited what felt like forever. The disembarkation as well went smooth. My overall experience was totally out of this world. Will definitely go on a cruise next time my husband will join me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My family and I had an amazing time, i had my girls with me and they had a blast. They was always something for them to do and they loved the music and entertainment Our cabin was clean and it was kept that way throughout the ... Read More
My family and I had an amazing time, i had my girls with me and they had a blast. They was always something for them to do and they loved the music and entertainment Our cabin was clean and it was kept that way throughout the cruise, even the kids beds were made for them. My kids loved the food, i had the tastiest ice cream ever and the cocktails were the best. I am always so paranoid when traveling with the girls 7 and 11. But the crew were awesome with them friendly and the answered any question the girls had. They really enjoyed the service and the restaurant they were treated awesomely and they had the best food and desserts. The ship is well maintained and always clean. The embarkation and disembarkation went so smoothly. My luggage was well taken care of. We just got back and are already planning out next one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
WOW AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I chose this cruise do to the fact that it was the "For Girls Only" with Finesse and needed the brake away Throughout the cruise all embarkation and disembarkation went well. Compliments to all the ... Read More
WOW AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I chose this cruise do to the fact that it was the "For Girls Only" with Finesse and needed the brake away Throughout the cruise all embarkation and disembarkation went well. Compliments to all the cruise members - well organised!!!!!! The fact that your photo is taken when you entry the ship and with every disembarkation and embarkation. In overall the ship, cabin, dining, food, drink all were excellent. The staff were all friendly through out the whole cruise and very helpful when you get loss, (which happen a lot). Having your photos taken is a big must and the best memories ever. You can pick and choose from the food and is suitable if you are on a diet as well. We enjoyed the Lounges and the life music and it was so relaxing. Overall it is a awesome experience to be on the cruise I am booking for next year!!!!!! 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
We flew from Cape Town to Durban early Sunday morning and arrived to beautiful weather in Durban. Our transfers Mzansi Destinations, were waiting to deliver us to our hotel, Belaire Suites (four*). After check in we took a walk along the ... Read More
We flew from Cape Town to Durban early Sunday morning and arrived to beautiful weather in Durban. Our transfers Mzansi Destinations, were waiting to deliver us to our hotel, Belaire Suites (four*). After check in we took a walk along the beach-walk and enjoyed the famous Bunny-Chow. Monday morning our transfers arrived to take us to the port of Durban. Very excited to get to port but when we saw the long ques to traverse the excitement went out the window. Long ques, hot, stuffy terminal and when I got turned back from boarding the ship, my patience was sorely tested. Due to an official error I had to return to the beginning of the line to have my embarkation ticket re-printed. On ship there was nobody to point you in the direction you had to go. The ship is huge, has many beautiful lounges, our favourite was the Tucano, where we enjoyed the music and drinks.The shows did not live up to my expectation as only the first show impressed with glitz and glamour, the others were dull compared to previous trips with MSC Symphony, Sinfonia 1&2, Opera. Dining was good in the restaurants even after waiting a long time for our meal the first evening. The second dinner was served speedier and we decided to skip the last one and missed Italian Night, because this was not stipulated in the daily program. The cabin was always beautifully cleaned when we came back to it, but on the day before last nobody could use the toilets, as they were all blocked, all over the ship, not just our cabin. This was only remedied late in the day. I loved going to Pomene Island because we got our tickets before breakfast and arrived very early on the island. The previous day we were not wise enough to collect our ticket early and arrived on the island around lunch time. Most of lunch had run out already and we had to make do with the left-overs. But we enjoyed the sea which was beautifully calm and the sand hot. I would go again on the Musica, especially to the islands, but I felt as if the ship was over-booked and there was too little control over the crowd. 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 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
I really enjoyed the cruise. There was alot of activities for the young and the old. The food was great and was alot of variety to choose from. The one thing i didnt like about the food was the lack of healthy options. Our waiter Budi was ... Read More
I really enjoyed the cruise. There was alot of activities for the young and the old. The food was great and was alot of variety to choose from. The one thing i didnt like about the food was the lack of healthy options. Our waiter Budi was great and provided us with great service. The public bathroom were always full or out of order and i found myself having to leave deck 13 to go to my room to use the bathroom. I also think that the gym should be opened before 6am as breakfast starts at 7am and there are alot of activities to do during the day. I was also disappointed with the communication levels, eg when we got in the boat the staff did not communicate the importance of reading the daily criteria and how to read it. More especially for new or first timer goers. Overall experience: Was great. Value of money indeed Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I chose this cruise as I always wanted to do so but was never able to because of work and family commitments, mu only regret is that I did not do the cruise sooner :(. We embarked on the 11 February 2019, remember to get to the ... Read More
I chose this cruise as I always wanted to do so but was never able to because of work and family commitments, mu only regret is that I did not do the cruise sooner :(. We embarked on the 11 February 2019, remember to get to the embarkation port a earlier to avoid standing in long queues, the crew assisting with the embarkation was very efficient and directed us in a well manner, the entertainment also kept the queue occupied...it was amazing to see the elderly and disabled being assisted immediately. I did not book the trip so I was not aware of the "Easy On Board" system which allows quick embarkation for a fee, next time I will make use of this service. MSC makes this cruise exciting beginning to end with the photographs which can be purchased on board. I was amazed at the luxury of the ship as we entered, the welcome by the employees and the continuous reminders of what is required and the friendly smiles deserves a "thumbs up" Collection of vouchers (Drinks, water, etc...) which can be purchased with your booking was easy , also note that vouchers can be purchased on board as well. It is advisable to purchase the vouchers as part of the cruise package... I was a bit disappointed with the cabin being small but as I previously stated I did not book the cruise and will definitely book a cabin with a balcony on my next cruise.. The housekeeping service is excellent as the cabins were cleaned out twice daily. The Buffet is excellent with a huge variety to choose from and also includes a Halaal food station. The dinner at the restaurants was also good with also an option of a Curry menu for the spice lovers. The service from the waiters is exceptional The one thing that I most enjoyed was the entertainment and activities especially the world class daily shows at the theatre. The show at the theatre must not be missed by anyone... The Port and shore excursions was awesome, I would recommend that you book your seating spaces etc...with your cruise package, once again I was not aware....but will definitely do so next time. Also get your tickets to the islands early instead of waiting after breakfast to really enjoy the islands. Pomene was extremely hot, the one negative was the water package at Pomene we received 1x 500ml water instead of the 1.5 lt water which is purchased on board, MSC should have taken a decision to sell 2 x 500ml of water if they did not have 1.5lt.... Getting back to the ship was a nightmare due to standing in queues in the heat and passengers cutting the lines claiming their family were already in line and the crew did had poor control over the passengers and whom were next in line...there should definitely be a drinks station at this area for passengers to purchase water etc.. whilst in the queue. I love reading and the ship has a library but with limited selection of English books...this could be improved. Overall experience was 10/10...I loved every minute of the cruise and proud to say I have been bitten by the "Cruise Bug" and am already planning my next trip.. Well Done MSC Musica for a beautiful experience..... P.S....the ship cruise is for partying and having fun...... Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Highlights I chose MSC because ever since I have started every time i become more crazier to take a cruise. This was my third time because I love the atmosphere, I love the hospitality and I just love being part of this family because ... Read More
Highlights I chose MSC because ever since I have started every time i become more crazier to take a cruise. This was my third time because I love the atmosphere, I love the hospitality and I just love being part of this family because everything is being done on professionally and efficiently on board. I should really say Musica is indeed a beautiful baby. Spacious cabins and very attractive scenery. Embarkation was a little longer but there was a valid reason which was a a result of load shedding which was beyond anybody's control. Otherwise the excitement killed the thought and waiting was no problem. From my previous experience there is normally no problem as far as that is concerned. It was only when we came back that I noticed somebody not being happy about her luggage because she could not find it. It was a little odd as I never heard of that ever since i started boarding the ship. Maybe there should be a checking point where security checks that people do take the luggage that truly belongs to them. The lady was causing an unnecessary scene drawing attention. Thank you for serving food that makes one to yen for more. The food is being served with love. Thank your kitchen team for looking after us. It is by choice to eat unhealthy but you surely do cater for everybody to eat a healthy meal. The plays are always exquisite. Thank you very much entertainment team you were just wonderful. Your costumes are always out of the world and everything becomes real. One of my highlight is this that I got to dance with one of the officials and that made my cruise the most enjoyable. Chilling around the pool more especially when there are activities is also most enjoyable experience. I love being on the Portuguese island. I love the water as well as the atmosphere around the island. It is more accommodating. The setup as well as the moving around all the activities are people friendly. Please make some improvements at Pomene as well or rather bring back the excursion of going into Maputo and cancel Pomene. I personally did not find the place enjoyable. The hot sand is unbearable, the limited space makes it very unpleasant for the people who came later and did not have any shelter to be under. The footpath leading to the beach could be at least outlined properly with wood material or so. Please take this matter seriously as it really was a low light as far as the excursions are concerned. Thank you very much for the great time that we had on the ship. The service from the people cleaning the cabins as well as the the waiters, not forgetting the personnel you meet around the ship who always are willing to help. How can I forget the teachers who so wonderfully look after our children and make their time a memorable. That gives mummy and daddy ample time to enjoy being on the ship without any hassles. My grandson was always reminding us not to forget that it is time for him to be dropped off. This is a lifetime experience as it really awakens the child in me. I would never miss an opportunity to go on a cruise. I intend cruising at the end of December to Mauritius and will share that with my sister. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Myself and my mom (who is 78yrs old) went on the trip. From the start of the trip till the end was AMAZING, the cabins was comfortable and spotless. The entertainment stunning. I am encouraging all my friends and family to go on one of the ... Read More
Myself and my mom (who is 78yrs old) went on the trip. From the start of the trip till the end was AMAZING, the cabins was comfortable and spotless. The entertainment stunning. I am encouraging all my friends and family to go on one of the MSC cruises. It is truely value for money entertaining a great experience.The food was well divine. I would go on a MSC cruise any time instead of booking a holiday at a hotel where you still had to worry about meals. The drink packaging that you can buy online before the trip really adds that extra value for money. The staff are friendly and always have a smile on the faces and willing to assist you with anything. The baristas was most friendly of all. I was also very impressed with the upgrade of the Portuguese Island, so much better than when i visisted in 2011. Thank you MSC for the amazing memeories Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our fourth cruise and it was very disappointing. We went on the Sinfonia in 2011 and it was awesome, not crowded, no queue's, there was always place to relax on the top deck. This time it was over crowded and loud and the ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise and it was very disappointing. We went on the Sinfonia in 2011 and it was awesome, not crowded, no queue's, there was always place to relax on the top deck. This time it was over crowded and loud and the buffet restaurant was a disaster. There were never place to sit and the dirty dishes was all over the place, not to talk about the food quantity. I think MSC is now focusing on quantities and not quality. the bar's and lounges was good, the music was okay, was hoping to have at least an Italian band like the time on the Sinfonia. The theatre shows was medium and also very short. I would really not recommend this to my family and friends as it felt that we were in an South African Hotel where its over crowded and people are dishing as if there is no tomorrow. The fine dining in the evenings was okay, not like it used to be. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
From the start of booking my cruise I have had endless problems, The contact Centre was extremely incompetent, they have changed my dinner seating, mixed my cabins up cost me additional money as when I booked the prices were lower. On ... Read More
From the start of booking my cruise I have had endless problems, The contact Centre was extremely incompetent, they have changed my dinner seating, mixed my cabins up cost me additional money as when I booked the prices were lower. On arrival my cabin was dirty, I had to get new sheets and the floors vacuumed, Workers rude to us on the ship when we tried to make our baby food hot (we carried our own sealed food), we were told to go away. On the first night, my wife waited for 45 minutes for the food to be made hot. Common areas were stinky and not cleaned thoroughly (The deck on some days smelled like sewerage). No baby facility as requested for my room (e.g. Cot) I had called several times requesting this. Entertainment very poor compared to previous trips, shows were not even full. Food was excellent, improvement since my last cruise. Well done. Waiters were good, children enjoyed the kids entertainment. . Excellent service from Puttu, SuperJana (Dinner)and BanBang(Cabin). . The service from the buffet staff was unbelievable, they refused to assist with baby chairs and any assistance in cleaning up of the tables. We cleaned up and had to sort our tables out. Completely opposite to the dinner. Out of my 3 experiences this was my worst. I don't think I will be booking a cruise with MSC after this experience Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were 14 ladies onboard music 13 of the girls it was their first-time and none of them got sick. Ever since i started cruising always choose feb once because the weather is awesome. Never been unable to dock and get off to the island ... Read More
We were 14 ladies onboard music 13 of the girls it was their first-time and none of them got sick. Ever since i started cruising always choose feb once because the weather is awesome. Never been unable to dock and get off to the island The entertainment lineup was amazing as well as lots of food at cafeteria for casual dining and the more formal dining at restaurants. Loved every minute the live performances at the bar was so refreshing felt like im at the concert. The self service kiosk were one can link their cruise card with credit card is wonderful feature which reduce any qs. Portuguese island keeps on improving evrytime time and the place is more chilled with lots of shade and relaxing places. The barbecue food was amazing. The warm water beach a bonus. Only dissapontment is only going to the island once instead of twice like previous cruises. Pomene should also included for weekends cruises not only be part of midweek. Have already booked another cruise and will be back with the girls same time in 2020 on msc orchestra cannot wait. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was my second MSC cruise experience, and as with the first one, I am highly satisfied with the experience. I am from the Western Cape and know Cape Town quite well, so before we embarked, we slept the night prior to the cruise in a ... Read More
This was my second MSC cruise experience, and as with the first one, I am highly satisfied with the experience. I am from the Western Cape and know Cape Town quite well, so before we embarked, we slept the night prior to the cruise in a hotel in Cape Town and went out for dinner, which is always awesome! Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, and I am really impressed with the way MSC are organized to let everything runs smoothly all the time. There are so many activities on the ship that one sometimes struggle to get to everything, because you enjoy one thing so much, and cannot just leave it unfinished to attend another thing that might be running concurrently! And I am that kind of person who wants to do them all (: The massive ship are very clean and tidy. The lounges and bars are really neat and one love to sit and relax there. The disco in the club and on the decks are amazing. The cabin is comfortable and always clean. I tested both the restaurant and buffet, and are very pleased with both in terms of food and the menu served. The entertainment offered is really world class and one gets the idea that MSC make sure that they present good shows and entertainment. The theatre, comedy, music and artists are stunning, very professional with that special way of involving the crowd in what they present, which is great. The crew staff are always friendly and ready to help with anything, which makes life on the boat very easy. All staff are giving their all in terms of service. The ports and shore excursions are great, although a bit expensive. I just need to touch on a few points which ZI think need consideration: 1. Is it necessary to take all the photos with everyone(I'm referring to the ones that looks like it is compulsory to take) The thing is, I've heard that so many people do not buy those photographs because it is really very expensive. I've asked what is going to happen to those hundreds of thousands of photographs that were to purchased by the people, and I've heard that it will be destroyed. Should people not be given an option to pose for those photos if they are going to buy it in the end. It is such a waste and destroying our planet as well? 2. The dinner seating: I had quite an uncomfortable experience where my travel buddy and I were placed for first seating. When we got to our table, there were already a family of three sitting. We did not know the family. My friend and I ordered wine to get rid of the uncomfortable situation in a way. Then the mother of the group told us that they are also uncomfortable with the arrangement, and they are Muslim, and not supposed to sit with people who drink wine. Now this situation caused us never to go to the restaurant again, because in our opinion, dinner is private, and we never had such an experience before. 3. The play area for the children seems also dangerous; on deck 14, the rails of the ship are not very high, and I think it creates a situation where children are exposed to danger, especially if their parents are not around: you know, falling down the stairs, or over the rails, etc. If I had small children, I would not be comfortable with the play area so exposed. 4. The theme parties are really good and people love it, but is gets so cold on that deck that it is really difficult to stay there for the whole evening!. On the previous cruise, discos were held every night in the club, which was so awesome, because the club is really big. I suggest the theme parties must be done in the club as well, like the last one with the pajama party. Lastly: The cruise overall was absolutely great! I am going again! Thank you sooo much!! How can I become a voyager club member! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019

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