14 Havana Senior Cruise Reviews

We decided on this cruise as a sudden addition to our bucket list - Havana (Cuba), St Marteen, Antigua, Madera - all in one sweep. Getting through Havana airport was an exceptional experience and one not to be glamorised in any way. We ... Read More
We decided on this cruise as a sudden addition to our bucket list - Havana (Cuba), St Marteen, Antigua, Madera - all in one sweep. Getting through Havana airport was an exceptional experience and one not to be glamorised in any way. We arrived at the ship quite late went through the obligatory photograph, not much in the way of a welcome, collected our cards then straight to our cabin and bed. Next day in Havana was pretty good - we did our own thing, a morning and afternoon tour is separate old American cars for a lot less than the ship organised tour. We then spent a day at sea before arriving in St Marteen, again our own thing - a short walk into town then a bus to Maho beach where we were delighted to lots of low flying landing aircraft and got severely sandblasted by a big 757 taking off, culminating in a dip in the Caribbean sea before another bus ride back to town and a walk around the shops. Off to Antigua, it was Sunday and everything was closed so really a wasted day, all that was on offer was a taxi tour around the island. Now 6 days to cross the Atlantic, when the weather was good we could sun bathe and swim but as we sneaked further north the weather changed and we were forced to stay inside with limited options on suitable activities. At a certain time during the day there was only one internal bar open for the serving of coffee and naturally it was full. Funchal was next and not much to say here but a Sunday and not much open, then off to Malaga and some terrible weather through the Straight of Gibraltar with very high seas and extremely strong wind rendering damage to the ship and meaning we arrived late, then again some very high winds onward to Alicante again arriving late. To be fair the ship handled the rough weather well and was relatively smooth. The disembarkation at Alicante was an absolute disaster. We were told to gather in the theatre and consequently only received instructions in German, I checked the queue it was moving and getting shorter so without waiting for whatever non information was to be forthcoming decided to join the queue and get off the ship. As we had a balcony "Fantastica" cabin we were allocated the L'Approda restaurant. The menu was quite restricted and indeed required us to order McDonalds style chips every night. We were offer an option of a backed potato but only if ordered the previous evening - when it arrived it was just about cooked, not soft and fluffy or hard and inedible but certainly not fully cooked, similar can be said of a chicken kiev, only just cooked, not totally as would be expected with chicken. There were complaints made by other diners to the Maitre'd about the limited menu which was basically met with a shoulder shrug. The table waiting staff were very very attentive and friendly, I cannot say a bad word about them. We were on a drinks package thankfully. The printed cost of a "Gin and Tonic was 6€, this was the price charged in some bars, inothere the charge was for a 'Gordons' @ 6.50€ plus tonic???. On an occasion I ordered a @Vodka Martini and my wife a Bellini, the waiter returned with a Martini and advised that Bellini's were not available?? I returned my drink and my wife advised him that Bellini's were available as a cocktail, he returned with the Bellini and a vodka and water - agh, third attempt say me receiving a Morgans and coke???? - it was now so late I had lost the will and went to bed. I had little reason to approach the reception desk - thankfully - when I did to advise them of a potential medical problem I was met with an "I don't care" shoulder shrug. When it came to closing my credit card I was advised to return to the desk no less than three times. so not at all impressed with the unfriendly reception staff. The entertainment team worked very hard to keep guests amuse and some of the evening antics in the Piazza di Spagna were hilarious, This bar needed more staff to deal with the number of revellers as at times it was very difficult to get a drink.The theatre shows were of a high standard but way to high brow and classical themed, there were a few more light hearted entertaining evenings and the contortionists were incredible. A cruise once done not to be repeated, a class of ship that I shall avoid in future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Beds are comfortable and the room was very clean. Elias who was our cabin steward was very friendly and helpuful. Too bad the rest of the cruise crew had a terrible attitude, they were all super rude. The food at the buffet was ok, but ... Read More
Beds are comfortable and the room was very clean. Elias who was our cabin steward was very friendly and helpuful. Too bad the rest of the cruise crew had a terrible attitude, they were all super rude. The food at the buffet was ok, but they don’t serve a lot of options. The restaurant food was terrible, bland and small servings. The staff at the restaurant was super rude, and had a terrible artitude, up to the point we avoided asking for things. If you have a food intolerance forget about this cruise, they don’t take questions about what they are serving. We traveled with 3 adults on wheelchairs and they had a lot of trouble moving with them around the ship because cleaning carts blocked the hallways and we got yelled at when we tried to move them. One of the elevators did not work for almost 2 days and that one was the one we could reach. We asked for assistance and they completetly ignored us and they told us “we didn’t need the service” I wouln’t recommend this cruise if you have trouble moving arround. The entertainment was poor, and we could hear the music in our cabin until 1 am. Overall I think this cruise was way too expensive for the service and quality of meals. I wouldn’t recommend this ship to anyone unless you want to pay to get yelled at. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
MSC changed the cabin TWICE after we had booked and had the booking confirmed. We had booked an Aurea suite which they honoured but put us at the front of the ship with a connecting door. we could hear every conversation of the people next ... Read More
MSC changed the cabin TWICE after we had booked and had the booking confirmed. We had booked an Aurea suite which they honoured but put us at the front of the ship with a connecting door. we could hear every conversation of the people next door as the door was so thin. The food was sparse with very little choice and poor quality. If you like pasta and veal you would be ok. The pasta & veal was alternated and presented on the menu with a different name each night. We heard several people complaining at guest services and actually witnessed the staff laughing at them once they had walked away. Appalling behaviour and staff re-training is recommended. Theatre seats were office chairs and the entertainment was repeated. No guest entertainers whatsoever, all ships company singers & dancers. The only good point was that we had two waiters who were excellent at their job. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Cruise is chosen because of the itinary and price. We have cruised before with MSC (Splendida & Fantasia) in the mediterranean. Embarkation was smooth (except for the customs in Cuba) Ship is old and on some places this is ... Read More
Cruise is chosen because of the itinary and price. We have cruised before with MSC (Splendida & Fantasia) in the mediterranean. Embarkation was smooth (except for the customs in Cuba) Ship is old and on some places this is vissible. Also the enlargment of the ship didn't match the restaurants and public places. The window cleaning was poor and suspected a long time ago done, some windows you can't see throug. Cabin is average but the shower was very poor (a very, very small shower, you could barely stand in it) It is scary when you pull out an electric plug out of the wall socket and the socket is coming out also. The toilet seat was old and on some places discolored (yellow instead of white) and the cover of the light above the mirror and sink was lose. Entertainment was excellent but a pitty they did repeat the shows the next week, so the second week was boring on the entertainment. Dining was average (we did eat better before on other ships (also on ships from MSC) and just like the entertainment repeating itself. Service was ok, but some personell on board need some training on kindness and client approach and dealing with complaints. Some people working at the service desk were rude and cannot deal with complaining guests. Ports (Havana, Montego bay, George town, Cozumel, Havana, Belize city, Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Havana) were excellent and the same score for the excursions itself. Disembarkation and embarkation was ok, however there were not to many points were you could get on or of the ship. Sometimes there was only one gangway for all the people going off or on the ship. We did travel with 6 adults in 3 cabins and were scattered all over the ship. Fitness room was very small and sometimes crowdy. Internet is to expensive for the quality the deliver. In the cabin we had no wifi reception at all so we had to go to another part of the ship to get connection. And even when we have a wifi connection it was very slow, so slow we cannot even send one photo with a smal text from my smartphone (galaxy S8) to facebook. We had the smallest bundle (1000 MB) for € 50,- You better avoid the public toilets when you have to do a big deposit because they are not realy proper and sometimes the toiletpaper is depleated. A lot of bars and lounges are closed during the day (even on a sea day) so you were forced to go to the same locations everybody goes. The itenary was great and recomandable. We think we skip MSC for a while, there are other companies who have a better overall score. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I had been on a cruise with Norwegian Sky a month before so I was able to compare quite easily and some of the differences astounded me. First off, alot of the staff in the buffet area were quite rude. I felt like asking them for a ... Read More
I had been on a cruise with Norwegian Sky a month before so I was able to compare quite easily and some of the differences astounded me. First off, alot of the staff in the buffet area were quite rude. I felt like asking them for a bottle of water was the equivalent of accusing them if they recently murdered someone...If someone broke a smile,I would have been dazed. Twice I asked for coffee and both staff members sent me over to the other one because neither could be bothered getting it for me so I left eventually...thirsty. My friends wallet was stolen in the buffet area and later on handed in to reception by a member of staff with all the money gone.......Of course this could also have been a member of public on the cruise but who knows.... Secondly,the 2 excursions that I went on were complete money scams. The first was the 'Go Native in Jamaica' tour where we were to be taken to a botanical gardens and shown how their coffee is made..I didnt even realise I had been in the botanical garden until we were left and back on the bus..There was a few palm trees,some animals and that was it..No talks whatsoever from our tour guide to discuss where we were and I heard him briefly tell one lady in Spanish how the coffee was made but he walked on then,forgetting about the other 30 or so people who didnt hear it! The next excursion was the 'Best of the Cayman Islands'..Now if that was the best then I dread to think what the worst would be..We were shown the local tax office,the local post office,taken into 3 gift shops and finally the turtle center which was a saving grace,this place was lovely. Both of these tours cost over €60 which is really maddening...We had our own tours arranged at our fist port of call in Cuba and this was the best idea we had,brilliant tours for exactly their moneys worth. Ill certainly be doing this if I ever go on another tour. This is not the ships fault but the average age on the ship was about 70..There was no young entertainment at all and the shows that they did have on left alot to the imagination. Disembarkation on the last day was made 10 times more complicated than it should have been. On Norwegian,we simply took our own luggage off the ship when we docked,no hassles,end of. MSC made things so complicated and then booked the wrong transfers for us so we then had to worry whether we'd even make our flight home.(We did thankfully). Overall,lovely ship to look at but everything else was a major downer for me and my 3 friends. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We liked this cruise because it was a totally Cuban cruise, in spite of the fact that it spent one day in Montego Bay to refuel and load supplies. Most of the other cruises we saw were Caribbean cruised that only spent one day visiting ... Read More
We liked this cruise because it was a totally Cuban cruise, in spite of the fact that it spent one day in Montego Bay to refuel and load supplies. Most of the other cruises we saw were Caribbean cruised that only spent one day visiting Havana. In addition, Crystal is a smaller ship which is great for embarking and disembarking. Our cabin was small but clean and our attendants kept the cabin very clean and were great offering to change our towels various times during the day.The food was good and the entertainment fantastic, among the best compared with Seabourn, Silverseas and Windstar. But what we mainly liked was the great service we received on board from the crew and especially from the Cuban members of the crew and entertainment staff that put on fabulous shows and also gave us great tips for onshore visits. The excursions were good and informative about the Cuban people, their music and arts but nothing exciting. Overall i would rate the ship and the service almost on a par with Seabourn, Silverseas and Windstar but for the cost-value it was definitely a 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Previous experience with MSC Opera were excellent. The combination of ship and destination (Cuba) was the trigger to book for this cruise. What a major disappointment!! The upside were the cabins, but the rest was really a disaster. The ... Read More
Previous experience with MSC Opera were excellent. The combination of ship and destination (Cuba) was the trigger to book for this cruise. What a major disappointment!! The upside were the cabins, but the rest was really a disaster. The staff - with exceptions -was not motivated and sometimes rude. The food was in general average (we - wife and I - are still suffering from a parasite and are on antibiotics) and hygiene questionable. On the very first day I addressed one of the officers in the main dining room, when I visited the lavatory and one of the waiters came out of the toilet, didn't wash his hands and resumed service. I know that +60% of the people don't wash their hands, but it is unforgivable for waiting staff. We could not book the vintage car excursion anymore and had to arrange it ourselves. Through Tripadvisor we booked the top ranked company. In hindsight, we were better off. MSC would have charged us €92 p/person for the tour. We (4 people) paid $80 (excl. tip) for the 2,5 hrs tour with a very good guide (Jorge), or $20 p/person. MSC, this is over charging, i.e. 368€ vs $80! The cigar and rum tour was interesting, but you may skip the Havana Club commercial visit. We had similar experiences in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Cozumel and organized our own shore excursions with Tripadvisor as our reference. The entertainment was lousy. The deck entertainment was - as always - very loud. The performers - if present - were mediocre. We spend many pleasant evenings and nights with the performers (Chris Clarke) in the Cabala bar on previous trips. Now the performers tried to compete, who could get us asleep the quickest. Addressing one performer to play more up beat songs, was answered with "we are not allowed to play other music here". The music was not aligned with the public, but the other way around. We had complete different experiences with the interaction between performers and public. The other bars were similar. Dull and annoying. I have never seen such limited involvement of public. MSC should really improve. The lady officer responsible for the bars was not even interested to the comments given and I assume she didn't do anything with these comments. MSC, don't build new ships if you chase away your core public. You are neglecting the core principles to make a cruise successful, i.e. hygiene, entertainment and F&B. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The cruise was part of an all inclusive package from TripCentral. Most Canadians go to Cuba for the beach and then maybe fly to Havana. The Celestyal cruise offered an opportunity to see more of Cuba, from Havana to Cienfuego, then ... Read More
The cruise was part of an all inclusive package from TripCentral. Most Canadians go to Cuba for the beach and then maybe fly to Havana. The Celestyal cruise offered an opportunity to see more of Cuba, from Havana to Cienfuego, then Santiago plus a stop in Montego Bay along the way and we were not disappointed. The excursions offered a rich cultural experience. The tour buses were new and air-conditioned. The tour guides spoke very good English. The nightly shows, though not very elaborate, but were fabulous. The entertainment team and singer were all very talented. Each excursion was topped off with a stop at a popular bar and we were given free mojitos or margarita. The food in the ship was not 24/7 which was good because we did not gain much weight after the trip. I love the daily Latin dance lessons. The crew were friendly and very hard working. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would want to experience and see more of the Cuban culture. During the transfer from Havana to Veradero, our taxi broke down and so we were out there on the highway under 36Celsius heat. I was worried that we will have to wait a long time for a replacement taxi to come pick us up but another car came within 10 minutes and we still had plenty of time at the airport to relax and buy some souvernis. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our cruise was part of a package booked through Air Transat. We expected it to be a direct flight from Vancouver to Havana but instead we stopped at Santa Clara, got off the plane, and got back on to fly to Varadero. Then we were bussed ... Read More
Our cruise was part of a package booked through Air Transat. We expected it to be a direct flight from Vancouver to Havana but instead we stopped at Santa Clara, got off the plane, and got back on to fly to Varadero. Then we were bussed for almost three hours to Havana and boarded the ship after travelling for twelve hours. This is the fault of Air Transat, not the Cruise Line so I would recommend you look for a direct flight as you lose the first day of the cruise and miss out on the optional excursions that are offered. I was with a group of friends and this cruise exceeded all of our expectations. The food in the dining room was excellent, as was the wine, breakfast and lunch in the buffet were very good and there were specialties offered on the pool deck every day. The ship has a little age on it and is not as glitzy as the larger lines but we really liked the size of the ship and how easy it was to get around. It was also very clean. There is a lovely theatre where the entertainment every evening was outstanding and lots of fun. There were free excursions included in every port and they were very informative and enjoyable. I celebrated my birthday on the ship along with one of my friends and we were presented with birthday cakes and the singing of happy birthday by our wait staff. The same servers looked after us at the same table every night and we really appreciated that they went the extra mile for us and remembered that at the end of the cruise with a good tip. The pool is tiny with a retractable roof and was hardly used. I tried the hot tub but it wasn't hot enough for me. There was lots of entertainment like cooking classes, dancing lessons and games offered during the day. Please pay attention to the request not to put anything in the toilets, including toilet paper, as you wouldn't want to clog up the system. All in all, I recommend this cruise. It was one of the best cruise experiences I have had. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My friend and I chose this cruise after hearing glowing reviews from another mutual friend who went last year. He said this cruise was a "MUST!". It sounded interesting from his description so we decided to go for it. I'm ... Read More
My friend and I chose this cruise after hearing glowing reviews from another mutual friend who went last year. He said this cruise was a "MUST!". It sounded interesting from his description so we decided to go for it. I'm so glad we did! We booked through Air TransAt as a package, and would hesitate to go that route again as we found they wasted HOURS of our limited time in transit from airport to the ship. Because of that, we had way less time in Havana (our embarkation/debarkation point) than what we expected, or could have had. Other than that, embarkation onto the vessel itself was smooth. Celestyal did its part right. The ship had pretty much all the amenities I required, and was kept neat and clean. The cabin was a reasonable size as long as you weren't planning on remaining in there (and who would want to do that anyhow?) It was well appointed to house your clothing with very reasonable hanging and drawer space, with in-cabin bathroom/shower, hair dryer. The extra electrical plug was 110 (bring a power bar for multiple outlets), and the hair dryer was plugged into what appeared to be a 220, so both were available. Room had a stuffed couch and chair, and small round table. No bedside tables, but lights over the beds. Mattresses were a bit hard for me, but bedding was otherwise very satisfactory. Housekeeping did a great job! Cleanliness was emphasized; staff sanitized surfaces daily; guests were encouraged everywhere to use hand gel. The buffet food variety and quality aboard was fabulous, as was the food and service in the white linen restaurants. The activity schedule was distributed to cabins the evening before. Programs were marvelous - lots to choose from - wine/rum/ouzo tasting, paper flower making, folding towels in a fancy way, learning how to cook Cuban cuisine, to learning salsa or cha-cha (or dancing in general in the lounges or disco), playing games, attending interesting lectures, listening to various musical ensembles, and seeing the fabulous shows (Cuban flavour) in the evening. The folks who were hired to engage people in activities, called 'animators', were amazing and really helped to mold our experience. Kudos to Martha, Vladimir, Sonny. I don't know how you can keep up such energy and positivity! There was no way we could be bored with you folks drawing us into activities! Also, entertainment boss Danny was incredible in keeping entertainment together. I don't know how many languages he speaks, but he could rattle off just about anything in at least five or six languages and was a well spoken, radiant and energetic host for the evening shows. Highlight for me was meeting the musicians and having had the opportunity to play with them! Thank you so much for your generous sharing: Juan, Lazaro, Nidia, Julio and Michel. The tours offered during the day were also high quality. All tour guides were very good and knew their history and surroundings well. Our tour guide in Montego Bay, Candy, was incredibly funny and had us all splitting a side. What a great tour! All staff aboard were courteous, helpful and very friendly. They all seemed to take a very genuine interest in your needs. There were only some minor shortfalls. For example, some water taps aboard in shared bathrooms were difficult to get the water flowing. Our in-room one worked fine. Another is that we had absolutely no idea how much money to convert. And while the ship cannot really advise that, what they might suggest is that if you're busy on bus tours, there really aren't too many opportunities to spend - at least, that was my experience. I'd say don't convert much - unless you know you'll be spending a reasonable amount of time in Havana. There is really not enough time in ports after leaving Havana to spend much, unless you maybe choose to tour completely on your own. Also, there are not many places that will take Visa or Mastercard, either, so don't count on your credit card - yet. (But you CAN use Visa, Mastercard, or USD$ easily enough on board by setting up an account with your all-important ship's card that you receive when you board.) Since we had a full day in Montego Bay in Jamaica and about 6 hours of free time, it was actually easier to get out and spend some USD$. I'm not a high roller. I took $100 USD and found that plenty, and converted $150 CDN to CUCs, which was more than enough for my needs - just little gifts and a drink out in a bar in Havana during free time. I'm a young retiree and traveled without children so I can't comment for parents, except that I only saw a couple of kids on board. I'd very highly recommend this cruise to anyone. For me, it was fun filled, educational, vibrantly cultural, and has given me many 'once-in-a-lifetime' memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
chose this ship for the itinery 15.nights carribean .4 ladies on this ship using 2 outside cabins.l would say this cruise company is not for the english everything is created for french and italian people. if you like pizza and pasta every ... Read More
chose this ship for the itinery 15.nights carribean .4 ladies on this ship using 2 outside cabins.l would say this cruise company is not for the english everything is created for french and italian people. if you like pizza and pasta every day thats ok.haveing been on 15.cruises myself l would rate this as my worst cruise yet.food was very poor in the dining room cold soup every night same thing at lunch every day cold pizza little choice l actually lost weight for first time ever.entertainment was the wosrt l have ever seen on a ship a show that lasted about 30.minutes each night then same shows again on second week. all entertainment was done by ships own team [example ] people singing kareoke no one got on to entertain you entertainers running about in silly costumes just like kids pantomine time.and some of there staff need a customer care ourse very rude and surly no thank you all 4 of us a few tiffs with staff all in all would not recommend this company to any english person Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Service was good but was not told that the tip of the restaurants in the hotel and paid separately. The ship had a lot of activities, games, dances, shows. Got to eat a lot and well, drinking well as the allegrissimo drinks package. ... Read More
Service was good but was not told that the tip of the restaurants in the hotel and paid separately. The ship had a lot of activities, games, dances, shows. Got to eat a lot and well, drinking well as the allegrissimo drinks package. The ship is very clean. And the sun deck was great! Also concerts and performances were great! Since Christmas was, it was also a corresponding mood board. Tours were incredible and well organized. Internet connection was good. Very proud of the crew of presentation, as well as the presentation of chefs, which was also my honor to be present. Cooks and waiters are there really level, as well as kajuteenijad. Festive clothes are worth to take, because there are a lot of style evenings. Every evening the cabin the next day's program, which is also written dress code. I do not regret that I was in a cruise, I recommend it to all! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because bus trips aren't my thing. We also wanted to see Cuba before the American economic invasion. The ship can hold 49 people but we were only 13 passengers - ideal! Since there were so few of us, they put ... Read More
We chose this cruise because bus trips aren't my thing. We also wanted to see Cuba before the American economic invasion. The ship can hold 49 people but we were only 13 passengers - ideal! Since there were so few of us, they put everyone in a main deck cabin, which had windows instead of port holes. Crew walked by, as I discovered to my surprise one afternoon lounging on my bed, but it was nice to have more of a view. The cabins were on the small side, which seems to be usual with small ships. It was impossible to put the luggage under the beds because they were on wooden platform although the crew could store luggage elsewhere if you wished. We ate breakfast & dinner on the ship, with lunches ashore in privately run restaurants. The breakfast was the usual: eggs, oatmeal, dry cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. Dinners always had a fish entrée & a meat entrée. There were courses for appetizers, soups, entrée, and dessert; often we just had the entrée because of having a large lunch ashore. The last night we had a buffet of Greek food that was great. We ate on a covered top deck, but many nights, when we were usually anchored, it was very warm. There was a bar on the main deck with cocktails, wine, or beer on offer, and drinks could be ordered with dinner as well. All the sightseeing, which was mandatory under the rules for visiting Cuba, was included, and we went to many art galleries, a choir, a Tabaco farm, etc. The towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos were my favorites. The crew could not have been more helpful. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my second cruise on Opera. I last travelled on her to the Black Sea thee years ago. On my last cruise I would have rated the ship four or five but this voyage had some major problems. Firstly the good points: The ship has ... Read More
This was my second cruise on Opera. I last travelled on her to the Black Sea thee years ago. On my last cruise I would have rated the ship four or five but this voyage had some major problems. Firstly the good points: The ship has medium sized, modern and comfortable cabins. These cabins are well maintained and the cabin stewards are first rate. The ship has a good layout and all the public areas are cleaned and well maintained. The Allegrissimo drinks package was good value and the overall standard of the drinks were very good. A minor point, a larger beer selection and diet tonic would be nice. The food overall was good. However this times we did have a few poor meals. Last time on the Opera all meals were good. Service in the restaurants and bars was excellent. And now for the not so good: Tiny gym for a large ship. Always impossible to get a machine. This voyage was an Atlantic crossing. When my wife and I went to breakfast at eight AM, most of the pool sunbeds were reserved. By the time we went out at nine all beds were reserved. there wer plenty of beds on deck 12, but that had no shade and was pretty windswept. From our lofty perch on deck twelve we noted that a fair proportion of the beds were still unused at eleven. Even more galling was we noticed some groups had reserved two beds, one in shade and one in sun. Since the Company has a policy of no reservation we tried to raise the issue with reception. I will come back to this point at the end of my review? Excursions. The ship advertised a large selection of of excursions in the English language. We booked three and two of them were cancelled. One of our excurions booked was to the Normandy landing sites. Many of the English speakers were from Australia and New Zealand. Some had come specifically for the D Day sites. MSC showed no interst in helping them, although internet research showed local guides were available. I tried to talk to the Excursions Manager? Major Complaint. I thought the sundeck and excursion problems were worth complaining about. It took half a dozen visits to reception to get anyone of authority to listen. The excursions manager saw me after we had left Cherbourg a full thirty hours after my original complaint. Would I use MSC again? On an ocean transit, NEVER. The excursion and the sundeck problems would put an end to that. Also on a British / AMerican ship there are far more activities in the event of a crowded deck / inclement weather. MSC did try, but when at the multinational quiz you hear the same question in five languages and lose the will to live. Entertainment also was less to my liking, but the classical concerts were excellent. On a Med or short cruise. PERHAPS. Given a good itinerary, comfortable cabin, good drinks and reasonable food I might be tempted. But I would be careful to sort out my own excursions before I left home Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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