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Just returned from an eleven day cruise to Norway with one day in Amsterdam. The country was magnificent and the weather brilliant and therefore the cruise already gets 3 stars. There were only a couple of dozen English speakers on board which would make it a pretty lonely place if you do not travel with friends as we did. The entertainment team were fabulous and made a mighty effort to get you involved and keep happy. The ship has simple facilities, there being no extra restaurant for special occasions but the layout made it easy to find your way around & fittings were modern & in excellent condition. The food was moderate. I had hoped for at least some exciting pasta dishes but you never go hungry. The embarkation & debarkation procedures were excellent. The only real negative was the breakfasts in both the restaurant & buffet on the 11th floor. The so called hot dishes were stone cold every day. It was explained to me that their heating facilites were inefficient & out of date but that was no consolation to many cruisers. In addition the staff in the buffet were rude, condesending & arrogant. Finding you decaf coffee was a chore & non lactose milk impossible except at breakfast if you begged.

Norway with MSC

MSC Lirica Cruise Review by Maisie Kater

Trip Details
Just returned from an eleven day cruise to Norway with one day in Amsterdam. The country was magnificent and the weather brilliant and therefore the cruise already gets 3 stars. There were only a couple of dozen English speakers on board which would make it a pretty lonely place if you do not travel with friends as we did. The entertainment team were fabulous and made a mighty effort to get you involved and keep happy. The ship has simple facilities, there being no extra restaurant for special occasions but the layout made it easy to find your way around & fittings were modern & in excellent condition.
The food was moderate. I had hoped for at least some exciting pasta dishes but you never go hungry.
The embarkation & debarkation procedures were excellent.
The only real negative was the breakfasts in both the restaurant & buffet on the 11th floor. The so called hot dishes were stone cold every day. It was explained to me that their heating facilites were inefficient & out of date but that was no consolation to many cruisers. In addition the staff in the buffet were rude, condesending & arrogant. Finding you decaf coffee was a chore & non lactose milk impossible except at breakfast if you begged.
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