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MSC Lirica Review

3.0 / 5.0
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MSC Lirica - Western Mediterranean

Review for MSC Lirica to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2005

A friend and I booked this seven day cruise after examining many itineraries, prices and reviews. Since the reviews for MSC seemed mixed, I was particularly interested in how it would stack up with previous cruises. This was my 16th cruise, three of which have been in Europe. I typically cruise on either Royal Caribbean or Celebrity, but have also been on Princess, Norwegian and a couple of other lines no longer in existence. My traveling companion has sailed three times on Norwegian. We are retired educators who especially enjoyed the opportunity to take an October trip to the Mediterranean - no crowds and no hot weather!

Embarkation -- This was as smooth as any I have encountered. Because MSC in the Mediterranean boards people at each stop (with the exception of Tunis on this cruise), there are no crowds getting on or off. We simply dropped off the bags, walked in the port building, handed our paperwork to a smiling worker and were on the ship in a matter of minutes.

On board we were greeted by a cheerful cabin attendant who walked us to our cabin, introduced herself as Giri from Bali, and after showing us how things worked in the cabin, offered to do anything she could to make us comfortable. We requested a few extra towels and skirt hangers, and these were all produced efficiently. A nice touch in the cabin was a bowl of fresh fruit. Because we ate fruit in the dining room on a regular basis, we never touched the fruit bowl. Later in the week Giri asked me if there was something wrong with the fruit in the bowl. I explained that we were getting our fill elsewhere, but she seemed so crestfallen that we had ignored her fruit bowl that I told her we might take some with us when we left the ship. She then brought an entirely fresh bowl. This was typical of her efforts to please and typical of our experience on this ship. All in all, an excellent start to the week!

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