Cruisingiscool member says it all really in their review. I was on other side of ship in 1216... It was my first cruise and I hadn't really known what to expect.
Why MSC? The price, they had discounted the balcony cabin to £250 per person, so at £500 + £280 for all inclusive drinks package, this was much cheaper than other cruises available.I think the reviews possibly should be split into two, for those who have cruised before and those that have not. My feeling is that first timers would rate it highly than those who have cruised before.
Discussing the cruise with others on board who had been on other ships they thought it wasn't as good. I stared in disbelief at them thinking what else could be bettered, my prior background of holidaying in all inclusive hotel resorts was the only thing I could grade it against.