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Nine night cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam. Six ports. One cancelled after we booked without notifying us. (About two months prior to sail). The Magnifica is a four or five year old ship. Linens mended and old and bedspread removed, didn't look clean. Mattress VERY uncomfortable, we flipped it. Pillows Extremely Uncomfortable. Like a bag of rolled up socks. My suggestion: bring a pillow. Food: Monotonous and not tasty. We called it the "carb cruise". Meatless pizza and fries. The lunch salad bar was good but usually at port during lunch. Formal dining service slow and got orders wrong. Not organized. We dined formally three nights, then chose buffet. Again boring, little seasoning. Fruit ok. Drinks limited. No iced tea, little juice. We had a balcony. Size as expected. The seas were calm. Entertainment described as "bad high school opera". We brought iPad and another american almost gnawed off my arm to get it.......we got "iPad jacked" ....almost. Seriously, bring media and books...there isn't much to do. Dance lessons and some things like that but no comedians. Just different. It may have appealed more to European tastes. As, said two European families, did the food. So maybe.....????? But that being said, given a choice...I would chose a line that cruises mostly with Americans. The food is different, better. The beds better. Entertainment likewise. Thus the comfort level and enjoyment much much much higher. However, the "americanized" lines don't offer the same ports....so....if you want this......think of it like a "Super 8" at sea. Bring a pillow, lots of books, some salsa and b-b-q sauce and go see Europe for one third the price of a river cruise. PS: Em and disembarkation ok. Preference to ships excursions in tendering...possibly true of all lines. But, very uncool Mr MSC person....

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MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by Mahmoniker

Trip Details
Nine night cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam. Six ports. One cancelled after we booked without notifying us. (About two months prior to sail).
The Magnifica is a four or five year old ship. Linens mended and old and bedspread removed, didn't look clean. Mattress VERY uncomfortable, we flipped it. Pillows Extremely Uncomfortable. Like a bag of rolled up socks. My suggestion: bring a pillow.
Food: Monotonous and not tasty. We called it the "carb cruise". Meatless pizza and fries. The lunch salad bar was good but usually at port during lunch. Formal dining service slow and got orders wrong. Not organized. We dined formally three nights, then chose buffet. Again boring, little seasoning. Fruit ok. Drinks limited. No iced tea, little juice.
We had a balcony. Size as expected. The seas were calm.
Entertainment described as "bad high school opera". We brought iPad and another american almost gnawed off my arm to get it.......we got "iPad jacked" ....almost. Seriously, bring media and books...there isn't much to do. Dance lessons and some things like that but no comedians. Just different. It may have appealed more to European tastes. As, said two European families, did the food. So maybe.....?????
But that being said, given a choice...I would chose a line that cruises mostly with Americans. The food is different, better. The beds better. Entertainment likewise. Thus the comfort level and enjoyment much much much higher.
However, the "americanized" lines don't offer the same ports....so....if you want this......think of it like a "Super 8" at sea. Bring a pillow, lots of books, some salsa and b-b-q sauce and go see Europe for one third the price of a river cruise.
PS: Em and disembarkation ok. Preference to ships excursions in tendering...possibly true of all lines. But, very uncool Mr MSC person....
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Cabin Review

Cabin 9033
Not restful mattress, very uncomfortable. Pillows worse.Need new linens and bedspread/duvet gross.Otherwise cabin as expected though cleaning was adequate and no more.
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