We have been on a number of cruises with different companies, and this was the second time on MSC. We travelled as a party of 7 (3 generations) in two Aurea grade balcony cabins over Easter 2015. We flew UK to/from Nice, France by EasyJet and then took the included MSC transfer to the ship in Genoa about 90 minutes down the motorway.
I once read a review that described MSC as a 'Marmite' line... you love them or hate them. I fall into the former camp and I will gladly tell you why but the first thing to remember is that this is an Italian line not a German, American or British one. As a rule, Italians are stylish, sociable, relaxed and family friendly folk and MSC is no different. Most German, UK or US lines cater primarily for a single nationality whereas MSC cruisers tend to be more cosmopolitan drawing from most of Europe, Australians, Brits and Russians.
As a ship she has Italian elegance in spades from the Swarovski crystal staircase and other public spaces to the well designed cabins. There are formal nights and theme nights but if that is not your thing then they are happy for you to go your own way. Equally deck activities are entirely optional and go with the flow. This could upset those who like the formal style of the likes of P&O or Cunard or party, party, party style of other lines.
The cabin is stylish without being stupidly opulent and even with 3rd/4th passengers did not feel too cramped. There is a shower only so no bath in this grade of cabin.
Location : Deck 12 Port side forward.
Experience grade - Aurea
The village is within easy walking distance. To be honest it main reason for being is the cruise dock at the edge of the village to allow excursions to the ancient ruins at Olympia. There are however to fantastic small museums that are only a couple of Euros for adults and children are free. Entry is for both museums. The Museum of Ancient Greek Inventions - with hands on interactive exhibits and a wonderful young lady to talk about them and show you how they worked. Additionally, there are multi-lingual instructions and then multi-lingual boards for the more delicate models that would not take a bit of rough handling. The second museum is the same but Ancient Greek Musical Instruments.