The biggest reasons for taking a cruise are, for me, the food, the service and the entertainment (of all kinds) on board.
Lets start with the food. It was terrible. Even after just 5 nights they started repeating earlier menus in the formal dining room. The meat portions were tough, even un-edible in one case. The breakfast and lunch buffets were of much lower quality than even the large, low-cost, low-end all-you-can-eat buffets in the U.S. (they sell at around $10 person). The morning served breakfast took so long that one could not use it if you had a shore excursion. Dinner service usually took 2 1/2 to 3 hours, thereby eliminating the chance to see the formal shows.
Drinks. Very small pours, less than a single ounce. Took 15 to 30 minutes to order and get a drink. At two successive sail-away parties could not even get one drink in 45 minutes. As a plus, their fancy drinks with much fruit juice did taste good.
The entertainment that we did see was amateurish with one exception. The usual stage shows were fairly simple, with better acts available locally where I live. The big exception was opera night. The lead singers had big voices, with excellent range. Unfortunately MSC insisted on watering these down with their local talent when they made guest appearances on other nights.
Pluses include nice tours, especially of Santorini and Corfu.
Another plus was the room - sufficiently large with excellent heating, cooling and general ventilation. The closet and drawers were large with much storage under the bed. The room was always clean and orderly.
Sufficient size. Excellent HVAC, especially in the bath area. Quiet. Good drawer space and hanging space.
excellent tour guide, very informative. Unfortunately she had to present two languages for every point of interest.
Great session with excellent tastings and information. They also provided a local traditional entertainment.
Venice is a great city, but in the few hours before our departure it was impossible to see any of it.
The tour guide was less informative than on other tours. Very interesting area to explore and learn about.
Probably the tour of our cruise. The ancient city archeological dig was unexpected and truly fascinating. The tours of the two cities were very informative. Our tour guide was exceptional. She was knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, provided much additional information and pictures via her note pad, and was very well organized.View All 119 Island Tour Reviews
Too much crammed into too little time. The driving was long. The city itself is not pretty. The ruins and the museum were awesome. Take focused, targeted tours, not the big general one.View All 164 City Tour Reviews
Awesome scenery. The palace was interesting but, here, the driving was worth the time spent on it. The island is beautiful, second only to Santorini. The visit to the local farm was excellent.View All 56 Achilleion Palace Reviews