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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.

Food and service were terrible.

MSC Musica Cruise Review by CobraJet

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
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.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
Cabin B2 10210
Sufficient size. Excellent HVAC, especially in the bath area. Quiet. Good drawer space and hanging space.
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