having had an excellent cruise last year on the MSC Divina we decided to give MSC another go so we booked a week on the MSC Musica sailing from Venice on the 8/11/2015. well what a disappointment that was. where shall I start, lets start with the plus's the cabin was very clean and reasonably spacious and the majority of the staff were pleasant and helpful . sorry I cannot think of any more. the shower cubicle was tiny and had a shower curtain which stuck to you all the time.
the buffet was a complete shambles, overcrowded, nowhere to sit and virtually the same meals every day. the hot water stations were always closed for maintenance so they used urns which held lukewarm water no good for making tea. the restaurant had 2 sittings 18.30 and 21.00 as 18.30 was too early for us we chose the 21.00 sitting, well we were still eating at 23.00 the table we sat on was squashed in the corner so the waiter was unable to walk around and was passing meals over people sitting. the portions were very small so you needed to order extra meals and the quality was average.
I have seen better entertainment on Britain's got talent and that's saying something, with the exception of the 3 girl acrobats who got into some unbelievable positions. The ports where tenders were used (3 of them) was a free for all, even though I got up at the crack of dawn to get an early tender ticket there was no organisation and everybody just pushed in. The guest services people showed an uncaring attitude and were not really concerned about your complaints. we had 3 days of balcony maintenance (painting) on a 7 day cruise.
WORD OF WARNING if you book on board credit online before your cruise you have to make sure you spend it all otherwise they keep it as its non refundable, something I was unaware of as I could not see it written down anywhere.BE AWARE the all inclusive drinks package is fine but there are a lot of drinks not included even fresh orange.
have been to venice before and the highlight is always departures and arrivals as the views from the ship are amazing
have been before, did our own thing this time,(much cheaper) when you get ashore you can get a boat that takes you to the bottom of oia village, they will take you up to the village by bus and then after viewing this amazing village they will take you to Fira by bus, all for 15euros once in fira get the cable car down to the port (5euros) or you can walk. please don't use the poor donkeys.
unable to go to Athens due to general strike , went to Nafplion instead, the old town was very good, historic buildings and quaint little walkways.if you are energetic there is a castle at the top of a very big hill,lots and lots of steps.
not a lot to see, bars and shops along the harbour. if you like ruins take the Olympia excursion.
Again did our own thing as we had been before. corfu is for shopping with lots of little roads plenty of little restaurants. there is also a fort to explore which has a nice café.
was advised to do our own thing as its all within walking distance. if you want to explore further there are loads of people at the port offering trips, all cheaper than the ships excursions. we took an open top bus tour which took us to various places along the coast cost 20 euros and went the same places as the excursions.then we had a walk around the old town which is very similar to Dubrovnik and split (a walled town).the only down side was that the mountains always hold the clouds and mist, not much sunshine.