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If you are looking for the comfort and cuisine associated with cruises please look elsewhere. Although a large ship it offers only one small speciality restaurant (sushi), a chaotic buffet where even the hot dishes are at best tepid, and two formal dining rooms. MSC has a policy of allowing children under 18 who share their parents' cabin to travel free. Thus there are a lot of children on board even in term time. Despite this there was little entertainment provided for them so quite soon the ship was full of bored children and fraught parents. For adults there was no daytime entertainment apart from some puerile deck games provided by the half hearted animation crew. It was a shame that more use was not made of the superb theatre, other than the rather odd evening shows: perhaps MSC should try and employ a choreographer who can deal with the prospect of dancers turning left as well as right. Shakespeare would have been intrigued by the alternative ending to Romeo & Juliet. Embarkation in Venice for passengers was quick, but delivery of baggage was slow and chaotic. some passengers did not get their luggage until well into the evening. The cabin was a good size and we'll furnished, and the bed was comfortable. Avoid cabins on deck 8 as these are above the music bars, disco, etc. The cabins on deck 12 are below the cafeteria pool decks and are prone to noise almost 24 hours a day. The cabin stewards, and ding room waiters were couteous and hard working. The recption staff seemed untrained and at times were rude, and dissmissive. We had occasion to make a formal complaint about a member of the bar staff. If you have the freedom to book at short notice you can pick up these cruises at prices more commensurate with their quality. Just pick your itinerary and be sure to eat as many meals as possible off the ship.

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MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by Mbo1955

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If you are looking for the comfort and cuisine associated with cruises please look elsewhere.

Although a large ship it offers only one small speciality restaurant (sushi), a chaotic buffet where even the hot dishes are at best tepid, and two formal dining rooms.

MSC has a policy of allowing children under 18 who share their parents' cabin to travel free. Thus there are a lot of children on board even in term time. Despite this there was little entertainment provided for them so quite soon the ship was full of bored children and fraught parents.

For adults there was no daytime entertainment apart from some puerile deck games provided by the half hearted animation crew. It was a shame that more use was not made of the superb theatre, other than the rather odd evening shows: perhaps MSC should try and employ a choreographer who can deal with the prospect of dancers turning left as well as right. Shakespeare would have been intrigued by the alternative ending to Romeo & Juliet.

Embarkation in Venice for passengers was quick, but delivery of baggage was slow and chaotic. some passengers did not get their luggage until well into the evening.

The cabin was a good size and we'll furnished, and the bed was comfortable.

Avoid cabins on deck 8 as these are above the music bars, disco, etc. The cabins on deck 12 are below the cafeteria pool decks and are prone to noise almost 24 hours a day.

The cabin stewards, and ding room waiters were couteous and hard working. The recption staff seemed untrained and at times were rude, and dissmissive. We had occasion to make a formal complaint about a member of the bar staff.

If you have the freedom to book at short notice you can pick up these cruises at prices more commensurate with their quality. Just pick your itinerary and be sure to eat as many meals as possible off the ship.
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