My wife and I took a cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We chose the cruise for the itinerary: Genoa-Barcelona-Morocco-Canary Islands-Madiera-Malaga-Rome. We read the reviews prior to taking the cruise and it seemed the majority of complaints were from Americans stating the cruise was too European. The cruise consisted of approximately 85% Europeans and 15% North American/English speaking. We opted to upgrade to the Aurea Suite 12204. This is one of 8 or 10 suites on deck 12 in the aft portion of the ship. The room was quite large with a walk-in closet, tub, king-size bed, couch and balcony. It was about the size of an average hotel room. About the only negative was at peak times, the buffet was packed and seating was full to capacity. The food was very good -- European cuisine, which we enjoyed - with many courses to choose from at dinner - appetizer, salad, pasta/risotto, main course, dessert. the service in our dining room - Red Velvet - was excellent. The staff remembered our names. the Gelato was delicious. We really liked the all-inclusive Aurea package and thought it was well worth the money -- unlimited non-alcoholic drinks including bottled water and cappuccino, and the majority of alcoholic drinks (draft beer, wine, cocktails) were included, only a few exclusions. The entertainment on board suited out tastes - classic piano, violins, soprano and tenor singers. We consider MSC a great value - the Spa services are reasonably priced if not a bit cheaper than other cruise lines and the excursions were very affordable. We have already booked another cruise for April 2017.
Large room about the size of an average hotel room. Large King-size bed. Walk-in closet with multiple drawers and safe. Desk/make-up counter with large mirror. Dresser with ample drawer space. Love seat. Large Balcony. Bathroom with tub. Quiet area of the ship although you can hear engine noise when it "kicks into gear" but you soon get used to it.