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MSC Poesia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Do not cruise on MSC.

MSC Poesia Cruise Review by Stephen1963

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

Getting to the ship was laborious no pick up or shuttle services. At the buffet on the first day there were Italian foodstuffs presented in the display cabinets(salamis, cheeses, anti-pasto etc.) but after that no sign of them just the ordinary three cheeses and sliced/cold meats! In fact nearly all the meals presented to us in the main restaurant were sliced roast meat no matter what fancy name they were called on the menu! It is confronting to us to be forced to buy water when in the restaurant without being told beforehand as where we come from water falls from the sky! The cabin was small and we had no bar soap nor shampoo/conditioner so we had to buy our own. The entertainment crew however saved the entire cruise(the ports as well) they were great. There was no supervision on deck and unruly children were jumping in the Jacuzzi's making it very uncomfortable and I had to take matters into my own hands! Almost resulting in a fight with the young teenager! The adults threw their towels on every lounger to reserve them however we noticed no one was using them so we attempted to use them and they complained saying that it was theirs! Bad Manners but again no crew supervising! The list goes on as they say however this was the worst cruise I have ever been on.

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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

Small with no soap or shampoo

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Venice is fine get a good map before you start walking.


We booked a local taxi driver and he took us to Alberobello to see the truuli's the roofs are made of stones and are conical in shape in order to avoid a beauracratic tax.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Bus tour just outside the port entrance half the price of the cruiselines twice as good.


Again hired a local Taxi driver who took us to Mary's house and Ephesus all for half the price of a bus tour with MSC.


Took a taxi to the grand bazaar only as the turmoil in Turkey was just starting.


Very expensive I thought usual trinket sellers.

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