Chose this cruise as from Southampton and reasonable cost. Ship lovely and excellent dining and cafe staff but not so good bar staff. Very good balcony cabin. However this is as far as plus sign goes. Don't be fooled by the enticement of low initial cost. Fortunately we bought a drinks package, as the prices on board are extremely high. Courtesy bus charges by MSC is certainly a money maker for them. Organised trips a good 30-40% too high and not good value for money. Entertainment very poor. With 4 stops and change of passengers at each stop, resulting in Emergency drill being done each time, which of cause is essential, causes total disruption for existing passengers.
For an Italian ship and the and the high standard expected in cuisine, the food was disapointing. Very little better than canteen food and nothing to look forward to. Restaurants very cramped with tables, of which many were not fully occupied, made difficultly in moving around. Our table for 8 only had 4 persons every day.
My wife and I are experience cruisers, having regularly sailed with P & O, and periodically Royal Carribean, Celebrity, and Fred Olson, But MSC was certainly the worst.
Would never consider sailing with them again even if it was for free.
Lovely roomy cabin kept adequately clean.