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MSC Lirica Review

3.0 / 5.0
225 reviews

Little Italy

Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on MSC Lirica
First Time Cruiser • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Jun 2009

This trip was called Voyage to the Top of the World.  It was a wonderful cruise itinery and we were so lucky with the weather.....people on the previous trip had bad weather and saw almost nothing.Arriving at Dover we were surprised how few people there were arriving..by the time we got to Amsterdam , our 1st port, we found out why....this was where all the italians/dutch arrived.........hundreds.....our 2nd port at Bremerhaven more germans/scandinavians and italians arrived.....We were outnumbered and it was like little italy....everything is pointed towards the italians and we felt 2nd class..entertainment was opera or classical.....and only 45mins each night.......our pre cruise requests were ignored and on finding we were on 1st sitting complained to the Maitre D who was most rude and told us virtually take it or leave it....but we stuck to our guns.........then find out that we were the only english on 2nd sitting as they have a segregation policy on their ships..........herding all the english on 1st sitting.....we were sat alone just 2 on a 4 seat table surrounded by shouting and never ending noise....not a pleasant situation......There were just italians everywhere and we would never go on MSC again...The trips were very expensive and we mostly found our own way apart from the necessityto pay for buses in tothe various towns.....The trip to 'The top of the World' was expensive but well worth it and you have to go via the excursion as there is no other way. We enjoyed the food and there was a good selection although if you didn't wantto go to the restaunrant in the evening it was burgers/chips or pizza .............that was the choice.....As with all cruises now the drinks were expensive, so as with most cruises now hardly anyone drinks........Amsterdam lovely as always...Bremerhaven wished we had taken the bus to Bremen...Alesund nice town and easy to walk to the top.....Honnigsvag sunday everything was closed but basically a one road town but we went there to go to the top which was stunning...Tromso a very interesting town lots to see...........Bergen was fabulous and we enjoyed the 'train' trip to the top butyou will need Krona as they dont accept euro..go to the information bureau for a fab rate of exchange......fin.........the ship was very clean absolutely spotless and plenty of recliners on decks.....but if you dont mind being a minority and having every announcement in 5 languages and never ending italian heard everywhere then use this line...but we wouldn't

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