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MSC Magnifica Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Very disappointing

MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by Podium

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

The pick-up from the airport and boarding the ship, went very well. The facilities at the ship is very good, but that is probably all at the positive list.

The service in the 2 receptions, were non existing. There were a huge lack of general knowledge and understanding of English language. If we asked about general information about the arriving ports, the answer was pretty much, take a taxi or book an excursion. As an overall opinion, this cruise is focusing on Germans and Italians. The service people in restaurants, bars etc. were helpful and service minded. The theater entertainment was about average, due to too little variation in performance. Dining area at our main restaurant was very nice, but the food was way below our expectations. The amount of food were not sufficient and poor quality. At our table for four persons, we had to let the food go back about 10 times. Steaks were impossible to cut and the same for the duck we got. At most meals the staff was trying to sell extras. MSC Galla nights means that the guest is dressing up, but the food at dinner is below average. But you can buy special food and drinks to extra prices that fits to your galla dress. Upsellin all over all the time. Dinner was a horrible experience. The port information were missing and no help in reception. Easy questions like how to get to city center, prices for taxi and busses, a city map was not possible to get. We had to buy extremely expensive wifi to google the information we needed. We had booked some English tours from home, but the guides did most in German language.Getting back from one excursions, we had to wait outside in heavy rain to get trough security check and back on the ship. Very poor organized, in this case in Marseilles. In overall a very disappointing cruise. The first and last time on MSC operated cruises.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Bella 8165

Cabin was pretty OK. However, only one chair is not sufficient for two people.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

We booked an English spoken tour, but mostly the 2 guides (one German speaking and one to translate) were speaking German. The translation was terrible. The tour was not worth the prize.

View All 65 City Tour Reviews

Been picked up in the airport was pretty OK. However getting off the bus and sorting out the baggage, were pretty unorganized. The transit hall went fine, in spite of some wait time.


A half an hour walk from Center. Easy access from/to the boat


Half an hour walk to the train station, Easy to do something on your own. We took a trip to Portsmouth.

Gouda Walking Tour

Again the local tour guide liked to speak German and not English as supposed to do. After some complains, he switched to English on the way back. A very arrogant attitude from the guide.The Gouda city is very dutch on the positive side.

View All 15 Gouda Walking Tour Reviews

Last stop and the baggage were picked up very easily in the transit hall. Took a taxi to center. Could have taken local bus as well. As in any port on this trip, no help from the MSC cruises. We used the city tourist information on the web to get practical information on transportation, prices and so on.

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