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MSC Musica Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Pretty average experience

MSC Musica Cruise Review by mully10

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

We choose this cruise due to the locations it stopped in and in honesty the affordable price , but I suppose the truth is you get what you paid for.

The ship was mostly full of Italians and Germans, English speakers were very much the minority and although that is not a total handicap I personally believe the ship is very much set up to accomodate the needs of its biggest customer group which is fair enough.

I was quite disappointed with the generally selfish and rude behavior of my fellow passengers who were very keen to assert their right to be in the lift before you or jump the queue ahead of you, maybe we were just unlucky. They seemed not to smile too much and I think that this has rubbed off on the majority of the crew who don't smile too much themselves, there were a few gems in amongst them but by in large they didn't look as if they were they wanted to be there.

The food (and kill or be killed conduct) in the buffet was very disappointing, a fairly large choice but it was quite underwhelming and I am not a fussy eater. The meals in the restaurants were better but portions sizes quite small (albeit the waiters were happy to accomodate multiple servings).

The accomodation (bella with a balcony) was quite small, but clean and had a really comfortable bed, I was certainly quite content with this.

The entertainment felt limited and again felt more suited to my Italian passengers, not withstanding that there were some (eastern european?) acrobats who were great and a ballroom dancer who was simply stunning to watch.

The excursions were all overpriced and could be done independently at a quarter of the cost, however the nervousness to ensure you are back on board before sailing I suspect pushes people to buy in.

We stopped at Katokolon, Santorini, Corfu, Athens, Kotor and Venice. All enjoyable stops, especially if you like ancient history and buildings like I do.

All told I enjoyed the experience but compared to friends experiences of cruising with other providers I believe we may have been the poor relatives.

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Cabin Review

Cabin bella 9185

relatively small, but clean and tidy and suitable for purpose.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


lots to see and do but you have to be organised, purchase a day ticket for the vaporetto system and download the map so you know where you are going in advance. Ensure you book a skip the line pass for the basilica in advance if you are going in the busy season or else long queues await you. We have been before so visited Burano, the Basilica and the Arsenale. Beware of service charges and cover charges in restaurants.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Train still running from near disembarkation straight to site. Try to have a plan of site in advance, there are signs there but they are limited. It is a brilliant place with a bit of pre-reading. The museum is a 5 minute walk up the hill, lots of nice things from the site itself, both included in entry fee of 12 euro. Shops in area selling mostly the same things you can buy anywhere in Greece.

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