After reading the reviews on here we were almost scared of what was in store if we booked this cruise, however we went ahead due to the interesting port calls. I can honestly say the ship is fine, unless of course you’re expecting a big American style liner, which it is not. The interiors of the ship may not be minimalistic fresh style found on newer ships but it has a charming almost “Royal Yacht” feeling, which we found cozy and warm. It had traditional interiors but it was not dated or dusty or unclean like it was stated here, infact cleaniness was very high onboard both in public spaces and in cabins. The one thing we do agree on with other reviewers is that food is bland. We found the dining room was awful on the one night we used it but buffet had enough to eat and there was always something but it requires more poking around than we experienced on the American liners. Honestly with such hot weather not having extensive amounts of food to eat didn’t bother us, interestingly on the flip side desserts were nicer than we had on other liners and resorts. The bars really made up for what was lacking in dining, they all had nice ambience and great staff (staff in general were friendly just not in that hyper American way) and the drinks were good and strong (though cocktails were stronger on Deck 5 than 11). This cruise is adequate and isn’t the disaster pit made out here but don’t expect it be like Royal Carribean where the ship is the destination, it isn’t but the ports of calls are amazing and the ship is comfortable and had a nice latin ambiance that matched up with the region. We can’t comment on shows or excursions as we didn’t attend them or book with MSC for the latter.
Excellent, clean and plenty of closet space. TV had plenty of English channels to keep entertained (For a Latin American Cruise with an Italian liner) Nice interiors and easy to use climate control in the room.
Fold down Murphy Bed was very comfortable although sort of blocked passage at night for Balcony side person in double bed getting to WC, this only applies if you request 3 person rooms, however very minor issue.
Easy to do your self, kinda place once would do you as there a big contrast between touristy centre and side streets. Don’t drink anything here, we got mild food posioning from Beer (unwashed barrels apparently.
We boarded and disembarked at Cozumel. Highly recommend staying at Playa del Carmen across the water for pre and post Cruise stays.