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MSC Musica Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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MSC Musica Cruise Review by theoneandonlymrb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

In this review we will give information, then list the good points, then the bad points

INFORMATION

The Transfer from airport to ship was ok once we had located the MSC rep and negotiated the 10 minute walk from the terminal to the coach park!

The embarkation process seemed to go ok

As they operate on a card system, we had to pick these up from our cabin

Upon reading the cards we noticed that we were on the last dinner seating which is 9.30. this we thought was far too late and we were able to change it to the 7 o'clock seating.

As we had done lots of research beforehand regarding the ports of call we planned to do most things ourselves (see below)

GOOD POINTS

On the whole the staff were very friendly especially if you read their name badges and tried to pronounce their names (special mention to Orjola Dedndreaj bar services albania)

The entertainment shows we thought were very good considering as they are done by their own in house people, (saying that they were sometimes a bit on the quirky side ) They also seemed to concentrate on costumes and talent but not many props.

The warm up/night party team also very good

We went to one late night pool party which was full of energy and very good.

If you like cocktails, Heineken beer, ice cream and water, the all inclusive package is well worth it as a typical cocktail was 7 euros plus 15% service charge.

There did not seem to be one drinks menu, it depended upon which bar you were in and to clarify regarding the all inclusive package if there was nothing in the top right hand corner of the description of the drink it was fine, but if there was a star you had to pay.

The arrival time/departure time may seem to be early but it works as we were the first or only ship in port and we had a different port of call each day.

The ice cream selection is by far the best we have every had with some very unusual flavours.

The sunbeds while being unusual were actually very well designed.

The hot chocolate was also very good and in certain bars you got a little piece of chocolate as well, also crisps or nuts again in certain bars at night, small sandwiches, cakes, cookies at various bars throughout the day.

The stability of the ship also seemed to be very good as one night we had a severe thunderstorm but thankfully it did not seem to affect the ship much.

BAD POINTS

Very oddy the wine that was included with the all inclusive at best was just ok. There should have been a choice of two... we only were ever offered one!

Also if you are not on a package you have to pay for water!!!

As well as a further 15% service charge on top.

The ship we believe is about 12 years old and is just starting to show signs of slight wear.

The ships also vibrates, rattles, and has some issues with engine noise depending on where your cabin is located (even varied from deck to deck).

They seemed to have issues in the morning with toast! One morning there was a machine next morning it had gone, then they had a place where it was already done then the next morning that had gone as well!!

The biggest let down for us were the meals in the waiter service restaurant

The menus looked really impressive but what you got was less so, also the portions were a bit on the small size and the service could be quite slow.

Also there was no crackers if you had the cheese plate and no tea or coffee after the meal.

If you are British I would strongly recommend you bring your own tea bags as their interpretation of English breakfast tea is awful.

Only one speciality restaurant (sushi)??

So to sum up, if you want big shows, outstanding restaurants, and loads of other things to do then this is not the cruise for you.

But if you want lots of ports of call, good cocktails and a relatively friendly ship considering all the different nationalities on board, then I would consider MSC - we will.

Also Venice airport is very modern except the actually boarding gate area oddly is far too small!!!

Ports of call

Brindisi

Depending on where the ship docks (we docked in the working docks a free bus took us to the town) a pleasant walk is past Bettys Cafe (pick up a free map this does help) along the quay ,we then went into the town via some steps that went to a monument and wandered around the town, (we did notice that lots of the stores were shut) but if you find the main street, quay at one end fountain at the other, there were quite a few shops open along there.

Katakolon

The ship docked right in the port so it's about a 10 min walk into the town (the ship does organized trips to Olympia if you are not confident of exploring) (or there were loads of coaches offering trips to Olympia or various other tours. Having done research beforehand we knew there was a trolley train that took you to a winery then a beach. To locate this go right to the end of the main street, turn right, and they are located there (the winery is not bad, did not get off at the beach as it was about to rain).

Nice touristy shopping in the town.

Santorini

You are transported via dedicated tender boats to the port, you then have the option of a walk up 588 steps!! Riding a donkey part way, or cable car (we chose the cable car 6 euros each very quick and very efficient). If you feel up to it there is an option of a very nice walk to the next village (Imerovigli) via the coastal paths we were able to see some of the true beauty of Santorini this way. Or take a lovely boat ride to Oia and a bus ride around the island and back to the top of the hill overlooking the port for about 15 Euros, and just walk/donkey/or cable car down.

We had a map but as the town is so compact and very busy it was not necessary (very touristy and it seemed quite expensive.

Piraeus

(Port of Athens)

Depending on what you wish to do (we opted for the hop on hop off bus the blue one) these are located to the left once you exit the main terminal building about a 5 minute walk.

There are 3 different companies Greyline (yellow bus the one MSC uses)(red hop on hop off)we opted for the blue one as we had picked up a leaflet in a previous port of call.

There was a 40 minute trip around Piraeus (where you could hop on and hop off if you wished) then the main tour started just below the Acropolis, and went around Athens, which took about an hour and 40 minutes

As Athens was so busy we decided just to stay on the bus. The tour was very informative and well worth the money paid.

When we returned to Piraeus we had a look around the local town which is quite pleasant.

Corfu

We had visited here before and done research so we opted for the local bus no 16 cost 1.70 euros into town (good 10 -15 minute walk from ship to where the bus was located.

Very nice place to walk around good maps on display

Kotor

The ship docks right in the town again. We had done research and printed up a map This again was unnecessary, just walk to the left were you will locate the ancient town as its very compact. Nice to walk round, lots of history (most shops seemed to be open even though we docked so early.) An open air market with lots of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, flowers etc. was just outside the city walls.

There is a shopping mall about 200 meters to the left good for designer items but not much else.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

The cabin had everything that you needed but the design was a bit silly when you came out of the en-suite you had to be careful with the positioning of the wardrobe doors The cabin also suffered from vibrations


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Brindisi

Depending on where the ship docks (we docked in the working docks a free bus took us to the town) a pleasant walk is past Bettys Cafe (pick up a free map this does help) along the quay ,we then went into the town via some steps that went to a monument and wandered around the town, (we did notice that lots of the stores were shut) but if you find the main street, quay at one end fountain at the other, there were quite a few shops open along there.

Katakolon (Olympia)

The ship docked right in the port so it's about a 10 min walk into the town (the ship does organized trips to Olympia if you are not confident of exploring) (or there were loads of coaches offering trips to Olympia or various other tours. Having done research beforehand we knew there was a trolley train that took you to a winery then a beach. To locate this go right to the end of the main street, turn right, and they are located there (the winery is not bad, did not get off at the beach as it was about to rain).

Nice touristy shopping in the town.

Santorini

You are transported via dedicated tender boats to the port, you then have the option of a walk up 588 steps!! Riding a donkey part way, or cable car (we chose the cable car 6 euros each very quick and very efficient). If you feel up to it there is an option of a very nice walk to the next village (Imerovigli) via the coastal paths we were able to see some of the true beauty of Santorini this way. Or take a lovely boat ride to Oia and a bus ride around the island and back to the top of the hill overlooking the port for about 15 Euros, and just walk/donkey/or cable car down.

We had a map but as the town is so compact and very busy it was not necessary (very touristy and it seemed quite expensive.

Athens (Piraeus)

Depending on what you wish to do (we opted for the hop on hop off bus the blue one) these are located to the left once you exit the main terminal building about a 5 minute walk.

There are 3 different companies Greyline (yellow bus the one MSC uses)(red hop on hop off)we opted for the blue one as we had picked up a leaflet in a previous port of call.

There was a 40 minute trip around Piraeus (where you could hop on and hop off if you wished) then the main tour started just below the Acropolis, and went around Athens, which took about an hour and 40 minutes

As Athens was so busy we decided just to stay on the bus. The tour was very informative and well worth the money paid.

When we returned to Piraeus we had a look around the local town which is quite pleasant.

Corfu

We had visited here before and done research so we opted for the local bus no 16 cost 1.70 euros into town (good 10 -15 minute walk from ship to where the bus was located.

Very nice place to walk around good maps on display

Kotor

The ship docks right in the town again. We had done research and printed up a map This again was unnecessary, just walk to the left were you will locate the ancient town as its very compact. Nice to walk round, lots of history (most shops seemed to be open even though we docked so early.) An open air market with lots of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, flowers etc. was just outside the city walls.

There is a shopping mall about 200 meters to the left good for designer items but not much else.


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