MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by Leathers Auckland
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom – Fantastica
I will summarise the plus and minus points for us for this cruise and give a few pointers we found useful.
Ports of call - we always try to travel independently, rarely taking a cruise exclusion or shuttle bus. All our ports were walkable except Bergen where the port provides a free shuttle to the port gate. In Le Havre we caught the Bee Le Havre bus to Honfleur, a quaint, must see port and good value at 25€ return each. At Olden we caught the public bus to the glacier drop off. The stop is literally next to the bow of the ship. Be warned though, many know about this 5€ trip and gather around the stop; queuing is not really possible and some ugly scenes ensued when the bus arrived. TIP, a second bus arrived a couple of minutes after the first so those at the back of the melee were first to the second bus. The glacier is a must see trip though.
The ship - we were genuinely impressed with the facilities, staff, bars and entertainment. We took out the drinks package before travelling and thought it good value as it included bottled water and 'posh' coffees. The self-service restaurant was excellent, busy at times yes, but a good choice, usually with a roast joint and a selection of curries. We actually preferred eating our evening meals there. Sea-day nights are elegant dress, though this is optional except in the dining room, and made for that strange sight of DJ and long-dresses mixing with shorts and flip flops! Finally, disembarkation, as smooth as embarkation.
Just a couple of negatives - food in the dining room was of a limited choice, often luke warm and plainly presented, though all service was always excellent. Timing of the shows, these were at 7pm and 9pm, thus not possible to go after the 8.15pm dinner sitting.
Overall though we were genuinely impressed with many aspects of the MSC experience and will certainly travel with them again.
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