Mixed Feelings about MSC Poesia: MSC Poesia Cruise Review by discoverer57

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Mixed Feelings about MSC Poesia

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
On this cruise, we saw: -Efficient embarkation; -A well decorated ship; -Public announcements in 5 languages -Nice and efficient cabin personnel; -Clean hallways and public areas; -Free sauna and steam bath in Spa area

And on the negative side, we also saw: -Relatively small elevator cabins; -Irritation on the waiter's face when we didn't order dessert at the same time we ordered the appetizers and entrees; -Different items on 2 parallel buffets in the same dining room; -Watered-down orange juice in the morning; -Only 4 coffee machines in all of the breakfast dining area. -Locked coffee machines outside of breakfast hours. -Exactly the same lunch buffet all week, except for the type of roasted meat. -Exactly the same 11 dancers, 2 male and 2 female acrobats and the same singer for 6 shows out of 7. Only the costumes and the backdrops changed in of those (only) 30 minute shows. -The Maitre D' and his assistants walked around the dining room with their backs and necks straight More as if they had all swallowed a broomstick. At best, we got a nod and a hint of a smile if we took the initiative to say hello. -A very narrow menu choice of 2 appetizers, one soup, one salad, 3 entrEes and one sweet dessert. The left-hand side of the menu is entitled "Stars and Stripes Menu". The title says it all: Burger, steak, spaghetti and meatballs, etc. -A under-used giant outdoor screen. Every time I looked up, there was an ad for the spa, the casino, à la carte restaurants, etc... They could put short features like music shows instead of their never ending ads.

We didn't see: -Food and drink in the main theater; -Smoked salmon in the morning buffet; -Any type of Blue Cheese (E.G. Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Danish) except in salad dressings; -A smile or greeting from the Captain when we saw him in public areas (It was rather some sort of a brief glance, as if he was above all of us). Someone ought to remind him where MSC gets the money for his paycheck. -Any greeting or "Bon AppEtit" from the Maitre D' or any of his assistants that are all lined up at the dining room entrance; -A stage band in the main theater. All the music during shows is recorded. -Waiters going around the breakfast buffet area refilling coffee cups. Less

Published 02/07/10

Cabin review: 3

I was on the 12th floor, next to the last cabin to the rear of the ship. There were serious vibrations, especially when the ship was accelerating, decelerating, veering or in rough waters. It was enough to wake me up, even if I'm a sound sleeper.

Port and Shore Excursions

For a first time visit, seeing the Atlantis is a must. The water taxi (6$ return) is the cheapest way to get there. Next time in Nasseau and you have BTDT, stay on the ship, you'll have the poolside and the jacuzzi almost all to yourself!

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We were scheduled to arrive in San Juan at 4:00 PM. One should keep the arrival time in mind when booking excursions. What's the point of doing a city tour in the dark when the historical sites are closed? I still can't figure out why MSC sold those tours. When you arrive at that time time in SJ, just enjoy the nightlife.

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Nice little place, if you want to shop in Philipsburg, you see the prices drop the further away you get from the water.

The Baths in Virgin Gorda was one of the highlights of my cruise. If you stay on Tortola Island, there is not much to do in Roadtown, better take some sort of sightseeing tour. Plenty of mountains and breathtaking sites.

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