Happy with first cruise: MSC Poesia Cruise Review by marcchristina

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Happy with first cruise

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My wife and I were recently on the Jan 30 - Feb 6th Eastern Caribbean cruise. This was our first cruise and overall we had a terrific experience. We chose MSC for 2 main reasons, price and age of the ship. We booked an inside cabin, were provided an immediate upgrade to an oceanview , then when we got our confirmation the week before we left we found out that we were upgraded once again to a balcony cabin - off to a great start. The ship is only 2 years old and is in impeccable condition as the staff take great care of it.

There are countless rooms, bars and lounges to suit every one's needs. We tried to spend time in each but always seemed to find ourselves back at the Zebra bar or on the outside deck (13). It is a mostly non-smoking ship except for the Casino, Pigalle lounge and parts of deck 13, the smoke did not bother us at all.

The pools and Jacuzzis were adequate, we rarely used them as we were content to just sit in the hot sun with the wind blowing. The More entertainment staff did a great job during the day by the pools with activities, games and exercise classes. The gym is also on deck 13 and faces forward with a panoramic view and new equipment. Around the corner from the gym is the sauna, steam room and 3 more Jacuzzis that are a lot hotter than the ones outside. Each night you receive the next day's daily program which was followed to a T by the ships staff. The program included the dinner dress code (not that many people followed it) and information about day and evening entertainment.

Food: Not going to say much as it varies for all 3000 people on board, we truly enjoyed the breakfast buffet and the evening pizza. Lunch was repetitive and dinner was OK. Our server at dinner was very quick to take our order and bring us our meals he didn't mind if we wanted to try 2 main courses or 3 desserts he would bring out what ever we wanted. If we didn't like the food, instead of complaining and letting it ruin our vacation we simply made sure to stop by for some pizza later in the evening.

Our cabin was cleaned it seemed 3-4 times per day. We were located on deck 11 near the front of the ship. We did notice a bit of rocking but no vibrations at all. Our balcony was a decent size and we loved siting out there when we entered a new port or watching the sun set.

From many people that we spoke with, the main reason they chose Poesia was because of the unbeatable price. We remembered that each time something minor came up, we kept saying to ourselves what a great deal we got and it sure beats being back home in the snow.

The majority of the cruise was 50 years + with few families and even fewer couples like ourselves. There was a wide range of nationalities and languages. If we decide to cruise again in the future, if the price is right we would definitely travel with MSC again.

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Published 02/16/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

There were 5 ships in port the day we were in Nassau so the port area was extremely busy. We finally got some snorkeling in here at an island not to far away. There were many fish but the water was a little cool to be in it for nearly 2 hours. We once again shopped in the large market near Senor Frogs and walked around the city before heading back on the ship.

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The ship docked around 4:30 and since we had all been on the ship for 2 full days just about everyone wanted to get off at the same time. It took about 45 minutes to disembark, we walked up the pier and found a city tour for $10/pp. Shortly after the tour left it started to get dark, we saw the new city, stopped at a souvenir shop, saw the 2 main forts and capital building then headed for the old town. We walked around and shopped a little bit then ended up at Senor Frogs for some drinks and entertainment.

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We were in port from 10AM - 9PM. We chose to do a 2 hour island tour with a company near the taxi stand, the more people they got the cheaper the tour got. It ended up costing us $25/pp. We toured the main dutch cities drove by the airport where we saw a small plane land on Maho beach (no 747 unfortunately) then made our way up to Marigot. We had 30 minutes to walk around this beautiful part of the island. On our way back we stopped at Orient beach, where we decided to stay for a few hours rather than return with the tour to the port. At Orient beach we had lunch and sunbathed under the hot sun until it started to rain. We would definitely like to return to St. Maarten for a longer vacation in the future.

What a beautiful part of the Carribbean, this was the only port where we booked a MSC excursion to the Baths 470/pp. We boarded a boat right off our own for the 30 minute ride to Virgin Gorda. The beaches here as well as the rock formations are truly amazing. We had 2 + hours to explore before heading back to the port where we still had time to look around and sweat from the incredible heat (42C).

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