I was very apprehensive about this cruise after reading the reviews, I was totally blown away from start to finish. We are a couple in 50's, who have traveled a lot.
We did a cruise 6 years ago with P & O and I cried the first week I hated everything about it !
Embarkation was so smooth and easy it was a joy !!! Friendly staff to greet us, welcome drink on arrival and a real WOW factor - just like a movie set with the glitz and glamour
The Cabin was just what i was expecting, clean to a high standard and twice a day, large comfortable bed and the choice of pillows. Mini bar was not included in our room but it made no difference as i just went an got a drink when getting ready. Balcony was a good size 2 chairs and a table, don't need anything else.
Food, again i was shocked after reading the reviews on here, we ate at the Red Velvet every night, yes it is small portions but it is ala carte, so i wouldn't expect anything else. The food itself was presented well and tasted great, there is a choice of starters, main and dessert.
Even the table wine was good. We didn't try the buffet for dinner, we did pop in there for lunch, but it wasn't our thing. Breakfast again at the Red Velvet was extremely good, you have the option of buffet or table service. The level of service in the Red Velvet was incredible, they could not do enough for you. I ordered 2 desserts every night and extra potatoes, they never questioned it or pulled a face, these guys worked really hard and enhanced our dinning experience.
We bought the all inclusive drinks package and it was well worth it, we added up everything at the end and it would have easily been double the amount
We didn't do any MSC excursions, we did our own thing, again it was a straight forward process to disembark daily, no long queues.
Don't worry about getting a ticket from level 7, go straight to level 4 and board the tender.
There is a petit train if you wanted, but we wandered freely.
Straight forward, get of the cruise ship and catch the local bus from outside the port, it takes you straight to town.
Again, catch the local bus from outside the port, a few minutes and you are in town.
My favorite place, its just a stroll into the town, great place for wine and food
We did this ourselves through a cruise excursions it was half the price of MSC and had a full day here, just wandering around.
We took a taxi from the port the train station 15 euros and had booked train tickets to Pisa before we left, the train was great, i think it cost us around 35 Euros return in first class.
Not much there but at least i can say i have been.
This is where we started our cruise, so didn't have any time to look round.
Disembarkation, again a doddle, it was really smooth, the suitcases were collected in the evening, we collected from outside the ship went straight onto a coach and then at the airport.
Entertainment was ok, better than P & O but bearing in mind they have to cater for at least 6 different languages it must be hard to please everyone.
All in all, i am the hardest person to please, i have no complaints about MSC cruise , all i can say is I WILL BE DOING IT AGAIN.
Great, plenty of room and very comfortable