Found this mini cruise one day trawling the internet. Previous thoughts on MSC had been poor quality, loud italians, mediocre food. ALL WRONG. Sailed from Valencia to Genoa stopping off at Marseilles. Boarding was so so easy, all done and dusted in 30 minutes. On the ship straight to the buffet for lunch. Excellent choices and good quality. One minor point if you dont have all inclusive on the first couple of hours unable to order any drinks as no cruise card to charge to until cabins released around 1400. At 1330 announced cabins were ready. We had an aft balcony cabin 10258. Huge balcony plenty of room for table and 2 chairs plus the two loungers. Due to overhang could be a bit dark in cabin sometimes though. Very quiet and great view from the rear of ship. Ship ID cards all ready incabin and was quickly activated at one of the on board machines. Huge bed and very comfortable. Staff round the ship eager to please and very chatty. Especially recommend the Eataly restaurant ( pay extra) and its associated pizza restaurant and bar where it is included. Wines on board very good and great choice of spirits. Excellent night where looked in on the Cirque du Soleil style show and also the casino where on both nights of cruise won on roulette. Breakfast in buffet was excellent ( apart from the free instant coffee). Take my tip order proper coffee and pay a little more. Marseilles we had taxi into town (20 euros) and had a good wander. Entrance into Genoa next morning very interesting as we were towed in by tug. Huge port. Well worth if have the time take the boat trip around this huge harbour. 8 Euros for about an hour and a quarter booked on the quayside. Go all the way past the airport.
We came away with a totally different view of MSC which is a 4 star cruise line at 3 star cruise line prices. Excellent and a nice surprise.
Definitely will book again. Choose your own cabin after some research is my tip