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MSC Poesia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Loved every minute of it......

MSC Poesia Cruise Review by Mattyo10

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

I chose this particular cruise because of the ports of call, and no ‘at sea’ days. Booked well over a year in advance, I started reading reviews on many different sites and was becoming a little concerned but thankfully fretted over nothing (surely couldn’t have been worse than my P&’n’O experience earlier this year.

Onboard announcements were in a number of languages, English being first, and all were clear and informative. There were many Italians, French, Spanish, German, American, Australian and few British passengers onboard, I actually liked having a great mix of cultures.

The ship was well laid out, from the sun terraces to the lounges. Very easy to navigate.

There was always something going on in each of the venues therefore no overcrowding, always able to find a seat.

The same with the sun decks, never an issue finding a lounger, and, as it suits my requirements, out of the way with nobody stuck like glue next to me.

If I was to have one gripe it would be that I did book this a year in advance and requested late sitting for dinning and a table for 2, but was given early dining with a table for 10!!! I personally do not like seating for dinner with strangers (personal preference. Therefore, I ate in the buffet restaurant each night, and can say that the food in the evenings and throughout the day was plentiful and really tasty.

I’m not really one for the theatrical shows so can’t comment, but I did go to a number of the venues onboard and the performers in each were a bit ‘iffy’ hence my grading for entertainment. But I was quite happy sitting at the bar in the piano lounge, or up on deck at the pool bar.

I did one excursion in Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones Tour, and found it extremely informative, not only with regards to the show, but included a lot of history about the city itself.

I found the staff on the ship really friendly and helpful, the bar staff were impressive (I do like it when they remember my drink and save me asking for it

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 9215

Great size, a little larger than most I’ve been on in the past. Well presented in furniture comfort and colour scheme.

A kettle would have been nice.

Being at the back of the ship a little bit of vibration but nothing to bad.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Really easy shuttle ride from the Airport to the Port. Embarking was so simple, and onboard within 10 mins of arriving.


Bus ride required into Bari itself. I think it was an 8€ fee.

Katakolon (Olympia)

I walked from the port into the town, 10mins. I was going to sit on the beach, but a big storm had passed through the day before and it was a bit of a mess!!

I then discovered a little train, bus thing that you could ride to one of the better beaches just outside of town.


Beautiful place. Mandatory boat ride from new port to old 6€. So, so many people everywhere though....... made it difficult to navigate most of the many narrow and winding streets.

Athens (Piraeus)

Stayed onboard the ship, been to Athens many times.


Tender to shore for this port. Stayed onboard the ship due to a number of negative views about this place. However, it looked nice from the ship !!!

Loved Dubrovnik, even in the rain. The tour was excellent. Again though, so, so, so many people. I would hate to live there for that reason alone.

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