MSC Magnifica Cruise Review by CruisingPolly2
- Sail Date: October 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
This was the most efficient organized cruise I have ever been on, and I believe it was #10 or #11 for me. we landed in Southampton very early on the 15th. Our boarding time was not until after 4PM. We grabbed some breakfast at the airport, but had no idea what to do until 4PM. It was cold and rainy, so we thought we'd just drop by the ship around noon to at least unload our luggage and find something to do. EVERYONE was so kind and welcoming. They took our bags with no problem, and we asked if there was any way we could board prior to 4PM. They welcomed us onto the ship and told us to go get some lunch and warm up. We were told our bags probably wouldn't be to our room until 2:30PM (almost apologetically) but by the time we loaded our cruise card with money for fun, ate some lunch and went to just see where our room was located - our bags were already there. From noon to 1PM, we arrived, checked in, ate, and were in nap mode. That was an answered prayer for two jetlagged people ready to cruise later.
The stops were all amazing. We didn't purchase excursions because we like to wing it and see how the locals do it. I don't regret it at all. I was so happy that we got so many hours to explore each port. I will advise passengers who want to see the Anne Frank house to purchase tickets months in advance. They do sell out and you won't get in most likely. We were happy to just see it.
This is the first cruise where we went to trivia, saw every comedy show, and other shows in the main theater. Everything was so much fun. Sophisticats isn't something I thought I'd be interested in, but we loved it. we purchased the 30 euro laundry package because it was supposed to rain for most of our trip (never rained once after we boarded) but that was a very nice feature. We had a slight hiccup with our Fantastica drink package. We were given water coupons instead of the beer, wine, and soft drink. They immediately fixed this once we realized it. The only thing I did not like, and it is 100% my issue, not theirs, is Mediterranean Night was 100% fish or veal on the menu. We do not eat either of those things. It was awkward to see the menu and leave, but again I know that is my issue not theirs. I would hve just liked a beef or chicken option as well.
I just really can't say enough. I had read some reviews about the state of the ship and other things, and it was the prettiest ship I've ever sailed on. The people were wonderful and we met a lot of great passengers as well. It will actually be hard to do the standard beachy cruise again after this. It was a dream come true, and we cannot wait to come back again.
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AmsterdamAmsterdam is AMAZING. I realized the only Dutch word I know is beer so study up in you plan to take the metro. We walked from the ship to Central Station (1/2 mile maybe) and toured the Heineken Experience. Well worth it for 24 Euros. the subway directions on Google looked really complicated, but some nice gentlemen cleaning the station helped me out and told me to take a train north 2 stops and I'd walk out right in front of it. They were exactly right. It was perfect. I took a 5 Euro uber to see the Anne Frank House (outside, I didn't know to buy tickets 2 months in advance) and walked along the canal. Then, we met up with some friends who happened ot be in town and had fun in the Redlight District (NOT for children!) We ate dinner at the Grasshopper, wandered to The Old Sailor where they let me shatter a beer stein to cheers of chanting bar patrons, and then finished the night at The Pint bar and cafe. The owner there is awesome and he is also THE Keith Richards bodyguard (the man responsible for keeping him alive all of these years). He was there and told us great stories. The length of time in Amsterdam is amazing. We really enjoyed it.View All 753 Amsterdam Cruise Port Reviews
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