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MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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First Mediterranean MSC Cruise

MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review by VtBowMan1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Inside Stateroom

We chose this as our 25th anniversary and it sailed out of Rome, and Rome was on our Bucket list. Embarkation was one of the smoothest ever, as was disembarkation. Our first time on MSC, so not sure how to compare, but this was our 15th cruise overall. We were disappointed that we booked this cruise when we did to get the Circ du Soleill tickets that were part of the package. When we got on board we found out we needed to pay for this. The guy running the ticket desk told me had numerous people complaining about the same thing. They were supposed to get free tickets but had to pay. I have complained to MSC but no word back yet. Very strange not having a Cruise Director or actviities lined out like we are used to. It's also a little strange the people embark and disembark at every port, so there is no set embarkation point, new people coming and going all the time. Food was great compared to other lines we thought. We appreciated the dining room having assigned seating and times again. It gave us a chnace to get to know the staff and table mates. We never figured out how to make reservations that are REQUIRED to see shows, so only skipped in on the end of a couple. Disappointed no comedians either.

I havent been on other MSC cruises, so I really dont know how it compares.

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Cabin Review

Fantastica Inside Stateroom

Had 2 interior cabins, both were sufficient, liked the bathrooms better than Carnival's.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Palermo (Sicily)

Just grabbed a taxi tour when we got off the ship late. Lucky to get a great english speaking guide that made our day

City Tour

Good guide, warned us of pick pockets.

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Marseille Tour

Took the shuttle from Ship as walking doesnt work well here. Bets time ever in port, until about the last 1/2 hour. Our group of 4 went into a pharmacy by the Ferris Wheel. All of the sudden my wife feels this girl unzip her purse and put her hands inside, she shouted and pulled away. I snapped a couple photos of her and confronted her and her accomplice. She pretended to be pregnant and took off in an extreme hurry.

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City Tour

Bus kept top up and sides up, so wasnt that great.

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