Our first trip with MSC; we are Platinium with NCL, and frequently cruise with Princess, RCL Croissiere de France, Viking. I had basic expectations of MSC because they were cheaper than our usual cruise lines. I was not disappointed by the good cabin service, good food, good clean ship, and decent passengers. We cruised to 6 ports in 5 countries in the Mediterranean. MSC has a novel way of embarking and disembarking passengers at each port of call instead of one massive influx at the starting port. Imagine every port can be a starting port for passengers and you can choose to disembark at any port. Pros: Fast processing of fewer new passengers. Cons: constant changing fellow passengers. Overall it worked well as the passengers shifted from Italian, to French, to Spanish, to Maltese to Italian with a sprinkling of German and English passengers. It gave me a good opportunity to develop my Italian, French and German. The weather was luckily fine and the shore excursions informative. Overall, this cruise exceeded my expectations and I will cruise MSC again.
Surprisingly spacious compared to other cruise ship companies. Very clean and excellent cabin steward service.
Palma is definitely well-worth visiting so spend as much time as you can.
Hop on Hop off a London Red Bus with perfect panoramic viewing was incomparable. Good weather helped.
Just walked off the ship and were in the middle of downtown shopping. Enjoyed Xmas in sunny Malta and great souvenier shopping for kids and grandkids.