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MSC Lirica Review

3.0 / 5.0
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223 reviews
14 Awards

Worst cruise I have ever had the misfortune to take

Review for MSC Lirica to the Middle East
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2019
Cabin: Inside Stateroom

We are from the UK, in our 50's and have done over 50 cruises. We usually go with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Cunard. A few with P&O. However we had never tried MSC and so decided to do this. Biggest mistake I have made in my life.

To anyone who like us are thinking of doing an MSC cruise - don't !. To those who are planning to return, based on our experience I can only wonder why. I only hope that people who have only cruised once on MSC don't think that all cruises are like that.

So what was the problem. Well first off we noticed a smell coming from the drains in our stateroom bathroom. Without going into too much detail, you can imagine what the smell was like. We reported it, nothing happened. A few days later we asked guest services if anything had been done. The reply was a blank stare and a comment along the lines of " I think it may have been fixed ". When we said the smell was still there, we still got the blank stare. We asked to be moved to another room. They said no, that wasn't possible. I asked if someone could come to my room and smell it for themselves. No one did. To keep a long story short, the bathroom stank for the whole cruise. No one contacted us to see if it had been fixed. I just don't believe they did anything. That episode alone put me off MSC for life.

Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom

Cabin I2

Room was kept clean and our stateroom attendant was excellent. However their failure to deal with the absolutely terrible odour in our bathroom was very disappointing.

Port Reviews


The main thing that makes Kotor an attractive port is the cruise in and out through the long channel which is very like a Norewgian fjord.

Sir Bani Yas Island

We couldn't stop here due to adverse weathee. No alternative port was given and no compensation of any king was offered.


Walked into town and visited the souk.


Small Med coastal town with a few trinket shops. Nothing too interesting

Athens (Piraeus)

Captain said the weather was bad and so we didn't go there. Corfu was chosen as an alternative. Felt sorry for those who particularly wished to see Athens.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Too small. Buses to Olympia stopped at 12 noon. When did we arrive ? - 12 noon. So we didn't get to see Olympia unless we took an overpriced taxi


Very unwelcoming place. If the vendors there want to make more money from tourists I would suggest it may be in their interest to accept Euros. Hardly anyone on this cruise had their local currency

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