They say you shouldn’t ignore history and it’s advice I should have heeded myself.
I had my first MSC experience last year and came away vowing I would never cruise with them again, then I saw the opportunity to join Bellissima’s inaugural voyage.
Maybe last year was a one off and I was unlucky, I thought. An inaugural voyage will be something special, I thought.
The cabin was easy to find but challenging to get into. Controlled by an NFD card, which doubled as a cruise card, the door seemingly unlocked but resolutely would not open. We tried both our cards several times but were still stuck outside our cabin. Luckily a passing cabin steward appeared and we explained the predicament and he showed us how to open the door.
You present the key, press the handle and basically shoulder charge the door to gain entry ….. yes the door was so tight it was the only way to open it, although it did ease after a few days.
The opposite of this was you had to give the door a hard push or slam to ensure it closed properly.
The cabin itself was very narrow, there was only just room between the foot of the bed and the opposite wall to pass by comfortably.
The wardrobe was small.
The redeeming feature of the cabin was the bathroom, which was clean and, for a cruise ship, relatively spacious.
We had to share the cabin with Zoe, who advertised as being your intelligent assistant, I would describe her as Alexa’s dumb, inbred cousin, with learning difficulties. Unless you were enquiring about something that could be sold to you her stock answer was to speak to a member of the crew or the information desk.
Intelligent she wasn’t, annoying she very much was. Interestingly she was screwed to the desk, presumably to stop passengers throwing her overboard.
The cabin creaked terribly, so much so I woke up more than once thinking someone was walking across the cabin.
I have never known a ship roll so much and one night the roll was so bad our beds actually slid across the cabin and all the toiletries in the bathroom fell off the shelves.