Sailed with husband,daughter and 2 friends.
This was our 55th cruise. 6th cruise line, returned from 04/04/2019 sailing on MSC .meraveglia
The ship is lovely, staff was wonderful, especially Jonathan, my room steward. ( Balcony Stateroom #13150, Aurea experience), was kept perfect at all times. Jonathan was kind, courteous and one of the best I’ve ever had.
The room needs more storage. Small closet with too few shelves with only 2 drawers is not sufficient.
The spa was amazing and “Cherry’ gave me the best message ever. She was excellent Spa was the best I’ve experienced at sea. Very very busy on sea day.
Dining room sat 5 of us at table of 4. Woman who does seating in Panorama dining room was downright rude when we requested a different table. My daughter was placed in the aisle with metal bar in front of her making it difficult to actually sit at the table. No napkin or flat wear unless requested. My daughter, a professional woman, was mortified. As I was for her.
Food in dining room, Panorama, was ok..not good. Variety was small...do not even think to order Mahi mahi . The staff is hard working. Courteous.
The real problem, which absolutely ruined our cruise was the tour “Rome on your own”. We waited a lifetime to see Rome, and did not. 4 of us are 65+ With health, mobility and vision problems. Don’t let the term “easy’ Fool anyone, disgraceful. There was a marathon the day of our arrival to Rome. The entire city was affected and virtually closed down.
The tour company was totally unprepared,causing the ride to last twice as long just to try to find parking. When the bus finally parked, we were at first, led in the wrong direction. Walking up hills and many steps. The tour guides finally realized an error in direction ,so we retraced our steps. We never got to see Rome s sights as we could not walk further than the Spanish steps. The reason for our trip was primarily visiting Rome. I cannot tell you the disappointment.
We should have been told we could not get buses or taxis into the center of Rome because of the marathon. We should have been given a choice of cancelling. The guides SHOULD HAVE PREPARED.
Till we walked back to bus stop, we had hobbled nearly 5 miles. Causing problems for the remaining trip.
I will not go back on the MERAVEGLIA again
Cabin was lovely. Room steward, Jonathan was excellent
Extra large balcony, albeit somewhat obstructed.
Conveniently close to Panorama elevator.
Not nearly enough storage compared to similar class staterooms on RCCL, CELEBRITY, CARNIVAL, PRINCESS OR NORWEGIAN.