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MSC Lirica Review

3.0 / 5.0
225 reviews

Great itinerary, shame about the food!

Review for the Middle East Cruise on MSC Lirica
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2019
Cabin: Oceanview Stateroom

We chose the cruise for the itinerary, particularly the Suez transit, and the fact nearly all ports were firsts for us, as was MSC. The ship was very clean and extremely smooth, cabins adequate though shower curtain in bathroom was extremely annoying as it sticks to you due to the tiny area! Had two days to explore Dubai before boarding then overnight on board too so crammed in lots of sights, nice to be berthed close to the old Creek, very interesting with the boats busting up and down. Embarkation was smooth and was nice to be moved straight to Black tier due to our status on Royal Caribbean, gaining us some nice benefits including a four course lunch with wine, bottle of fizz in cabin and chocolate covered strawberries to name a few! Surprised to find that fellow passengers who had cruised with them many times got no rewards however, wouldn’t inspire my loyalty!

Sadly missed Sir Bani Yas due to weather but Muscat was beautiful, the Grand Mosque was one of the highlights of the trip, luckily we arrived very early when it was quiet. Exciting five days at sea with security guards patrolling due to piracy threat and then into Eilat, the only slightly disappointing port, snorkelling not as good as expected. Petra was fabulous, took the ship trip which we thought was very good value and the lunch was superb. The walk in and out was hard but rewarding and far more to see than expected, we got a good overview in the time we had and scenery was beautiful on the journey too.

Suez transit did not disappoint, watched from start, at sunrise, to finish. Wonderful experience and one to tick off the bucket list. Once we were in the Med it was like a second cruise, weather cooler and off every day so a busy last week. We missed Athens due to the weather but I personally preferred the alternative of Corfu, Kotor was amazing and we completed the climb up to the monastery at midday which nearly killed us. Split was interesting, yes they have their own currency but so do we, wasn’t a problem. Concluded the trip with two days in Venice which was lovely, covered most of the city with a 48 hour bus and vaparetto pass, very impressive public transport. The two days in hotels were just right, all done as a package from Cruise 1st.

Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom

Cabin O2

Very comfy bed. Average cabin. Shower small and annoying curtain, very basic toiletries.

Port Reviews


Lovely people. Grand Mosque was superb and the town nice to walk around. Took a private taxi.


Had a very nice walk around the town. Plenty of interesting shops, nice buildings and some impressive street art.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Private taxi to Olympia. Amazing place. Katakolon was very pleasant too, had a nice lunch on seafront.


Gorgeous, taxi tour to Perast then walked up to monastery and round town.


Interesting town to walk around.

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