Let me start by saying i try to find the positive in everything. We chose this cruise (despite some negative reviews) because it had the itinerary we wanted on the dates we needed.
That said, here is why I won’t be going on msc again:
First Clue should have been the reservations process. Had to do over the phone because for some reason the new EU privacy laws meant I couldn’t do it online (made no sense to me either). We wanted the package that included drinks but that only came with certain cabins and we needed two adjacent cabins which were no longer available in this category (don’t ask me why they link packages to cabins). Went with two cabins that I was told were connected. They made me reserve with one adult and one teenager in each room but assured me once I got on board this could be fixed.
Very interesing city. Taxis are reasonably priced and we had no problem using English to get around. Took a great tour of the Burj Khalifa (went for the higher priced tour that included the upper floor observation deck - this allowed us to also skip the line, wait in a private lounge and be escorted up in the elevator). Also skiied indoors. Found best prices by booking this online ahead of time.
Again skipped cruise ship excursions and was easy to get around on our own through walking and taxi cabs. The mosque was a great visit. Take the free tour offered a few times a day, allows you access into the main prayer hall when no other tours seemed to be allowed in there.
Took the cruise transfer bus. Was not a terribly interesting port. Walked through market area and looked at the new skyscrapers.