We chose this cruise for the ports and to try a new line. MSC has the status match program which also helped. This cruise was from Genoa, Italy to Kiel, Germany with stops at Marseille, Barcelona, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, and Southampton.
Embarkation: This was a disaster. I am not sure if Genoa was not equipped to handle this many passengers, or if they were just not prepared to turn over the whole ship as MSC frequently interports in Europe. Whatever the reason, we arrived at the port at noon and eventually made it onboard around 4pm.
Ship: The Meraviglia is a beautiful ship. Every area has something unique and stylish about it. That being said, many areas seemed choppy and without a good flow to them which created bottlenecks at certain areas.
Cabin was clean, spacious enough for two and well appointed with plenty of both US and EU power ports. There was not enough storage space at all!
Completely disorganized and unprepared for embarking 5500 passengers.
Fun and informative! Tour guide was excellent, town was charming.
Did a tour of Jerez de la Frontera - Home of Sherry Wine. Excellent tour, fun guide and good sherry!