We embarked on the cruise aboard the MSC Musica from Durban to Venice in April 2019 with expectations of the ship not being up to the standard to HAL/Princess/Celebrity but were hoping for an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, this did not occur. From the commencement of embarkation the experience took a downhill curve.
Not only did it take hours, passengers had to line up in the direct sun (which was rather warm) whereas a simple redirection could have had the passengers in the shade. The organisational skills of the crew did not improve at all. We have never experienced that when boarding a ship there was litter on the floors, the cabin was dirty and not fully prepared. There were stains on most of our furniture and carpet and the nightly turn down was hit and miss.
We purchased drink vouchers beforehand but when we went to collect them we were told that the dining room would have them. This was not the case. It took quite a few staff members to sort out the problem. All waterin the dining room has to be purchased - then you get a large 2 litre bottle plonked on the table. After enjoying a particular wine we asked for it again the second night - only to be told they had no more left. When we found that it could be bought in one of the bars, we asked the dining staff why he said they had no more - he admitted that he was advised by management that they wanted to keep this particular wine for the Mediterranean section and were told to 'get rid' of the cheaper wines. This type of lying was repeated many many times on board.