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MSC Musica Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Smokers Paradise

MSC Musica Cruise Review by Heyrita

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

We choose this cruise due to travel dates and destinations.

However if I’d known the minimal standard of this ship I would of seemed alternative options.

On embarking it was chaos it clearly states on boarding papers that it commences at 11.30am. However didn’t get on board till 2.30pm. No crew took charge provided any updates.

On board it clearly states where smoking is allowed and smoking in cabins or on cabin balconies is not permitted. Leaving Venice everyone was smoking flicking ash etc. contacted reception who advised us to contact them with cabins who were doing it so they could address it. We asked several guests not to flick there ash it was blowing on us but people were rude and aggressive in their response. We contacted reception who said security would speak to guests. However when security turned up they said it was an issue for housekeeping. Our issue with the smoking was that people were flicking aah and not been respectful of others. Mindue has to have a giggle when the ship sells cheap cigarettes onboard.

the pool area was overcrowded with on average 40+ adults and minimum 10 children in each of the pools at one time. There is no adult only areas at all. The bars etc has no limitations either. One night we went down for disco at midnight and guests were turning up there with prams with young babies. The music was so loud and young children were grisly. Certainly not a place to take your young children.


We were meant to go to Mykonos but due to Weather we were diverted twice and arrived at Chania. However customer service could provide no information on the town and there response was they hadn’t been there before. No initiative to seek information for guests. We were then advised that they would discount the bus shuttle for £5. Upon arrival at port it was chaos no crew were there giving directions and the lines trying to get out gates were insane. Finally after people had been in line in the hot sun for over 30minutes the crew went out to assist. It was frustrating as people with young families had stood in line for a long time waiting for shuttles and when you got to gate you could get local bus following the same route for £3.40 and taxi one way was £10.

To give them credit we enjoyed the excursions to Olympia, acropolis. However each one costs average of £60


Each person was allocated tags/colours along with times. Initially they were announcing groups then this ceased along with the updates on the screen s. It wasn’t until we approached crew that they advised we could disembark. Upon leaving ship there was one free shuttle to transport all passengers to the main terminal. Again no communication from crew. Terribly unorganised ship

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 10205

Cabin was clean and tidy and it was nice having a balcony. The ship is just older and dated

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Katakolon (Olympia)

Fabulous experience seeing the ruins. Well worth it


Great experience the acropolis is amazing and the tour guide aaa great as once we got inside she gave us options of tour with her or on our own. We chose to go off by ourselves

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Spent day on beach. Hired a deck chair then went to a restaurant for lunch. Food and drinks so cheap in Albania


Due to weather we had to divert to Chania. I was so disappointed as this was going to be highlight of trip. However Chania was pretty and was a fishing village


We caught shuttle to old city and walked the city wall and the forte. Had a swim which was amazing. Only negative would of been nice if cruise ship had advised passengers that most restaurants etc won’t accept euro

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