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MSC Poesia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2nd time cruiser

MSC Poesia Cruise Review by Bcconws

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Have done one previous Cruise on Carnival in the Caribbean. My review is thus going to be comparison to that one.

Things I liked more about this cruise.

They do less announcements as Carnival would be woken up with announcements about going to shore and things going on that day. This one kept announcements to minimum though did take awhile due to being in 5 languages.

This could be plus or minus but there are limited English speakers and fewer Americans. They do sit you with same language speaker I dinner. We had sets since cruise we were in embarked at both Copenhagen and Warnemünde.

Found music entertainers better as guitarist at wine bar I found had wider rep than piano bar singer on other cruise. Classical musicians and opera singers at pre dinner area were good.

Found steward service top notch as they would get into room quickly to clean during 30 minutes we were at breakfast or lunch.

Did excursions through this one as did not through previous cruise as found them more interesting though that might be due to location as company.

Things that were worst.

Found food subpar. Food was not bad but just did not excel. Only have one specialty restaurant a sushi bar that seemed mostly empty. I live in big city where can get sushi easily. If I was them switch it to a tepanayjki or Brazilian style steakhouse place as those are popular.

The entertainment was dancers not comedians which is understandable due to language issues. Went twice and seemed the same except change of costume and music as dance moves very similar.

Things that were similar

Rooms was nice as standard balcony style room. Had aft on previous cruise so balcony was big enough to stretch out on and this was regular balcony so just chairs.

Both were pre 2010 ships so did not have all the specialty dining and freestyle eating that more modern ships do. They also were not the new 4000 plus person mega ships so no water slides etc.

Had some issues with internet and room. The room I booked and confirmed on travel sure was not one I got with both sides blaming other party. Will see if get those resolved after cruise so will hold out judgement until then on those issues.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 11201

Decent size room with comfy bed. Liked had pillow choice including a tempurpedic liked curved pillow. Ship moves a lot for size so if get sea sick get lower cabin.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Great trip up fjord on comfortable boat. Person at snack bar doubled as tour guide. Stopped at nice spot for photos including get up close to waterfall to get sprayed on.

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Schwerin Castle

Nice trip. Guide could have been better. Oddly does not include tour of castle. Did on own due to some free time after tour and before bus.

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Flam Railway

Long bus trip to see numerous site. Nice lunch spot. Due Flam railroad down. Glad did tour instead of just the round trip railway as planned to.

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Got on ship. Most people board in Germany so very easy. Just brought on bags which was made difficult by not being able to use elevators. Staff helped bring up stairs in rendezvous lobby. They do not allow outside alcohol do any brought one will be returned night before cruise ends

Quick boat ride up fjord in fast little boat. Nice speed and different perspective in tiny boat versus huge cruises ship

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