We chose this cruise as we saw a documentary on MSC. It is a great new ship with great rooms and great staff. There are no sea days so there is never really any overcrowded areas.
We booked the Aurea Experience and upgraded to the Premium Plus drinks package, (Well worth it). We suffered a bit of jet lag so didn't get the full benefit of the upgrade but still went pretty close. With Aurea you get a free massage which is good but beware this is purely a sales tactic to up sell product and more services, the masseuse literally stopped 3/4 of the way through a massage to try and sell me a $50.00 tub of sea salt and oil...... Uumm were in the Med, don't need to buy salt, I'll just go to the beach when in port.
The restaurants, buffets and bars are all fantastic with huge selections that change daily. In the buffet they have a buzzer on the tables for drink service which is fantastic.
Please bare in mind that these cruises are different to all of the others, the guests that grace these boats are mostly from Europe and Russia and therefore DO NOT Queue or wait for anything and think it is their god given right to push and shove their way through any situation (Especially when disembarking and not waiting for people to exit lifts).
You just get used to it, we didn't let it bother us as we were friendly to the staff we got preferential treatment all of the time, a great benefit of not being rude......
Our Balcony Cabin 15035 was in a perfect spot on the ship for us and we loved being on the balcony for entering and leaving port and when there was a storm. The beds are super comfy as well.
All in all if you are thinking of booking one of these DO IT they are well worth it. Just don't expect the staff to grovel and fall all over you like they do on American cruise lines, its a different culture and if you want something you need to ask for it (Politely of course). Sugar gets you a long way on this ship.
There are a lot of hot tubs on the ship too so you don't have to worry about them being full of kids all of the time and warm urine tubs... they seem to keep them really clean.
Just beware in the pool areas that there is literally no body shame and you will see the biggest of bodies in the smallest of swimwear outfits (Again mainly the Russians).
AS all cruise lines, their transfers and excursions are grossly over priced so do some pre cruise research and you'll be right.
Barcelona - Just Walk
Cannes - the 12 Euro Mini Train
Genoa - Sightseeing bus and walk _ Best PORT of all of them.
La Spezia - Train to Pisa
Ajaccio (Corsica) Walk - BORING town.
Palm De Mallorca - Just cab it into town and walk around. Cabs arounds afternoon peak hour are hard to get though.
Rome - Civitvecchia - we boarded there so its just over an hour on the train into ROme - go First class for 15 euro well worth it .....
Great cabin in a great location - check out the floor map- you can see right into the bridge and you hardly feel any movement when rough.
BORING BORING BORING
BEST PORT ON WHOLE CRUISE
train to pisa
walk into town and around - the La Famiglia is so over crowded dont even bother there is so much more to see.... Really clean city
just cab it around
12 euro mini train is great
boarded here, catch first class train from Termini station for 15 euro well worth it