Embarkation Miami Jan 12
Security opened an hour late, which meant standing in line a long time.
Once inside the terminal, there was a waiting area reserved for "black card: guests, which included us because MSC matched our RC Diamond status.
Our cabin is great. Glass shower, glass shelves plus cabinet storage in bath.
Bed is comfortable by ship standards. Linens are in better shape than those on recent RC cruises. Art work everywhere is tasteful - more elegant than Celebrity or Royal.
Balcony at rear of ship is small, but great location.
I was expecting below par food, and was pleasantly surprised. Selections were good, and include favorites such as lamb chops, duck breast, shrimp cocktail (no escargot!). Lobster bisque, but no lobster tail on main dining room menu. There were upchatge options.
We received complementary meal, and chose Butcher's Cut. Our complimentary meal consisted of several choices for an appetizer, entree, side, and dessert.
Great warm rolls and flavored butters. The filet was a large 6 AM oz. Very tender. Hubby's double lamb chops looked great. Hearts of palm salad was perfect. Shrimp cocktail consisted of four large shrimp with cocktail and tartar sauce, presented nicely. My chocolate lava cake was freat! The cake perfect temperature and the vanilla ice cream cold enough to turn the chocolate drizzle on the plate to a crunchy candy. Hubby"s cheesecake was large and tasty.
The only water option was mineral 2ater for a fee. We noticed some guests carrying in bottles of drinking water.
Shows are great! Singers wonderful. Fun acrobats. Even a 4:30 show on day 4 that was a short version of La Traviatta.
The ship has lots of be beautiful lounges. Our favorite is the Black and White at the aft of the ship on deck 7. We can read there during the day near big windows. The piano lounge was another good place, but had some foot traffic and smoke from the casino on sea days.
Pools look good. Did not bring swimsuits.
Departure, customs, and Uber to Miami airport all went smoothly.
We got a really great deal on this rear facing balcony on deck 9!