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MSC Grandiosa Review

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62 reviews

Poor guest communication, no one knew the answer

Review for MSC Grandiosa to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Bella Inside Stateroom

Like many people have mentioned about MSC ships - BEAUTIFUL SHIP, POOR EXPERIENCE.

Let's start with the Pro:

- very clean

Cabin Review

Bella Inside Stateroom

Cabin are clean and quite spacious. House-keeping staff are awesome. Shower is nice and hot. The on-board ZOE (like a google home/alexa) is pretty much useless. Only thing I use it for is to turn on the TV, but it doesn't even now how to switch channels or doesn't understand what you're asking 90% of time.

Port Reviews


Windy, but Easy to travel by foot.

Make sure you take the FREE SHUTTLE by following the green line painted on road once you leave the port.


Beautiful town and nice people compare to Rome. Felt welcome as a tourist. Everything can be done on foot, don't need an excursion unless you visit Milan. But a little rush in my opinion

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Aside from the many history in the city Rome is by far our least favorite. People aren't friendly and everything even the transport system is out to scam you. If someone is trying to help you they got their motivations and would ask you to pay them. So just be alerted. Not to mention the train from Civitavecchia to Rome can be confusing if you didn't do your research before hand. So just be prepared and know where you're going. But I'd suggest you to board at Rome and arrive at least a day or two before to truly explore the city on your own. An 8 hour day is simply not enough.

Palermo (Sicily)

Not much truly interesting to see. Town seem pretty dead at least when we were there. Everything is approachable by foot. Just hit the main section and go back to the ship to enjoy the amenities.

Malta (Valletta)

Small little town and definitely walkable. Very unique and beautiful. People are generally friendly. Definitely was one of the highlights.


Do a Hop on Hop off bus or you won't be able to see anything. City is big and attractions are far apart. If you board here then you should arrive a day or two prior to truly explore the city. But a very big difference from say Palermo & Rome, where people are really friendly and well mannered. Food is awesome, and make sure you try Paella locally. Sangrada Familia truly inspiring. It may look odd, but at least buy the audio guide and learn just SOMETHING about the building, you'll learn to appreciate it.

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