We booked with Holistic Holidays at Sea for their annual vegan cruise. We were keen to see the speakers they were featuring. One of them we were looking forward to just didn't show up yet a substitute was provided. Regardless, we were disappointed that Chef AJ didn't make it.
The embarkation was a nightmare. At least an hour long wait in line to get thru the security scanners. Some of that time was time that no scanning was happening. We found out why after we passed the checkpoint and went upstairs to check in. There was another huge line and another hour wait to get to an agent. There was no place for anyone to sit if they had knee or back issues.
Disembarkation went well until we got off the ship when we had transfers to the airport. The buses were not there yet. Another hour wait standing in the cold until the bus arrived. Once the bags were loaded and passengers boarded we got to the airport in a timely manner.
Due to this being a theme cruise for vegans there were approximately 2,000 vegan passengers. They offered only a single seating in the Black Crab dining room. The lines to get in there was very long also. We decided to eat all our meals in the buffet. The food choices were varied with some repeats but the vegan options were often far too salty and/or too oily. There were big lines for the buffet (on the vegan side). By the time you got to your seat your food was cold.
Our cabin was decent as was our room attendant (Percy). We had D9114 which was a balcony cabin. This cabin is a connecting cabin with D9112. We could easily here conversations in the next cabin thru the door. We could also see light from their cabin under the door.
Because of the above things we didn't like we won't be booking another MSC cruise nor one with Holistic Holidays at Sea.