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MSC Meraviglia Review

Excellent Cruise -- Overnight at the Island was amazing!

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on MSC Meraviglia
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Cabin: Premium Balcony

I recently had the opportunity to embark on a five-day cruise aboard the MSC Meraviglia and was impressed with my experience. The ship is sleek and modern, with plenty of amenities. It didn't feel crowded at all.

Meraviglia has lots of dining options. From the main dining room to a variety of specialty restaurants, there was no shortage of options to choose from. I particularly enjoyed dining at Butcher's Cut, which delivered one of the best steaks I've had at sea. If I had one area of advice to MSC it would be to look at food across the various options. Specialty dining was very good... the main dining room wasn't as good... and the buffet suffered from a lack of variety. Similarly, staffing issues may be to blame, but it was not easy to get a drink at many of the bars onboard and on the island.

There is so much to do on this ship. I didn't have a chance experience it all -- but according to the daily schedules the options ranged from nightly shows, cirque du soleil-style acrobatics show, and smaller music and comedy offerings. The ship also has a spacious indoor promenade that transforms into a bustling hub of activity in the evenings, with live music, bars, and even a virtual reality arcade. I also had a chance to use the gym twice on this cruise, making up for the extra calories I ate and drank while onboard.

Cabin Review

Premium Balcony

From the options on your list I have no idea what category I was in -- but in plan terms it was a normal balcony cabin on deck 8. The cabin had everything I needed in it. There wasn't anything particularly special, except that my cabin had a larger than normal balcony. I did find the bathroom layout a bit cramped (especially the toilet crammed in next to the sink).

Port Reviews


Nassau is a necessary evil in many cruise itineraries. They are trying to revitalize it, but it is taking a long time. We did have a chance to visit Margaritaville Resort and it was AMAZING.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

An excellent private island with lots of paved paths to allow for exploration of this gem of an island. The sand still has a decent amount of larger chunks of coral in it, so be sure to wear some beach shoes to walk on the beach.

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