MSC World Europa Review

Brand New Ship, European Sensibility, Latest Onboard Technology, Terrific Value. You should try MSC World Europa.

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on MSC World Europa
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cshepard1965
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Interior

We are Americans. When we travel to Europe, we want to experience European sensibilities. Respect of different cultures, international cuisine, and the sounds of many languages. MSC has found it's niche. Great value, brand new ships, terrific variety in cuisine and a staff that is second to none.

This is our second sail thru MSC. The first was MSC Meraviglia in 2019 to Scandinavia. One of us travels in a wheelchair. From check in to final disembarkation, MSC demonstrated the utmost care and consideration of our needs. With the exception of the prime rib served on Thursday night, all other meals met or exceeded expectations. During our 1 week sail, we were able to take in 4 different theatre or magic shows. Being returning guests, we received a free champagne reception on our open sail day.

We are independent travelers and do not need hand holding; all excursions were independent. Excursions offered by the MSC were decently priced for those that required their services. In addition, we did not purchase drinks, relying on free water, pineapple, orange, and apple juice, and milk to satisfy on the ship. Also, relying on a sim card purchased before the sail for connection near port or on land, vs ship wifi was the smart and sensible way to go.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Interior

Handicap interior room, 145**. Approximately 233 sq ft. Large, accessible entry with door closing delay. Bathroom also oversized, with easy walk in shower with adjustable height and built-in seat.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

Barcelona cruise port requires a transfer to the city. Do not purchase expensive ship transfers. Rely on the cruise port blue buses instead at only 4 euro round-trip. Once in the city, the Metro is recommended, especially to get to either Sagrada Familia or Gaudi's Block of Discord.

Genoa

La Superba is a terrific city for a one day walking your. Skip expensive transfers and use public transport that will take you into the city in 5 minutes. Very walkable, especially for the disabled. Great churches, terrific history, beautiful seaport. Genova is a great stop for a cruise.

Malta (Valletta)

No need for excursions here. 5 minute walk from ship is the Barraka Lift that will take you right to the Upprr Barraka Gardens and the start of your walking tour. Must see is St John's Co Cathedral.

Marseille

Marseille surprised us. It was clean, fun and very walkable. HOWEVER, a warning about the Free cruise port bus. They start at 9am, not before. It will take you to Place de Joliette for free, but be patient. When we were in port there were at least 3 other ships just in our area, so the line can get long. However, the busses are double sized and have a large capacity, so the line does move along. After disembarkation, walk 5 blocks to Mucem stop and pick up Bus 60. It will take you to the Notre Dame de la Garde. This is the first stop you must go to. You can then take the same bus back down to Vieux Port and continue your easy walking tour, then walk back to Joliette for the free return shuttle.

Naples

This is our second time in Napoli, after spending 3 days on prior holiday. Naples is busy and gritty. Must sees...Spaccanapoli, Archeology Museum, Museo di Capodimonte and the funicular to Castel St Elmo. Skip Sorrento, Ishcia and the Amalfi Coast for another visit. Also, skip Pompeii. All important artifacts are in the Archeology Museum. Tip...walk from port to Municipio, then take Metro uphill to either Dante for transfer to Bus 63 to Museo di Capodimonte or one stop further to Archeology Museum to start old city center walking tour.

Taormina (Messina)

Messina port is right by city center. Recommend taking public bus to MoMe Museum to see 2 Caravaggio paintings...then return to the Cathedral square before 12p for Astrological Clock display...both must sees...If weather is clear, take public bus up to Cristo Rey for viewpoint...then walk back down to visit other sites like V Emmanuel Galleria.

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