Marvelous Splendid Cruise: MSC Musica Cruise Review by Jonah Jones

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Jonah Jones

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Marvelous Splendid Cruise

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Having read some of the previous reviews I was a little worried but the other reviewers must be real fuddy duddies ! The Musica is a Cruise ship run by the Italians and hence is aimed at families and is noisy and excitable. The food was great and extremely plentiful (all you can eat breakfast and lunch buffets which cater both for fussy children and adults who want different food each day). They don't serve tea every 10 minutes in Italy but free afternoon tea was available each day. Dinner dress code was observed by some and not others - who cares, chill out ! The cabins were great (we had an outside double and a 4 berth inside for the children opposite) and the public areas lovely. The shows in the theatre were very good and catered for all tastes through the week (from Show songs to a Rock magic show).

Embarkation was slick - we were on board with all excursions and drinks packages bought within 45 mins - by 12.15pm and luggage was at the cabin by 2pm. The drinks packages More were good value €109 for 4 bottles wine, 14 soft drinks and 14 litres water - we bought 2 for 6 of us (3 adults/3 children), €67 for 12 cocktails, €23 for 10 soft drinks/milkshakes (all +15% service). The excursions we took were excellent (Olympia, Athens and Santorini caldera)

The only gripe I would agree with was the high cost of the shuttle buses - in each port the local buses all leave from just outside the dock for €1-1.5 per person and at Bari (which is quite pretty) you just walk. The only other problem was Americans on the excursions who were always late returning to the bus and held everyone else up. All in all a fantastic holiday which I would highly recommend Less

Published 08/07/10

Cabin review: 48170

Port and Shore Excursions

The cultural highlight - we took the longest tour (6.5 hours) but could have spent hours more at the Acropolis and at the museum. Great guide and excellent excursion

Bus from outside dock gates cost €1.40 euros each. Castle is interesting but there is not a huge amount to see in Corfu town

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Bus is 8 kuna per person each way if buy tickets at newsagent kiosk outside dock gates. City walls are impressive but expensive to visit - my impression was spoiled by fact that when we visited there was torrential thundery rain all the time we were there

Excellent excursion to Olympia with very good guide (Dimitris) however an American failed to return to the bus on time and we eventually had to leave without her and only just got to the Ship as they were pulling up the gangplank

We were only there for an evening and bus from dock was €1.40 each but it was very pretty and a nice place for chilling out with a drink next to the harbour

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Fascinating excursion to the top of the smoking volcano on Nea Kameni followed by a refreshing swim off the smaller boat into the sulphurous springs Only an evening but it was probably enough. Very pretty and nice to sit by the harbour for a drink. Bus from just outside the dock gates cost €1.20 per peron one way

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