A different kind of cruise: MSC Poesia Cruise Review by crazymom107

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A different kind of cruise

Sail Date: December 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
First off I want to say that a lot of the negatives I read about MSC on cruise critic I never experienced.

The crew was very friendly and I thought the food was good. Sometimes it was even great but never was it as terrible as I have read about.

I also want to say that I also didn't feel the same way as those who rave about how beautiful and clean the ship was or how great the shows were. I found the ship to be clean but no more so then the other cruise ships I have been on.And the shows were good, mostly circus like with gymnast and juggling but towards the end of the cruise they were already recycling the shows. The same acts that "wowed" me when I first saw it they were repeating , just in different outfits and different music.

Most likely because of the multicultural atmosphere , I found that there was very little organized activities compared to other cruises I have been on.I have never seen so many people playing cards on a cruise before. One of the More biggest events I saw was a ping pong tournament.

My daughter and I played the mini golf one day. It was only 4 holes and they were pretty simple , practically straight lines.

It is true that they are definitely "not in your face" about selling things like drinks or bingo. And the drink prices are very reasonable. But I did feel that the merchandise they sold in the stores were very expensive.(Not the alcohol and cigarettes,but I don't really buy those things)

y suite was nice and my cabin Steward was great. Very friendly and helpful. But since I was in the most expensive category I couldn't help but notice that the cabin was no bigger or better then a mini suite on NCL. It certainly did not offer any special amenities, no priority embarkation or anything really.MSC calls it a suite but on other cruise lines it would be considered a deluxe balcony.

The worse things I can say about this cruise was that they let children in diapers in the hot tubs, even in the spa and they didn't enforce the smoking policy. I am an non smoker and I wasn't terribly bothered by the smoke but they were lighting up on both the port and starboard sides and all around the pool area. There was one lounge inside( by the zebra lounge allowed smoking and you had to go into it to get to some of the ships stores and both my self and my daughter had to hold our breath walking by. Also the elevators were almost always crowded . Overall, I would sail with them again but only for a very good price. I would also need an itinerary that had a lot of ports. I would also advise anyone considering this cruise line to wait to book because the prices went down quite a bit. I booked last January and when the price went down MSC doesn't adjust. I should have cancelled and re booked but I wanted the cabin that I booked. (they actually switched me out of my cabin anyway but that's a different story)I met a family who booked last minute and was upgraded from an inside cabin to a balcony on the 14th floor. They actually booked 2 balcony cabins for almost $1000 less then I paid for my "suite".So believe me, there is no advantage to booking in advance with MSC and I would never do it again!

So for the right price and the right itinerary I would sail again but based on the other cruise lines I have sailed there is nothing special about this one. Absolutely no "WOW" factor. But it was comfortable and quiet . Less

Published 01/03/11

Cabin review: 12

We had a cat 12 balcony suite. It was comfortable. It had a nice spacious closet.The balcony was a nice size but not huge.The bathroom has a tub and is a reasonable size. The beds were uncomfortable. I could feel the bars between the beds that separated me and my husband. The pull out couch that my daughter slept on was so uncomfortable she ended up sleeping on the bed not pulled out. My husband is 6'2" and his feet hung over the bed. I asked my steward if there was something he could do such as additional padding and he said no. So while it wasn't the worse bed I have ever slept on I cant recall on any other cruise experiencing anything like it. I usually sleep so well at sea and none of us slept well on the Poesia.

Port and Shore Excursions

We have been to Cozumel many times and we love going to Paradise beach. We take a cab and its a great place. Many activities and very reasonable priced. We had a bad experience this time at the beach but it involved a scuba diving company named Blue bubble .com. My daughter(11) and I were enjoying the water.We were on those surf boards that you can stand on and paddle. The scuba boat passed us and started yelling "watch out! There's a shark right by you!!" I shouted back"are you kidding?" They yelled back " No! Hurry!' I was terrified and shouted for my daughter to rush to the beach. I was in the water looking for the shark when I heard my husband yelling. I couldn't hear him, It just added to my fear that he saw the shark that I didn't. Then I heard him yelling "They are only joking" I couldn't believe people would play such a cruel joke, especially on a child and her mother.My husband started yelling at the people on the boat and they were saying that the were telling them not to scare us but we have it all on video of the people on the boat laughing at our expense. It ruined the day (Christmas eve) and I couldn't get my daughter back in the ocean. She had been absolutely terrified and just wanted to leave.The people at paradise beach tried very hard to calm us down and make it up for us. I felt that was very nice since the boat wasn't theirs. I would definitely go back to paradise beach but if you scuba dive I would avoid Blue bubble.com. If they are that irresponsible and have such impaired judgement I wouldn't trust them with my safety.

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