Marvelous Musica: MSC Musica Cruise Review by Peter Tanner

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Peter Tanner

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Marvelous Musica

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Embarkation process was excellent and within 30 minutes we were in on board at 12.30, having landed at Venice 10.45. The balcony cabins are slightly smaller than those on Fantasia, but superior to those of RCI.

For dining we were 1st sitting in Il Giardino, which is a closed off part of the buffet on deck 13. There were only 5 tables set in this restaurant and the service was excellent as well as having superb views from the stern windows. The food was excellent all week, and my sister-in-law loved the vegetarian options.

Breakfast and lunch in the buffet can be hectic if you time it wrongly,and you can have a wait for a table.

The drinks are no more expensive than other lines, but there is the dreaded surcharge of 15%, which is excessive compared to other lines. They also add 7 euro per person per day for gratuities We didn't complain as we experienced excellent service all the way.

The entertainment varies but was generally good. The team work More very hard. The itinerary is very busy with a port every day, but with some of these you don't arrive to after lunch, giving you a relaxing morning. We only took 1 excursion to Athens, as normally you only get 4-5 hours in each port, and they're expensive.

Disembarkation was well organised and you do get some time to explore Venice. However MSC did change our flights 4 weeks before departure, moving us from a 17.40 to 23.10 departure to Gatwick. I did make a formal complaint and they did compensate us for having to book an additional hotel night in Gatwick. Also they did drop us at Venice airport at 4.30, meaning we spent nearly 7 hours there.

Would I recommend the MSC Musica...definitely, but organise your own flights. Less

Published 08/13/11

Cabin review: 611065

Balcony Cabin - 11065 and 9033..smaller than Fantasia, but larger than RCI. Probably the quietest cabin we've had, but with MSC you can't turn off the Air-con. Wardrobe space is adequate. Fixtures and fittings are excellent considering the ship is now 5+ years old.

Port and Shore Excursions

Took an excursion into Athens,which was hot at 40 degrees, as it is approx 20-25 mins from Piraeus port. The walk up to the Acropolis is not as bad a some say, and was completed at 9am before it got too busy.

Within walking distance of the port. We strolled around the old town and visited the cathedral.

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Free shuttle takes you to the port gates, where a shuttle into Corfu town is provided, at a cost. The old town has plenty of shops, including Marks and Spencer.

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The port is located 15 mins drive from the walled city, and therefore a shuttle is provided at a cost. However you can take the service bus if you feel more adventurous, for about a third of the shuttle cost. The city is one of the most beautiful in europe and should not be missed. Although the Croatian currency is the Kuna, they do take payment in Euros.

Small greek town within walking distance. Plenty of tourist shops and good bars. Town beach isn't great.

Tendered ashore. Very nice town with plenty of shops and bars on a level walk. Drinks are very cheap even in the waterfront bars.

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The queue for the cable car can be long...tok as an hour as 5 cruise ships were in. Didn't have enough time for a good look around . Decided to walk down the path which is very slippery and smelly due to the horses transporting tourists. which is the alternative to the cable car.

MSC arrange a water shuttle to St Marks for 15 euro. If disembarking you can leave bags in the port left luggage. One of the must see places in the world. Words cannot describe.
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