Just not for us: MSC Musica Cruise Review by SeedyDarling

MSC Musica 2
Member Since 2011

Overall Member Rating

Just not for us

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
First, the good points.
Beautiful ship, very clean, cabins excellent, wonderful theatre, buffet food excellent, destinations worth visiting again (but NOT on a cruise ship), catering, cabin and bar staff wonderful (virtually all Indonesian, really nice people).
The bad bits far outweigh the good bits and made it very difficult for us to enjoy the holiday. There were 8 of us in 4 cabins. The ship catered for 2500 people, over 50% of which were under 45 with quite a few children (despite our booking being within school term). The pool area was mobbed, with inane dance lessons from the entertainment team using a tannoy, extreme noise. As a result we never got to use the pool area. At Santorini, 3 cruise ships anchored at the same time. We spent 4 hours on the island, 2.5 of which were spent queueing for the cable car and tender to the ship. It was chaotic and quite unnerving; people can be very ill mannered when in a mass queue.
Bar prices were very expensive with a mandatory More 15% service charge on top of everything purchased. Excursions are expensive, average 64 per person with poor value (bus rides with a guide in the main).
For every trip, people had to be coralled and queued. Management are Italian and, with some exceptions, very arrogant. On our last trip (to Venice) there was an inordinate wait on the internal stairs of 20 minutes while the tenders came to the ship. We should have been allowed to wait in the lounge. No explanation or apology was offerred. When queried on it, they still tried to justify it.
Food in our allocated restaurant was very meagre and much too formal. I've eaten bigger sandwiches than ALL the main courses we were presented with. It is much more sensible to eat in the buffet, without the formality.
However, use the buffet some time after it opens. A massive hungry and unruly crowd of cruisers descend on it like locusts at first opening. This is especially true at early breakfast, where cruisers are going on early excursions; not a place to be!
All of the 8 people in our group feel the same and as a result would not travel on an Italian managed ship Less

Published 10/20/11

Cabin review: 1210089

very happy, we were on Port side and seemed to have the sun most of the time, a little small but generally functional and pleasant

Port and Shore Excursions

A must for all travellers but again I would like to visit separately with more time. An historic city with lots to see and do and pleasant people.

not sure why Cruise ships stop here; a big port and not much else
Read 141 Bari Reviews

Fabulous electric storm while we were in port; torrential rain; we didn't disembark so cannot comment on the town and island
Read 499 Corfu Reviews

Truly the pearl of the Adriatic; fantastic reconstruction after the war; the walled town is a must see; has a wonderful history; you will want to return

Not a lot going for it unless one takes in the "Ancient Greece" trip. Some wonderful beaches to the south but not enough time at this port to allow.

expensive (5 for a local beer); arrived at night and left before morning so unable to give a detailed review
Read 820 Mykonos Reviews

Absolutely stunning IF you don't have to use the cable car!! It was like trying to get off the Titanic, with less decorum!

Wonderful city, want to visit again but not on a cruise.
Read 1126 Venice Reviews

Compare Prices on MSC Musica Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Read more MSC Musica cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s MSC Musica Review >>

Compare Prices on MSC Musica Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Member Since 2011
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See MSC Musica deals up to 82% off:

September Deals
MSC Musica 45% Loved It

7 Night Mediterranean Cruise
See all MSC Musica Deals >>