MSC Cruises out of Venice: MSC Musica Cruise Review by Lisa Loves Cruising

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Lisa Loves Cruising
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MSC Cruises out of Venice

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
On the whole this was a perfectly acceptable ship and line but there are some things of which potential cruisers should be aware: This was an Italian cruise line out of Italy so English speaking folks were in the minority--not much of a problem as the crew members speak so many different languages.

Though the water is perfectly fine to drink from the tap they will not give it to you at meals (except for one small glass at breakfast only). You will have to buy ALL beverages including water, soda, wine, coffee and tea in the restaurants. In the cafeteria, which is only open certain hours, they have a water dispenser with juice-glass-sized cups. US and Canadian guests get vouchers for 1 L bottle per cabin per day, which is not much when divided among 2 or 3 people. However, no one objected when I purchased a bottle of wine and some Diet Coke on shore and brought it back to the room, or walked into the restaurant with a re-filled liter bottle of water.

I have never seen More so many children on a cruise ship. They weren't badly behaved, but it seemed at least 1/3 of the guests were under 18, so be prepared for crying babies at dinnertime. Too many to be occupied by a children's program. Forget the children's pool, which is a wading pool the diameter of a small jacuzzi, and no adult's-only pool. We also had a family that always returned from some late program about 11:30 and had no problem with their children running and shouting up and down the hall every single night.

Do not attempt the internet cafe. It's 4 euros for 10 minutes or some such, but in 10 minutes you won't even have the internet up and then your email will freeze. You can expect this from the many empty chairs in the internet cafe.

Double check excursion meeting places since they may group people for the same excursion in different rooms depending on languages spoken.

For a cruise through the Greek Isles there was no Greek food served, only Italian (which was fine with me, just pointing it out). You're in port every day, which was wonderful but inevitably created a zoo in the cafeteria when guests all returned at the same time.

Otherwise we enjoyed the cruise and the Greek Isles are beautiful. Less

Published 10/23/11

Cabin review: 4

Port and Shore Excursions

Get at least 4 people together in advance and share a taxi to the beautiful beach on the other side of the island. We stumbled on a driver raised in Australia who drove us to the beach, took no money, just our name and ship, and returned on the dot to pick us up and return us to our ship for 100 euros total.
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