Arrogant Captain, Bad Food, Good Ports: MSC Poesia Cruise Review by gonetomontana

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Arrogant Captain, Bad Food, Good Ports

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Easy Embark Easy Disembark. Great Ports of Call. English, German, & Spanish speaking passengers were friendly. French Pas singers were pushy & were butting in line everywhere. We rented Cars at most ports. Budget Rent-a-car was great service & value, average excursion price for us was about $20.00 each person vs. Poesia Excursion at $80.00 each person. Bad experience at Quebec, 2 days in port. We purchased cruise shuttle tickets advertised as Hop-on-Hop off each day until 4:30 pm. We bought a 14 day Cruise package. When we came back to eat on the ship and go back out for the afternoon, we were herded into the back of a line of new cruisers with suitcases and no boarding passes. We should have been able to go on an off the ship as we did all other days. It was cold and started raining, no crew members around, when a passenger ask for a crew member to explain why we could not go on and off the ship with our boarding pass, he was chest-bumped by a Canada Customs Agent and More threatened to take him to jail. A call was made to the ship an no crew members came out to take care of us for about an hour. During that time we got soaking wet in 50 degree weather with the wind blowing. Finally after an hour 2 crew members came out and directed passengers with boarding passes to go straight to the ship after passing through two Airport Style luggage screener. I suppose the crew retreated to the ship when it started to rain and the customs people forced everyone to stand in line. This also caused Passengers getting boarding passes to be delayed also.

Don't buy INTERNET TIME. It is only accessible in the middle of the ship in a SMOKING Lounge. I bought 300 Minutes and used only 10. Ended up making $100.00 worth of Ship Telephone Calls because of lack of E-mail.

Cabin Steward & our Dinner Waiter were great. Menus were the same every night. The Lobster was Awful, tasteless and soggy, revolting! I got tired of the same meals. Maybe under a different Captain (he was arrogant), Different Head Chef, Different Cruise Director, the ship might be a good bet.

What's the deal with the French?

Entertain Staff was great in the Lounges, 2 ladies and 5 or more men. Frederico seem to be in charge and he and the others were GREAT!.

Beautiful Ship, Great Rooms, Plenty of Elevators, and much of the spa is available at no extra charge.

We would sail on the Poesia again if the price was right. Less

Published 11/01/11

Cabin review: 11

Port and Shore Excursions

Take an Arcadia National Park tour. Eat Lobster at Testa's and walk around town. Great Port.

Take the Old Town Trolley from the port. Stop at the stops you like and enjoy Boston. Paul Reveres House, North Church, Charles River, Old Ironsides - USS CONSTITUTION, Boston Common, etc. Skip the Harbor Cruise.
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Great, rent a car and go to Peggy's cove along the southern coast and come back in time to walk around the water front. Sydney, NS was the next port. Skip Alexander Bell Museum and just drive north along the east rout of the Cabot Trail to Ingonish and back. Beautiful! Rent a Car! Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was the next port. Wonderful!!!!!! Rent a car a drive west along the south coast and then north to Indian River the East to Cavendish (Ann of Green Gables) the South back to Charlottetown in time to shop around downtown.
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Harbor and Sailboats were great pictures. Coastal Drive Beautiful.
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If you have time to go the the old walled city and the waterfall across from Orleans Island, do both. If time is limited, go to the Old Walled City adjacent to the Plains of Abraham and on the north bank of the river. There is plenty to see and do there. Excellent photo opportunities. Next Port was Saint John, New Brunswick. Rent a car and drive to St. Martin or go on a whale watch.

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