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249 MSC Barcelona Cruise Reviews
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ilovegoldens
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
1 forum post
25 helpful votes
I don't like to be completely negative in my reviews, so let's start with a positive:- It's a beautiful ship. That really is the only thing I can think of in it's favour. We embarked Meraviglia as a family of 5 at Barcelona. We ... Read more
alxime2000
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
We take two cruises a year and this is the first time we saw a disaster in the accommodation for the sitting at restaurants and fine-dining establishments. The service was terrible, with absolutely no manners from any part of the crew or ... Read more
gquinn
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
30 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Fantastic ship and great entertainment. Food in 5 dining rooms was poor. Cold food and slow service. Moussaka and risotto like stodge. And tasteless. Small portions for a three course meal. The roast beef was the only decent main ... Read more
seahorsesmalta
Member Since 2017
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We have travelled on various Msc ships, and really enjoyed the experience. This is their first venture into large ships, and they haven't got it right. The buffet area seating increases in size, but the service area has not, its chaos ... Read more
tinhat1234
Member Since 2017
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
The ship is very nice, we boarded at Genoa for 7 nights. We have never done MSC, always Celebrity, NCL etc so was looking forward to a change. It certainly was!! We had booked Aurea class so checking in was quick as you by-pass the ... Read more
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Retired Adventurer
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
This is my first cruise and i really loved it. We embarked at Barcelona and it was very easy and no hiccups, arrived on board at noon and rooms were ready at 1.30pm. Our room was 8012 no balcony but a large porthole view. Room was a ... Read more
shem56
Member Since 2008
1 review
3 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We normally go with NCL and the cruise we were planning to do on the Norwegian Epic was full and our travel agent suggested giving MSC a go. We were very apprehensive about this due to reviews we have seen about food etc. However, it was ... Read more
mcmuff
Member Since 2012
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We booked this mini cruise as an alternative to a break in Barcelona over Easter. AT the time of booking we had to fly from Dublin (Aer Lingus) as flights from Northern Ireland were not available on the websites and as there were 6 adults ... Read more
TheHannans
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise experience, so im writing this without a comparison to other cruises. I was a tad worried about the MSC Fantasia, based on some reviews - they were unfounded! We were on a Genovo - Barcelona - Marseilles - ... Read more
ilovegoldens
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
1 forum post
31 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise as there wasn't a lot of choice for the time of year. We have visited most of the ports before, so the main purpose of this trip was to chill out. We are seasoned cruisers and have used most of the main cruse lines, ... Read more
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cruiserre
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
29 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Many MSC fans will take issue with my review, but I write it to help cruisers who have traveled with other lines - for you, I believe you will rate your experience on this MSC ship as only average. But let me say some good things first- ... Read more
Rockpebblar
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Selected this cruise as a late break when very little choices were available at the time. Initially we were very impressed with the speed of embarkation at Barcelona, but this was quickly dispelled by having to wait around for some time ... Read more
silver seas
Member Since 2017
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We had never cruised with MSC and choose this one for price and a wedding anniversary but we were very disappointed. Embarkation went smoothly and we were allowed on the ship early due to the weather in Barcelona. The cabin was a decent ... Read more
neikirkcd
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Great value for the dollar with an interesting itinerary. Prior to departure we were given a complimentary upgrade to the exclusive yacht club. Upon arrival at the port in Barcelona, we were seated and offered champagne. After about a ... Read more
Cruising 2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After reading reviews before we left I was unsure what to expect as some were very negative about the food, entertainment and the overall experience. We travelled as a family in January 2017 and found the following: The ship was ... Read more
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Swale
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our annual vacation over the Christmas period and even though the weather was not great, we thought it would be good first-time cruise experience. Embarkation/disembarkation was fairly painless ... Read more
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Maurobin
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Pre-trip - we had to ask for the itinerary about a week before we left and then received it in Spanish. When I asked for an English copy I was told there wasn't one yet a German lady on the coach had an English copy. The coach journey ... Read more
Oak Hill Cruisers
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,048 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Low price attracted us to this cruise. After interior cabins sold out, we booked an outside view. After booking, we got reciprocity for our RCI diamond plus status which gave us Black Card status on MSC. We also got a 5% discount on our ... Read more
Dax5741
Member Since 2009
1 review
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
First of all, my expectations were somewhat lower than for other cruises on Princess & NCL. I had read numerous reviews about MSC's notoriously bad service and was prepared to experience what these other passengers went through. ... Read more
JagDeeAb
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
When researching for an European cruise for Christmas holidays we came across this which was of quite low tariff. Having sailed in semi-luxury cruises before we were somewhat concerned about this cruise because of relatively low charges. ... Read more
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Inge timmy123
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We joined the cruise at Barcelona, as did many others. There was one girl directing people and one desk open. It was a shambles. The staff of Fantasia have no concept of queueing.They brought a party in front and signed them in in front ... Read more
J.Thomas
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I had previously sailed on the OPERA on her maiden voyage, that was wonderful. I had expected this cruise to match that one. I was wrong. Everything, but everything had to be paid for, right down to water on ... Read more
Rrr3h
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
The sheer hard work, friendliness and professionalism of the on board staff would be hard to better. The food is of a high standard, abundant and beautifully presented. Our cabin was superb, well attended, comfortable and clean as a new ... Read more
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joern
Member Since 2016
1 review
59 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we were certainly not disappointed. The ship was fantastic and all the staff were always smiling. Food was very good, all though I was surprised that they could not make a real caparchio. We had a balcony ... Read more
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mulcaster1
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Our first ever cruise! We joined friends at a weaker moment, worried we would be too young, wouldn't like the experience, sea sick and bored!! Well we could not be father from the truth. It was amazing. Loved the ship, so big there ... Read more
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