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16 MSC Cruises Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

firstly, the cruise to nowhere was nice and relaxing but the time on board was to short, the trip says 3 days and 2 nights but we didn't spend 3 days, on Monday we had to leave the ship at 8. the 11 deck food not so good, the ... Read More
firstly, the cruise to nowhere was nice and relaxing but the time on board was to short, the trip says 3 days and 2 nights but we didn't spend 3 days, on Monday we had to leave the ship at 8. the 11 deck food not so good, the place smells bad. the crockery was also dirty. the cabins are ok the food on the 5 deck was lovely. the dinner portions are very small the soups was lovely the beef burgers should be reviewed, taste bad. the queues for lunch on the first day is a put off the pizza was good the juice from the machine must be changed the ice cream was lovely the public toilets was dirty the crew on board are very friendly and helpful I travelled with a 5 year old, and she enjoyed it over all the experience was good, I will go again Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was a first cruise and a trial cruise for us and if three days on board MSC Sinfonia is any indication what cruising is really about, we'll never do it again! We can heartily recommend the suite cabins with balconies which are ... Read More
This was a first cruise and a trial cruise for us and if three days on board MSC Sinfonia is any indication what cruising is really about, we'll never do it again! We can heartily recommend the suite cabins with balconies which are quite spacious and comfortable.If you're a light sleeper, be careful of your cabin choice. We were in cabin 1040 which was underneath the entertainment deck and at 2.30am on Sunday morning, the 'entertainment' was still in full swing. The cabin had plenty of two-pin plug sockets so bring your adapters if you're from overseas. The TV selection was good - all the movie channels and news. Premium sports are broadcast in the bar only. Full bath with shower in the bathroom but no amenities apart from a shower cap and two ugly wall dispensers with body wash and shampoo. The staff we dealt with in the cabin and the restaurant were terrific. That's the good news. The embarkation was a three hour-plus ordeal with hundreds of us corralled and shuffling through a sweaty barn on the docks in 30C degrees. We are two healthy adults but it was a terrible experience for elderly people and for parents with young children. Boarding was supposed to start at 10am and we got there at 10.15am. People who got there earlier said they boarded with relative ease. We got on deck at 1.25pm and then were called for the emergency drill on deck and ended up standing around for another 30 minutes. It's not a good way to start any holiday. MSC point the blame at immigration officials for the delay in embarkation but they really need to sort something out because it's a ridiculous situation. The food on board was dreadful. We're used to buffet restaurants in large hotels but I've never seen anything so badly run as the main terrace restaurant on MSC Sinfonia. First of all it's far too small to cater for the thousands on board. As a result mealtimes are a virtual scrum. The variety of food and the standard of food were absolutely dismal. It didn't matter what time of day you tried to eat there - the hot food was always cold and the cold selection was minimal. The salad bar was a dismal joke - limp lettuce, tomato and sweetcorn with salami and 'ham' slivers which appeared to have a white face printed on it. The fruit selection consisted of three different types of melon and a fruit salad consisting of the same three different types of melon with a little pineapple mixed in. The pizza bar and fast food station - burgers and frankfurters - located just outside the buffet served food that was hot at least. The Galleone Restaurant offered a more civilised environment for breakfast and lunch but the food wasn't much better. Dinner seating is allocated and almost all the tables are for four, six or eight passengers so couples will almost always be sharing. Dining times are also strictly allocated - 6pm or 8.30pm. The menu selection is good but the food in our allocated restaurant - think it's called Il Covo - was always served lukewarm to cold. Room service food continues with the same standards - there's a limited menu of mostly stale sandwiches available and pizza is available after 8pm. Everything on board is priced in American dollars which makes it expensive for South Africans. We felt that wine prices were reasonable - ranging from around $12 to $18 per bottle but 15% service charge is added to everything. We bought an internet package before boarding but we were charged for another package on board and it couldn't be refunded before we disembarked because who ever was in charge 'wasn't answering his phone'. Portuguese Island was the only excursion offered on our mini-cruise. It's an uninhabited island. My husband opted for a snorkling trip but there was no visibility in the water so it was pretty uneventful. It's a day at the beach with a barbecue where once again they managed to serve unedibly cold food. Overall we'd give it a big thumbs down. Even the brilliant sunshine and the Indian Ocean and the cabin weren't enough to overcome all the negatives. There's far more enjoyable ways to spend your money! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
If you enjoy bad service, filth and bad food then this trip is for you. My wife, 3 yr old and myself went on the cruise to nowhere ex Durban on 29 Jan 2016. We booked a suite which was the only good part of the trip as it was large and ... Read More
If you enjoy bad service, filth and bad food then this trip is for you. My wife, 3 yr old and myself went on the cruise to nowhere ex Durban on 29 Jan 2016. We booked a suite which was the only good part of the trip as it was large and luxurious with a balcony. However everything else was terrible. The worst was the hygiene. Cups were always stained with "stuff" encrusted at the bottom, on the lip and sides. There was vomit on carpets that were never cleaned the whole 2 days at sea. Linen and towels were terribly stained. Then the food -really awful and bland. It is all you can eat but the food is so terrible that you don't wanna. Also the buffet kept running out of food and you had to wait about an hour before the next batch was prepared. No complimentary juices at lunch or dinner, only at breakfast The fine dining was a bit better but nothing grand as you would expect. And don't bother complaining - it would be a miracle to see any senior personnel at the stations and the others you complain to just shrug their shoulders and do nothing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first ever cruise and a 2 nigh "taster cruise", this has put us off cruising for ever. first two and a half hour wait in southampton in a humid marquee, arrived on time at 11am, to be herded into a marquee with no ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and a 2 nigh "taster cruise", this has put us off cruising for ever. first two and a half hour wait in southampton in a humid marquee, arrived on time at 11am, to be herded into a marquee with no explanation as to why, then endured 2.5 hours of waiting with insufficient seating. you could not get served in bars, half an hour wait minimum, with extremely rude staff, telling you to sit down for waiter service, but there were no waiters or waitress, if you went direct to bar to try and get a drink, you were spoken to very rudely and told to sit down. I dont think I talked to one other passenger who wasnt suffering the same, this continued through out the cruise., with arguments and complaints about lack of service and rude staff all over the place I will never, never use MSC again and if this was their idea of trying to get me to book a big cruise by "enjoying one of ther taster cruises, then they are living in cloud cuckoo land. a very disgusted and once only cruise passenger Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Although only a 3 day cruise, we lost most of our leisure time to queues. Good points: Ship and decor wasn't bad, shows were reasonable. Bad points: It took over 3 hours just to get to check-in - we were issued with a waiting ... Read More
Although only a 3 day cruise, we lost most of our leisure time to queues. Good points: Ship and decor wasn't bad, shows were reasonable. Bad points: It took over 3 hours just to get to check-in - we were issued with a waiting number (16) but their numbers only went up to 20, then they reissued 1 onwards. So after waiting 2 1/2 hours for 16 to come up, new passengers arriving were given low numbers and by-passed the queue! There was a SERIOUS lack of staff in the bars - the main bar held about 120 passengers, but there was only ONE waiter. Average wait for a drink: 45-60 minutes. When a friend complained to a passing officer, he raised his voice to her and told her to go to another bar if she wasn't happy! A glass of water with meals had to be paid for. No tea or coffee after the meal. Safety drill was a farce. Nobody could see the life jacket demo. MSC need to check out Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Princess to see how it should be done. Staff never smiled, never spoke unless they had to and bar staff avoided eye contact while ignoring you. Never again!!!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Like other passengers on this ship, we too have been on a number of cruises, so know how things work. We arrived early only to be herded In to a marquee where we waited for around 3 hours before boarding. The refreshments were chargeable, ... Read More
Like other passengers on this ship, we too have been on a number of cruises, so know how things work. We arrived early only to be herded In to a marquee where we waited for around 3 hours before boarding. The refreshments were chargeable, in view of the time waiting, these should have been complimentary. Finally we boarded and decided to purchase the two day drinks package. We were then told we had to queue at reception to get them activated. This took around 20 minutes. We then noticed that, although we and our friends had booked at the same time and asked to be seated together at first dining sitting, we were given second (not a problem) but were seated on totally different tables!! More queuing to get this rectified. Fine we thought, let,s get some lunch and chill with a drink from the bar. Firstly, before we could get any lunch, we had to clean our table, followed by some luke warm food from the buffet. Now to the bar to relax before the safety drill at 3.30. It took around 30 minutes to get a drink and several male passengers complained at reception without success. Evening meal was awful. This was to be at 8.30 the doors didn't,t open until 8.40 and we did not get a menu until almost 9 pm. There were no rolls or jug of water on the table. We were handed bread, eventually. Four times we asked for water and wine, but we're ignored. The five course meal was terrible. The mozzarella was tasteless, the soup watery, the salad was an iceberg lettuce floating in water and my turkey was rubbery. Our friend asked for the cheese and biscuits, but only received cheese. When he pointed this out, the waiter took the cheese away and then gave him a plate of crackers minus the cheese. What a shambles. It appeared to us that there were not enough staff, and those that were available were sullen and unhelpful. It seemed that the staff were left to muddle through without any leadership. The final straw was being told to vacate the cabin at 6.30 am.All the other cruises we have been on are around 8 am. Many of the passengers we spoke to said it was their first experience at cruising and would be their last. We told them that this was the worst cruise we had been on and would not cruise with MSC again., so not to be put off cruising by this weekend experience. There are much better cruise liners around. We feel that MSC missed a golden opportunity to showcase themselves, instead the blew it.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our first cruise on a ship. It was a local promotion which was really great value for money. My review is split between good and bad things: Good things: what a fantastic way to enjoy the ocean. 3 nights was a good trial and for ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a ship. It was a local promotion which was really great value for money. My review is split between good and bad things: Good things: what a fantastic way to enjoy the ocean. 3 nights was a good trial and for us it was definitely a winner and we loved it. We enjoyed the Turkish baths and the relaxation spa area was a great breakaway from the crowds on deck 11. Food galore - so you defintely won't starve but if you are watching your weight - be warned - temptation is everywhere. The pizza is basic magherita and the other choice was vegetarion - but oh so super delicious. We loved the Buddha Bar - chilled music and some really great artists. Bad things: Stricter rules on use of the Turkish baths should be implemented. Persons under the age of 18 should not be allowed. There were noisy children running in and out of the showers and the baths which was very disruptive. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 8 - the bed linen really needs an upgrade badly - horrible pillows - you can feel the knobly sponge. The blanket was very worn out and tired and the beds were hard and uncomfortable. My husband and I are not "big" people, yet we found the shower area to be cramped. I don't know how the bigger sized people shower. We never got to enjoy the jaccuzi in the pool area - again - overun by children and certain guests just totally hogged the jacuzzi. The embarkment procedure at Cape Town harbour was totally disorganised and a long wait of 2.5 hours was not pleasant. There needs to be better signage and queue management. Several very confused passengers were trying to fathom out where to go. I did my booking on-line and thought I was specific about my request for restaurant seating but it seems this request was not actioned and then it was frustrating to get this changed once on board. Only the maitre d could change the seating arrangments and it was difficut to get hold of him. I would definitely upgrade to a suite on our next trip - yes we will defintely go on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Ship is just beautiful, huge and sparkling clean We were on the 3 night "US Inagural"..and enjoyed the fireworks and music as we sailed away My balcony cabin was spacious and decor was lovely. Entertainment was ... Read More
Ship is just beautiful, huge and sparkling clean We were on the 3 night "US Inagural"..and enjoyed the fireworks and music as we sailed away My balcony cabin was spacious and decor was lovely. Entertainment was fantastic....the usual huge MSC cast dancing/singing plus Cirque type European acrobats and performers...what a show Fly in acts Scott Record - comedy and impersonations - fantastic Abba tribute - fantastic....Michael Jackson tribute fantastic plus tons of different live duos and groups in the lounges I loved the food - huge shrimp cocktail at dinner....great new menus...fantastic food Buffet is so much improved from when I took my first MSC cruise in 2011 - it is open 20 hours a day now Not just Italian food - go back to the Ethnic Corner...check out the cheeses too..what other ship offers brie cheese and dried apricots?? Love it. They also offer orange, pineapple and cranberry juice plus ice tea from morning till 5 pm...wow :) I also loved our buffet server Mr Wayne Goode - a new hire who worked for Royal for years....what a nice guy and a real asset to MSC. I found the ship to be more fun and yes...more American :) The 9 pm dining was a big complaint with my group tho...however they have made it clear this was for this cruise only.....so I don't see the need to keep complaining. Washcloths?? They would give them if asked...I am sure they have other things to tweak. NO more 5 languages at every show...the new cruise director was cool - English ONLY Food is good ...drinks are cheap compared to other cruise lines....yes the weather was pretty rainy, we missed the private island....but there was lots to do on ship and it was great I am making plans for my next Divina cruise...thanks MSC Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
A short review of our cruise. We take this year a cruise with MSC Opera on 11 July for 9 days and pay the full price. First of all many storm and bad weather, ok that?s the risk if you take a cruise on the Atlantic. But the cruise ... Read More
A short review of our cruise. We take this year a cruise with MSC Opera on 11 July for 9 days and pay the full price. First of all many storm and bad weather, ok that?s the risk if you take a cruise on the Atlantic. But the cruise self on the MSC Opera was a very bad experience. The food was very bad, first day we get coffee in china ware but from the second day only in Tupperware cups. The food self was real rubbish or you eat in the big dining room or buffet it was every day the same trash even crewmembers complain. They have no real kitchen but the most are all microwave pushers. No other restaurants on board so you have no choice. No glas water by diner unless you pay for it, nothing is for free except poor coffee which you have to search all over the place. Many crewmembers if they get on shore the first what they did was searching for decent food for them self and other crewmembers. The theatre was far to small and very limited shows of low quality. In fact it was just a boring ship and not much to do. The crewmembers are very friendly and helpful and service was ok. The staff was a bit chaotic and could not deal with critics. Result, we will never take a cruise again with MSC. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
MSC POESIA REVIEW We were just on the MSC Poesia (pronounced Poh eh see ya) for an overnight to check out the ship, the food and the service. What follows is my review: The first thing that you notice when you get on board is that the ... Read More
MSC POESIA REVIEW We were just on the MSC Poesia (pronounced Poh eh see ya) for an overnight to check out the ship, the food and the service. What follows is my review: The first thing that you notice when you get on board is that the ship is GORGEOUS! One of the prettiest that I have ever seen. When you embark on the ship, you are greeted with white glove service. On many ships, you must wait for an announcement before you can go to your cabin. On MSC, a room steward takes your bag as soon as you get on the ship and escorts you to your room. When you arrive at your cabin, you must put your key card in a slot near the bathroom to turn on the lights (you don't have to leave it there). Many European hotels have the same system. The cabins are similar to those on most other mid level cruise lines. Inside cabins are 151 square feet, outside cabins are 183 square feet and balcony cabins range from 199 square feet to 234 square feet. Furnishings are brand new and okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. The double closet has ample room for hanging clothing. You have a room safe. There are 6 drawers in one closet and a few other drawers in the desk and in the two night tables. It is okay for a one week cruise, but not for a very long cruise. I found a hair dryer in one of the desk drawers. The bathroom has an electric outlet above the mirror, sink, toilet and a stall shower. The sink has a liquid soap dispenser. The shower has dispensers for shampoo and body wash. If you prefer a bar soap or use hair conditioner, I would suggest that you bring your own. We went to the show in the Carlo Felice Theater. Acoustics were excellent. There were virtually no columns to block your view and the stadium seating made it easy to see from any seat. The seats were comfortable. They had no tables or cup holders for drinks. I have been to theaters on other cruise lines where waiters were bringing drinks to patrons and interrupted your view of the show. I was pleased that there was none of that on our ship. The show started with a very talented magician. There were two excellent acrobatic troupes. As good as any I've ever seen. The dancers were energetic and talented. The costumes and sets were very pretty. They finished with two excellent opera singers. I feel that the shows on MSC are wonderful. We went to dinner at the La Fontane restaurant. The service was excellent. We started with a very good shrimp cocktail (jumbo shrimp, nice and firm). We then had a wonderful eggplant parmesan appetizer. I had prime rib. It was cooked the way I asked them and the accompaniments were very good. The prime rib was good. I am not a big fan of beef on cruise ships. This was as good as others that I have had on other cruise lines. My wife had pasta with lobster and a light tomato sauce. She said that the sauce was tasty, but the pieces of lobster were small. We finished with an excellent tiramisu and coffee for my wife and Earl Gray tea for myself. We were happy with our dining experience. After dinner, we went to some of the lounges. The Zebra Bar had plenty of room and had a combo playing dance music and singing. My Pina Colada was excellent. The standard wine and champagne were fine. Drinks were very reasonably priced (5 oz glasses of wine started at $4 per glass). We then went to the Bar de Poeti where we listened to a piano player and his combo play jazz. By the atrium, there was a piano player and some violinists playing beautiful music. We walked into the Pigalle Lounge (where they permitted smoking) and left right away. We then continued to the S32 Disco where the place was hopping. The following morning we went to a buffet breakfast in the Villa Pompeiana dining room. It was comparable to other breakfast buffets that we have had. MSC is a quiet ship compared to many other cruise lines. Announcements were few and far between. The crew is multilingual. We had no problem communicating. In summary, we were very happy with the MSC Poesia and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We were invited to attend this all inclusive event onboard MSC Magnifica and expected the highest levels of service and food as they were basically tempting travel agents to go out and get people to book with them. Arrival at Southampton ... Read More
We were invited to attend this all inclusive event onboard MSC Magnifica and expected the highest levels of service and food as they were basically tempting travel agents to go out and get people to book with them. Arrival at Southampton and security checks were quick and easy and we were told to wait in the seating area. Drinks and snacks were provided free of charge. Actually getting to check in though was a different matter we were not told that as we weren't part of the Thomas Cook group that we could have used the suite guests check in lane and have been onboard with 15minutes of the check ins opening instead it was nearly an hour later. Upon boarding the ship our hand luggage was taken from us by staff who then escorted us to our cabins unlike the pointing you vaguely in the direction that you get so often nowadays. Our balcony cabin was nicely decorated and fitted out with more colour than on other ships. The red and black colour scheme gave it a luxurious feel alongs side the walnut coloured furniture. We were provided with threee wardrobes and a few drawers but there was plenty of space under the bed for cases. The cabins are all equipped with flat screen TVs, Hairdryers at the dressing tables and a mini bar. There is plenty of storage space in the bathroom and shower gel & shampoo are provided in wall mounted dispensers. On the balcony itself there were two chairs and a small table which were comfortable. Dining was problamatic and a let down over all ~ food was bland and presented with out any flair, quite often it was cold. On a table for 8 two people had to send meat back for further cooking even though they had ordered it medium well, desserts we missed out and the dining room was very noisy and quite tight space wise ~ I don't think the noise level was helped as we were seated at the side of the waiter station. Decor throughout the ship is opulent with lots of gold and brass in evidence and decadent purples. Smoking is allowed in all bars on the port side apart from the nightclub and does have a tendency to drift. The atrium is a very nice area with plenty of seating and a classical trio playing in the afternoons and evenings. Some areas on the ship have been changed from those in the original brochures which caused a few problems when we were looking for the bar that was hosting our Meet & Greet. The Yacht Club Suites were still being completed whilst we were onboard and a few of the rear cabins were still awaiting the lights on the balcony to be wired in. The pool decks were nice and pleasantly arranged with a stage area near the unenclosed pool whilst the pool with the magrodome had pleanty of chairs and tables surrounding it along with a bar and ice cream servery. The Sports bar was one of the most impressive on the ship with a self leveling pool table plenty of TVs and food available from the bar. The spa area features a smoothie bar for you sip whilst awaiting your appoinment. I had a mini back massage and felt totally relaxed but the prices were steep ~ you would probably be aswell waiting to see if any specials are offered on port days. Overall the staff were polite & efficent but they could do with some extra attention from the trainers for the waiters in the restaurant. Food was OK but again could do with a little extra attention and seasoning. The ship is glitzy to look at but not in the over the top carnival way and I do wonder if the childrens club will be large enough during times of peak demand? Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
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