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4 MSC Cruises Guadeloupe Cruise Reviews

After reading all the reviews I went with an open mind and little expectation Boarding was easy at Southampton and we were onboard by 1 pm Quick lunch in buffet and off we went to explore. Preziosa is a big ship and beautiful.The ... Read More
After reading all the reviews I went with an open mind and little expectation Boarding was easy at Southampton and we were onboard by 1 pm Quick lunch in buffet and off we went to explore. Preziosa is a big ship and beautiful.The bars are big and plush. We had an inside on 11 and it was spacious and clean and kept nice every day. Food.......wasn't very good.Buffet a nightmare for breakfast MDR not much better for breakfast either. Shows were ok but the same every night.Bar entertainment was a pianist or a couple singing.....all very average. Ports were miles out so a shuttle charge of 17 a person was expected on some hardly no walk offs Hamburg was closed on Sunday I wouldn't recommend European cities myself again. Days at sea nothing much was put on for entertainment..no films or activities. Bars are very busy at night and drinks very very dear a beer e8 wine e8 bottle water e4 Drink packages a must if you drink. Staff were nice friendly and helpful. MSC are def a 3 star ship Iv done several lines and I'm easily pleased and let a lot go over my head but MSC need to up thier game. It's the little things IMO We were lucky with weather though. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Wanted to find an itinerary that suited everyone. We were a group of 6 adults with 3 children and wanted to leave after xmas. We flew with Air Transat (cruise and flight package) embarked in Guadeloupe for a 7 day cruise which included ... Read More
Wanted to find an itinerary that suited everyone. We were a group of 6 adults with 3 children and wanted to leave after xmas. We flew with Air Transat (cruise and flight package) embarked in Guadeloupe for a 7 day cruise which included Tortola, St-Maarten, Dominica, St-Kitts, Antigua and Martinique. We had 3 balcony staterooms on deck 11. The ship is nice, many bars and lounges. Elevators were always slow. Our rooms were clean and our steward was efficient and pleasant. Wide variety of food at buffet, lots of fruit, veggies and salad .It can be hit or miss but it pays to circle the buffet as the dishes are not always replicated on both sides. Dining-room food wasn't too great, plate presentations need to be improved. You must purchase regular water to drink, no water pitchers available. Didn't like the wrapped hamburgers that were available. We didn't purchase any excursions with the ship. We managed visiting each island on our own. Fort de France has a beautiful botanical garden. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We took this cruise from Guadalupe for seven days. Ship is great and very modern. The main issue we had was that everything is so disorganized. You can ask the same question to numerous employees and get a different answer each time. We ... Read More
We took this cruise from Guadalupe for seven days. Ship is great and very modern. The main issue we had was that everything is so disorganized. You can ask the same question to numerous employees and get a different answer each time. We spent a good part of our vacation resolving issues. Another issue was with the restaurants. Very ordinary food and in small quantities. Again, disorganized service with servers that have trouble communicating and who do not know details of the menu. Entertainment was so so. They use their staff for the shows so it becomes very repetitive. No special performers from the outside. We had very good service from our room stewart. Excursions were hit or miss and in certain cases seemed to be over-priced. They changed the base currency from USD to Euro between the time we finalysed our payment and the cruise date which impacted our total cruise cost. They also revamped their drink packages which meant that the wine package was no longer available. Only all inclusive drink packages were available, at ridiculous prices unless you drink full time. MSC is only a good cruise for those who haven’t experienced another cruise line. All and all, I will not cruise with MSC again, it is too frustrating dealing with them and there are too many negatives compared with the positives. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this 2 week cruise at Christmas because of the amazing itinerary. It visited some islands we hadn't visited before, including Guadeloupe, where we wanted to do the "Death in Paradise" tour, going to the locations ... Read More
We chose this 2 week cruise at Christmas because of the amazing itinerary. It visited some islands we hadn't visited before, including Guadeloupe, where we wanted to do the "Death in Paradise" tour, going to the locations used in the TV series. The ship didn't offer this but we booked an excellent tour through Viator. The ship looked clean and the decor was stylish, but our inside cabins 12135 and 12139 smelt strongly of cigarette smoke at some times of the day for the whole cruise. When we complained, reception staff were sympathetic and polite but ultimately ineffectual. They told us to call whenever it smelt bad and they would send someone up. We called but no-one turned up after the first occasion. On this occasion it was implied that the problem was due to the air intake for the air conditioning being on a smoking deck. As a previous reviewer has mentioned there are so many smoking areas, that cigarette smoke has infiltrated the whole air conditioning system, although all of the ship did not smell as bad as our cabins. We may have been unlucky with the air conditioning in these cabins as damp swimsuits took 3 times longer to dry than on other cruise ships. Also we did one previous MSC cruise on a different ship and I don't remember having the same problem. The other problem with this ship was no provision for gluten-free food in the buffet. The celiac in our party was told by a buffet manager he must eat only in the main dining room. This is disappointing as gluten-free pizzas and fries are available on other cruise lines. However the dining room staff were very good and friendly, as were the majority of staff on board. Finally, the embarkation in Pointe a Pitre was appalling. We were made to wait on the street until 14.00, one hour after the time we had been given, before the the port gates were opened, and then there was a stampede! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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