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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We expected a better experience having been on other cruises such as Royal Carribean and Celebrity... Entertainment was so so, lots of passengers with nothing to do in the evening except stroll in the main inside concourse... The number of ... Read More
We expected a better experience having been on other cruises such as Royal Carribean and Celebrity... Entertainment was so so, lots of passengers with nothing to do in the evening except stroll in the main inside concourse... The number of seats inside is very limited for the total number of passengers who would be inside when weather is bad. One's only option is to stroll and keep on walking rounds on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors concourses and corridors (partially used for specialty restaurants. On other ships one could find a spot in the evening with music of his choice. Some announced activities never took place. We were debited for a service charge on a daily basis although our cruise ticket was fairly expensive. Breakfast area very noisy and crowded. Menu in the main restaurant was not up to par with what is expected. Something ought to be done to reduce the negative aspects. Read Less
33 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I was very apprehensive when reading such bad reviews about this brand new ship - we were pleasantly surprised with nearly everything. Most staff were very helpful & polite, cabin excellent, ship spotlessly clean, entertainment was ... Read More
I was very apprehensive when reading such bad reviews about this brand new ship - we were pleasantly surprised with nearly everything. Most staff were very helpful & polite, cabin excellent, ship spotlessly clean, entertainment was okay, food was good quality, drinks package excellent value. Excursions were very wel organised & excelent value for money. Embarkation also was excellent. My only gripes were that the buffet restaurant was extremely busy for breakfast ( resembled a cattle market at times) but compared to prices of other cruises MSC are very competitive. My biggest gripe being the total lack of respect & utter rudeness of fellow passengers (mainly Italian origin) . Two of them almost started a fight around the pool, all over a sunbed! Other passengers all commented about this being the only thing that spoilt their cruise. Inevitably this can happen on any cruise liner! I would definitely return on a MSC cruise in the future. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This is the 9th cruise trip I had so far. First time with MSC. We tooked NCL, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Princess before this on. The MSC Meraviglia is a brand new ship with maiden voyage in early June, 2017. Though we are extremely ... Read More
This is the 9th cruise trip I had so far. First time with MSC. We tooked NCL, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Princess before this on. The MSC Meraviglia is a brand new ship with maiden voyage in early June, 2017. Though we are extremely disappointed, on the service. I will use the word, Horrible, to describe the experience. 1. Cabin is extremely small. Not enough space for storage even just two persons. Our friend with four family members had a same size cabin. Keep in mind, the crew ration of this new ship is 3.8-3.9. While the other cruise lines keeps crew ration around 2.8-3.0. 2. While they provide a new my MSC smart phone app for most of the information for on-boarder, the front desk always have long line even during the night around 11 pm or midnight. Reason for that is the there are so many issues passengers encountered. a) Over charge the drinking package which supposed to be free as part of the deal. b) No clear communication on the VIP photo access cards they offered so the passengers are confused. c) Food provided in the complementary restaurants tastes really bad. Fish, meat are all over-cooked. Much less variety in buffet for breakfast and lunch compare to other cruise lines. Main dining rooms are not enough so formal dinner has to be served in half of the buffet dining hall. d) In order to get a drink of featured coffee or cocktail, you have to wait for 10 to 15 minutes in the bar until to be served. 3. Front desk personnel are rude and not helpful even in the medical office. a) My kid got cut on the side of ankle, when we visit the medical office the male receptionist was really not patient to offer a band-aid. b) While we tried to get to bed around 11:30 pm on the first night we were on the ship, loud music/drum noise can be clearly heard from upper level lounge. When I called the front desk, they said they will call the bar to lower the volume first. We waited for 15 minutes, nothing changed. We called again, they said they would have someone stopping by to check. Waited another 15 minutes, called again, eventually the guy came and confirm the noise after 10 minutes and promised to change. Nothing happened for another 10 minutes. I had to go to the front desk and waiting on the line for another 10 minutes, the receptionist told me to wait until 1 am when lounge close!!! And promised me it was only for that night. Since it was 12:40 am, We waited and finally got sleep after 1 am. Next night, again, same thing happened!! I went to the front desk to complain and was told to stay in the room for someone to come check again, and confirmed, and asked me to wait for the lounge to be closed by 1 am !!!! We requested to see the manager of the front desk, REFUSED. ..... And eventually the lounge closed at 1:30 am. That was the second night. The third day in the morning, we waited on the long line for the front desk manager reported the issue. Eventually, told to stop by in the evening to provided us another room. Which is extremely small. The bed is queen-size and cannot fit a sofa in the room!!! And have to move back to our old room during the last night of the cruise. 4. The steward for the switch room in 8079 is not a honest person. we missing 90 Euros during the evening dinner-show time on the sea-day. The day before my wallet was missing and eventually found it behind the side table. The next day, the money in the inner side pocket of my bag I left in the room but not in the safe disappear... We reported to the front desk during the disembarkation. [The receptionist said why we hadn't report early?!?!?!] Well, so much to talk about disappointment. But have to giving a thumbs up on the shows it provided. High quality of the shows with top performers including the dancers, singers. Though, they are really overloaded. 5 nights a week and 3 shows each night for the same set of the performers. So, our advise - Stay away from MSC if you want to enjoy a cruise trip. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
It was my 6th Cruise with MSC. Have earlier tried cruising with Orchestra, Poesia, Divina and Preziosa. Was good and value for money. Now should I try the new one. Meraviglia. Balcony cabin was nice. Breakfast and lunch in the Markedplace ... Read More
It was my 6th Cruise with MSC. Have earlier tried cruising with Orchestra, Poesia, Divina and Preziosa. Was good and value for money. Now should I try the new one. Meraviglia. Balcony cabin was nice. Breakfast and lunch in the Markedplace buffet was ok. Could also go to the restaurant in the ship and get it a la carde, but in the evening I was forced to go to the Markedplace restaurant. No carpets on the floor and very noicy up there. The waiters was not good. Forgot several times my orders. Said to the receptionist that I couldn't accept to be placed in this restaurant in the evenings. I would have to be placed in one of the main restaurants in the ship on deck 5 and 6. Here is a nice atmosphere, but it was not possible, because the ship was overbooked they told me. They put me on a waitinglist and then I dit not hear anything from them. The evening at Galla, 3 waiters came during the restaurant with the icecakes. After starter and main course I asked about the ice. There were no ice. Then they gave me a card so I could choose an another dessert. Think that they took the ice to the main restaurants. There were no photographs during the nights in the Markedplace restaurant, but in the gallery we could see all the photos from the main restaurants. Dissapointed. The show in the theater was bad. Not the same quality as on the other ships. Cirque du Soleil did we no see. Then you had to pay at least 15 euro. The bars was ok, especially the pub onboard. Very nice waiters here. Will not recommend this ship. Choose one of the other ships or another company. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
This was my second cruise with MSC (first one was in August 2014 on Fantasia). We travelled with 2 kids (aged 4 and 2) and I missed having a specific pool were families with small children could stay (with deck chairs, bar, etc). The ... Read More
This was my second cruise with MSC (first one was in August 2014 on Fantasia). We travelled with 2 kids (aged 4 and 2) and I missed having a specific pool were families with small children could stay (with deck chairs, bar, etc). The small covered kid's pool in most of the time in the shadow and the water is cold. The opening times of the kids' club for children under 3 is really scarce. The food, on the contrary, was varied and healthy. Service in general terms was much better on my first experience with MSC; this time I have not felt that cruise members were so helpful, gentle and implicated (staff at kid's club, cabin, waiters, etc). The night entertainment can be improved (in particular the Theater spectacles). The itinerary too (many of the destination were not really worth visiting). The cabin, the common areas and the food are really good. The main hall really impressive. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise so we have little to compare it with although we'd already seen some of the negative reviews posted. We went with an open mind and not necessarily expecting the best. The ship itself is gorgeous with wonderful ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we have little to compare it with although we'd already seen some of the negative reviews posted. We went with an open mind and not necessarily expecting the best. The ship itself is gorgeous with wonderful facilities many of which (from looking at other ships and reading reviews) must be world class at the moment. We had a duplex cabin, with hot tub, and was as such on the Aurea experience. This meant we had an all inclusive drinks package, my choice dining and access to the spa (as well as other bits and pieces). The MDR worked well and we were able to turn up when we wanted for dinner. It appeared that the other MDRs were working well have switched from the new Flexi Dining to classic. We didn't see any evidence of long queues as reported in previous reviews. Selection of food was good and hot. Meals in general were relaxed, European style and typically took just over an hour. Bread was offered regularly (perhaps another lesson learned) and drinks were replenished frequently (wine usually just being topped up). We had a different table each night (our choice) and therefore saw different waiter/server teams in operation. Portion sizes were good from our perspective. They weren't small, but neither were they large. We were always offered the opportunity for more if we wanted it. A childrens menu was available on every night. Overall the MDR was always flexible and if you wanted some different or more of something you just had to ask. The buffet was large and had a large number of stations. The rottiserie and ethnic counters were the ones that changed every day/night but I would have liked to see a little more variety. Pasta, Pizza, Salads and Deserts were always available. Food was hot and generally freshly cooked at the station where possible. The buffet was open a lot but not the 20 hours advertised. They tended to take into account the grab and go bars which are located just outside the buffet as well in these hours. Childrens menu tended to be burgers, hot dogs, pasta, chips and usually one other dish. I would have liked to see a few more options for children other than fast food. Whilst we only ate in the buffet two night we didn't see breaded chicken, breaded fish etc. ever available. Entertainment across the ship was really good. All of the live music was excellent and on through the evening in the various bars. The Meraviglia lounge was generally the focus of entertainment pre 11pm for many people and was always crowded and busy. The only criticism on the entertainment (minor) is that it would have been nice to have some slightly different styles on the ship. The entertainment in the theatre was of a very high quality as was the Cirque du Soleil show. All were suitable for children to attend. There were regular parties on board which tended to happen post 11pm either on deck or on the promenade. The entertainment team were really excellent in getting people involved. Customer service was very good. They have clearly taken on board some of the challenges of managing such a large ship and the customer service questions that can happen. Queues did occur but were not overly long (generally non existent early or late) and they had a couple of people queue busting the easy ones. I had a couple issues on our bill which were dealt with promptly. It sometimes took a couple of tries to get through to customer services on phone but when I did they were dealt with promptly and courtiously. The boat is very large and clearly aimed at families. Some areas could get busy at times but at no time did the ship seem at capacity or over full and there were always areas of the ship that were quiet. The Aurea Sun Deck was never busy. The childrens club seemed to be organised very well and professionally with an extensive programme of activities for children. The aqua park and rope course were big favourites. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The ports are fantastic even though the ship was a huge let down the locations you stop at are perfect. The kids did really enjoy the water park which was a big factor in us choosing this ship. Unlike a lot of reviews about how bad the ... Read More
The ports are fantastic even though the ship was a huge let down the locations you stop at are perfect. The kids did really enjoy the water park which was a big factor in us choosing this ship. Unlike a lot of reviews about how bad the service was, we had great service except at the bars where the bar safe looked like they hated there job. If you like food don't choose the ship I couldn't wait to get off at the ports to eat some good food which ended up costing my vacation so much more, I don't like to be to negative but the food was laughable, the food quality was terrible and temperature was warm at best. I found the shows to be good but was surprised cirque du soleil would put there name on the shows offered on board it was not good compared to the many other shows I has seen, but what made me really angry was when we booked our cruise it said the the cirque du soleil was included this was a lie you had to buy a drink at $15 plus the cruise tipped itself $2.50 so the shows where a minimum of $17.50 each person including kids. That seemed to be the theme of the ship everything was extra. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We had never previously cruised with MSC (had always been with Royal Caribbean), but we were not disappointed. We sailed as part of the Yacht Club and after a busy, very hectic year it was exactly what we needed and wanted. Our check in ... Read More
We had never previously cruised with MSC (had always been with Royal Caribbean), but we were not disappointed. We sailed as part of the Yacht Club and after a busy, very hectic year it was exactly what we needed and wanted. Our check in couldn't have gone any smoother and we were accompanied through the entire process directly to the concierge desk on our floor. The meals the entire week were delicious and our waiter quickly came to know our culinary likes and dislikes. We ate like kings. The pool deck was relaxing, quiet, had spectacular views when we were in port and always had food available when we had the munchies. Rarely was there more than 3-4 people in the pool, in fact, many times were were all alone in the pool. We participated in 3 shore excursions organized by MSC and they were well organized and informative. Our only suggestion would be to extend the excursions a little longer as we were always back to the ship well in advance of our leaving time and it would have been great to spend a little longer in port. We ventured around the entire ship, participating the the 'white (clothes)' night, the Caribbean Party and seeing all the shows in the Broadway Theatre that were offered, they were fantastic. Cirque du Soleil was awesome and we even spent some time in the casino and had a blast. The crew was very accommodating and NEVER did we have any issue with anyone, they couldn't have been more helpful. Our disembarkation was quick and completely painless. We had an amazing vacation and would highly recommend the MSC Meravigila. We have already started recruiting friends to go back with us next time. We can't wait! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Recently returned from a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Armonia. We chose the cruise for the different ports of call and were pleased with all the destinations.Our one excursion to Pompeii was very good. The food on board at the Le ... Read More
Recently returned from a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Armonia. We chose the cruise for the different ports of call and were pleased with all the destinations.Our one excursion to Pompeii was very good. The food on board at the Le Pergola restaurant on the ship was good and the waiters that looked after us were excellent. Our cabin was lovely and clean and well looked after. However, the buffet breakfast in the restaurant was a free for all, lots of waiters but no service to speak of! Self service was the order of the day and also at lunch time. There was no organisation and a poor choice - the same every day. The staff in the Marco Polo and throughout the ship were sullen and unhelpful, we had to go find a waiter to get a drink and they didn't feel it necessary to smile at all. The buffet/restaurant staff were the same and not at all what we are used to. Our airport transfers were inconvenient, expensive and not tailored to us as guests at all, I would not used them again. This was our sixth cruise and the biggest let down. The ship is nice enough but the activities were very limited and the productions in the theatre were dire. We enjoyed our cruise despite the inefficiency and lack of service not because of it!!! The guests were definitely not put first. I will not be MSC cruising in the near future. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I am from Maryland, USA and my wife and I wanted to celebrate our 25 year anniversary in style. You definitely want to get the upgraded suite, we were in room 12226 at rear of ship but on right side. Sun rises were excellent. The room ... Read More
I am from Maryland, USA and my wife and I wanted to celebrate our 25 year anniversary in style. You definitely want to get the upgraded suite, we were in room 12226 at rear of ship but on right side. Sun rises were excellent. The room was so large more than 200 SF! With a walk in closet bigger than ours at home. My wife Anita is so jeolous and wants a bigger closet now! LOL. There are people that like to take your spot inline, but in front of you, take your pool chair, etc. But if you stick up, speak up, and tell them no, they will back down. I had a guy butt up to the front of the line to see the host at the registration desk and I told him, that I had been waiting for over 10 minutes and to go to the back of the line. I had a guy steal my pool lounge chair while my wife and I walked around the ship for like 15 minutes. When I got back to my chair I noticed that my towel had been move over to my wife's chair and my chair was slid over to another group. I confronted the gentleman and he said he was sorry and was willing to give me back my chair but I just told him no thank you. Just stick to your guns and you will be fine. We loved the shows, The Vatican, all the churches, I spend $750 upfront on excursions for my wife and me, the first excursion was in Geno and it was the open bus one (it was terrible, the driver flew through the tour, the bus was old, the earpiece plugs into the bus and is not clear to hear, waste of money (But the Aquarium is a must! Unbelievable aquarium, (we have an aquarium in downtown Baltimore but this one has to be four times as large!) etc.. Definitely want to get the drink package, you can not afford not to! And buy it now. Do not wait to get the drink package, on the ship, they hit you up for 15% gratuity and people were trying to fill bottles with water from the dining room. Come on, people it cost money to go on vacation, spent and stop being so cheap!!! The food is not as good as Royal Caribbean. There is no assigned seating but there is assigned dining hall for your cabin and only two seating times available. So I suggest getting the Flex time package where you can go to dinner anytime between 7 PM and 10 PM. Also if you do not feel like eating at the restaurant hall, they only have one other location to eat at and that cost money called Tex Mex restaurant. It costs roughly $20 to $55 euros (for two people total) to get a decent meal there. Oh and the per deim per day per person for gratuity is added automatically to the bill but it is not $7 euros it is now $10 euros! As least for my room! The food was not spectacular. Wife and I got a tour of the spa and fitness center and we both got a free message with our package so I gave my wife both of them. The spa has spectacular views from the front of the ship on 15th floor. We got in the hot tub and it was crouded, the pool temperature on May 23rd 2017 was cool. Felt like 65 degrees. Wife and I do not have kids but the cruise did not have that many kids thank God. Read Less
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