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24 MSC First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Tigger74 avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

MSC cruise fell short.


This was my first cruise, I wanted to visit Athens, Istanbul and Dubrovnick. Unfortunately the recent bombings in Turkey caused MSC to drop Istanbul from the itenary. MSC emailed and pledged 100 Euro on to the cabin ...
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Sail Date May 2016

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Leics 1

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes


Only booked this for the destination really and to try msc as we have never sailed with them before and after this experience we wont ever again ! Whilst the ship itself was lovely that's the only thing that could ...
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Sail Date March 2016



1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

The Not So Magnifica

i. Eish! Not so Magnifica! On boarding, there is no orientation and you are left to figure out on your own where everything is located – all 14 decks worth! ii. We had paid for the welcoming champagne and ...
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Sail Date November 2015

paulsmith avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

MSC Caribbean Cruise

we went on this cruise thinking it was wheelchair friendly the staff were very rude the only person that helped us was the cleaner I had to get my partner off the ship by myself twice as there was no one to help ...
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Sail Date January 2016

Blackkath avatar


1 Review Written

36 Helpful Votes

Better Ways to Spend Your Money

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2016

docktoar avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

11 Day Cruise - MSC Divina

First The good: The Ship itself is beautiful. Now for the rest. If you are palnning on cruising with MSC I would advise you to heed the following. Sail Date: November 2015 Destination: (Caribbean, Central & ...
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Sail Date November 2015

CobraJet avatar


2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Food and service were terrible.

The biggest reasons for taking a cruise are, for me, the food, the service and the entertainment (of all kinds) on board. Lets start with the food. It was terrible. Even after just 5 nights they started ...
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Sail Date October 2015

Farnk avatar


1 Review Written

Deficient Client Relations and Poor Management

The Divina Hosts 4 000 'guests', which is way too much for the services it can deliver. There are long waiting times at the elevators, when getting off, at the buffet, at the excursion office desk, everywhere. In ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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Janice 1944

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Cruised Several Countries

we cruised Germany, Norway, England, the Mediterranean etc for 41 days last August/September. A very disappointing cruise, the food was ordinary, the beds were like a concrete slab and the pillows should be ...
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Sail Date August 2014

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1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Noise, time pressure, too much people and a lot of waiting

We were a familiy travelling from Venice to Istanbul july 2015. 2 adults, four children from eight to fifteen years of age. The children loved the cruise, but not the sightseeing. We adults thought it was OK, but we ...
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Sail Date July 2015

Kimgh21 avatar


1 Review Written

Nice ship pity about the food

We recently completed a 14 day cruise on MSC Opera from Venice to Istanbul, Channakale, Istanbul and back to Venice. The ship and cabins were ok, but the food was terrible. The restaurant was bland but the buffet ...
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Sail Date April 2015

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1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Terrible first-time cruise experience!! Don't waste your money.

I do have to give myself kudos for my logistical planning as far as arriving at the port and getting back home but our experience on board the Armonia was AWFUL. I read as much info/fine print as I could about the ...
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Sail Date April 2015

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ms resetnaka

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Terrible Shore Excursion Experience & Service

For me and my mother this was our first cruise. We have flown from Riga to Milan and then took a train to Genoa. Unfortunately on our way back we had no information upon disembarkation in Genoa about the trains not ...
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Sail Date November 2014

dickswift1 avatar


1 Review Written

Don't go; you have been warned.

If you want your cruise to be noisy, crowded, with poor food and service, this might be the cruise for you ! I can't tell you how disappointed we were on this our first cruise. The ship itself was stunning to look ...
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Sail Date September 2014

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1 Review Written


Sailed Feb.9 to 16th for the first ever cruise, lovely ship and cabin. the itinerary was absolutely perfect, enjoyed every bit of the time spent off ship on the various islands. Dining was elegant and comfortable ...
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Sail Date February 2014

bowser46 avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great staff. Nickel and dimed to death

The ship is beautiful. Our cabin is spacious and airy. The dining and cleaning staff attentive and friendly. There is no tea or coffee at dinner time. The photographers are intrusive everywhere on the ship. I ...
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Sail Date September 2012

esb7 avatar


1 Review Written

Disastrous food and service

This was our honeymoon and 1st cruise experience. We, as many people do, selected this cruise for numerous reasons, the most important being the itinerary and cuisine. Itinerary: Absolutely amazing! We started ...
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Sail Date May 2012

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1 Review Written


The ship was very impressive - appearance, technology, upkeep. There are many negative aspects, though: 1. Dining was so-so. Service was acceptable but the food was not palatable, most of it. The theme was ...
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Sail Date April 2012

sherbet avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Never again

As first time cruisers we longed to get on board the MSC Sinfonia at Durban to sail for 3 nights to Portuguese Island and back. We went as a large group of 15 including my 2 adult sons and a girlfriend. Embarkation ...
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Sail Date December 2011

SeedyDarling avatar


1 Review Written

Just not for us

First, the good points. Beautiful ship, very clean, cabins excellent, wonderful theatre, buffet food excellent, destinations worth visiting again (but NOT on a cruise ship), catering, cabin and bar staff wonderful ...
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Sail Date October 2011

Jenny avatar


3 Reviews Written

Really poor customer service :-(

When we booked this cruise we were flying from Gatwick to Genoa, about 20 minutes transfer from the port. This was one of the deciding factors when picking this cruise as long transfers are really difficult for me. ...
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Sail Date October 2011

aidanco avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Honest Review From A 1st Timer

After reading all the reviews I was expecting the worst. So here is my summary:1. Ship is beautiful, clean and spacious. 2. Staff are unfriendly and in a lot of cases have poor English.3. Italian seems to be the ...
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Sail Date June 2011

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1 Review Written

MSC Mediterenean Cruise not for US/Canadian people...

Hello all: My girlfriend and I did our 1st ever cruise on the MSC Orchestra from Sept 8-15. Boarded from Genoa and service was bad nealy everywhere, we are from Quebec/Canda I do speak English well but my girl ...
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Sail Date September 2010

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1 Review Written


Our five person party consisted of ages 4 to 75, so we had several points of view to discuss when we filled out our assessment forms at the end of our trip. . The four adults all agreed that the experience was ...
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Sail Date April 2010

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