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My recent voyage on the MSC Poesia was my very first cruise, and I researched it heavily before we sailed via reviews from prior passengers. To anybody who is familiar with reviews of this ship, you will know that many of them were quite ... Read More
My recent voyage on the MSC Poesia was my very first cruise, and I researched it heavily before we sailed via reviews from prior passengers. To anybody who is familiar with reviews of this ship, you will know that many of them were quite negative. This gave us some real concern, and we got out of the taxi at the port with a healthy mix of excitement and dread. Well let me tell you folks... the negative reviews are 100% GARBAGE, and I will tell you why. This was my first cruise, but I have traveled all over the world in the past 15 years so I am worldly and have enjoyed the finer things in life. My fiancee has been on a Royal Caribbean cruise before and she was able to compare and contrast from that standpoint. We both thought the ship was beautiful and immaculately clean. We had read reviews that complained about the food so we were eager to see for ourselves what that situation was. We thought the food was GREAT. The Italian dishes in particular were wonderful (makes sense with an Italian chef). The buffet was great, with the exception that we both longed for hot toast and waffles at breakfast -- these things were usually cold. There were lines to get coffee, and the staff was smart enough to have a crewmember there taking your cup and pouring it for you to speed things up. The pool was always packed so we learned on day one that if you didn't grab a chair and "claim it" with a towel AND a personal belonging, you'd be out of luck all day. Some folks would leave a towel and never show up so that was frustrating. We saw the main towel distributor guy (who we called the towel nazi for his harsh demeanor) scooping up towels from chairs that were reserved by folks who didn't show, and this was a good thing. The crew was a mix of quasi-friendly and not very friendly, but ALWAYS prompt and attentive. Everybody was from somwhere else (Ukraine, Indonisia, India, etc.) so the language barrier is what we assumed was the reason why they weren't as outgoing as a Disney park employee. Did we care? NO. We didn't cruise to make best friends with the crew. We actually DID make friends with some of the Ukrainian bartenders and servers so who knows? The entertainment was cheesy by my standards, especially the pool side stuff. It always felt like I was on an Italian game show - there was a guy in a wig who kept screaming and pretending to be a silly girl while his "straight man" would crack jokes at his (and the passengers) expense. The skits were too long and pretty annoying. The shows in the theatre were better, but for me it was a diversion, not a destination. I give them credit for trying to appeal to so many different ages and cultures. After observing our fellow passengers for a week we figured out who was writing the bad reviews: people with no class. These are folks who don't have much money or worldly experience who have VERY unrealistic expectations about having their asses kissed. One couple from New Jersey were yelling at a crewmember about a problem in the cyber cafe and threatening him. One couple ignored all the announcements and the daily buletins we got every moring that said BRING YOUR ID WHEN YOU LEAVE THE SHIP and berated the crew for "not telling them" about this and their "great inconvenience" trying to get back on board without ID. We saw a woman demand to see an ships officer over the lack of ice in her drink. Crazy, classless stuff like this was always from the same type of people and these folks are NOT qualified to leave a review that you can believe. I however am, and I say DO NOT MISS cruising with MSC. As the truth gets about about this line, those low prices will not last. Happy sailing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I saw an ad for the Moody Blues cruise on an email I received from a site that keeps me informed of all the Moody's happenings. I thought, man, I'd love to do that. It would be a once in a lifetime experience. You see, I'm ... Read More
I saw an ad for the Moody Blues cruise on an email I received from a site that keeps me informed of all the Moody's happenings. I thought, man, I'd love to do that. It would be a once in a lifetime experience. You see, I'm not a "well to do". My usual entertainment is tent camping and hiking. To do this would be a huge life event for me. It wasn't just a matter of choosing where to take my "Spring cruise". I'd never been on a cruise before and probably never would have taken a cruise if not for the Moody Blues. I called my daughter, she is 24, she has listened to the Moodys since she was in my belly via my huge headphones and she knows all their music as well as I. We joked about going, were very tempted until finally I said let's do it! This was no small decision. The cost of such an extraagance was huge for my budget. But being able to pay for out tickets in installments helped considerably. You cannot imagine the way I felt the day of the cruise, driving up and seeing that beautiful ship. I'm doing my best here to instill the feelings I felt of awe, crazy excitment and feeling so blessed just to be able to do this and to do it with one of the people I love best. I don't feel I can truly give you a picture of what it was like, but if you are like me, just maybe you are feeling again what you felt that morning. As for the accomodations, having nothing to compare it to, I was like a child. Everything was new and exciting. I was amazed that the staff tidied our room twice a day! I had no problem with sea sickness which was a concern. I loved the smell of the body wash and to be honest, I took a little home with me to remember just the way it was. In the morining, I went on the walking deck which was just under the life boats that were hung above and I walked the deck with my headphones listening to Dawn is a Feeling, on my cd player and praised God for the wonderful day. It brings tears to my eyes now just remembering. The Moodys were great in concert as always. I enjoyed the informal gathering near the pool with them listening to their stories and seeing them as real people, but never approachable. I also loved the Little River Band and thought they were great. As for food, I loved it. My daughter and I ate at the buffet and enjoyed it so much, looking out at the water with the sun glistening on the waves. We also ate dinner at the restaurant where the staff carrier flaming baked Alaska and that was so cool!!! I've read the negative reviews about the cruise line but mostly it seems that those were from folks who purchased the VIP package. I knew that wasn't a possibility, I just wanted to be there. I worked hard to get the necessary funds just to be there. I'm so thankful that at age 61 there are still many things to do that will be blessings to me and I'm not so materialistically saturated that I cannot still be as excited as a child at times. Remember what this cruise was, it was time spent with the Moody Blues. A group who have never sung about anything but the beauty of the world God gave us and the love we should feel for one another. They came out of the most un-materialistic era ever. And I thank God that I am still there and able to feel and know when I'm being blessed. I would have loved to just say "Thank You!" to the Moodys because they I have enjoyed their music so much my whole life. It must be wonderful to be the Moodys and know that! Forever Autmn Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
MSC Poesia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.2
Enrichment 3.0 3.0
Service 4.0 3.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 4.0

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