We just booked with MSC for the first time, we have been on other cruises but are new to MSC. Can anyone shed any light on that cruise line? Good, bad, indifferent? Also this is the first time we are bringing our kids with us. Lord give us strength, LOL
Just booked with MSC - any pointers?
MSC is a mystery for us - never tried it. Reviews are mixed and are best taken with a grain of salt. Looking forward to your review, though.
I always take reviews with a grain of salt. I make the best out of any situation because lets face it, I am there and not at work! LOL
Yes, please come back with a review. I have looked at MSC a couple of times, and rates were comparable to the cruises I ended up booking on Carnival. I have heard that it is a different experience, but sometimes different is good.
Here is a link to my review of the MSC Divina. iT WAS A FEW YEARS AGO THOUGH THAT i TOOK THIS CRUISE.
Sorry I'm speaking as a third party but my coworker and his wife have sailed MSC several times in Europe and love the line. He speaks about it so glowingly that I am thinking of giving them a go someday when I'm ready to do my Med cruise.
We have traveled with MSC, this is our 4th time next week. You will get many reviewers that will give negative comments. We had great experiences with the Divina. Staff remembers us from year to year. The steakhouse is our favorite spot to eat. We love the shows and although we have been to these ports many time, we still enjoy each time as it is our first time.
This cruise line is worth it, I will tell you it is a bit different than the other US styles cruises but I think that is the appeal. I really like the food but others say it is bland and cold. I never had either experience so you just have to use your best judgement regarding these comments.
I recommend it with 2 thumbs up. If still not sure, look at what types of people sail with them in the past. For us, we have an 8 year old, my mother (60+ I won't go there) and my wife. All of us have a great time.
One advice I can tell you is, there are a lot of Europeans which sail with MSC in Europe. Some of which we had not so great interactions with but this was really only on the first time we sailed and it could have been myself being an "american" :).
Another is, the Yacht Club is SO worth it. Private areas, private dining, priority on a lot of stuff. You can still eat in any of the other restaurants but, like many ships, if you get that "Too crowded" feeling, you can retreat back to the Yacht Club.
Hope this helps...
I know this is an older post but figured i'd weigh in a bit.
I just booked a med on MSC (bellissima). From what I've read the reviews of MSC are all over the map. I've heard the food is terrible. The food is amazing. the service sucks, the service is awesome -- you get the idea.
For me I tend to discount all of the "everything was terrible" and the "everything was amazing" reviews and I focus on those in the middle. These are my overall thoughts on MSC (bearing in mind I haven't been on them)
- it's a European cruise line and things are not going to be the same as a US cruise line. Room stewards are more formal, more "all business". This is not a dig on them, but what is expected in Europe from what I understand. Same for servers in the dining room. They may not joke around with you and have fun like on, say, carnival. (also not a dig on them, this is the way they are expected to work)
- food -- it's not American food. Some don't like that. I think it'll be just fine based on menus and pictures i've seen. Besides, I don't cruise to eat the same things I get at home anyway - i like to try new things. The good thing is if you don't like something you can always send it back and order something else, right?
- price - really great pricing esp with kids and the kids sail free promotion. We're going to med, in summer, on brand new ship 2 aduts, 2 kids for under $3000 in a aft view balcony on the 14th deck (fantastica experience)
- experiences- when you book you choose bella (base) fantastica (more amenities/perks), or arora (high end). Room location for each experience may vary. We booked fantastica which comes with free room service, 12 free drinks per person, a better location on the ship Arora (sp) comes with all drinks and some other amenities. The MSC website details the differences between the experiences and note that they are different per country (i.e. the 12 free drinks is US only I believe)
- water - not included (at least on med) in the main dining room but i'm seeing some water packages you can buy for main dining room. I don't know if this is the same on caribbean but on med it's def not included in MDR (and they don't serve tap) . Tap is available in buffets and bars.
That's how far I've gotten in my research.
Reviews are mixed but we had a great time when on board! Make sure you watch the Cirque du Soleil. It's a great show, really professional and impressive. I couldn't believe they had this standard of quality on a cruise ship! It's worth have a read of this review - https://seeninthecity.co.uk/2017/12/05/msc-cruises-cirque-du-soleil-msc-meraviglia/