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MSC Bellissima Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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MSC Bellissima

7 Night Arabian Peninsula (Dubai Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 28, 2019

Ship: MSC Bellissima

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10107

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review summary

Wonderful experiences in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The ship itself was Amazing and super modern. Will likely never travel MSC Cruises again; too stressful with all of the ala' cart options with very little options to do anything with incurring an extra fee.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Boarding was Smooth. Uneasy at first about handing over Passport, but the return process was simple toward the end of our cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Unfortunately, the food was terrible both in Main Dining and Buffet. Avoid ordering the Lobster and Prawn, very mushy and fishy. The buffet offered the same foods everyday, not much of a selection. The drink packages were certainly overpriced. Not fair that you have to purchase a drink package for both travelers. I had to suffer because my roommate didn't care to order a drink package deal. So everything was ala' cart.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Unlike other cruise lines I've traveled with, MSC charges for any added activities you and your children would like to participate in. The Pool was overly crowded most days and children were jumping around everywhere; mainly due to the fact that the children's fun pass and pool area was an additional cost.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Very few options. Lots of international music played; therefore most American travelers wouldn't understand. Karaoke was also difficult.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
The Children managed to find themselves entertained throughout the trip.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
No complaints here. Service was exceptional.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was amazing. Unfortunately, other travelers weren't so courteous when it came to cleanliness. Coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths or sanitizing hands. Many of my travelers became ill.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Beautiful Cabin.

Ship tip

Beautiful Ship and Ports of Call. Unfortunately, the food and lack of options for entertainment and onboard activities were dismal. Lastly, MSC should consider an all-inclusive offer for some travelers.

Ports of call

Dubai, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
Wonderful experience. Camel Tour and the Gold Souk are a must see.

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

4 out of 5
Simply Amazing. Very crowded on the day we went to Grand Mosque. Please Note - the tour is not fit for anyone who has difficulty with walking and/or standing for long periods of time. Felt a bit rushed with the Excursion booked through ship and our tour guide was from Turkey and didn't seem to know much information of sites without looking on her phone.

SIR BANI YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
Very nice. Did the Wildlife 4x4 Game Tour of Island. Food was served on island was ok, but flies were everywhere. MSC should consider food coverings.

Muscat, Oman

3 out of 5
Not Much to do but visit the Market where everything sold was the same.

Khasab, Oman

3 out of 5
Again, not much to do, but we booked an Amazing Dolphin Watching Bout Tour. A must do.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
With ease.
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