MSC Lirica Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5

A so-so cruise

Sail Date: December 03, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Ship inself was clean. Exercise room convenient with sufficient equipment. Library built on trust in bulletinslocked but for 1 hr in am, 2 hrs in pm. Had to sign out usedbooks. MSC Club Members ignored when boarded. Told later weshould have registered, but no advance notice. Embarkationprocedure tiring, long lines, long waits. Daily entertainmentwas good and refreshing with variety. Nightly buffets inadequate content. Charge for iced tea at midnight buffet,when it's free all day. Cake portions at deck 11 buffet wereskimpy, small, and not appetizing. Sugar free Jello watereddown, as were some fruit, orange juice. Debarkation took long wait in theater w/hand luggage, butlocation baggage easy by color code.

Pros: Entertainment, cabin stewards, wait staff in dining rooms excellent service

Cons: Much of experienced crew sent to new(er) MSC ships. Breaking in new staff, language difficulties. Buffet deck 11 tasteless. MSC Club members not given opportunity to attend club functions as we were not registered with ship. Duty-free store not MSC, so no discount for Club Members.

Recommends MSC Lirica? No.

Food and Dining
Food as said above was fine in dining room. Buffet was notacceptable to many unhappy passengers who voice their feelings in elevator, dining room, corridors, etc. Too many dishes with bacon or sausage mixed in (not everyone eatsthose foods). Desserts innovative and good. Number of courses more than adequate; limited dressings for salads.
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom attendance was good, fairly prompt. One cabinsteward asked night before docking, for their gratuity, spoiling whatever good feelings we had for person. Stewardshad to leave linen/towel wagons in corridor making it difficult to pass, especially when one or two staff stood by.Toilet flushing inconsistent. Asked for plumber, doubt oneshowed up, as problem occurred again. Long delay in flushing on occasion.
Service and Staff
Staff in buffet area helpful, pleasant. Same for dining room, although understanding some wait staff and their understanding passengers in English difficult. Always someoneelse to help.
Ship Quality
No complaint here. All were ok.
Good variety, and daily shows helped sa salvage other poor performace in areas of ship.
Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.
Better bargains at markets.
Don't Miss: unable to determine
Castries, St. Lucia
Market shopping. No excursions taken.
Don't Miss: unable to determine
St. John's, Antigua
Same as Castries.
Don't Miss: unable to determine
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Nothing of interest. Marigot shops was Sunday. Hardto avoid a port on 11 day cruise.
Don't Miss: n/a
Cayo Levantado (Samana), Dominican Republic
Did not go ashore. Rain and heavy clouds caused tendersto cancel ashore trips.
Don't Miss: n/a
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lots of stores open. Appears friendly to tourists. Casinohas 1c slots as well as 2c slots, missing on Lirica. No restaurants used off-ship.
Don't Miss: Friendliness of citizens, variety of shopping, layout of terrain.

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