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MSC Lirica Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 49

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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MSC Lirica

11 Night Fairytale Towns & Towering Fjords (Amsterdam Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 17, 2009

Ship: MSC Lirica

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 12 years ago

Review summary

Cigarette smoke was present in the sleeping quarters, beautiful large window in outside cabins but really small living space and bathroom, clean corridors and common areas, small pool area, confusing layout, simple and elegant decor

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The quality of the food was good, not excellent. There were not many options for people with diet restrictions- pork, dairy, shellfish, fruit allergies, etc.


3 out of 5
About half of the shows were excellent. Great timing; not too long and very entertaining. Multiple languages became problematic at certain points so we avoided shows which involved talking.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The dining staff were pleasant although most could not communicate in English, German, French or Italian. Excusion staff did not know the excursions they were offering, provided false information and were rude. Cabin staff were efficient although did not follow the "do not disturb" signs all the time. The hotel engineering staff were wonderful about doing work in the room when requested.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
cigarette smoke from neighboring rooms/emergency exits filled the room, great picture window, small living space and bathroom, poor television programming

Ports of call

Hellesylt, Norway

3 out of 5

Kristiansund, Norway

3 out of 5

Olden, Norway

3 out of 5

Oslo, Norway

5 out of 5

Bergen, Norway

5 out of 5

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5

Dover (London), England

5 out of 5

Pros: ports of call

Cons: staff, cigarette smoke in rooms, had to buy all drink including water!

Recommends MSC Lirica? No.

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