Not quite the cruise I expected

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

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
MSC Lirica

11 Night Arabian Peninsula (Dubai Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: MSC Lirica

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 7168

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

7/10 Fantastic value for money with the all inclusive food/drink, a must. However, MSC Lirica is the oldest ship in the fleet, quite a mix of nationalities including lots of Russians! The daily entertainment was 'Butlins like!' therefore with the extra day at sea it wasn't great on board, not much to do. Finally, I would prefer cruising around different countries or Caribbean beaches as one Emirate is much the same as each other.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Clean, tidy and well presented

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Butlins like, loud and dated.


3 out of 5
One was enough!

Children's Programs

I didn't have any kids with me however there were kids on board

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were exceptional very attentive nothing was a bother.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was clean and well presented although dated

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cosy room, comfortable bed, small shower/washing facility. Great view from the back of the ship.

Ship tip

Pick a newer ship from their fleet

Ports of call

Dubai, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
Fantastic excursion, Dinner in the Dunes

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

4 out of 5
Much the same as Dubai. No excursion.


5 out of 5
Great to get off the ship to be on a beach for a change. Food and drink part of your all inclusive. 4x4 safari, very good Kayaking okay Paddle boarding was in the same area as the kayaking so I wouldn't bother.

Khasab, Oman

3 out of 5
Didn't enjoy this port very little to do. Fishing and snorkeling was good especially seeing dolphins.

Muscat, Oman

3 out of 5
Didn't enjoy this port. Don't do the excursions you can do them yourself very easily

Bahrain Did not visit port

Weather prevented docking so sadly and extra day at sea with little to do on board.

Doha, Qatar

4 out of 5
Great port. Do adventure yourself it's very easy and don't do their excursions.


5 out of 5
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