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5.0

A nice small vessel with... by Robert68

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Ship: MSC Lirica

A nice small vessel with fine cabins. The crew was friendly and willing to make your cruise according your wishes. Excellent restaurants and food. Chapeau!!!!

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The cruise was just ok by AprilW3

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

This cruise value is ok, but you get what you pay for

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Great time with MSC - first time cruiser by StephanieB1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

This was our first cruise: husband, my parents and myself. Chose a non-American cruise line for more European experience, which was fine. The only caveat to that choice is if you don't speak fluent Italian it is hard to meet other cruisers. But all staff spoke English and was very accomodating and pleasant. Itineray was great, the only day we did not go into port was at Tunisia - no thanks :-) Food was fine, I have heard all cruise lines have mediocre food unless you spend a lot of money and choose a true luxury line. But for the price of the cruise the food was just fine and we never went hungry. Drink prices were very reasonable - we are heavy drinkers when on vacation and spent significantly less than original estimates and never questioned whether or not we should skip an alcoholic beverage because we thought it was too pricey. The only issue as mentioned above is that all the public rooms closed at 1 AM - now there was a slightly older (average) crowd and sometimes we arrived at ports around 8 AM but my husband and I are in our 30s and if on vacation we plan on staying out some nights after 1 AM. We closed the pubs on more than one occasion so if you are like us you may find the same issue. If you like to gamble this is not the cruise ship for you (unless you just play slots). They only had 1 blackjack table, 2 roulette tables and NO POKER! We became as friendly as one can get with one of the dealers and he said if you like to gamble this was not the choice. We are not heavy gamblers but went into the casino 3-4 nights out of the 7 and didn't stay long. Again, not a big deal to us but thought it was worth noting for others. Would have like a little more time in the ports, the longest we had was 8 hours. But we knew that when we booked. As mentioned, the ports were beautiful overall and there were plenty of ship excursions available. Hubby and I chose to skip excursions but my parents took 3 and said they fully enjoyed them all. They are great because the ship waits for the excursions and leaves much less to worry about in terms of getting back in time for departure. This was our preference not to spend the money on the excursions but if you choose this route DEFINITELY research the ports in depth, including public transportation options and what sites you want to see ahead of time. Most ports had taxis - I fully recommend this even though they typically are the most expensive option because the taxi drivers mostly speak English and know where to go. Finding the correct bus routes and/or subway lines you need may be hard and time consuming if you don't speak the language and you could end up wasting time going the wrong way. Of course several of the ports you could just get off and walk around the city or the cruise line had a shuttle bus (for a fee) to the city center, which was nice because they take you right in and back easily. One thing I must mention is if you embark at Civitavecchia be very careful if taking the train from the airport and transferring at Travastere train station. We were standing all together and a group of men caught our attention by throwing some kind of liquid on us then slashed my purse strap and took off. I was told this is known to be a very dangerous train station and it happens all the time. These are professionals who probably run this routine daily so please just hold on tight to your bags and keep passports and other important things in your pockets or somewhere safe. I read many many reviews before choosing this cruise - some good and some bad, overall very mixed. My entire party fully enjoyed our cruise and would consider this line again if we wanted a European destination. Again, we were a little disappointed in the average age of the crowd but were very happy with the service and product overall. Thank you for reading my review and enjoy your next cruise!

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Great cruise by AnnaP48477303

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

My grandaughter and I really enjoyed our cruise on MSC Lirica. The room was comfortable--adequate storage space for clothes, comfortable bed, nice bathroom (but with shower curtains that were a bother). The friendly staff kept the room clean and changed the towels frequently. The food was excellent and plentiful, and the wait staff attentive. The entertainment in the Broadway Theatre was professionally done and very enjoyable. The choice of excursions was good, and although expensive, the excursions were well-conducted, with competent guides.

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2.0

OK but not Fabulous by TwoT4

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

As already stated by many others the food was not great. We have taken several cruises in the past and this has been the worst one yet.

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Will not cruise with MSC again by TalyaD

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

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

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An excellent cruise by NataliaC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

We sailed on he MSC Lirica from AMsterdam to the Baltic see and we had a wonderful experience with the cruise on all aspects.

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A not so Wonderful Cruise by ReginaC1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The dining room service was horrendous. The wait staff was clearly untrained. They, not only couldn't explain the menu items, they couldn't understand what you wanted to order. There was no help from the head waiters or the matre'd's. I was not happy with the tipping charged to your account, because I would have liked to tip our room personell more than the dining personell. The food was below standard. For an Italian line, we were disappointed with the selections offered.

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3.0

GREAT CRUISE AND ITINERARY by GregM1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

BEAUTIFUL SHIP AND ALTHOUGH THE SHIP IS ITALIAN MOST OF THE CREW WERE MULTI-LINGUAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE, PROFESSIONAL,AND VERY CLEAN. NEVER RUDE AND ALWAYS HELPFULL

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2.0

Cruise with MSC Lirica Deep Caribbean by BeverlyG

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

The ship itself was immaculately clean and beautiful. The lower level staff were as polite and respectful as anyone could expect. The upper management were rude and disrespectful to the majority of American passengers. The lady in charge of the fitness center was remarkably rude and stared at larger guests with disgust. The matrad's which greeted guests at the finer restaurants treated me as a princess, but disregarded my mother and left her at the door when seating me. This went on for several days until I avoided them at all costs. The rudest of the staff were all Italian. The best of the staff were from the Dominican Republic and around the world and they treated all of the holiday vacationers with the highest of respect and Roberto even took time to dance with me each evening so that I would not be left without a dancing partner as I was traveling with my mother. The nurse and doctor were very cordial when I broke my finger and were willing to answer all of my questions without making me feel like I was taking up their time unnecessarily. The bands were ok for the most part. The mariachi band was very good, but way too loud. Pools were small. The wait staff and room staff were amazing and so super polite to us that we went and paid their tips directly to ensure they were treated fairly. I had to go to the accounting desk and request that specific crew members not receive tips as they were rude and deserved nothing. This required paperwork to accomplish my intentions.

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5.0

A wonderful cruise by Eb30414830

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean

The beginning was not so good. After arrival to the port - the luggage handling people was rude and asking for money to handle your lugage to the ship. If they do not get it they throw lugages to make damage to them and they were visibly mad. That make us feel uncomfortable and even unsafe. I can (and always will) give some tips but it should be my decision. That has not been our first cruise and I have to say that it was excelent cruise. The ship was very clean and always you could see somebody working and cleaning. The swiming pool area - excelent. Entertainment - so far the best from the other cruises. First time we can really dance to the sound of good music and excelent singing band (Antonella, Stefano) in the ship lounge. The wonderfull entertainment team - good job guys. Theatre shows - excelent, dancers wonderfull and magician one of the best I have ever seen. Restaurants nice and clean, staff very helpfull, and the most important - the food very good and tasty.

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buono had a good time by FloydA

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Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

smaller ship but well run very friendly staff who worked tirelessly

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3.0

quiet elegance at a resonable price by MarciaM1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Delightful experience. Enjoyed the fellow passengers primarily from Europe. Conversation was easy and relaxed with many aboard. Staff was young and energetic. Itinerary met our needs. Ship was quiet and odor free. Smoking at a minimum.

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Bad Cruise by RitaA

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

This was our second cruise aboard the MSC Lirica. Our first was 4 years ago and it was superb, food and staff were terrific. UNFORTUNATELY, this cruise was awful, just plain awful. Food was terrible, dining room staff tried very hard but just could not communicate, we usually order one appetizer and the entree. They simply could not manage to get our food in a timely manner and could not understand what we wanted. We ordered a bottle of wine, it was brought and plunked down in a wine-cooler and the waiter walked away. We had to open it ourselves, etc. After the 4th night, we gave up and ate on deck 11 at the grill or the buffet. At least the food was fresher there and we could eat in a timely manner. The shows were good, albeit a bit on the dark side (the magician). The cabin staff were excellent, cabins immaculate. We will not be using MSC again.

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Some Good Some Bad. by JasonS2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

The ship is very pretty, and with a little work could be wonderful. We cruised just after a shift change (most crew were new --- did not speak english). The food was almost all completely pre-packaged, frozen, microwaved and just plain terrible. Julian and the staff at the pool bar (Yani....) were wonderful. The kid's club staff (Matteo, Maria, and Leila were fantastic) however, if more than 30 kids, who were on our cruise, showed up they would be stretched thin.

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WORST CRUISE SO FAR by ArthurS7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

this was the first time a member of the crew said no to a request. IT HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES ON THIS CRUISE

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A so-so cruise by DonaldR4

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

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 drinks...apple, orange juice. Debarkation took long wait in theater w/hand luggage, butlocation baggage easy by color code.

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2.0

My 5th Cruise and Least Favorite! by SusanB5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

This medium-sized ship was nothing special. Use of mirrors and brass in the interior areas of the ship was nice, but lounges and most dining & seating areas tended to be crowded. We were amazed at how rude the European non-English speaking guests were - very pushy and loud (and noticed by some other guest we talked to so it wasn't just us!). If you want to see the port cities "on your own" and not the very expensive cruise-sponsored tours, do your homework ahead of time - not much information available otherwise. We were very disappointed with Tangiers - basically a dirty city that did not feel very safe. Definitely, women should not venture out alone there. I wore sandals and capris pants there and was glared at several times for my "disrespectful" dress. There was no information re this kind of thing at all.

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The MSC Lirica was fabulous! by KarenG9

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

We recently sailed the MSC Lirica from Citivecchia on a Western Mediterrean cruise. The boat was clean, the staff welcoming and a different show every night for entertainment. This was our first cruise ever and it was exciting just trying to figure out which restaurant we would eat at next. Not many folks from the USA on board and English not the primary language, however, the staff was fluent in at least four languages, including English. It was easy to get on and off the boat when the ship ported and information was easy to obtain about local interests. I loved it so much that I am already planning a Baltic Cruise for next year... during the warm months. Obviously I would cruise again... a good value and well worth the time and money.

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5.0

First cruise ever! by Corinab79

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Lirica

Eleven day cruise on a primarily Italian ship. There was some snobbery with some of the crew but the overall staff was friendly and fun. The ports were great and I have been hooked on cruises ever since.

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