MSC Magnifica Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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1 out of 5

Not up to American cruisers standard

Sail Date: September 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This cruise is not for American cruisers who are used to ships with big spaces. Having to listen to every announcements in 5 differenct languages(at first it was interesting...) wears you out after a few days.
They charge you on juices, coffees and teas plus 15% service charge other than the "tab water". They even charge a 15% service charge for the waters you purchase on ship to take along on an excursion, how is that even possible???
Almost always we could not find any available chairs or chaise lounges to sit and relax around the pools or decks, it was always full of people.
By the way, there are only two pools that are 5' 7'' or 6' 3" deep all around, not for the children.

Pros: The only thing we liked about this cruise was the Itinerary to Turkey and Croatia

Cons: This cruise is not for American cruisers who are used to ships with big spaces and big cabins or balcony rooms. They charge you for all basic drinks such as juices, coffes and teas plus 15% service fee.

Recommends MSC Magnifica? No.

Ship Quality
The only thing good about this ship was that it was clean being a new ship.
Food and Dining
Compared to all other 5 cruised we were on, this was the worst food we ever had on a cruise, even though they boast regional Italian cuisine, it was not up to standard of Italian food we are used to in California.

Not even a one midnight buffet, the GALA buffet they had was basically a dessert buffet we are used to on other cruises, unbelievable!!!

They charge you for the room service food you order and 15% service charge on top of the food.
Cabin / Stateroom
The smallest room and balcony I ever seen paying for a "Superior Balcony" room.
The worst entertaiment I have ever seen on a cruise.
Service and Staff
The staff/crew were the only positive thing about this cruise.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Don't Miss: visiting Dubrovnik
Bari, Italy
Went on an excursion signed up for an English speaking tour but got a multi language tour of Italian and English, it took twice as long and we did not have hardly anytime to explore Bari due to multi speaking tour being out of time. We had to pay for that Excursion and English speaking poeple were all perplexed by the tour.
Izmir, Turkey

Don't Miss: Mary's House and Euphesus
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul was great
Don't Miss: Mosques and palaces

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