Great ports of call, but the ship was average at best.

MSC Magnifica Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 35

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
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MSC Magnifica

11 Night Western Europe (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 19, 2018

Ship: MSC Magnifica

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9194

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

12 Days sounded like a good idea when we booked. Truth is it was a little too long. Decent ship with strong ports of call. The cost was reasonable but the balcony room we had was very small and the shower with beyond tiny. The entertainment sucked on the deck as well as the theater. I dont think they had a cruise director. They did have a couple people that spoke via mic to the hand full of people willing to play their cheap kiddie games, so I assume one of them might have been the director. The deck music was on a loop so the 20th time we heard the same crappy music was really enough.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Restaurents ware small and the menu's quite limited. You could find what to eat but it wasn't memorable. Also, they made you buy a drink package if you wanted something other than water or coffee anywhere on the ship.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Filp a flip flop in to a bucked and Rock Paper Sisors were examples of on deck entertainment.


2 out of 5
Stage show's were terrible. We expected so much more given the high level we experienced on Divina in the USA

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
On 2 of the 3 sead days, the pools were 20 to 21 degrees. Unuseables. This forced the kids to head for the hot tubs. The pool staff seemed incapable of controling this situation as many so called parents used the hot tubs as day care. I was actually profiled and discriminated against by one of the pool deck officers as being American. He asked a general question of who amung the 2 adults and 6 babys and kids spoke english. I said I did. He then asked if any of the kids were mine. I said NO. He then told me that if anyone else wanted to come in to the hot tub, I would be the one to have to leave.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was clean but too small in ever aspect.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Choose this ship for price and ports of call. It was not very stable on not so rough water. We did a lot of rocking!!!

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Must see the Changing of the Guard. Amazing.

Le Havre (Paris), France

3 out of 5
6 Hours on a bus for 4 hours in Paris. Generally worth it but a tough way to see that amazing city.

La Coruna, Spain

4 out of 5
Small port but very pretty. Do on your own. Dont need a tour. Everythings close to the port.

Bilbao, Spain

5 out of 5
Really loved this port. We did a bus tour and what a beautiful gem

Le Verdon-Sur-Mer (Bordeaux), France

2 out of 5
4 hours in a bus to go to downtown Bordeaux for shopping. Not special and the tour was expensive for what it was........A bus ride. They have a Market 15 minutes from the port and a beach too. Unless you go to a Chateau for a wine experiance, just go to the market clos to the port.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Love this city. 4th time there. Took a bus and canal tour. Advice, skip the bus altogether. The both stop at the same places. Much better experience and better pictures.

Hamburg, Germany

5 out of 5
Loved this city too. Took a combo bus & lake tour. Their lake(s) are breathtaking. We saw countless little boats and paddle boards everywhare. Their downtown was very historic. We will go to Hamburg again.


5 out of 5
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