Greatest time on the ship till last due to COVID in Melbourne

MSC Magnifica Cruise Review to World Cruise

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
MSC Magnifica

116 Night Msc World Cruise (Marseille Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 06, 2020

Ship: MSC Magnifica

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

Our experience, my wife and I was definitely positive, even though we had to disembark in Melbourne due to the coronavirus, in the middle of the cruise but in retrospect after all that the world as held for the last year we are grateful first to Captain Leotta for the wisdom to not allow us to go ashore in Hobart, next to us was the Ruby Princess and all the passengers were allowed to go ashore, definitely we all ask ourself why our captain was so adamant to held us on the ships, looking from the decks we all felt deprived of checking one of the most beautiful city in the world. However the next day we found out that the Ruby Princess closed to 850 passenger were infected with the coronavirus, That was a wake up call for all of us that our Captain display what was e “Passenger safety first attitude” Without a doubt that was why the Magnifica was able to arrive in Marseille after 2 more months without suffering any coronavirus cases. Thank you MSC MAGNIFICA, OFFICERfor Protect us.


5 out of 5
We embark in Genoa and we had a smooth experience

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Unbelievable food, service, buffet that are a dream to look at and to photograph. Mainly geared towards Italian food with a focus on every port of calls specialty menu and bringing on board 5 star chefs from the country that we visited. Fabulous fresh food embarked at every ports. The Asian specialty restaurant on the ship Food is absolutely yummy.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Every day activities are well studied and the crew is friendly and supportive,


5 out of 5
Nightly show well done with artist embarked from some of the ports visited as well a onboard artist that performed show during the voyage.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Can not stress enough about the service we received through the cruise from our room steward, waiters especially from mr. Susana and mr. Mo our assigned waiters in the restaurant. Without a doubt an unbelievable couple of caring and absolutely best parts of our cruise, Giovanni the maitre D. Almost daily at lunch preparing special food, also Raul and Archie in the cigar room needed a special mention for their attitude and great service. Not to mention the great service we received from our room stewards and Miss Maggie the chief Steward. Our room was kept spotless throughout the cruise and any request was dealt promptly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
There’s nothing to says about the cleaning of the ships, the crew did a masterful job from top to bottom keeping the decks well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Beautiful cabin clean big enough for 2 people, our cabin steward miss Evelyn need to be commended for the great job she did over the time, very professional and always prepared with any request.

Ship tip

Msc is definitely the way to go on cruises around the world, the attention of detail from Captain Leotta to the last of the crew definitely need to be commended for their job that they performed, from keep all the passengers and Crew safe from The coronavirus to be able to see memorable places around the world. I will feel bad if Ididn’t mention the service and help of some of the people in the pursers office like mr. Pasquale and miss Martha .

Ports of call

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5
Nice excursion typical French city

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Great city food places, and great souvenirs

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
Excursion to Fatima with the ship nice bus drive comfortable Very informative great place to meditate and take pictures

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Excursion with the ship to a small village with a beautiful nativity scene inside a church, great pictures

Mindelo, Cape Verde Island

5 out of 5
Nice little island. With great people, got a taxi and the gentleman was unbelievable guide throughout the island

Salvador De Bahia, Brazil

2 out of 5
Very dirty where we vent with the excursion

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

5 out of 5
A once in a lifetime experience, going to the pan the sugar and the Christ was unbelievable rush…..and see the sambadrome and the maracana….amazing

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
The boca is mesmerizing with all the building paintings and the people dancing, visiting the stadium was a thrill. Also the cemetery and the tombstone of Elvita Peron

Montevideo, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Went on excursion very nice city

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

5 out of 5
We had a fantastic steak with a great chimichurri…..

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5
Tha southern city in the world, fantastic soft crab lunch….

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

5 out of 5

Arica, Chile

5 out of 5

Callao (Lima), Peru

5 out of 5

Hanga Roa, Easter Island

5 out of 5
Vent ashore and took fantastic picture with the magnifica on the back and dove with the “Atariki diving club” had a great cup of coffee at cafe poerava

Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

5 out of 5
We didn’t disembark but the Pitcairn people came on the ship to sell there ware… the view of the island is breathtaking….

Papeete, Tahiti

5 out of 5
Wow what color the dress of the people on the island and the fabulous display of flowers at the marketplace….

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

5 out of 5
Went on excursion and the beach was fenomenal….water as blue as the sky

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

5 out of 5
Same here fantastic beach…

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Friendly people, love rugby and visited a church

Napier, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Went in town and they had an old car show going thru the main street

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Going around the city on our own, got a haircut from a lady in town, excellent.

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
Spent all day going thru the passage. Taking awesome pictures

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5
We didn’t go ashore due to the coronavirus, our captain Leotta was firm on not to allow any passenger ashore, next to us there was the Ruby Princess, and all the passenger were allowed to go ashore…… next day we found out that the Ruby had over 200 cases of the virus on board. We definitely need to thanks our captain for the wisdom to protect all the passenger.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
This is we’re we had to disembark to return to the states, our president was closing the border the next day and we about 150 American disembarked and returned to the USA.

Genoa, Italy

5 out of 5
Great city, all the shop near the port food fantastic great place to visit


5 out of 5
Super job by MSC in Melbourne
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