Sailed on Independence of the... by Musthave1bookedSail Date: /
Sailed on Independence of the Seas, Adventurer of the Seas, Voyager of The Seas, MSC Opera and MSC Magnifica so to compare, and this is in my honest opinion, MSC Magnifica are at the top of the cruise class for cleanliness and have by far the best, happiest, friendliest staff I have come across. From the moment we were welcomed onboard staff passing by in the corridors, lifts stairs etc., we found would smile/say morning to us. Our cabin was a balcony and inside and both were very modern, cleaned to the highest standard and very comfortable and quiet, Size was similar to Royal Caribbean inside although the balcony cabin was slightly wider on the Magnifica as I could get my case passed bottom of bed of bed on Voyager but has plenty of room on Magnifica. We mainly ate breakfast lunch and dinner in MDR, we prefer our food to be brought to us by pleasant staff although we did us the Sahara Buffet area a few time when we slept in too late for breakfast in MDR and found the breakfast there hot, constantly replenished, great choice and tasty. There were plenty of opportunities throughout the day to have snacks, afternoon tea etc and bars and cafes would provide sandwiches, biscuits and cakes and in the evening the bars also produced bowls of crisps, nuts, olives, anti pasta and finger food, fabulous little touch. Ship is spotless, never felt overcrowded and has plenty of places to go to if you find Tiger bar to loud, the sports bar and bars near the shops are great little places to sit and have a drink and relax. Card room and games room was always available for us to use and the theatre was stunning. Drinks package, we had the lower of the two prices, bottles of Heineken, loads of cocktails, shorts and mixers (cans of Pepsi, 7 Up), wine, bottles of water, milkshakes, smoothies, Baileys, sweet and dry prosseco by far cheapest we have paid for the cocktails to be included. Bar staff very friendly but understaffed, order with the cocktail waitress around the pool, Tiger Bar, Sports Bar etc and you will save yourself a long wait at the bar. Entertainment team, as most do, work extremely hard, we found them to be very attentive, would pop over to chat, remembered our names, always seemed to be happy to be there big shout out to all of the staff especially GiGi, Kayla and Khalid, give these guys a raise MSC as they are a credit to your company. Would I travel with MSC again yes, I personally enjoy cruising with other nationalities, makes Me feel like I’m on my holiday, however, as my children are teenagers they found the teen club, even though we traveled from Southampton, to be majority German, Spanish and Italian teens so language was a barrier and if we travelled from say Barcelona in the future I’d have to weigh up the lack of British teens on board for them. Having said that they did live their holiday and made some great friends.