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Terrific Cruise by svesey

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

We enjoyed our relaxing time on board (main reason for vacation). This was my 5th MSC cruise and definitely a fan.

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Great Cruise by FredCFL

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

If you are looking for a cruise experience that is different than your typical US cruise-line, and do not mind sharing the experience from people from other countries, speaking other languages (though many were French-speaking passengers from Canada rather than France), do consider MSC. Go with an open mind, take advantage of the different cultures, and enjoy yourself.

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Beautiful Ship by CruisinBritt

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

The cruise was great overall. We had a good experience and the staff was encouraging everyone to wash their hands before entering dining area and there was always someone at the door with sanitizer.

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Beautiful ship but severely under staffed. by jbaratta1227

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

This could be considered the cruise from hell because of the lack of information provided by the staff. We were 5 days at sea without knowing if we were going to be able to dock anywhere. On the positive side, MSC gave us a full refund and 20% off our next cruise. I will take advantage of the offer but sail a different ship.

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Nice ship by phyllismahan53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall it was a beautiful Cruise ship to be on. I was very disappointed to find out on Thursday that a sick crew member was on board the ship and we were not told until we were turned away from our first port. He had been on board with us since Sunday and we didn't find out until Thursday. We may world news, all of our ports of call we're turning us away. We was at sea for 5 straight days.

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Unforgettable Caribbean Cruise by jpommerleau

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

Unfortunately the scare of the virus resulted in passengers getting upset. The ship captain informed us that we would be 100% reimbursed. We still enjoyed the « ride ». It was memorable for the wrong reasons but they did everything possible to compensate.

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A few hiccups but overall a great cruise! by WindyCityMark

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

Overall we had a great time. Staff were helpful and friendly. We spent a lot of time by the pool but we did not see many (if any) wait staff come by to take drink orders. Only a few minor inconveniences. On days 2 and 3 the hot water wasn't working anywhere not the ship. It was fixed by the end of day 3 and we received an on board credit. We also did not get our luggage on day 1 and had to find out for ourselves where it may be. They should have a better system for securing ship luggage tags (such as airlines do with sticker type labels). The ship also does not allow irons and there were no irons in the cabin. There were no ironing services onboard either so we should have packed more wrinkle-forgiving clothes. It was just a bit disappointing that we couldn't stop at our final port of call due to the rough seas, but that's understandable and beyond the ship's control. To recap, we had a great time and lots of fun.

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Had a great time by Aleris

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

This cruise was beautiful and I had a great time whether on the ship or on a port. I would recommend it too anyone.

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Bad experience by jerryka89

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

It could of better it's what you make of it kids had fun! Make sure to buy excursion at the port the ship over charge you!

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A fun cruise! by peltodawnmarie

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

Fun! I am not usually a complainer. We won't be going again on an MSC cruise again. Too crowded.

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Meriviglia - Good and Bad by Daisygirl55

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My husband and I just spent a week on the MSC Meriviglia with 6 of our friends. This was in total cruise number 53 for me, but my first with MSC. Still putting all of my thoughts together but wanted to write a short review while it is all fresh in my mind. We stayed in balcony cabin 12161. Near the elevator, and very quiet. A few kids running once in a while, but not too bad. In the middle of the ship so it was easy to go anywhere we wanted. The ship was absolutely beautiful, and the Promenade was very nice with the restaurants, shops, chocolate store and various bars. I was amazed at how clean the ship was, and you would be hard pressed to find a bit of rust anywhere. Our balcony was a good size, and our cabin steward was efficient and kept our room spotless. One of our friends in my group was not so lucky as there were a few days when their cabin was not serviced at all. When they questioned this, they were told it was because he ran out of time. We had the Easy Drink Package but upgraded to the Premium package once on the ship. $215.00 for the upgrade. It was on my husband's card, but he was able to get drinks for me as well on the Premium list. The crew in the bar areas were all very pleasant and always had a smile when we saw them. Crew in the dining room was not so friendly. Our head waiter, Augus, was attentive although busy. His assistant staff was not so good, with one of the girls going so far as to roll her eyes when we asked for some Tabasco sauce. We only ate dinner in the dining room twice, the first two nights. We tried breakfast on the second morning but went to the buffet every morning after that. We actually loved the food up in the Lido area. A lot of choices, food always hot, and very delicious. Speaking of food, we bought the Tryptic Dining Package: Butcher's Cut, Ocean Cay Seafood, and Kaito. While the food was delicious and well-prepared we were shocked that our menu choices were so limited. For the most part we were all satisfied with our choices, but some dishes that were on the limited menu were just downright awful. However, the staff was quick to allow for a change in the selection. The biggest drawback was the very rude and very obnoxious sommelier in the Butcher's Cut restaurant. When we asked his name, he actually covered up his name tag and refused to give us his name. We found out that he had only been on the ship a week. Hopefully he will either get with the program or realize that he is in the wrong profession. We went to the Cique du Soliel show, Sonor. It was out of this world phenomenal! Our package included dinner, which was so yucky that after the show we all went up to the buffet...LOL. The casino was fun, and only very smoky one night. Most of the time it was tolerable. There are a few non-smoking machines, but as they are near the smoking machines it is a moot point. The MSC app and internet package worked quite well, and allowed us to stay in touch with each other through FB Messenger. It was nice to be able to pull up activities, billing, and other information. We did not make it to any of the shows as we were not aware that we needed to make reservations. Every time we thought about it there were no seats left. I can't really comment on the ports as we stayed on the ship all week. We stopped at Costa Maya, Belize, and Roatán. We were supposed to stop at the new port of Ocean Cay, but the water was too rough to do so and we had an extra sea day. One of the bad things that happened during our week was we had no hot water for two days. None. Zero. Zip. Made it difficult to shower! Thankfully my hair is short so I was able to wash it in the sink. Even still...Brrr! The other issue was a language issue. I don't mind the announcements in several languages. I have no problem cruising with so many people from other countries. Our main problems were with the crew and even the staff. We had a hard time when we asked questions. Being that this was our first MSC cruise, we did have a question here and there. All in all it was a good week. Will I book another MSC cruise? Yes, but maybe not right away. We had fun, but nothing stood out to make it a new favorite cruise line. I have read on this Board that there are other ships in the MSC line that we should try that are better than the Meriviglia. Maybe we will try another ship and see how it compares. After all, I was on a cruise, being catered to and getting some much needed R&R.

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Excellent yacht club cruise with alot of plusses and just a few minuses by L3G

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

Overall this was an excellent cruise, highly recommend the yacht club - level of service is super! Ship is gorgeous with only a few tweaks needed in order to make it outstanding.

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Great time had! by LarenaH

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

Great cruise. First with MSC and wasn't sure what to expect given some previous reviews. We were pleasantly surprised and had a great time The service and staff were excellent, shows were very professional and the ship was really clean and beautiful! Food was very good (though not always hot enough) and staff were always willing to help with any questions or things you needed. We sat at the same table in the dining room each night and the waiters brought our drinks right away and were quick to personalize our service. We had an awesome time and will be back!

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Disappointing MSC Cruise by iblier

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

We have cruised several times with several lines and this was a very disappointing experience. Long wait times, Lineups, misplaced luggage, language issues, paying over 6.00 US for a 1 liter bottle of water. Felt they are really pushing all the extra pay amenities Their private island is really the highlight.

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Mostly Good by angelkeim

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

Very Clean ship. Staff is Great. Dining room good but not excellent. U can order a ribeye on the dinner menu for 21.00. Absolutely awesome. Breakfast is good. Bacon never greasy. No powder egg here.

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Very disappointing. It was not worth the money spent or points used. Embarkation was horrible. It took 3 hours just to get on board and that was with the Aurea Package. Insulting stares and being yelled at by staff as if we did not belong. by vickijmoye

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

This was supposed to be a celebration of my 50th birthday. Besides being with my significant other, the cruise was a epic fail.

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Gorgeous Ship. by rparker379

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

MSC Meraviglia is a beautiful ship. This is my second MSC cruise. I appreciate the fact that this cruiseline does not charge double for solo cruisers. The itinerary was excellent. I enjoyed the dining and entertainment on the ship. The staff I met were friendly and helpful. The cabin was clean. It was a relaxing vacation.

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Beautiful Ship by mxcai

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

the price for this beautiful ship is great! however, you get what you pay for~ dont expect any high quality service or food.

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It Was Just Okay. by estephilphoenix

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

Service at the steak house was not very good. I had to get up and go ask for water. Food? It was ok. Not worth the extra money. The steak at the regular dinning room included with the cruise was actually better and so was the service. Tapas was good and the sushi. Overall it was fine.

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OK once underway by jptcpcu

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Meraviglia / Destination: Caribbean

Would I sail with MSC again? Yes, but I wouldn't seek them out. They didn't stand out from other cruise lines I've been on. If the dates and itinerary suit you, book them. You won't be disappointed, but you won't be overly impressed either. Would I take this cruise again? No way. Until they streamline the embarkation and disembarkation process, in the words of one country song, "the pleasure ain't worth the pain."

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