Different than we are used to.
MSC Musica Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Sail Date: August 09, 2009
Ship: MSC Musica
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryOverall the ship was immaculately clean! You constantly saw people coming around and cleaning every inch of the ship. However, there were some downfalls as well. Generally, we felt as though we were being nickeled and dimed throughout the cruise. We would have rather paid a couple hundred euro more and had access to free bottled wate, coffee, tea, and room service at our leisure. Also, we wished there was more time spent at the ports of call. At one of the ports we spoke to a taxi driver that was talking quite negatively about MSC cruise lines and claims that they purposely spend less time at the ports than other cruise lines because they want their passengers on board spending money for as much of the time as possible. In relation to other American cruise lines that we have been on the entertainment and overall friendliness of the staff was poor. During dinner there was no entertainment provided by the waiters, which is a common theme of American cruises. There were no "themed" dinner nights to make dinner fun and interesting and DIFFERENT. Our waiter was very friendly at dinner however, it didn't seem that any of the others were. Also, if you miss your formal dinner each night there are no other FREE FOOD options other than the buffet. There is pizza and sushi available but you must pay extra for these services. The food overall on the boat WASN'T great or gourmet at all. The shows each night were mediocre....most of them were like bad Vegas shows.
Overall, we were not particularly happy with our experience on MSC cruises. However, we enjoyed the port cities very much!
Food and Dining
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Don't Miss: The tour of the volcano was excellent.
Don't Miss: Tour of the Acropolis was great.
Don't Miss: We went and saw the caves which was very cool and well worth it.
Don't Miss: The tour to Olympia was fantastic.
Don't Miss: Climb the city walls.
Pros: Our waiter at dinner was fantastic- but sadly he was one of FEW fantastic waiters; the excursions at the ports were well-organized and handy.
Cons: The unfriendly dining staff (besides our waiter), feeling like being nickeled and dimed on the boat; not enough time in ports; no food options if you miss dinner; poor entertainment on the boat; food was mediocre overall.