Wonderful ports of call, but disappointing cruise line.

MSC Musica Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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MSC Musica

7 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Venice Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 30, 2017

Ship: MSC Musica

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9909

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The ports make it worth it, but the cruise line is lacking in customer service and the food is not great. The ports considerably brought the score up. Without them it's a solid 2.8-3 , especially if you are used to the US cruise lines.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
Stood in the heat for 2 hours and had to show my cruise ticket 6 times, before getting on the ship to a surly faced security guard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Food was very ordinary. Pasta on an Italian cruise line should not taste like leather. The upsell of drinks packages were very aggressive and immediate once boarding the ship. The staff were almost insulted when you declined.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were clean early in the day,but looked pretty cloudy later on. The lounges were tasteful and comfortable , with some very talented musicians.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The performers were very talented, but the show was the same people and basic set every night, with a different theme. This got a little repetitive. The lounge singers were very talented too.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The waiters and our cabin steward were wonderful, but there were a lot of unhappy faces on the staff. They could benefit from the Disney charm school. No smile, no "hello, how are you " that I'm accustomed to on NCL and RCI.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship was clean, bright and nicely decorated.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was clean, modern and had plenty of storage. Bedding was soft and the. Cabin was quiet at night, which I loved.

Ship tip

Don't buy the optional steak dinner. Its's overpriced and poorly prepared. One of my dinner mates felt pressured in to buying it and had to send it back.

Ports of call

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
Gorgeous, but packed with people in August.

Brindisi, Italy

5 out of 5
Beautiful architecture and quaint cafes.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

5 out of 5
Did an excursion to Olympia. Very knowledgeable English speaking guide. Wonderful experience.

Santorini, Greece

5 out of 5
Fabulous vistas, great excursion, with a lovely guide. Give the winery a miss, although it does have gorgeous views. Visit Oia for great photo ops.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
Took an excursion to the acropolis. It was breathtaking. Great guide, cool shopping in Athens.

Corfu, Greece

4 out of 5
Went to. Dascha beach. It was ok. Drinks on the beach were overpriced.

Kotor, Montenegro

5 out of 5
Grabbed a cab and went to budva , wonderful vistas. Gorgeous city with wonderful cruise in to port, worth getting up at 5amfor.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
This was a lot better than embarkation.
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