MSC Opera Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Not up to Princess and Royal Caribbean standards

Sail Date: July 09, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: 8190

MSC has a long way to go to meet the standards of what experienced cruisers have come to expect from  Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Princess. Food on the Opera was poor quality and frequently poorly prepared. This included bones in the fish dishes on 5 of 8 orders. Coffee and tea was not even available during or after meals in the main dinning rooms, only at the buffet. Selection was also limited. The pizza kitchen was the only consistently good. The tendering process was very inefficient as it took 2 hours and 40 minutes finally get to shore and with a stop of only 4 hours, we were left with only 1 and one-half hours on shore. The library was a joke with approx. 20 books in each of 5 different languages, and it was only open for four hours per day. The entertainment was actually pretty good for this size ship. Overall, I would definitely not recommend this ship. MSC as a cruise line is still not ready for prime time.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean and in good shape for the the age of the ship
Southampton (London), England
Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), Netherlands
The time here was too short as it required a 90 minute bus ride to the city.
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Not nearly enough time to tender.
Vigo, Spain
Highlight was access to Santiago de Compostela
Lisbon, Portugal
Bilbao, Spain
Unexpectedly large city.
Le Havre (Paris), France
Ship did not provide excursion to D-day beaches.


The pizza is the best thing on the ship.

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