MSC Poesia Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Great cruise if you can put up with Germans and Italians.

Sail Date: May 09, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

Cabin: 8130

Great ports of call and shore excursions. Main dining room is excellent with fine dining menu changing every night. Bars and lounges are tastefully decorated with great musicians and vocalists.  Breakfasts and lunches at the main cafeteria is a nightmare, an eating frenzy with insufficient tables and have to wait in line for food and dodging on-coming crowd. Beverage stations are always either "out of order" or empty of hot water, or something. Majority of passengers are Europeans with Germans and Italians making up more than 50% of the entire load, which resulted in stiff, poker face unfriendly people. There are also quite a handful of families with young kids, babies in strollers and noisy toddlers running around during the busy breakfast and lunch hour. Shows are mediocre in 5 out of 7. Overall service by the crew is excellent except for a few overworked individuals. 

Ship Quality
Pretty impressive with the size.
Food and Dining
Food is great at the main dining room but mediocre in the buffet.
Service and Staff
Nathalia at the Travel/Tour desk. A genuinely friendly person - unpretentious.
Mediocre and amateur for some, great for 2 - 3 shows.
Destinations and Excursions
Some destinations are great, others are just ok.
Cabin / Stateroom
Although we didn't really have much of a view, it was clean and comfortable.
Venice, Italy
Relatively easy to find and move around.
Bari, Italy
Small port without any significant attractions.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Great knowledgeable tour guide and site.
Izmir, Turkey
Not much to offer.
Istanbul, Turkey
Great history and culture.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Medieval and historical.


Not too bad if you can put up with kids and Europeans with a mixed bag of different languages and attitudes. Service is great compensating for some of the flaws and annoyances. The ship itself is awesome with great interiors.

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