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4.5

Un crucero agradable by benjireina

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

Crucero con una ruta algo diferente, el barco está muy bien, de tamaño mediano, con el personal muy atento y amable, siempre encuentras alguien dispuesto a ayudar.

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5.0

An excellent adventure by DrLBP

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

A lovely cruise around the eastern med, Albania was a real highlight. Bari was lovely, we went for a wander around the town and had lunch, Athens was disappointing however the Parthenon was great to see. Dubrovnik was very very hot and quite over crowded, but well worth a visit.

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4.8

Wonderful cruise, nice staff, good service by milicav

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

We enjoyed the cruise. Ship, service, food, kindness left a good impression. Only at the reception we did not have a good experience

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4.5

Fabulous holiday by clarelouiset

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

On board staff were excellent and overall experience very good . We loved having a balcony and will have one in the future! Loved visiting new places every day !

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4.9

One of the most laid back, enjoyable cruises by RonfromIllinois

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

We found this one of the most relaxing cruises we have ever taken. The average age of the passengers were close to our age. It was very relaxed and enjoyable. We requested main dining seating at a larger table and have a fantastic time with the people that shared the table. An interesting and unforgettable time with them. I will warn you that the announcements are in 5-6 different languages. MSC deals with a larger varied clientele than many other cruise lines They have many onboard activities, but not as rowdy as many other lines. I would say a complete thumbs up for the cruise line and this ship.

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4.9

Amazing Venice & Adriatic Cruise by Yvonne30

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

A never-to-be-forgotten experience. Will do it again when we've saved up enough money. A great ship. Great staff. Visited great places with a nice mixture of history and relaxation. We were a family made up of three generations from 14 to 71. Everyone had a tremendous time.

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4.3

Super time on this luxury liner with some fab visits to some beautiful cities by nottravolta

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Didn't really know what to expect from a cruise but we had really lovely week. Would recommend anyone to try at least one. Oct was a good time to cruise as the weather was mid 20's so not too hot.

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Review MSC Poesia East Mediterranean Cruise by vyronjohnson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

The food on the first night in the dining room was not very good. Subsequent dinners in the restaurant were better. We had difficulty finding seating at the buffet during primetime lunch hours. Water, soda and juice had to be purchased. A lot of people did not know how to wait in line and were bursting in front at food stations and elevators.

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5.0

p Want to take a cruise... by VeganStew

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

p Want to take a cruise but fear the 10/7? (10 lbs. gained in 7 days) Want to learn more about something you#39;re passionate for, laugh like crazy,AND see the Caribbean? (Heck yes!) Need to get away from it all, but feel guilty for taking a week-long vacation, and onethat leaves you needing a vacation from your vacation?! Well, look no further my caribbean craving, healthy-minded friends, because you just found Holistic Holiday at Sea cruises! p This adventure is specially designed for people who not only want have aBLAST on their vacation, but grow as individuals learn how to build a healthier body, mind, and spirit. Curious about plant-based diets, such as veganism and macrobiotics? (Macro WHAT?!) Want to learn some new cooking tricks from pros straight out of the industry? Show up to class and taste these delightful dishes! Do you love live music, talent shows, disco clubs, professional performances highlighting amazing, physical feats, vocal talent, and visual effects?Climb aboard! p The MSC Poesia is one of the newest, and greenest ships on the sea, so feel good supporting this beautiful, Italian city on the sea. p Wake up your mind and body with pilates/yoga/tai chi/meditation classes hosted by our very own members! (I also loved my early bird, sunrise jogs on the top deck. Sometimes it was just me!) Wake up your tastebuds with delicious, 5-coursemeals created by internationally known chef, Mark Hanna. Gluten free? No prob! This year, Isa Moskowitz created mouth-watering dishes for diners. And get this...my best friend and I ate dessert every day, hardly ever took the elevator, and we LOST weight! (Perhaps dancing until the wee hours of the morning helped as well) I cannot WAIT to return and sit down for 8 days straight, knowing everything I feed my body is bringing me closer to a healthier physique, stronger spirit, and better environment. p I laughed with NBA champ John Salley, danced with world renown doctor T. Colin Campbell, walked the streets of Key West with bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, had dinner with VegNews publisher Joseph Connelly, relaxed by the pool with stellar vegan chef Isa Moskowitz, and attended a pizza party with author/#39;speaker Robert Pirello! Talk about some awesome opportunities to question, learn, grow, and make new friends!! p Even though you may be surrounded by health industry celebs, YOU willfeel like a V.I.P. as we attend nightly (vegan) pizza parties, ice cream socials, and live music dances on Deck 13. These are for our group only, and the staff is always there to welcome and serve us. (Seriously, there are red ropes involved) The warm, ocean breeze will invigorate your soul, and you can#39;t help but smile when surrounded by like-minded friends.I have made new friends for life, and I am counting down the days until we can re-unite and do it all over! p Join us next year, and have the pleasure of meeting Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., Christina Pirello, Dr. Neal Barnard,Dr. Will Tuttle, Yogi Desai, Jessica Porter, and Warren Kramer, just to name a few of the many wonderful presenters! Save your dollars, and do something that your future self will thank you for. You#39;ll even huntME down and thank me. p Be sure to tell them Traci Stickler sent you, when the nice ladies over the phone sign you up! Feel free to ask more questions, and I look forward to meeting you in March of 2012!! p Peace, Blessings, and Light, p Traci S. p a href=http://www.atasteofhealth.org/www.atasteofhealth.org/a p (You#39;ll see Robert Cheeke and I cutting a rug in the 1stpicture of the website#39;s slideshow!)

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4.0

MSC Poesia by CruisewithMike

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

MSC Poesia THE MSC DIFFERENCE General Comments. For those of you who may not be familiar with MSC Cruise Lines. It is an Italian privately family owned cruise line. A subsidiary of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (hence the MSC) which is the largest container shipping company that operates in the Mediterranean region, and much of the world. I will attempt to highlight some of the difference throughout this review for you. The Embarkation Process seemed to be somewhat fast, and then somewhat slow. The initial check-in phase of the process when rather quickly, while the actual getting aboard felt rather lengthy, but then I did arrive around 10am for an estimated 11am boarding time, so all in all I guess you to be fair and honest, the process was rather typical to others. Ships appointments were exquisite. Never had I seen so much marble and gold plating before to not be on a luxury cruise line vessel. But then where is the best place to get marble but Italy. Additionally who would always see someone with a cleaning rag just wiping things down. I must say that it was a very clean ship. One of the best I've seen in that department. The Stateroom Accommodations, while somewhat typical from the standpoint of size, seemed to me to be nicer, and in much better condition than I was expecting for a vessel of her age. I thought the Braille room number signage outside each of the staterooms was a neat touch and tells me something about the companies approach to trying to accommodate everyone's needs. One thing that would rank her down overall was the lack of overall balcony rooms available on this ship. "Peosia" is one of MSC oldest ships, which had only a limited number of balcony staterooms. While many would have said the Multi Lingual announcements made were a distraction, I was always amazed to see the cruise director step to the stage before a show performance and make the accouchements in five different languages as if each was her native tongue. It was kind of entertainment in itself! I must admit it gave me the opportunity to actually see just how bad my German was. MSC Cruise Lines - while I admit, sometimes maybe has a different approach to customer service, than what I might choose. I need to bear in mind, that they are different. If you want to judge them against "their competition", you can't stack them up next to Royal Caribbean, Princess, or Even Carnival for that matter, because first and foremost, THEY ARE NOT A NORTH AMERICAN CRUISE LINE. MSC's closest competitor would be Costa, or P O. While most "cruise folks" have never even set foot on one of these vessels, let alone sailed them. So you really need to understand that MSC, is actually forging new ground by being the first foreign cruise ship company, that has really placed itself not only to cruising in the North American Marketplace, but actually having committed one of its vessels in a mostly full time year round basis "Poesia" here in the United States (Port Everglades) otherwise known as Fort Lauderdale. Should we should certainly give them credit for that! The Poesia offers sailings to the Caribbean, as well as in the fall repositions in New York to do Canada and New England Fall Foliage sailings. The next big difference is price point! MSC's closest rival in the "North American Market" pricing arena would have to be Carnival. And this would be bad how? Well their low prices as well as their "KIDS UNDER 12 SAIL FREE" is a huge magnet for folks especially with families. They buy the voyage on MSC not knowing anything at all about the Cruise Line. There are some very distinctive differences that people just plain don't realize. Not BAD Differences! Just Differences, which oftentimes causes MSC some very huge challenges, which usually their passengers get very wacked out about! The first complaint I hear more than most, is that they are unresponsive to complaints. Fact is, they are not that different from North American Cruise Lines. They operate very much in the same way that a land based hotel property would in say Italy. Once you have made your complaint, fine, they heard you and it will be directed to the appropriate person(s) for further possible action. North American cruise lines do the very same thing. However, as they are Americans (for the most part themselves) will all too often make the complaining passenger feel they have taken a special interest in their problem, but does it get rectified any sooner. No! is the simple answer. Whereas if you make continued or repeated complaints about the same issue they will give you their ear once again, on MSC they are going to inform you that they have heard your complaint and have forwarded your issues onto someone who can do something about it! Sorry folks, it really makes no difference whether you are sailing MSC, or NCL or any other cruise ship, your problem takes time to resolve. You have relayed your plight to someone, now get on with your cruise! So many times when cruising, I see people failing to relinquish their woes and they now focus in on the problem so bad, that it jades the entire rest of their voyage (and anyone in close proximity to them as well). When one really needs to get over it, and get on with your cruise! The next common complaint I hear coming from disgruntled passengers, is there isn't the same amount of things to keep their children occupied on board. This is a very true observation. The Children's programs on MSC are not as elaborate as you find on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Princess, or even Carnival. But they are once again on par with their true competition Costa, and PO. However, I must say that there is one comment I have heard from time to time that is an unfair characterization. Being that MSC doesn't offer adequate evening time supervision for their teen (oldest) aged program facilities. Well folks neither do North American Market Cruise lines after dinner either! Food and Service of the wait staff. I very much enjoyed the genuine Italian Cuisine found in the formal Dining Room and especially the changing each night of the featured dishes from various Italian regions. A comment I heard from others on the ship was their feelings that crew is very standoffish, which is often misconstrued as their being either inattentive or even rude. You must bear in mind that the crews on every MSC cruise ship is European trained. That means especially at dinner, when they bring you something and ask if there is anything else, don't plan on seeing them until everyone at the table is finished and they come back to clear the entire table at the same time. That is the European manner (efficiency model) of large event table service. They are not going to hover over you, asking you several times just during the soup or appetizer if everything is ok. Also, for those of you have not ever been to Italy. Desert whether cake or otherwise is served with a large desert spoon. NOT A FORK. If this really presents a major problem for you, just flag one of wait staff and politely ask for a fork, and they will get one for you! Just do it quickly before they get away! When it comes to dinner time in the formal dining room, each night's menu will feature a different region of Italy that the recipes will come from. Also please don't embarrass yourself by complaining out loud that your food was not up to the usual Italian standards, if your measure of standards comes from your weekly or monthly visit to OLIVE GARDEN, which isn't Italian Food. So often is the situation that people here in the United States are accustomed to "going things alone" and purchasing their entire cruise vacation on line, without the benefit of having anyone KNOWLEDGABLE to assist them with product information. They have simply made a purchased based on (typically) PRICE. Then, you arrive at embarkation, and something small goes wrong (like it always does for me too) like not being able to bring something on board (when it was fine on the other cruise, or I saw someone else take that aboard), or I was made to wait for two motor coaches to get here, or I didn't get my luggage till 9pm that night. There's always something that goes not totally right. It's OK, it happens to us all. Just don't HOLD ON to that bad feeling and let it overrun your cruise adventure as so often people allow! Lastly, (this is directed at basically all of the cruise lines) I really get so tired of hearing people complain about the on-board entertainment, particularly in the form of the show performances. Once again, people have a tendency to rate the cruise ship performances to "Broadway" performances. Yet again, let me spell out the subtle but important differences between what you will see on a cruise ship vs. the New York Broadway Show. First let's talk price. How much did you spend for your last Broadway Performance (just for the show itself), compared to your FREE show on board the ship! That's what I thought, a big difference huh? Next how large was the stage area for your last performance, and oh yeah, by chance was it moving (or actually constantly in motion)at all? Assuming one has not over indulged prior to the show! You have to give an appreciation to the fact that the on board cruise performance is merely just another form of entertainment offered on the cruise, and was not the only thing you went to take in on your cruise. Ok, so now hopefully you too will remember everything we have said here, before you race to the trip adviser or cruise critic message board, and slam some cruise line for their off "off Broadway" review. My overall ranking for "Peosia" is Good. From the standpoint of value for your cruise dollar I have to give it and MSC very high marks. I certainly would recommend MSC to any potential cruisers, and especially to families, or anyone who is on a strict budget. Kids UNDER 12 SAIL FREE (just pay govt. taxes), when they sail in a room occupied by at least two adults over the age of 21, while children 12-17 are generally only $99-$299 depending on the precise sailing. This pricing policy applies on all of their sailings, NOT just select dates or times of the year, so for family and value conscious it is a good deal.

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As Expected! by GGCruiser

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

Overall a good cruise. Cabin was great, ship was clean and elegant. Buffet was excellent. Entertainment was also very good, especially the dance shows. Kids Club was great. Gym was nice. Room for improvement was in the dinning room, food was not as good as the buffet, no real beverage choices, work staff was reserved up until when they were to be reviewed by guests, lengthy disembarkation. Itinerary was fine except that the tendering in St. Thomas left no time to get to St. Johns. Happy we weren't on Carnival that week.

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4.2

Beautiful destinations cruise by rienborg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

It was luxuary, relaxt and full of new impressions. I would not do this cruis without excursions.

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1.0

the worst cruise ever!!!!!!!!!!!! by stefan112

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

hello 

If you want to make a cruise NEVER go on the msc poesia, this vessel, should be towed, in to a dock for demolition.

everything is old, the ROOM, for 4 people is so smal, you can not get to the balcony, without rolling over the pirate bed, that stands almost in the middel of the room, 

And yes I made a complain, and yes i was in everything RIGHT, but no one could help us, even the head of the department mrs mira ( she is dutch and was very friendly ) but nothing worked!!!!!

MSC had never be allowed to sell this trip, for 3 adults and one child in ONE room!!!!

it was a night mare!!!

no place to put your clothe for 4 , even the badroom not enouf storage for everthing

so if you diside to make a cruis 

DONT GO WITH MSC POESIA !!!!!

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4.2

A great time on the world’s okayest cruise line by davethetemp

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

Before we left, I read lots of reviews about MSC, so we didn’t expect a typical cruise experience. The price was right, the ports were great and the food was fine. The most enjoyable part of being on the ship was the opportunity to practice my French chatting with Europeans on holiday. Adjust your expectations for MSC and you’ll have a good time.

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Wonderful except that British Airways failed to deliver our luggage and we had to buy a complete outfit to be in the cruise. by babub

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

We enjoyed the trip. The staff were very informative and helpful The excursion guides except at Tallin were very informative. If we had our luggage during the trip we would have enjoyed it more

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MSC is an adventure in international travel by rsp44

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Overall MSC does a pretty good job of managing 3000 passengers who speak many different languages. I applaud them for that. The service is variable and reflect language problems and different ideas of what service is compared to North American standards. The food is obviously mass produced and has to cater to many different tastes. Don't take this cruise if you want excellent onboard cuisine (but occasional they would surprise me with something wonderful). If you are a native English speaker (and that is your only language) be aware that finding someone who knows conversation English will be a challenge which to me really was major negative for this trip. But if you want a really international experience and want to me folks from many different countries (and not just Americans, Canadians, Aussies and New Zealanders) and or you speak some conversation Italian, French, German or Spanish, then MSC is the cruise line for you.

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4.0

Cute and quaint ship. Most... by Copentravelcom

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Ship: MSC Poesia

Cute and quaint ship. Most of the staff were friendly. Clean ship for its age. Very easy to navigate. The spa was not as aggressive as my previous MSC experience. Even when walking into the spa area, I was never asked for a service. This shocked me. A few staff members had no idea about the voyagers club status levels. I was told the only difference is the color of your hard. I tried to keep a straight face, hope I succeeded. It was obvious they were new to the cruise industry as every line has differences in status levels.

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Great time and Good All around Service by avalon88562214

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

In all a very well planed Ship Staff are Excellent and The service Very Very Good the Staff Both in the Cabin and The Restaurant Where The Best.The Only Thing I could Falter was the Music Being Played in the Disco and around the ship Too much Latin Music Not that I dont Like it But There should be a better Variety apart from that 10/10

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Great itinerary on MSC Poesia by TinaTravel4

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

The itinerary was great, the food and dining room service was just ok. Some nights were better than others. The kids club was nice

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4.4

Wonderful Mediterranean Cruise by tinasegovia

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Poesia / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

The cruise was great with great ports, enjoyed them all. I thought MSC was good, not great. Average food in dining room with ok service. Dinner seemed to take 2 hours.

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