I went on the MSC Opera last September to Italy and Croatia. Ship was beautufully clean, food good and shows great. Only drawback was all the announcements in several languages and as the English were in the minority the trips were usually cancelled but we did our own thing.
Sailed on MSC Lirica. Balcony cabins really nice. Food was outstanding. Passengers were mostly italian/brazilian. They loved dancing & singing - several times a day ! Not sure if its relevant in April,but in summer deck space for sun was hard to come by.
She will be loud and brash and Italian -a far larger continental crowd than you ever get on Celebrity or Cunard - you will definitely be in the minority. Critisisms of our Continental chums are mainly based around their apparent inability to queue, and the fact that they are noisy and the children are allowed to run around. Expect announcements in several languages to allow for the different nationalities. Go with an open mind...! It will be different.
Never been on MSC, Costa etc but I *have* read about a million reviews about every cruise line going. The word seems to be that if you cruise Italian you'll get good espresso, but you'll be surrounded by cigarette smokers. But no warranties on this advice.
We have been on MSC Opera twice and The Musica once if you like Italy you will love this line no problem with cigarette smokers plenty of room. Staff friendly Food Graet Shows great will go again this year.
I've been on Costa Miditerranea. The ship was fabulous, but the service and the food were terrible. It was noisy, brash, too many announcements - and everything in several languages. The children were abundant and a pain in the neck, quite frankly. The pool was completely over-run every day... as one wise American commented " an accident waiting to happen". Ive sailed most cruise lines, but would never do Italian again.
Have cruised four times with MSC, Opera once and Lirica three times,We have cruised the Med, Baltic and Caribbean with this line.Ships are superb and spotlessly clean.Cabin towels are changed at least three times each day.The downside is that the British are usually in the minority and you have to cope with announcements in many languages.In the Caribbean it is the Americans and Canadians in the majority which eases the language problem.The food varies in Europe and the Caribbean to suit the passengers.The entertainment is a problem with the various languages but the visual effect is very good and with the audience seated on two desks rather like the stalls and circle in a theatre a good view is guaranteed.We are seasoned cruisers and value for money MSC cannot be beaten.Incidentally, MSC is the second largest freight shipping line in the worl.
CRAP///// GIVE IT A MISS// we used msc armonia,the food was cold and it came as just a meal on a plate the waiters hands well lets say No soap for a while his jacket was dirty table cloth had stains all over it from the first sitting. The ship was wonderful but every thing eles was rubbish. Kids running all over the place shouting and we were in the minority most were German and Italian.the English were there just to make up the numbers.When we got off in Venice we had to walk around with are cases for 5hrs. We have sailed on about 12 cruises i.e P&O Ocean village Fred Olson ect so we do know what we are talking about, we are not snob's by any means we will have a go at anything but NEVER MSC again. Regards Mr&Mrs Kane.
Hi just returned from carribean on the lirica cruised many times but first on this line we really enjoyed it we were prepared for it to be different and it was the ship was very clean and the staff freindly we enjoyed the shows and the dancing the food was good in the dining rooms the buffets not so good overall we really had a good time we would cruise with them agai.
We sailed on the Opera to the eastern end of the med last year. We have cruised many times on Fred Olsen, P&O,and Cunard, and have been on about 7 cruises, and two again this year. We couldn't have been more disappointed for reasons too many to list. Do NOT expect good hygene, do not expect people to dress for dinner, do not expect to go on the trip as advertised, every announcement to generally 5 different languages, English always last. The food we found terrible, generally cold, despite a number of complaints, the evening entertainment was hopeless. The final glory was the NOROVIRIS caught in the second week, the medical centre was like a war zone!The only person that enjoyed themselves were the doctors with all the fees they were collecting. My advice is don't go, but IF you must, don't expect any sympathy from MSC,or the PSA, as MSC do nor recognise arbitration, so to progress any complaint you will have to consider solicitors and the english court. My complaint got nowhere even though I complained as far as the UK Managing Director, it got me absolutely NOWHERE. Neither I or my wife will ever cruise with them again, we decided to stick with the ships that cater for English speaking people. Finally if you are flying to meet the cruise, don't expect any help with the luggage, or with a drink or food on route, neither was provided in any way until we reachhed the ship in Genoa, a jouney from memory of about two and a half hours. You have been warned.