Author: Maureen S.
Just got back this week from our cruise to the Eastern Med on MSC Melody. It was a fantastic experience with the most friendly, helpful staff, delicious food both in the Galaxy restaurant and the buffet and the ship could not have been cleaner. We were encouraged to use the hand sanitisers throughout the ship to avoid cross contamination. The cleaning staff were constantly cleaning, sweeping and polishing to keep the ship looking immaculate. There was cold water, ice, teas and coffee on tap 24hrs a day all free. The drinks worked out a bit expensive but we prebooked vouchers for soft drinks, beers and wine which made it a little bit cheaper. The destinations were incredible and we did a couple of excursions and then did our own thing for the rest of the ports so it was really good. Research your ports of call beforehand and make lots of notes, maps etc as we did and it can work out just fine. For example when we docked at Piraeus we had found out beforehand that the Metro station for Athens was about a 20 minute walk on the other side of the harbour, ticket was 1.40 euro each and within another 10 minutes we were at the bottom of the Acropolis, 12 euro each entrance fee and we saw everything we wanted to for a fraction of the cost. I loved the Melody, although much smaller than the big luxury ships it was friendly and although fully booked, never seemed crowded. Entertainment was excellent too. Cabins were of a very good size and have been recently updated. I had a wonderful time and would go back on Melody again tomorrow!