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Just returned from a MSC cruise in Dubai, the ship was fine and food in the restaurant was good although up in the buffet we found the food was always cold. My gripe was you were asked to pay for water at the dinner table which has been free on all other cruises also the staff did not insist the guests use the hand cleanser before entering the dining room. Other than Abu Dabi the rest of the Emirates are not ready for tourism yet, there is not a lot to do or see especially Kashab MSC charges 5 euros for a bus to take you to the city only when you get there you find nothing but a few dusty shops no taxis so its not worth it.
Oh I love MSC lirica! It was a wonderful experience for us, especially my son and my nephew. The staff were lovely, they were very nice with the kids and the food was great, just that the drinks were too expensive. During lunch and dinner one should be served water or juice. Some of their policy in these matters should be reviewed. Most of we had lots of fun and would like to go back...
Cruise dates 10 - 31 March 2012. After booking this 21 day MSC cruise with from Dubai to Southampton I read a few reviews which made me feel I had made a big mistake. Gladly I can say that my own experience of MSC Lirica was very positive. All the crew were very friendly and helpful and I never experienced any of the problems which seem to have effected some other passengers. The restaurant and bar staff were always very keen to help and I never felt we were being rushed in any way. The balcony suites are very clean, stylish and well cared for. In addition, they are larger than the ones I have seen on many P&O ships. The beds are also very comfortable and the baths in there rooms were double the size of my previous ones on a P&O Ship. The public areas were also modern and stylish and very clean. None of my family had any serious issues with any of the food on board either. The ship is run by an Italian company so you have to expect that some of the food will be Italian or at least European. My daughter used the kids club most of the days on the cruise and enjoyed it. They have a varied programme for the children which includes going to the evening shows in the theatre. The evening entertainment was generally of a high standard. Of course, the entertainment team had to cope with dealing with at least 4 different national groups on board (British, German, Italian and Spanish), and I thought they did a good job of it. The in-cabin TV service needs to have more TV channels in English. Also having the same 6 films on the movie channel for 3 weeks is not good and needs to be improved. On our cruise about 50% of the 1700 passengers were German or Austrian and this seemed to cause a few problems for some of the British guests. People have to appreciate that Germans are different to the British, as are Italians and Spanish. If you don't like mixing with Europeans, then book cruises with other companies who cater for purely British tastes. As for saying that Germans are ignorant, well I can safely say that I also met some very ignorant British passengers on the ship and their sole purpose on the cruise was to complain about everything. I am unsure why someone claiming to be a passenger on the same cruise is saying that many of the goods bought in the on-board shops is fake. All the items we purchased were genuine and very well priced. Like some other passengers I was also effected by the decision not to go to Abu Dhabi. I did check this out as I heard all the rumours that were being floated around. The Abu Dhabi port authorities stopped the ship going to Abu Dhabi and it had nothing to do with MSC saving money. All I can say is that my family had a very positive experience aboard MSC Lirica and I would certainly book another cruise with them. I think if you go on holiday with a positive attitude and are willing to mix with other nationalities, then you will have a great experience. Some people just want to complain and they could do that just as well by staying at home. MSC are not Cunard (and don't charge Cunard prices) but they are improving all the time. In summary, a great cruise which was enjoyed by the whole family.
I cruised on the Lirica around the Mediterranean in August 2011 and it was the most amazing experience ever. From the minute you step onboard the ship you feel like you are living in a dream of pure 5 star luxury, with one of the incredibly freindly MSC staff taking your bag to your cabin and another member of staff introducing themselves as your cabin attendant to cater for your every need. The cabin was cleaned twice daily and there seemed to be staff constantly polishing the gold banisters and mirrors on this esquisite looking ship. All the staff were amazing, helpful and got to know you on a first name basis, particularly the English rep, our waiter and the kids club staff. The children settled into the kids club straight away despite there not seeming to be any other English kids and my son cried on the last night when I said he had to say goodbye to the kids club staff as we were leaving the next day. The food was fantastic- quality Italian dishes, the only quibble is that as always with Italian food there was a lot of pork on the menu which limited choices for my children who are Muslim. The excursions, although a bit pricey, were really informative and interesting. At some ports like Rome or Majorca, however, I found it was more cost effective to organise my own excursion, but this was not possible in ports like Marseille where the ship was docked too far away from any public transport. The evening entertainment was varied and lively, I wasn't that impressed with the cabaret to start with but it seemed to get better as the week went on. Drinks and photos were a bit pricey but with quality restaurant meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner you can't really complain. You could also have breakfast brought to your cabin for free. The itinerary was really good, although some days the ship docked early at the port meaning an early start which was tiring to say the least. It was a bit of a whirlwind adventure, if I did it again I would probably not go off the ship every single day, but spend a couple of days relaxing onboard instead. Fantastic weather as well, so I got a lot of sunbathing in on the top deck sun loungers, in between dipping in the pool or sauna. Would definitely recommend :-)
Nice clean well run and maintained ship. helpful staff. Good food. Bit expensive for drinks, and extras charged whenever they could. Eating areas too small, so often had to wait for food and tables. Some bar staff a bit grumpy! Entertainment dire !