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MSC Poesia

MSC Poesia continues MSC Cruises' commitment to delivering quality cruise holidays at great value prices. Facilities wise, she boasts of the best theatres at sea (showing a range of musical, dance, comedy, magic and circus style acts), gym and spa areas, kids club, sports court, mini golf and more.

Dining options are fairly rational in style, with fixed dining times and table sizes. There is also a pizzaria in the evenings, and buffets at lunch, breakfast and afternoon tea. When it comes to the evening, there are a range of bars also available, one of our favourites being the Grappe D'Or where you can enjoy fine wines and cheeses to the backdrop of live music.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2008
Tonnage 90000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 12
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 13
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 4
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2550
Crew 1039
Refurbished 2019

Ship Facilities

MSC Cruises has always put a great deal of effort into the choice and preparation of the meals it serves onboard its ships, and their cuisine will offer you refined taste and tantalize your taste buds. Not only will you experience wonderful Italian cuisine, but you will also be able to enjoy dishes that are typical of the destinations you explore, prepared with specially selected, fresh ingredients. From breakfast to lunch and spectacular dinners under the stars, you will find MSC Cruises’ style in all its dishes.

  • Il Palladio Ristorante
  • Kaito Sushi Bar
  • Le Fontane Ristorante
  • Villa Pompeiana Buffet restaurant
  • L’Obelisco buffet restaurant

After a romantic candle light dinner, it is time to sit back and enjoy the entertainment in the theatre. From the spectacular shows that are among the best at sea to the vibrant sounds of live bands and singers to rip roaring comedy performances, it’s easy to see why these live performances get a standing ovation every time!

Your evening doesn’t have to end once the show does, so carry on the night in one of the other venus onboard. For those who enjoy putting their luck to the test, the casino and poker room are the best places to roll the dice and see where it lands.


  • Il Grappolo d’Oro
  • Pigalle Lounge
  • Villa Pompeiana Cafeteria
  • Giada Bar
  • The Hitchcock Lounge Cigar Room
  • Mojito Bar
  • The Zebra Bar
  • Le Rendez Vous Bar

A unique journey, full of both fun and relaxation, awaits you onboard an MSC Cruise.

All MSC ships come with fully-fledged wellness centres where, sometime between a relaxing massage and a purifying sauna, you'll be able to leave behind all the stress accumulated during the year, and regenerate your body and mind. There are also plenty of opportunities to stay active during your cruise and with a modern gym, minigolf and 3 swimming pools, there’s fun to be had for all sports lovers. Families and kids are also well looked after on MSC Poesia with a Dinosaur Play Area, video games, parties and even a disco.

Customer reviews for MSC Poesia

Food, cabin, and staff were excellent. The whole cruise was well organised and MSC are experts in their field. However we didn't appreciate that English speaking passengers would be iin the minority. I believe 81 out of 2500 passengers and of course the entertainment was quite rightly geared very much to the Italian market. This had a big impact on our holiday and I would ensure we book an English speaking cruise going forward.

Cruised out of Venice 15th April 2017 to Bari, Katakolon, Mykanos, Athens, Sarande, Dubrovnik and back to Venice. So we are 1st time cruisers, nobody warned us how tedious embarkation was, 90 mins before we got on the ship. Once on the ship we were herded towards tables selling their wares - we already had a drinks package, but still they tried to get you to sign up for more. Then sent to the buffet which was horrendously crowded - lots of food choices. Then to the cabin, which was lovely, very clean, as was the whole ship. Given 2nd sitting for dinner which was 9pm , too late for me, food was pretty poor too - very disappointed all week. Disappointed with drinks package - I have drunk some pretty cheap red wine in my time but ended up drinking the white all week. 1 choice of red -WHAT! Bari was ok but to be fair to Bari - it was Easter sunday. Katakolon was good -managed to get the train up to Olympia - they change their departure times according to the cruise ships - found the most wonderful cafe in Olympia - La belle Helene - fantastic Mousakka and best greek salad I have ever had. Food highlight of my holiday! Mykanos very pretty but docked there for ages. Athens - we docked at 7am and had to be back on board by 2pm - so much to see and do in Athens but nowhere near enough time. Sarande got cancelled due to bad weather. Dubrovnik was stunning but again not enough time to enjoy it properly. Didn't find this cruise very relaxing at all - had to watch the clock all the time. Final straw was being kicked out of the cabin at 8am on disembarkation day and they wanted to take us to the airport at 9am - flight not til 3.30. Cancelled the transfer and made our way into Venice and made our own way to the airport, easy on the bus. Could do a lot better MSC.

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Just back from a 9 day cruise to the Med. The Poesia was a lovely ship but was let down by quite a few things. The buffet food was always only luke warm even if it had only just been put out. There was no choice of hot snacks at night except pizza. The restaurant changed it's breakfast times two days before the end of the cruise, causing us both to miss breakfast. The hair dresser charged almost double on a gala night, without doing anything different, or telling you in advance. Was not told that the whole of the casino would be a smoking room, this caused me a lot of problems, being a non smoker. Not sure I would cruise with MSC again. 

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