Gray - Answered a Question by Melbourne (25 Jul 08 10:10)

MSC does not compare with any of the above except on price. ie you get what you pay for. We did the trip the other way around, Venice to Rio. If you are sesoned cruisers you will be disappointed. The ship is beautiful, the cabins are clean, reasonably large and comfortable. That is all of the pluses. If you are used to English language ships to have all anoucemints in at least six languages is not helpful. It is necessary to listen carefuly because the english sounds pretty much the same as all of the others spoken in ann Italian accent. Entertainment in the evening was poor, mainly because of restrictions imposed by languages and tended to be acrobats, conjurers and classical singers. Day time activity (important on a long voyage such as this) is fine if you would be happy in Butlins, but we as pensioners found it unrelentant and inane. Food is Italian based with a strong leaning towards pasta and rice. Do not expect a nice piece of steak or British standard chicken - the night we had "steak" it was a slice of roast (very) beef in a rosemary gravy. Food was plentyful but most school canteens could produce and serve better. Sorry MSC but this is how we found you.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - Answered a Question by Melbourne (24 Jul 08 21:46)

Have you read the review section for Musica (big yellow button). I along with others have reviewed this ship so no point in me, for one, covering the same ground. Mine was Xmas 2007. MSC as a line are 3 star rated, so go below QM2, RCI, Thomson, I've never done, but constantly get good reviews as to value for money, Airtours no longer exist, so in terms of your list they must go bottom of the pile. That said, Musica is a beautiful ship. Service is good overall. Food is plentiful but factory canteen in quality & presentation. Entertainment is circus/mime/acrobat to cater for the multilingual passengers they cater for. Constant announcements in five languages are a pain, both over the tannoy & on stage. I suggest you read all the MSC reviews to draw your own conclusions. I only did a second cruise with MSC because of price, time of year & a very good itinerary & looked upon it as nothing more than board & lodgings. Sorry if I can't be more positive about this line.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Ortiz - Answered a Question by Melbourne (05 Aug 08 17:00)

MSC Musica has never been to Brazil , this 2008/09 season is the first. I did the transatlantic cruise in MSC Opera , last april , leaving Santos-BR to Dover-UK. I was on honeymoon , and the trip last 18 days. In fact the language can be a problem , mainly because the english spoken is american and spoked by italians , or even brazilians... The quantity of languages depends on the number of passengers who speak that language. In my trip there were about 700 german , so everything , even the signs were also in german. They were very careful about the passengers , all the entertainment crew spoke both portuguese , english , german and italian. Some of them spoke french too. There were a lot of activities divided by language , like jokes , games in the pool area , competitions... I guess no one feel excluded in the ship. The food was very good to me , there was a lot o seafood , shrimp , pasta , risotos and if you didn't like everyday you could choose between breast chiken filet or steak with fries. The pizza is the best of all ships I've ever been!

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Charlene Thackeray's blog

How Fred Olsen compares

By Charlene Thackeray

We are recently back from our first Fred Olsen cruise.Whilst this is the smallest ship we have been on as a family there were lots of great things and a few not so great things for us. We knew there would not be much for Charlie on board however he had a great time with all his new friends from the Entertainments team. I can honestly say the entertainment team were really friendly and put on some great shows. I loved how the stage rose in the Neptune lounge making it a great area for lots of ...

Read More

May 18 2018 07:22:38:000PM


Jills Guide To Rivers Part Deux

By Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson's blog

 My second installment on River Cruising, for people who would like to try something new & looking for help and information. I am pleased to help. Here are some brief details of some of the Tour Operators I deal with on a regular basis, along with transport options Rail, Flight, Coach there is something for everyone.Maybe you dont like flying or due to health you are not able to fly, well all is not lost you can opt for Coach or Rail – the journey is longer but imagine all th...

Read More

May 16 2018 06:00:00:000AM

Sailing like a Celebrity Part ...

By Molly McIntyre

Molly McIntyre's blog

As I was only on board for two nights we did not bother with any speciality dining on this occasion so we ate in the main dining room which was amazing. We had opted for Celebrity Select Dining which means we could choose when we wanted to go for dinner and could just turn up or you can pre-book a time on your planner. We pre-booked 6.45pm on both nights. On arrival at the dining room entrance we were escorted to a table towards the back of the restaurant and were immediately greeted by two l...

Read More

May 21 2018 09:03:05:000AM