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Msc? Never Again!

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  • Cairns, Newcastle Upon Tyne - Commented on this review

    Thanks for the tip - it sounds awful. Apparently, the smoking ban as we know it, is practically non-existent in Italy; and Spain & France for that matter! Sounds like a real sloppy outfit. I'll keep well clear!

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  • hughes, Rochford - Commented on this review

    Yes there is almost nowhere to go to escape the puffing billies. The casino was where most of them sat with the cigarette smoke wafting over everybody else. I had forgotten how bad it was. They just dont care because they are a smoking race of people like the Spanish and Greeks . One side of the casino was supposed to be smoke free, that's a laugh . Food was great , entertainment boring, not enough entertainment provided on sea days. Shambles on embarkation but you are quite right you must not let it spoil your holiday, every ship has something not quite right and I am most proberly going to spend a fortune trying to find the right one , if ever.

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  • Reid, London - Commented on this review

    Oh dear .. I am going on the cruise this Sunday and after all the reviews am fearing it wont live up to Princess Cruises which I have been on in the past but thought a change of scenery would be good. Was the food that bad? I don't smoke and I know the smoking will be a problem - I suppose they are allowed to smoke on deck (not looking forward to that I must say). I thought the ship might have teething problems earlier on in the cruise (i.e. December and before) but would have ironed out any problems by now as the last sail is 4 March for Abu Dhabi then she is going back to the Med .

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    • Yorke, Atholone Commented on a comment by Reid (07 Feb 12 19:58)

      Do not worry, while food in buffet was not great, dining in restaurant while not outstanding was enjoyed by all eight on our table, lunches were also good, we found all staff we met to be pleasant and helpful, entertainment good in theater and lounges and no problem with smokers and our passports were not taken from us, just go and enjoy yourselves.

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      • Greenwood, Maldon Commented on a comment by Yorke (08 Feb 12 13:54)

        MSC took our passports and with their usual efficient way, lost my Wife's Passport for the first three days of our MSC cruise. Which prevent us taking the pre-paid booked excursions, which as many people have found once you give MSC money they never give it back, as was the case when we tried. They said, although my wife had no choice, I could have gone on my own so they wouldn't pay anything back, for their mistake. We also found MSC had some very rude dismissive reception staff and the food was badly prepared, undercooked that was close to raw and invariable arrived cold. ...... In short no matter how cheap it is NEVER TRAVEL THIS LOT if you want a relaxing, stress free cruise where the needs and the safety of the passengers comes first.

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    • Mayhew, KING'S LYNN Commented on a comment by Reid (12 Feb 12 12:04)

      Maybe I am too late with this reply and you have already left!! We have done 3 MSC cruises and 1 Princess. Although I cannot deny that Princess have the edge, they ARE more expensive. Just enjoy yourselves/I hope you are enjoying youselves!!

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