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12 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

12 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Genoa
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 5
    Crete (Heraklion)
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Haifa (Tel Aviv)
  • Day 8
    Haifa (Tel Aviv)
  • Day 9
    Limassol
  • Day 10
    Rhodes
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 13
    Rome (Civitavecchia)

MSC Opera

MSC Opera - MSC Cruises

Pros

Fun-filled ship with top-notch entertainment, great food and great kids' facilities

Cons

Limited dining options

Bottom line

With two nights and two days in Havana, this is a real opportunity to discover the Cuban capital


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2019
First impression on entering the ship and speaking to customer service we didn't think we would enjoy, as we had booked a drink package and disappointingly they had no southern comfort. This is our 8th cruise and first ship not to ... Read More
First impression on entering the ship and speaking to customer service we didn't think we would enjoy, as we had booked a drink package and disappointingly they had no southern comfort. This is our 8th cruise and first ship not to supply this. That being said if customer service would have apologised and at least tried to find an alternative we would have been a tad happier. Customer service didn't engage very well and also informed us that they don't hold LGBT meetings. This is the first ship we have been on that don't hold this. That would definitely be a recommendation for MSC to take on board. Positives: rooms are excellent. Lots of hidden space for clothes, which is excellent. Have to say probably one of the best ships for room interia design. Room steward was very good and cleaned room twice a day and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Danilo Santos The entertained team were excellent and always very engaging and encouraging customers to be involved. The nightclub was fabulous and the DJ was great. The mixes he did were excellent, especially like the remixes of Freddy Murcury and Queen. Best bar member of staff was Mishal Dsouza. Mishal, was a very hardworking young lady who always was happy to service us all with our drinks and went the extra mile. Mishal, worked at a variety of bars and as soon as any of our group of friends required a drink she would happily fetch them to our table. Very delightful, helpful and pleasant in her duties. Big thank you Mishal for looking after us and MSC should be very proud to have you on board. Little gem you are and I wish you good health and it was a pleasure to meet you. The food was excellent and none of my friends could fault this in anyway. The dining at 7.15pm was suppurb and our waiters Were both excellent yan and Elizabeth made our dining experience amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. The matradee was very attentive and he too was excellent in fact best matradee we have ever had on any cruise Negative; no bar waiter service on the decks, first time on any cruise we have not had this. No staff ever entered the sunbathing area to see if customers required drinks, so we had to bring drinks up and down stairs and wait in long lines, if we couldn't find Staff around. This ship seemed to be very under-staffed with regard to drinks. Had a fabulous time with my friends and the 70's night was amazing. Evening entertainment is brilliant. Lots of variety and plenty of entertainment. I would return to MSC, but only if they purchase southern comfort and hold LGBT meet at certain bars so you can meet other LGBT people. Clean ship and all staff work extremely hard. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This summer we decided, for our vacation, to book a cruise that sailed from Venice, Italy to the Greek islands and back. Leg 1 of our cruise brought us to Kotor in Montenegro. While there we took a guided bus excursion allowing us to ... Read More
This summer we decided, for our vacation, to book a cruise that sailed from Venice, Italy to the Greek islands and back. Leg 1 of our cruise brought us to Kotor in Montenegro. While there we took a guided bus excursion allowing us to see and visit the 5th century town of Budva still surrounded by the original city walls. Right away when walking in you get taken back in time. The ancient city is made up of narrow streets and many churches. Budva is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. After we visited Budva we returned back towards the port and the old city of Kotor. There we had a short guided tour within the fortified walls of the old city. Breathtaking and worth the visit. The second leg of the cruise brought us to Mykonos. Our first time here and expectations were high. We booked 2 excursions. The first one was an island tour. Like most of the islands in the cyclades group of islands, most of the landscape of Mykonos is dry. Our bus and tour guide took us around the island giving us a chance to capture beguiling views of Mykonos town and the old port, before a scenic route brought us through the picturesque villages of Agios Ioannis and Kalafatis, eventually ending up at Ornos beach. Here we were able to relax and swim for a couple of hours before heading back to the ship. In the evening we returned onto the island. A windmill-dotted landscape, friendly locals and a particularly lively night-time clubbing scene have all gone to make Mykonos the popular holiday destination it is today. For this tour will see you leave the ship, hopon a local, public seabus for a short trip to theold port to enjoy an evening of Greek hospitalityand a light dinner in a restaurant. In addition todelicious local specialities and wine, you willalso get to enjoy a folkloric show while at therestaurant. You can even join in yourself andshake a leg or, if you prefer, simply clap in timewith the music. The tour also includes a guidedwalk around the narrow lanes of Mykonos town, full of whitewashed houses and enclosed gardens. The third leg of our cruise brought us to Santorini. A short tender boat ride from the ship brought us to Athinios port where we will boarded a bus to Oia, a typical Greek village characterized by narrow streets with traditional white churches with blue dome. A picture-postcard vision of the Mediterranean! This village offers a breathtaking viewover the Gulf of Santorini. Following our visit to Oia our bus brought us to Perivolos Beach, a picturesque stretch of black pebbles giving onto the beautiful blue of the Aegean Sea. We stayed about an hour and a half to enjoy beach life. Before embarking back on the bus we had a typical Greek meal at the Kouzina restaurant located along the sea front. The service was great and the food was very tasty. Once back at the port, a boat ride took us back to ou ship. The fourth leg of our cruise took us to Corfu. In the days of ancient Greece, Corfu marked the final stage of the legendary trip made by the mythological Greek god, Odysseus, on hisjourney home to Ithaca. This tour give us a chance to enjoy Corfus lush landscape as we travelled around the island. The excursion included a visit to Achilleions Palace, a beautiful white mansion and the former residence of Queen Elizabeth of Austria who was also known as Sissi. The richly decorated palace is set in pretty gardens overlooking the sea and is dedicated to another hero from Greek mythology, Achilles. Before returning to the port we will also had a chanceto pay Corfu town a brief visit and spend a little free time strolling around. While in Corfu we also visited the Church of Saint Spyridon, a Greek Orthodox church. It was built in the 1580s and houses the relics of Saint Spyridon. Its bell tower is the highest in the Ionian Islands and it is the most famous church in Corfu. The fifth and last leg of our cruise took us to Bari. Here we decided to to discover Bari on our own. We took a little road train tour around Bari’s historical quarter witch gave us a chance to view the local marvellous medieval architecture. We passed by the magnificent Baris old Norman castle for anexternal viewing after visiting the Basilica of St. Nicholas. This church was built in honour of Bari’s patron saint and founded towards the end of the 11th century A.D. The Basilica is an important religious pilgrimage site. Before returning to the ship we had a chance to roam through the little medieval streets where we had a chance to have a refreshment and to buy some souvenirs. With that, we headed back to our ship for the last night of our cruise. We had a great time and would recommend this adventure to anyone. It was great waking up in a different place every day. The MSC crew and staff was amazing. We would like to say a special thanks to Rowena D’Esposito, our guest relation manager, and to Mundir, our cabin attendant. Every one on the ship was great but these two really went out of their way to make sure that we had a great cruise. The buffets and restaurants leave you wanting for nothing. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day, every day. Truly spoiled. There is always something going on all the time. There are numerous lounges with live music and drinks to satisfy all tastes and there is even a great disco for the young and the young at heart. If you like to try your hand at chance, there is also a casino onboard. Every night you can enjoy live shows at the ships theatre. We had a great time and we would sail again with MSC. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Great destinations and most staff. However the ship is a disaster. They spent millions extending the ship when really they should have towed it to the middle of the Atlantic and used it as target practice.... The stairs and lifts are ... Read More
Great destinations and most staff. However the ship is a disaster. They spent millions extending the ship when really they should have towed it to the middle of the Atlantic and used it as target practice.... The stairs and lifts are not logical. Some go all the way some stop a floor before you want and others stop before one before you want to get to.all If you have a window or an inside cabin don’t bother trying to sleep before well after midnight because the noise from discos and bars will definitely keep you awake. Even with the best possible earplugs I can STILL SING ALONG WITH THE MUSIC!! Guest relations offered me €100! So kind.... If I could get a flight home I would. If you have booked change it. If you are thinking about it DONT!! Go on something, anything else. I have done 17 cruises and this is the absolute WORST!! The entertainment crew were certainly enthusiastic. If a little loud, and mostly in Italian..... Dining is fine. Service in the MDR was excellent. The food was ok, portion size was small. One carrot does about three tables, the Buffet was a nightmare!! Pushing, shoving and loud. Forget if you want a table. The coffee was awful too. Thankfully the destinations was fantastic. Mykonos was lovely, Santorini was a bunfight. But the highlight was Corfu town. Lovely and lovely people. A couple of places were tender. A queue was ages but they dealt with it ok and they did use larger tender ships to get us off. A good idea that other cruise companies should adopt. All in all great destinations but a old tug and appalling ship and terrible terrible customer service. My view is the same AVOID even if it was free!! Read Less
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