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Thought we would give MSC a try because of the itinerary from Venice with ports in Greece. Would not recommend if you only speak English. This cruiseline caters to European guests. We pre-booked 5 day excursions through MSC in which 3 were cancelled because there were not enough English speaking guests booked. This was a big disappointment. Many tours available for Italian, Spanish, French and German speaking guests. My son tried the teens club but no one spoke English. Entertainment shows at night some in Italian or French. Other evenings in English. Same type of show each night with same entertainers 2 singers, a few dancers, juggler and acrobats. Don’t expect Broadway type entertainment. We stayed in a balcony suite 10065 which was very spacious with a great walk in closet. One of the better cabins we’ve stayed in. Buffet was crazy. Too small and not enough seating. It was like fighting a crowd at breakfast who hadn’t eaten in a week. We avoided the buffet after the first day and got room service for breakfast. The day excursions we went on were great and getting onboard and off went smoothly. Best meals were dinner in the dining room. Wait staff were great very friendly. Cabin Stewart was great the room was always spotless and clean. It was just an ok cruise. I wouldn’t recommend it and we won’t sail on MSC again. We will go back to sailing with Norwegian and Princess. Best cruise for our family was Norwegian Epic Mediterranean cruise last August. Fantastic ship, lots for the kids including water slides, buffet was awesome, lots of activities, large casino, fabulous staff and excellent customer service.

Ok Cruise But Would Not Recommend

MSC Lirica Cruise Review by SHTAN1969

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Suite
Thought we would give MSC a try because of the itinerary from Venice with ports in Greece. Would not recommend if you only speak English. This cruiseline caters to European guests. We pre-booked 5 day excursions through MSC in which 3 were cancelled because there were not enough English speaking guests booked. This was a big disappointment. Many tours available for Italian, Spanish, French and German speaking guests. My son tried the teens club but no one spoke English. Entertainment shows at night some in Italian or French. Other evenings in English. Same type of show each night with same entertainers 2 singers, a few dancers, juggler and acrobats. Don’t expect Broadway type entertainment. We stayed in a balcony suite 10065 which was very spacious with a great walk in closet. One of the better cabins we’ve stayed in. Buffet was crazy. Too small and not enough seating. It was like fighting a crowd at breakfast who hadn’t eaten in a week. We avoided the buffet after the first day and got room service for breakfast. The day excursions we went on were great and getting onboard and off went smoothly. Best meals were dinner in the dining room. Wait staff were great very friendly. Cabin Stewart was great the room was always spotless and clean. It was just an ok cruise. I wouldn’t recommend it and we won’t sail on MSC again. We will go back to sailing with Norwegian and Princess. Best cruise for our family was Norwegian Epic Mediterranean cruise last August. Fantastic ship, lots for the kids including water slides, buffet was awesome, lots of activities, large casino, fabulous staff and excellent customer service.
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Cabin Review

Fantastica Suite
Cabin S2 10065
Great cabin design very spacious. Had tub with shower and a walk in closet. Lots of storage space. Only 2 English channels on tv. View from balcony was great when having your morning coffee.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Wasn’t worth the money. Could have visited same sites on our own, was hot day and transportation was an old trolly type train with no air conditioning and your knees would be touching the adult in front of you. Seats are face to face with not enough leg room. Packed in like sardines.
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  • City Tour
    Our day excursion was cancelled by MSC not enough English speaking guests. We got off on our own and there was a sight seeing bus operator at the port that we used. Drives around Corfu and you can get off or on at different stops as much as you want. Had ear phones you could wear and hear information about the various sites as the bus drove around. Was cheaper then booking through the cruiseline.
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  • Knossos Palace
    Best day excursion. Guide was fantastic. Had guided tour of palace and archeological museum. Then had free time in the city centre to shop. I would recommend this day trip.
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  • Dubrovnik
    Our day excursion was cancelled by MSC not enough English speaking guests.
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  • City Tour
    Just ok 15 minute stop at beach, panoramic drive and stop at a bazaar with some souvenir shopping and food sampling. Nice to be on a large air conditioned coach. Guide was very informative.
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  • Venice
    Stayed in Venice 2 nights after our cruise had a great time. Great city to visit glad we stayed the extra days.
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