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For personal reasons we were forced to travel during the main holiday season this time. This resulted in some negative experiences, as the ship was fully booked as well as full with many families and children. Unfortunately today's parents seem to neglect the education and good behaviour very much. But to the journey. We chose this route because we did not know of any other port except Genoa. Ship: We already knew in advance that the MSC Opera is an older ship in the fleet and was extended in 2015. Unfortunately, the public areas seem to have been disregarded during the extension. After several voyages on other MSC ships we were disappointed by the public areas. Cabin: The cabin was MSC standard and thus perfectly in order. Criticism points were however the connecting door, which did not dampen the noise of the neighbouring cabin enough, and the built-in furniture. The hinges of the cabinets were protruding or torn out. Dinner in the restaurant: our expectations were fulfilled. The choices were known from other travels and even as a non-fish-eater one has more than sufficient possibilities. The staff was very busy, although the language skills could always be improved. Food and meals in the self-service restaurant: the self-service restaurant was very small compared to other MSC ships and definitely undersized due to the number of passengers. The possibility of evading into the covered outdoor area is certainly unique and makes sense in warm outside temperatures. Service on board: we always had the impression that the staff had either been on board for too long (i.e. towards the end of the current contract) or were only on the first route. In any case, the waiting times were unusually long and in many areas there was no service at all. That was unfortunately very disappointing. Staff on board: even if personnel costs are saved everywhere (in all economic sectors), the friendliness and the service philosophy should always be emphasized. Our impression has been confirmed that the quality of the staff deteriorates from year to year. Itinerary: This time Genoa was only the start and end port. In Marseille, one should definitely book the offered shuttle, as here one saves a lot of walking and time. The old harbour with the exhibition buildings as well as the church Notre Dame de la Garde are absolutely recommendable. On Mallorca, one can do without the shuttle, as directly from the harbour building, a public bus drives away (on arrival as an express line) and stops in the middle of the city. Small tip: book the visit of the terraces of the cathedral in advance (an insider tip at the moment, but definitely very worthwhile). Ibiza: Party highlight of the whole route - individually spend the whole day with a rented scooter or car (choose car rental with office at the Estacion Maritima!) and in the evening to the old town of the island capital Eivissa. Olbia - Panoramatour with Costa Smerald - Porto Cervo - San Pantaleo ... who has luck to have a bus with only one language, can enjoy the journey surely still better Livorno - Cinque Terre by bus, boat and train... dreamlike... recommendable in Monterosso: the self-righteous cakes in the Pasticceria Laura... Shows in the theatre: dreamlike illusions and great shows... so far also the best cruise director... the singers have great voices, but could add a little more emotion to the songs; acrobats: the power and air acrobats are excellent, the snakewomen unfortunately only show standard and you could certainly leave them out. Bands / singers in the bars: oh dear, what can you say about that without having to reach into the bottom drawer? Unfortunately even the most famous songs, which everyone in the audience can sing along to, are performed as if by laymen at a karaoke show. In addition the volume was very high, so that one had to evade very far for conversations. To sum it up, we can recommend a trip with MSC at any time, but you should be aware of what you expect and take a close look at the plans of the ships.

MSC again - Opera no more

MSC Opera Cruise Review by cappuccino74

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
For personal reasons we were forced to travel during the main holiday season this time. This resulted in some negative experiences, as the ship was fully booked as well as full with many families and children. Unfortunately today's parents seem to neglect the education and good behaviour very much.

But to the journey. We chose this route because we did not know of any other port except Genoa.

Ship: We already knew in advance that the MSC Opera is an older ship in the fleet and was extended in 2015. Unfortunately, the public areas seem to have been disregarded during the extension. After several voyages on other MSC ships we were disappointed by the public areas.

Cabin: The cabin was MSC standard and thus perfectly in order. Criticism points were however the connecting door, which did not dampen the noise of the neighbouring cabin enough, and the built-in furniture. The hinges of the cabinets were protruding or torn out.

Dinner in the restaurant: our expectations were fulfilled. The choices were known from other travels and even as a non-fish-eater one has more than sufficient possibilities. The staff was very busy, although the language skills could always be improved.

Food and meals in the self-service restaurant: the self-service restaurant was very small compared to other MSC ships and definitely undersized due to the number of passengers. The possibility of evading into the covered outdoor area is certainly unique and makes sense in warm outside temperatures.

Service on board: we always had the impression that the staff had either been on board for too long (i.e. towards the end of the current contract) or were only on the first route. In any case, the waiting times were unusually long and in many areas there was no service at all. That was unfortunately very disappointing.

Staff on board: even if personnel costs are saved everywhere (in all economic sectors), the friendliness and the service philosophy should always be emphasized. Our impression has been confirmed that the quality of the staff deteriorates from year to year.

Itinerary: This time Genoa was only the start and end port. In Marseille, one should definitely book the offered shuttle, as here one saves a lot of walking and time. The old harbour with the exhibition buildings as well as the church Notre Dame de la Garde are absolutely recommendable. On Mallorca, one can do without the shuttle, as directly from the harbour building, a public bus drives away (on arrival as an express line) and stops in the middle of the city. Small tip: book the visit of the terraces of the cathedral in advance (an insider tip at the moment, but definitely very worthwhile).

Ibiza: Party highlight of the whole route - individually spend the whole day with a rented scooter or car (choose car rental with office at the Estacion Maritima!) and in the evening to the old town of the island capital Eivissa.

Olbia - Panoramatour with Costa Smerald - Porto Cervo - San Pantaleo ... who has luck to have a bus with only one language, can enjoy the journey surely still better

Livorno - Cinque Terre by bus, boat and train... dreamlike... recommendable in Monterosso: the self-righteous cakes in the Pasticceria Laura...

Shows in the theatre: dreamlike illusions and great shows... so far also the best cruise director... the singers have great voices, but could add a little more emotion to the songs; acrobats: the power and air acrobats are excellent, the snakewomen unfortunately only show standard and you could certainly leave them out.

Bands / singers in the bars: oh dear, what can you say about that without having to reach into the bottom drawer? Unfortunately even the most famous songs, which everyone in the audience can sing along to, are performed as if by laymen at a karaoke show. In addition the volume was very high, so that one had to evade very far for conversations.

To sum it up, we can recommend a trip with MSC at any time, but you should be aware of what you expect and take a close look at the plans of the ships.
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Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 10130
Cabin: The cabin was MSC standard and thus perfectly in order. Criticism points were however the connecting door, which did not dampen the noise of the neighbouring cabin enough, and the built-in furniture. The hinges of the cabinets were protruding or torn out.
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