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I chose this cruise for the ports visited and I was not disappointed. The ship was clean and staff willing to please. The cabin steward was awesome. Bella Experience did not provide a robe and there is a delivery charge for breakfast in your room. These items were provided free when I sailed last year with Holland America in the cheapest accommodation. The entertainment was very good. Breakfast was always good but the food was not up to par for a cruise ship. For example: At the buffet - turkey served at the hot station was not a roasted bird but a turkey roll and ham was just this side of spam. Cheesecake ordered in the dining room. Mouse was delivered. If you wanted water with your dinner - you had to buy it. Now all this is not an enormous problem as I always found something to eat but I had some concerning issues re cleanliness in the dining room. -Companions appetizer plate removed leaving a black ring on the tablecloth -My desert plate removed leaving plate size blob of someone else's desert on the tablecloth -Red stain on tablecloth at first sitting -During down time a waiter at his station would stand with hands clasped over the zipper area of his pants and then rummage for silverware or carry plates. He was the only one I observed doing this consistently but in the end decided that I may be safer eating at the buffet. Unless this was the only cruise line plying ports of call I wished to visit, I will not sail with MSC again.

Not the best cruise

MSC Lirica Cruise Review by KathyBC

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I chose this cruise for the ports visited and I was not disappointed.

The ship was clean and staff willing to please. The cabin steward was awesome.

Bella Experience did not provide a robe and there is a delivery charge for breakfast in your room. These items were provided free when I sailed last year with Holland America in the cheapest accommodation.

The entertainment was very good.

Breakfast was always good but the food was not up to par for a cruise ship. For example: At the buffet - turkey served at the hot station was not a roasted bird but a turkey roll and ham was just this side of spam. Cheesecake ordered in the dining room. Mouse was delivered.

If you wanted water with your dinner - you had to buy it.

Now all this is not an enormous problem as I always found something to eat but I had some concerning issues re cleanliness in the dining room.

-Companions appetizer plate removed leaving a black ring on the tablecloth

-My desert plate removed leaving plate size blob of someone else's desert on the tablecloth

-Red stain on tablecloth at first sitting

-During down time a waiter at his station would stand with hands clasped over the zipper area of his pants and then rummage for silverware or carry plates. He was the only one I observed doing this consistently but in the end decided that I may be safer eating at the buffet.

Unless this was the only cruise line plying ports of call I wished to visit, I will not sail with MSC again.
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