MSC Lirica Cruise Review by steve dell
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Fantastica Oceanview Stateroom
The ship itself was ok, though lacked the grandeur of MSCs larger ships, Our cabin, an ocean view fantastica, was very nice , clean and roomy enough for the two of us, well equipped and comfortable.
Dining was shocking with portions in the restaurant tiny and almost always served luke warm to cold. the second sitting at dinner was at 9 pm and the service was slow , so we ended up not leaving the dining room most nights till after 11pm. The buffet wasn't much better with zero organisation it was , to say the least chaotic and very disappointing.We had prebooked gluten free for my partner and whilst this was available, with a dedicated specialist waiter, the selection was very poor and the same every night.
Entertainment was poor, As an entertainer with 30 years experience in the industry, I was shocked and surprised at the low budget fayre on offer; the theatre shows lasted about 30 minutes and where average holiday camp animation team type affairs. the lounge music was diabolical with duos using laptops and faking playing the guitar to pre recorded karaoke tracks. The only highlight was a very good South African guitar /vocalist in the pub/smokers lounge.
on the whole the service was ok if a little slow. our cabin steward was excellent and the drinks waiters where great, though the dining room staff where clearly overwhelmed by the sheer weight of numbers.
Our first two ports, Zadar and Kotor where great, however , Koper and Ravenna where uninteresting
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