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garp

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I've only ever done one cruise and it was a disaster from beginning to end, although not really MSC's fault. The weather was awful so we couldn't disembark in Moz and because the weather was so bad most facilities were closed for the duration - swimming pools and even the nightclub - with the public outdoor areas full of seasick people trying to get some fresh air in between torrential rain.

I would like to try another cruise under better circumstances, but notwithstanding that it was not MSC's fault, I wouldn't go on a cruise with them again. The drinks were horrendously expensive, as was just about any other paid activity - e.g. the casino was unusable as bet denominations were insanely high, if I recall the shore excursion (if it was possible) also had a hefty additional fee. If I had to do it again I'd look for a fully all-inclusive package on another line.
 

Cius

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Does MSC also charge for cooldrinks or is it just the alcohol? We don't drink so curious.

Also, they talk about kids entertainment, shows etc, are these free?
 

eg2505

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how does it work with the safety drill? do they really do it before they leave port?

chaotic? or quite relaxed?
 

ice_cubes

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Does MSC also charge for cooldrinks or is it just the alcohol? We don't drink so curious.

Also, they talk about kids entertainment, shows etc, are these free?

All drinks, including water.
Kids entertainment is free

how does it work with the safety drill? do they really do it before they leave port?

chaotic? or quite relaxed?
It has to be done before leaving port - very relaxed. Its just to show you where to go incase of emergency and how to put on your life jacket.
 

Quey_Quick

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Went on the msc sinfonia November 2016, fully enjoyed it (well it was our honeymoon ;) ). I will agree with the guys that say buy the vouchers before hand as it does work out cheaper. There is food available for 22 hours every day. My only suggestion would be to get at least a porthole window as that 100% dark cabin can mess with your body clock. Try and get priority boarding too, that waiting in line was a pain.
 

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My wife and I went on an Italian cruise about 20 years ago on the Raddison Diamond (now been sold to a chinese firm and converted into a floating gambling ship called the MV china star)

This was an absolutely awesome ship and they only had space for 350 passengers at a time and every room was a balcony room. The cruise was all inclusive of everything except alcohol. so all teas and coffees, waters, cold drinks were all included.

What I liked was the fact that you unpacked once and then you were able to see difference parts of Italy without packing and unpacking. Being at a different port every day to do another adventure was great.

I actually wanted to book the exact same cruise for myself and my wife for our twentieth anniversary and that was when I found the ship had been sold to a chinese firm.

Still want to do another cruise but what puts me off booking one is that my wife is a smoker and most cruise ships don't allow smoking in the rooms (or even on the balconies) now days.
 

Space

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oh, ok.
I'm going again on the gospel cruise in April - not too keen on malaria tabs, glad its not necessary. Seasickness tabs, I always take with. Day 2 is always my worst on a cruise :(
Stugeron is the most recommended of the sea sickness tablets (take once you have boarded / two hours before departure, and again 8 hours later if necessary, but the first one was sufficient for me)
 

Space

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Stugeron is the most recommended of the sea sickness tablets (take once you have boarded / two hours before departure, and again 8 hours later if necessary, but the first one was sufficient for me)
Tips on boarding:

Buying the "Priority Boarding" Pass online beforehand entitles you to move through home affairs / passport control first and board the ship early in the morning before the masses and you can enjoy the jacuzzi's / swimming pools on deck; start your drinking session early or enjoy a meal in a less crowded cafeteria before the bulk of the passengers have boarded. (Restaurants generally open about 2 hours before departure - this will be announced on the PA system once available).

Your cabin (having just been vacated by disembarking passengers) will also not be ready until about 2 hours before departure, so pack a backpack with all your essentials (passport; unabridged birth certificate for minors; seasick tablets and any other essential medication; a warm jacket; sunblock; sun hat or cap) and enjoy the activities onboard for a few hours longer while other passengers are still standing in long lines to board.

Your main luggage is checked in at the terminal before boarding and will be delivered to your cabin usually only after the boat has departed
 

garp

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Vaguely related: The MS Queen Elizabeth is currently docked in Cape Town harbour. It's a fairly rare visit.
 

cguy

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What was the damage on the wallet from that?
About $8k IIRC (7 days, leaving from Seattle). It was the biggest suite though. It’s about 50% more expensive than an equivalent room in a Caribbean cruise (I’ve done a few of those). Interior room prices were around $3k IIRC. The reason is apparently that the number of ships allowed along the coastline there is limited.
 

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My daughter just did Antartika, she said that is a must. There was a few South African people on it. They were January 1 in Rio, park at the beach to watch their fireworks show.
 

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My daughter just did Antartika, she said that is a must. There was a few South African people on it. They were January 1 in Rio, park at the beach to watch their fireworks show.
Yeah, I heard new year in Rio is mad fun.
 

rph72

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MSC Musica is unable to enter the harbour due to the wind and according to my weather app it is getting stronger.
 
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