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April 10, 2005

MSC Opera - Review

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MSC CRUISES

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MSC OPERA - REVIEW

Stateroom and public areas:

  • The standard outside cabin is small (about 140 sq.ft.), not large enough to accommodate a coffee table nor a couch except for a chair.
  • Shower area extremely restrictive, but the bathroom has ample storage spaces.
  • In-room safe, hair dryer, small fridge are standard features. Linens and towels are soft and fluffy but bathrobes are not provided.
  • Fruit basket provided and replenished regularly but there is a charge for the bottled water
  • Sufficient closet space and drawers.
  • Woolen blankets and bedspreads are used, not duvets.
  • The ship has a very contemporary décor, lots of brass, mirror and glass. Very little art works, fresh flowers, paintings or sculptures. Lots of lounges with sitting areas but most people congregate in only a few popular lounges before and after dinner for music, dancing and cocktails.
  • This was a Music Themed cruise, and I must commend them for the variety of listening and dancing music provided in no less than 4 lounges throughout the evening. There were big band, ballroom, rock, vocalists, strings and quartets, and the dance floors were of very good size.
  • The main theatre is spacious (no pillars) with graduated steps and it offers a good view of the stage from all angles.
  • The shows were of European productions in either Italian or French. There were musicals, vocalists, dancers, comedians, magicians and acrobats. I found them quite a refreshing change from the usual North American shows.
  • There is one other smaller lounge for alternate shows and which is also used as a movie theatre.
  • Their staff and crew are mainly Italians and Eastern Europeans. Their Animation Team is a lot of fun as they run activities with the passengers every night in one of the dance lounges which proved to be very popular.
  • The Spa offers both steam and sauna rooms with no extra charge. The gym is a good size and there is a charge for yoga and pilates classes.

Dining:

  • There are 2 main dining rooms for 2 sittings every night, as well as a buffet restaurant, a pizzeria, a grill and free ice cream station by the pool.
  • No Specialty restaurant.
  • Special coffees (even with meals) cost extra and there is a coffee corner serving very good lattes and cappuccinos at a minimal cost of $1.50
  • The food in the buffet restaurant is very mediocre, and cannot compare with Holland America or Celebrity. Trays are not provided, no specialty teas, nor juices during lunch. On the day of embarkation, they ran out of coffee mugs and we had to use paper cups.
  • Food in the dining room is better. The menu is mostly Italian and Continental with pasta every night.
  • Lunch and breakfast in the dining room is always open seating, in fact, we seat ourselves instead of being led to our table.
  • All the waiters in the dining rooms wear a white coat and bow tie day and night, and on formal nights, its white glove service.
  • Afternoon tea is provided every day in one of the lounges with music. Very informal and relaxing.
  • Gratuities are not expected and is an optional matter

The ship definitely has a very Italian feel to it. The atmosphere on board is resort casual, not stuffy and informal although the passengers are mostly elegantly dressed and well mannered. I was told by the staff that about 20% of the passengers are Italians.

Even though the cruise line call themselves a Premium cruise line, I would not rate them at par with Celebrity or Holland America. However, they offer very good value and I would definitely recommend them to people who want something different.

Written By Vivienne Cheng

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Posted by Denise at April 10, 2005 08:00 PM

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April 10, 2005

MSC Opera - Review

diamondprincess.jpg

MSC CRUISES

diamondprincess.jpg

MSC OPERA - REVIEW

Stateroom and public areas:

  • The standard outside cabin is small (about 140 sq.ft.), not large enough to accommodate a coffee table nor a couch except for a chair.
  • Shower area extremely restrictive, but the bathroom has ample storage spaces.
  • In-room safe, hair dryer, small fridge are standard features. Linens and towels are soft and fluffy but bathrobes are not provided.
  • Fruit basket provided and replenished regularly but there is a charge for the bottled water
  • Sufficient closet space and drawers.
  • Woolen blankets and bedspreads are used, not duvets.
  • The ship has a very contemporary décor, lots of brass, mirror and glass. Very little art works, fresh flowers, paintings or sculptures. Lots of lounges with sitting areas but most people congregate in only a few popular lounges before and after dinner for music, dancing and cocktails.
  • This was a Music Themed cruise, and I must commend them for the variety of listening and dancing music provided in no less than 4 lounges throughout the evening. There were big band, ballroom, rock, vocalists, strings and quartets, and the dance floors were of very good size.
  • The main theatre is spacious (no pillars) with graduated steps and it offers a good view of the stage from all angles.
  • The shows were of European productions in either Italian or French. There were musicals, vocalists, dancers, comedians, magicians and acrobats. I found them quite a refreshing change from the usual North American shows.
  • There is one other smaller lounge for alternate shows and which is also used as a movie theatre.
  • Their staff and crew are mainly Italians and Eastern Europeans. Their Animation Team is a lot of fun as they run activities with the passengers every night in one of the dance lounges which proved to be very popular.
  • The Spa offers both steam and sauna rooms with no extra charge. The gym is a good size and there is a charge for yoga and pilates classes.

Dining:

  • There are 2 main dining rooms for 2 sittings every night, as well as a buffet restaurant, a pizzeria, a grill and free ice cream station by the pool.
  • No Specialty restaurant.
  • Special coffees (even with meals) cost extra and there is a coffee corner serving very good lattes and cappuccinos at a minimal cost of $1.50
  • The food in the buffet restaurant is very mediocre, and cannot compare with Holland America or Celebrity. Trays are not provided, no specialty teas, nor juices during lunch. On the day of embarkation, they ran out of coffee mugs and we had to use paper cups.
  • Food in the dining room is better. The menu is mostly Italian and Continental with pasta every night.
  • Lunch and breakfast in the dining room is always open seating, in fact, we seat ourselves instead of being led to our table.
  • All the waiters in the dining rooms wear a white coat and bow tie day and night, and on formal nights, its white glove service.
  • Afternoon tea is provided every day in one of the lounges with music. Very informal and relaxing.
  • Gratuities are not expected and is an optional matter

The ship definitely has a very Italian feel to it. The atmosphere on board is resort casual, not stuffy and informal although the passengers are mostly elegantly dressed and well mannered. I was told by the staff that about 20% of the passengers are Italians.

Even though the cruise line call themselves a Premium cruise line, I would not rate them at par with Celebrity or Holland America. However, they offer very good value and I would definitely recommend them to people who want something different.

Written By Vivienne Cheng

MSC Cruises Europe Cruise Information
MSC Cruises Caribbean & Panama Canal Cruise Information

Posted by Denise at April 10, 2005 08:00 PM

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