Archive for the ‘Cruise Reviews’ Category

Meraviglia Review

July 28, 2017

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MSC’s Meraviglia (‘Wonder’ in English) is their most exciting and biggest class of ship to date. She entered service in June 2017.

Meraviglia is 171,598 gross tonnes and carries up to 5,714 passengers. She is part of a rapid expansion of MSC’s fleet comprising of three new classes of ship: Meraviglia, Seaside and The Word Class.

Meraviglia is the first to be delivered.

Some of MSC’s fares have been very competitive.   However MSC have received some criticism in the past over the quality of their on-board experience, including food, entertainment and service.

The companies origins are Italian, but they strive to offer a multi-national product. However it is obviously not easy to please all cultures at once and if they do not tread carefully they may end up pleasing nobody. Some English speaking passengers have been critical of the on-board experience, others really enjoy the diversity of the MSC product.

The questions are do MSC need to  raise their game to deliver a higher quality experience and can they achieve this on their bigger ship yet?

In short is Meraviglia really ‘Wonderful’?

Guest contributor, Tony Barraclough (UK), took  Meraviglia’s maiden voyage.

In fact Tony did a back-to-back itinerary: Le Havre to Genoa, then Genoa to Barcelona. He occupied two different grades of cabin.

Tony has done ten MSC cruises, as well as ten cruises with other cruise lines, so he knows what he is talking about.

Tony  has written two reviews and tells it how it is.  He has kindly given me permission to share his reviews with you.

MSC Meraviglia review: HERE

Big Ships, Big Reviews

April 25, 2017
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(Courtesy P. Massey)

I am fortunate enough to have cruised on some of the world’s  biggest cruise ships. Here are some of my reviews, which are often as big as the ships themselves:

Anthem of the Seas: HERE

Norwegian Escape: HERE

Oasis of the Seas: HERE

Sapphire Princess Review

January 6, 2015

Last year (2014), I saw a cruise deal for a November departure.

I was not looking for a holiday at that time of the year, in fact neither was my bank balance. However it was so exotic and so cheap, that it was just too good to miss.

The Holiday began with 3 nights in Beijing, China, then a 9 night cruise on the Sapphire Princess, finishing with three nights in Hong Kong. The ports of call in-between were Shanghai (China), Nagasaki (Japan) and Busan (South Korea).

As per usual I have written a comprehensive review. It is not a holiday review. It does not focus on the ports of call, but the ship and cruise line itself: the on-board experience.

My rational is that you may be thinking of taking a Princess cruise in another part of the world, maybe even on a different Princess ship.  Enjoy.

Malcolm

Sapphire Princess Review: HERE