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Al

Age: 54

Occupation:Engineer

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Ship: MSC Lirica

Sailing Date: March 20, 2006

Itinerary: Panama Canal


• The ship was very nice and very clean
• The staff was pretty good, sometimes excellent, our waiter (Agung), helper (Budy) and supervisor (Ivan) were excellent.
• The animation team worked hard on the decks during the day.
• Bingo was kind of a rip-off. The ship was keeping too much of the proceeds.
• The cabins were small.
• The showers even smaller....there wasn't a chance in the world that some of the people I saw could even fit in it and close the curtain.
• The food was OK...the spaghetti was very good as well as the steaks…the pizza was OK
• The evening shows were adequate at best, definitely the worst entertainment ever
• All the restaurants close at 8:30, couldn't even get anything to drink except coffee, tea or water.
• They did have a buffet at 11:30PM....but it was limited...one night dessert only...another time they had some rice with stuff in it....
• No free ice cream, except at dinner...
• The drinks are expensive $6.50 each
• They had no new slot machines....but it was possible to hit on them.....we played most every night and ended up about even.
• There were also a lot of Europeans...most of whom I found rude (German and French in particular).....most announcement were made in at least 4 languages.....
• The itinerary was excellent….great port selection.
• Port arrivals were on time
• Embarking and Disembarking went smoothly.
• The tour selection modest at best, although pricing and quality was good.
• The Bob Marley tour was excellent (Jamaica)
• The jungle canopy tour was excellent (Costa Rico)
• The glass bottom boat ride was good (Rotan Island, Honduras)
• The city bus tour was good (Columbia). Although, the vendors were a pain in the backside, we had one vendor follows us from stop to stop. A necklace he was selling for $10 each at the first stop we ended up getting but….we got 7 for $10.
• In Panama we hired a driver once we got of the ship, there is a quality tour company at the dock. We went to the locks, thru the old American zone then drove across the country to Panama City and back for $50/person (with a three person min).
• The San Blas tour was good, you got to visit the Kuna Indian village, their Mulas (?), were very nice. However, the wanted a $1/person if you wanted to take a picture with them.
• In all of the ports beware….do not buy anything at the asking price…with some bargaining you can get items for 50% or even less…but you must dicker.
• The staff tried their best to be everything for everyone despite the different nationalities, thus they came off being mediocre to all, and they should either be an American or Italian.
• All in all we had a good time....however, there was nothing that made us feel we wanted to return....we would though if the itinerary or price was good/excellent.

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