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Old 01-16-2009, 11:19 AM
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I wish I could answer all of your questions, but have not cruised with MSC. I have cruised with Costa, and it was pretty much the same as any other cruise. With the exceptions being, every announcement was made in 5 languages, most of the crew spoke English as their second language (but you could get help or questions answered), the food was heavily influenced by Italian cuisine (which I love), and the atmosphere was like a huge Italian family dinner party (which I adored). The dress codes were similar to any other line we've sailed on, they did have a formal night, but they also had a toga night (which was a blast). I think your parents will have a ball if they go without any preconceived ideas and can go with the flow. I'm sure there are some members that have cruised MSC and can answer more of your questions. If their ships are anything like Costa's, they'll be beautiful. The shops were like those on Royal, Princess, NCL, Carnival, HAL. Since they've not cruised before, they'll have nothing to be saying "xyz lines doesn't do this, this way", so I don't see how they can't have a fabulous experience.