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Old 06-26-2008, 08:02 AM
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Do others agree with this poor rating of MSC's food? Is the lack of availability for several hours normal?

I love eating dinner in the dining room, but we really enjoy Princess's 24 hour buffet. So nice to just grab a plate anytime you feel like it and enjoy a snack on your balcony.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:32 AM
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Brian, Just wanted to welcome you to cruise-chat! Glad you happened upon the site. Thanks for your review of your MSC cruise. They are quite different from traditional lines that cater to North American passengers. For some that's a good thing and for others, not so good. Seems every line has it's loyal following and those who will experience a line once and never again. That's what's nice about the cruise industry, there is truely something for everyone. Sometimes it just takes a little experimenting yo find the one right for you.

Sounds like for you, Celebrity is a great fit. They're more of an upscale experience and no doubt have an advantage in the food and service area over many lines.

Hope you hang around and post some more. Good to have you here.

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:33 AM
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Do others agree with this poor rating of MSC's food? Is the lack of availability for several hours normal?

I love eating dinner in the dining room, but we really enjoy Princess's 24 hour buffet. So nice to just grab a plate anytime you feel like it and enjoy a snack on your balcony.
Food is very subjective, I loved the food on the MSC Lirica (10 day PC & S Carib). The previous poster is correct no 24hr food. It was not a problem for me, it just took a little time to get used too. I would sail with them in a heartbeat. BTW I thought that the entertainment was the best, many European acts that you don't see on the mainstream lines.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:53 AM
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Food is very subjective, I loved the food on the MSC Lirica (10 day PC & S Carib). The previous poster is correct no 24hr food. It was not a problem for me, it just took a little time to get used too. BTW I thought that the entertainment was the best, many European acts that you don't see on the mainstream lines.
I have often wondered if I would enjoy the food even more on a European based ship. A change from typically American. I do like variety in my life.

Perhaps one day I will take a shorter Caribbean cruise to find out for myself. I like the idea of having more ship-mates from outside North America.
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Perhaps one day I will take a shorter Caribbean cruise to find out for myself. I like the idea of having more ship-mates from outside North America.
We've been on two Costa cruises, both in Europe, where we were part of the 5% English speaking passengers onboard. I found it interesting, albeit time consuming, to hear announcement and lifeboat drill done in multiple languages. The entertainment was not language based and was very enjoyable on Costa. However, I did hear several Americans complain about the food. We didn't have a problem with it, but we're not gourmands by any stretch of the imagination. On this board, too, I've read complaints about food on cruise lines that I've found the food to be great. I guess that's why they make chocolate and Super Fudge Chunk!

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:06 PM
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I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland. How is the weather down there?
Baltimore area is hot, humid with late afternoon thunderstorms. Typical summer pattern! Where are you located now?

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Hello Sandy,

I am now living in Toronto, Ontario where the weather today is hot and humid with the occasional thunder shower...hehe.

I guess I just cannot escape Baltimore weather.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:47 PM
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Wow, I am really nervous about using this cruise line. We went on the Lirica in December and did not have any of these problems. I have to regroup for this group. I always sail RCCL in Europe.
Oh my, this may cause me to lose part of the group.
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Do others agree with this poor rating of MSC's food? Is the lack of availability for several hours normal?
Remembering my two 12-days MSC cruises I think to a lot of things, but absolutely not to a lack of food.
So do my family and friends.
Yes, Musica and Orchestra don't supply a 24/24 free food & beverage service: but frankly we hadn't any problem.
Probably it's the cruise line policy: in the theater, e.g., there aren't tables and you're NOT ALLOWED to drink or eat anything.

Anyway I can understand people are different, and so their impressions.
In February-March 2008 were aboard Orchestra many American cruisers. The ones I talked to (35-70 y.o from Texas, Nevada, Arizona) showed their appreciation and said they'd book again.

However, I'm looking forward to check out the "American Cruising Taste" I've read about in so many posts ... Fort Lauderdale here I come !


P.S. I posted my MSC reviews in April 2007 (Musica) and March 2008 (Orchestra), but none of them is available. There aren't MSC reviews available at all ...
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I did a 10 day Carribean on MSC Lirica Jan 2008, I have only cruised Princess prior to that. In short my wife and I were both happy when the cruise completed. I would consider the MSC cruise line just ok. You get what you pay for. I will stick to the American Cruise lines for now on.
 
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