Rich, when we sailed March 07 smoking was not a problem. I haven't smoked in almost 9 years, don't know if you are a smoker or not. We had a suite with a veranda and I know our neighbors smoked on the veranda but I think MSC might have changed their policy on this since then. In the lounges there were certain areas for smokers. The only place that we noticed it was in parts of the casino, and that wasn't bad.
Thanks JC 49, No I don't smoke or like the smoke & it's almost impossible to avoid smoke in any casino or balcony on any cruise line. With the discounted prices I'm seeing on MAC I think we'll try them in the fall some time.
I can honestly say that I have had the most wonderful fun filled holiday in a long time. We were a party of three couples in our mid 40s and 50s and everyone one of us had a fabulous holidays. Not all plain sailing but full of fun. The MSC Lirica has to be one of the cleanest ships ever. The staff, service, food was excellent and we couldn't fault anything. Well, almost anything. The only thing to irritate us on the holiday was the rude, bad mannered older Americans. They treated the staff like slaves and complained about the pettiest things - it was appalling. Why bother going on holiday? One women complained about her cabin attendant because there was a hair in one of her toilet glasses!! Get a life!
I can't repeat some of the language from some of the women. We couldn't beleive some of the complaints. Some of the women said that the food was not up to there standards as there wasn't ten different dressings! My husband told them the food was excellent and that they would be able to taste it if it wasn't smothered in dressings. One patrionisingly told us it would only suit Europeans (with a put down tone)and my husband agreed in that we prefer quality rather than quantity. The younger Americans are very polite and well mannered and really nice so who taught them!
We didn't do any excursions but did explore the town/city that we were docked in. Experiences I will never forget. Some of the places are so poor. Our idea was that we didn't book a cruise to spend all our time on land travelling and we weren't really that bothered where we went as we hadn't been before anyway.
The entertainment on board was international and varied and of a very high standard. Prices were very modest on board too.
All in all though the cruise was fantastic. So much so that we have booked with MSC for next year. I don't think we Scots are that easily pleased but we loved it. Young or young at heart Americans you will love it - Oldies you will too but only if you really want to!
I'm glad you enjoyed it First McCruise. I had a feeling you would. I compared it to Costa because I haven't sailed on MSC---yet. I will definitely try them because I like to experience different lines. To me, each has their own "style". I don't know why people treat the crew/staff so rudely, as they are totally subserviant. These people are humans, they are working their tail ends off for very little compensation. They are doing like the majority of the other humans on this planet, trying to make a living for their families. As I posted earlier, most of the complaints are from something minor that gets blown out of proportion. I'm thrilled that you are going again! Best wishes!