Posted January 28th, 2007, 02:05 PM
On 1/7/07 - 1/14/07 I went on a 20th Birthday Cruise sponsored by QVC on the MSC Opera. On embarkation, the entire group of passengers took 4 hours to board and were given no drink or food to sustain them. When I did board with my sister, at approx. 5:00 pm, we went to our cabin, which was not totally ready for guests. We then went up to the buffet thinking it would be a sumptious array of food, after all people were still boarding until after 7:00 that night, and all that was there were scraps of salad, dried out rice and fish and chicken. Basically this was what was to be the entire cruise. The food was awful, either dried out or cold, no variety what so ever. Everyday it was the same, salty pasta, you couldn't even have a sandwich and they stopped serving iced tea after 2:00 pm. There was not a scrap of food except for pizza between 2:00 and 4:15, and at 4:15 they put out a tray or 2 of cookies and dried out slices of cake. None of the crew spoke english and it was extremely hard to communicate with them. The ship was not geared for anyone who was handicapped. When we tendered at ports, people in wheelchairs had to remain on board as there was no way to get them ashore. This was the cruise from HELL!!!!! I paid alot of money for the cruise and there were people on board who paid $99 - $285 as the ship was not sold out.
I am looking for other passengers who were aboard this ship for the same sailing. I have written to QVC and have not heard back from them. I am eager to know what other people thought. We did have a meeting on board the ship on Saturday, 1/13/07, but it was only by word of mouth. I know there are other people who feel the same way about this ship as I did. Looking forward to hearing from you. As far as I am concerned, MSC cruises do not know how the American cruiser dines nor do they know how to treat us.