The pool deck area is one of the biggest we have encountered and again it was kept spotless. The pools where never busy and you could always find a chair. The chairs are really different with a small canopy that folds over. I did see a couple of these chairs collapse on people so be careful with them. They are a little complicated to operate as odd as that sounds.
The eating schedule was fine overall. I was very concerned about going a couple of hours without anywhere to eat anything but I managed just fine. The times where not an issue. Also there was a restaurant manager who was all over that buffet restaurant from early in the morning to late at night. The guy was a machine and he was truly a professional. He greeted everyone with hello and was clearing tables, carrying coffee, supervising the staff and whipping down the buffet. Really impressive. I did have a hamburger and hot dog okay more than one and pizza was also good.
The actual meals in the dinning room where good. My wife read the recent review about the pumpkind creation and she couldn’t have agreed more. Our waiter as previously mentioned was excellent. I told him that my record for Lobster where 6 so get ready. The night of Lobster he said he was ready to help me beat the record. Unfortunately the Lobster tail had some sort of breaded stuffing covering which I didn’t care for so no record breaking Lobster evening happened. I thought the food was very similar to the food any of the other ships we have sailed on. Some things where better some not so good but overall not bad at all.
We found the exercise room to be really small. Not that I bother going in there for any reason other than to report on it. You actually had to sign up to use the equipment. I am not sure if the really exercise buffs really enjoyed the cruise as I know the runners had difficulty dodging people on the running deck which was covered in deck chairs.
Entertainment. : I was not that impressed with the shows overall other than for the talent of some of these young kids. Most of these kids are really good. The shows however where all over the place by that I mean different entertainers just seem to pop up with no real connection with what was happening. Or maybe I missed the connections. They had a magician or comedian on board who was not that funny. They also had the guy with the two balls on strings which was on the Romantica on our 2nd cruise 8 years ago. Same act by knocking a cigarette out of somebody’s mouth, I am really sorry but how MSC can put this guy in the same league as some of these young singers and dancers is beyond me. You just can’t.
The pool parties at night where well run and having the miss Italia contest was really interesting. The Baseball greats were also a highlite. I am not a baseball fan but was impressed with the way these guys did not hesitate to interact with the customers. They were all a really class act.
Drinks on this ship where really expensive. If I remember right they were approximately $7.50 a glass. Beer was $17.50 a bucket. When we stopped in St Martin I purchased two bottles of rum and took them on board with absolutely no problem
The internet cafe was $6.00 for 10 minutes. The only problem is you are warned the keyboard is italian. Which slowed me down a bit as I struggled to find the @ symbol which was different than your standard key board. Once I got rolling though I got to send my message. Only $14.00 to send one message. I was not giving up till I got it sent so its my fault.
Stay Tuned for Part 3 - Shore excursions.