Review - "Lirica" - March 20 to March 31, 2006

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#1
Sunnyvale, CA
401 Posts
Joined May 2002
Yo-

Well - here goes - again-

Back from our second MSC 'Lirica' cruise - last one 03/31/2005 to 04/11/2005 to Southern Caribbean and this one 03/20/2006 to 03/31/2006 to Western Caribbean-

Ship still extremely clean - but there have been some changes and not all are for the better - but overall - it was still an excellent cruise-

As has been stated before - the biggest changes are the:

Addition of the Art Auctions - Bingo - Inch of Gold and the accompaning announcements (in 5 languages)

The other changes noted are as follows:

Food quality still very good - however they have cut back on the more premium main entrees in the dining room - (Buffet for breakfast and lunch still very good - fresh and tasty-)

Drink prices - slightly higher - quality and quanity still very good-

Wine package for 7 bottles now $44 more than last year (but the half caraf only up to $8 from $7 last year for Italian house red or white wine)

No more free ice cream out by the pool - but still free with lunch or dinner in the dining rooms and with cabin room service-

Tipping policy changed from cash out of pocket directly to room stewards and dining room waitstaff to $12 per day for a broader range of targeted receivers-

Laundry notably higher than last year-

The incredible thing is that we paid only $20 pp more than last year for the cruise fare - for the same eleven days - and last year were given a 3 catagory upgrade - and still an inside cabin - and this year - a 7 catagory upgrade to an outside cabin!!

The Entertainment Team were still the spark plugs that drove the enjoyment engine - though a little more controlled than last year (a good thing)-

The shows were done in a commendable manner - though not as lavash nor high level of talent as last year (except the magician - who was totally amazing)-

The level of service is at least equal if not better than last year with a notable shift in the dining room away from all Italian waiters to more of an international mix-

There was never a situation with any public service person - where english communication was a problem- including the Reception Desk, bar service staff, room service, cabin service staff and the buffet and dining room room staff - and all officers and management staff were extremely cordial and receptive to our wants and needs-

All in all - it was not as good as last years cruise - but still a very good cruise - and still superior to some of the other brand names that we have sailed on in the past-

Would we sail with MSC again?

You Better Believe it!!!

Would we recommend it to our family and friends?

Absolutely!!

Mike
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#2
Venice Fl.
484 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by bigmike7
Yo-

Well - here goes - again-

Back from our second MSC 'Lirica' cruise - last one 03/31/2005 to 04/11/2005 to Southern Caribbean and this one 03/20/2006 to 03/31/2006 to Western Caribbean-

Ship still extremely clean - but there have been some changes and not all are for the better - but overall - it was still an excellent cruise-

As has been stated before - the biggest changes are the:

Addition of the Art Auctions - Bingo - Inch of Gold and the accompaning announcements (in 5 languages)

The other changes noted are as follows:

Food quality still very good - however they have cut back on the more premium main entrees in the dining room - (Buffet for breakfast and lunch still very good - fresh and tasty-)

Drink prices - slightly higher - quality and quanity still very good-

Wine package for 7 bottles now $44 more than last year (but the half caraf only up to $8 from $7 last year for Italian house red or white wine)

No more free ice cream out by the pool - but still free with lunch or dinner in the dining rooms and with cabin room service-

Tipping policy changed from cash out of pocket directly to room stewards and dining room waitstaff to $12 per day for a broader range of targeted receivers-

Laundry notably higher than last year-

The incredible thing is that we paid only $20 pp more than last year for the cruise fare - for the same eleven days - and last year were given a 3 catagory upgrade - and still an inside cabin - and this year - a 7 catagory upgrade to an outside cabin!!

The Entertainment Team were still the spark plugs that drove the enjoyment engine - though a little more controlled than last year (a good thing)-

The shows were done in a commendable manner - though not as lavash nor high level of talent as last year (except the magician - who was totally amazing)-

The level of service is at least equal if not better than last year with a notable shift in the dining room away from all Italian waiters to more of an international mix-

There was never a situation with any public service person - where english communication was a problem- including the Reception Desk, bar service staff, room service, cabin service staff and the buffet and dining room room staff - and all officers and management staff were extremely cordial and receptive to our wants and needs-

All in all - it was not as good as last years cruise - but still a very good cruise - and still superior to some of the other brand names that we have sailed on in the past-

Would we sail with MSC again?

You Better Believe it!!!

Would we recommend it to our family and friends?

Absolutely!!

Mike
Welcome back our 4/22/06 cruise will be here,before we know it. You answered alot of questions I had. Saw similar changes on 3/4/06 Opera.
#3
CT
2,341 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
Big Mike...
Welcome back...
was waiting to hear of your second MSC experience.
Glad you were able to get a huge upgrade...
(though we were quite content with inside since we enjoy the dark)
Did you have the ventriloquist as entertainer?
Carolyn
#4
Sunnyvale, CA
401 Posts
Joined May 2002
Yo Carolyn-

Yup - we got a huge upgrade - but wanna know what - it was much noisier than the inside we had the year before - and only six cabins aft from the inside last year-

Yes we had the ventriloquist - but did not go to that show for some reason I cannot remember-

Was still an excellent cruise with good food and service-

Hated the shower curtain though!!

How is your foot?

Better I hope-

Mike
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NCL 'Norway' 05-2003-E. Carib
Carnival 'Elation' 09-2003-Panama Canal
NCL 'Crown' 04-2004-Canada/East Coast
NCL 'Norway' Royal Suite 07-2004-Cancelled
Carnival 'Spirit' 12-2004 Mexican Riviera
MSC 'Lirica' 03-2005-Southern Caribbean
HAL 'Ryndam' 11-2005-Sea of Cortez
MSC 'Lirica' 03-2006-Western Caribbean
Carnival 'Liberty' 05-2007-Western Caribbean
Celebrity 'Constellation' 07-2007 Scandinavia/Russia
Carnival 'Spirit' 10-2007-Hawaii
Orient 'Marco Polo' 12-05-2007 South America
Carnival 'Spirit' 03-29-2008 back-to-back Mexican Riviera
'Kleine Prinz' 06/05/2008 Vienna to Bucharest Danube River Cruise
Princess 'Golden' 02-02-2010 Hawaii

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#5
Italy
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Joined Aug 2002
bigmike7: What were the 3 best dinner meals that you had on the Lirica this time? Please discount the Lobster as we don't like Lobster. Thank you!
#6
Sunnyvale, CA
401 Posts
Joined May 2002
Yo asctony-

The prime rib - a tenderloin and a pork cutlett were the three best - all that I had were very good - these were excellent IMO

Those that had the lobster said that it wasn't all that good-

Mike
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Orient 'Crown Odyssey' 10-2000-E. Med
NCL 'Dream' 04-2001-W. Med
NCL 'Sky' 11-2001-Hawaii
Princess 'Regal' 09-2002-Alaska
NCL 'Norway' 12-2002-E. Carib
NCL 'Norway' 05-2003-E. Carib
Carnival 'Elation' 09-2003-Panama Canal
NCL 'Crown' 04-2004-Canada/East Coast
NCL 'Norway' Royal Suite 07-2004-Cancelled
Carnival 'Spirit' 12-2004 Mexican Riviera
MSC 'Lirica' 03-2005-Southern Caribbean
HAL 'Ryndam' 11-2005-Sea of Cortez
MSC 'Lirica' 03-2006-Western Caribbean
Carnival 'Liberty' 05-2007-Western Caribbean
Celebrity 'Constellation' 07-2007 Scandinavia/Russia
Carnival 'Spirit' 10-2007-Hawaii
Orient 'Marco Polo' 12-05-2007 South America
Carnival 'Spirit' 03-29-2008 back-to-back Mexican Riviera
'Kleine Prinz' 06/05/2008 Vienna to Bucharest Danube River Cruise
Princess 'Golden' 02-02-2010 Hawaii

"We have never had a BAD cruise - some were just BETTER than others"