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MSC Musica Review

First in MSC Cruises’ Musica-class of ships, MSC Musica entered service in 2006. A second-generation class of ships for the line, it builds upon the success of MSC Opera and MSC Lirica—similar in ambience, but larger. Interior décor in the art nouveau style is reminiscent of 1930s European design.

MSC Cruises took a giant leap into mainstream cruising with the introduction of this large and entirely new ship class. Highlights of the Musica-class design are a three-deck central foyer, where a piano is suspended on a transparent floor, à la carte restaurants, large-screen outdoor cinemas, and, on MSC Magnifica, a covered outdoor pool with retractable roof.

Italian culture prevails throughout, and serves as an important part of the entire cruise experience. Interiors are a blend of art deco and art nouveau themes as well as the authentic Italian designs for which other MSC Cruises ships are known. The extensive use of various colored marbles adds a luxurious quality to public spaces. In addition to its soothing Zen garden and Oriental music, the sushi bar is a bonus to the dining experience.

More widely known as one of the world's largest cargo shipping companies, MSC has operated cruises with an eclectic fleet since the late 1980s. When the line introduced two graceful, medium-size ships in 2003 and 2004, it ushered in an era of new shipbuilding that has seen the fleet grow faster than any other European cruise line. This line is growing into a major player in both Europe and the Caribbean.

MSC blankets the Mediterranean nearly year-round with a dizzying selection of cruise itineraries that allow a lot of time in ports of call and include few if any sea days. In summer months, several ships sail off to northern Europe to ply the Baltic. Itineraries planned for repositioning sailings visit some intriguing, off-the-beaten-track ports of call that other cruise lines bypass.

No glitz, no clutter—just elegant simplicity—is the standard of MSC's seaworthy interior decor. Extensive use of marble, brass, and wood reflects the best of Italian styling and design; clean lines and bold colors set their modern sophisticated tone.

MSC adopts some activities that appeal to American passengers without abandoning those preferred by Europeans; however, regardless of the itinerary, be prepared for an Italian-influenced experience. Also expect to hear announcements in several languages.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • There's a walking track high atop the ship as well as a covered promenade
  • Private gaming rooms for serious gamblers add a Las Vegas vibe to the casinos
  • Smoking is limited to one lounge and outside deck spaces

Cons

  • Announcements are made in several languages
  • Boat drill instructions, also given in several languages, can seem endless
  • Some in-cabin TV programming might be considered too "adult" for family viewing
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 987
  • Entered Service 2006
  • Gross Tons 92,400
  • Length 964 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,275
  • Passenger Capacity 2,550
  • Width 106 feet
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Jan 1, 2017

Review of MSC Musica

Kimberly Age: 46 Occupation:production worker Number of Cruises: 1 Cruise Line: MSC Cruises Ship: MSC Musica Sailing Date: 2014-02-9 Itinerary: southern caribean The wait staff were great, and spoke English, the bartenders spoke English as well and were funny and very pleasant to be around, Our cabin Steward was happy all the time. If it wasn't for us leaving the ship at the beautiful islands (PORTS) and getting away from the Rude and extremely ignorant

French passengers my first cruise may have been my last. It certainly is my last with MSC lines Hopefully writing this will help others with their decisions. and STAY AWAY!!! The food was good, small portions, so but day 2 I started ordering the appetizers, eating my bread, bun and breadsticks, then entree, and then ordering the dessert. Our stateroom was just fine actually very cute, the balcony was small, but still no complaints on the room. Our Steward was the best thing, he was happy and very pleasant and courteous. just one word BORING and not geared for the non-french ST,MAARTEN!!! No need to spend money for the very expensive excursion's provided by the ship. A 10 min. walk from the terminal, is a wonderful and fun boardwalk and great beach to spend your time ashore. for $ 15 US we got 2 lounge chairs with cushions and umbrella, and they will bring your drinks and food,( anything you need or want), they tell you to just RELAX. The boardwalk is loaded with restaurants and bars. one street over is shopping. I love this Island and we are already planning a week stay there. Antigua... we went to swim and snorkel with STING RAYS the best experience I highly recommend it. the trip in whole was very memorable, We will remember the fun. The ship is lovely and very beautiful. The Reception/Information people are useless and misinformative. Its unfortunate that the uncaring Reception and the rude passengers seemed to try to ruin our holiday. Thank you for our off ship trips, through their efforts our trip was wonderful.

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Feb 17, 2014

southern caribean

The wait staff were great, and spoke English, the bartenders spoke English as well and were funny and very pleasant to be around, Our cabin Steward was happy all the time. If it wasn't for us leaving the ship at the beautiful islands (PORTS) and getting away from the Rude and extremely ignorant French passengers my first cruise may have been my last. It certainly is my last with MSC lines Hopefully writing this will help others with their decisions.

and STAY AWAY!!! The food was good, small portions, so but day 2 I started ordering the appetizers, eating my bread, bun and breadsticks, then entree, and then ordering the dessert. Our stateroom was just fine actually very cute, the balcony was small, but still no complaints on the room. Our Steward was the best thing, he was happy and very pleasant and courteous. just one word BORING and not geared for the non-french ST,MAARTEN!!! No need to spend money for the very expensive excursion's provided by the ship. A 10 min. walk from the terminal, is a wonderful and fun boardwalk and great beach to spend your time ashore. for $ 15 US we got 2 lounge chairs with cushions and umbrella, and they will bring your drinks and food,( anything you need or want), they tell you to just RELAX. The boardwalk is loaded with restaurants and bars. one street over is shopping. I love this Island and we are already planning a week stay there. Antigua... we went to swim and snorkel with STING RAYS the best experience I highly recommend it. the trip in whole was very memorable, We will remember the fun. The ship is lovely and very beautiful. The Reception/Information people are useless and misinformative. Its unfortunate that the uncaring Reception and the rude passengers seemed to try to ruin our holiday. Thank you for our off ship trips, through their efforts our trip was wonderful.

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Oct 7, 2012

Adriatic

Appalling. If we had never previously cruised, this would have put us off from ever doing so again. The attitude and professionalism of the majority of the staff we were unfortunate enough to have to deal with was at worst non existent and at best awful. A lovely ship with very little positive to say about either it, or its level of service. On the morning of check out we had to leave to cabins at 7am, the ship at 10 am and spend the entire

day ashore with bags (until 11pm). Transfers to the airport arranged for 4pm, with the corresponding 6 hour wait in the terminal. None of the check your bags in and collect them on arrival at your home airport here, nor was a day room on offer. Very tiring, very bad customer service. If you get the opportunity to cruise with MSC, particularly on the MSC Musica, decline. It truly is the worst cruise experience we have ever had. Okay, but sometimes mediocre in the buffet Clean and tidy with good standard Okay, but the bars were like corridors with very little segregation between areas. As long as you didn't actually want anything, you got no hassle from the staff. If you did require something, it was usually too much trouble. Complaints ignored, staff level of service in the restaurants and bars awful or non existent. Book them ashore when you can, they are usually available and much cheaper than the ones from the ship. Nice places visited, lovely ship, appalling holiday experience as a whole. Never, ever again do we intend to use MSC.

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Jul 7, 2011

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

A nightmare, i wouldnt go back if they pay me, i cant find a single positive thing about it A lot of food but very average So small we couldnt even move, i felt sick after a few days Very very disappoited, i have never seen anything worse Far too expensive, DONT BOOK them, you can easily do them yourself and save a fortune. The worst holiday of my life. Seams they are only interested in making money, far too many people

on the boot and not enough room for everybody. you had to queue for lunch or breakfast which i tought was disgraceful. Never any sunbed available even at 9am. Entertainment so bad they should be ashemed of. Staff at the reception not helpful at tell. I wouldnt send my worst enemy. AVOID LIKE A PLAGUE

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Aug 23, 2010

greek

I love it!!!. It was the perfect cruise , the entertainment was like been in a Cirq of Solei performance, the food was excellent . If you have read other people's negative comments , Don't pay attention . The excursions was perfectly organized and as difference with other cruises the $$$price was reasonable. The Ship is new, clean and with people serving you at all times. I was traveling with a group of friends and with my teenager daugther (15) .

My daughter and her friends found the activites for teens fun and exciting. This is definetly not a cruse for elders. The spa was wonderful and filled with great specials everyday, I already booked my next cruise and whenever I choose a cruse It will be an European Cruise Line, Of course It will be MSC. Great at all time Perfect location , I had what I paid for. Excellent and Fun

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