CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

MSC Cruises MSC Lirica Eastern Caribbean January 15, 2004

If you're looking for a traditional cruise experience on MSC's ship, the Lirica, you won't find it here. Although the ship went to some non-traditional Caribbean ports (St. Barts--mostly expensive boutiques; St. Lucia--lovely; Granada--also very pretty; Antigua, Nassau, and Puerto Rico--all typical), this new to cruising company needs more experience and lots of improvement. The meals were so-so, the service extremely slow. Stick with pasta, veal dishes, soups and salads for the best meals. Don't even think about the fish or beef dishes: they were really terrible. Forget any fancy desserts. They don't do these, or Danish pastries or doughnuts. Evening entertainment was European style with mixed shows featuring magicians, gymnasts, singers, etc. And they kept coming back 2 or 3 times on the 11 night cruise. And seats were saved by the rows. We had to go directly from dining to the showroom, but even then couldn't always get a seat. There are 3 treadmills with no sign-up sheet. And they're shut down during siesta, from 12-3 pm. We would not go on this line again, but maybe they will improve....PS We had cigar smokers on both sides of our room with veranda and all the smoke came in through the vents. Not a great experience.

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