MSC Poesia Cruise Review
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ABOVE: The multilingual, multinational MSC
Poesia Animation Team practice their antics by the pool.
Is MSC right for you?
|MSC is right
for you if...
right for you if...
|You want to
experience Europe 24/7.
||You want to
experience Europe only when you're in port.
dreamed of owning a Ferrari.
dreamed of owning a Hummer.
|You love the
pitter-patter of little feet in public places.
||You love the
clitter-clatter of golf spikes in your gated over-55 community.
cheap bottled water to expensive wine.
||You prefer free
tap water to inexpensive wine.
|You like your
pasta and risotto al dente.
||You like your
pasta in a hot dish, and you thought Chrysler stopped making the DeSoto
An MSC cruise isn't for everyone. It's a European experience, and primarily a
Continental European experience at that.
you don't like a multilingual environment, are annoyed by the presence of
children, want tea (iced or hot) at every meal, and prefer the company of your
own kind, spending a week with several thousand people of all ages from Italy,
Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, and a host of
other countries may not be your idea of a fun vacation.
On the other hand, if you'd like to feel immersed in Europe during your
European cruise, MSC may be just your cup of Lipton or Twinings. (We enjoyed our
7-day Eastern Mediterranean voyage aboard MSC Poesia, and we'd happily
cruise with MSC again.)
- Note: The number of English-speaking passengers varies from
cruise to cruise, but it can be larger than you might guess: Liverne
Delpaul, a personable South African who was the English-language hostess on our
MSC Poesia cruise,
told us that 520 of the 3,000+ passengers were English-speaking. Of that
number, about 150 were British, American, or Australian, while most of the
rest were from countries such as the Netherlands and Scandinavia where
English is more widely understood than MSC's other official languages of
Italian, French, Spanish, and German.
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