If you’ve read any of our previous posts about MSC Magnifica, it will come as no surprise that, overall, we’re not massively positive about the whole experience.
Plausibly, we can see that if you were visiting Europe and short of time, a port-intensive itinerary might be an economic way of ticking various big tourist draws off the bucket list; just looking at Summer 2018, a week on MSC Fantasia would let you see Rome, Portofino, Cannes, Barcelona, Palma and Majorca. I’m sure that, under normal circumstances, it’s an efficient mode of transport, the cabins were both comfortable and clean and you could just ensure that you did most of your eating on land.
This is not, however, a leisure company and won’t be until it undergoes some significant cultural changes - it is not something that can be achieved be spending untold billions on new tonnage, as initial reviews of MSC Meraviglia seem to confirm.
We’ve racked up a fair few miles at sea now, with a variety of cruise lines at a range of price points. In comparison to every other cruise we’ve taken, three things, completely unrelated to the unfortunate incident, really stood out on this sailing:
A quick search online suggests that MSC, particularly this ship, may have some staff welfare issues, but similar things are said about other lines.
Oh, and finally, I should say that, after some too and fro, MSC did fully refund the cost of my Eurostar change fees.