I too have heard both good, and bad about MSC. I'm going to try it for sure, as the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) was born in Italy, and of course, speaks the language, and loves to converse with the Italian crew when we sail other lines etc. I think the biggest difference, is probably the food selection, which is more European. I guess if you're a "Meat & Potatoes" type guy, you probably will be disappointed. If not, then I'd bet you'll enjoy MSC.