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Old January 30th, 2009, 03:08 PM
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From the looks of things no one likes MSC. Guess my husband and I will have a wonderful time with the ship all to ourselves. Imagine, a private yacht for seven days, all that food, all those people looking after us and not having to share with anyone. I can hardly wait for Feb. 21 to arrive. Seriously folks, how bad can it be. This will be cuise 48 for us - first on MSC, and we have never had a bad one. We go with the idea that if you can't enjoy yourself cruising you had better find some other form of travel. We have found, for the most part, that the crew are more interesting than most of the passengers and they don't complain nearly as much.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Hi Valtime, I guess we will be together Feb 21st, and enjoying the 2 decades of music with Gary Lewis and the playboys, Ron Negron (Three Dog Night)
and Ten years After, are the acts scheuled.
My sister and our husbands are really looking forward to this trip and like you say if you can't find a way to enjoy yourself on a cruise, vacation otherwise.
We will be celebrating our birthdays on this cruise and what better way to to do it.
This will be our 6th criuise and my sister and husband around 15 or so.
Hope to meet you onboard. since there won't be too many people, we'll probably be able to find one another.
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Look harder Valtime Some of us did enjoy our MSC cruise. A cruise like any type of vacation, and even life in general, is what YOU make it. You can let the little things get to you or you can say to heck with it and enjoy it despite the little things. MSC had a lot of good, but for our family it also had a couple of key bad things that seriously impacted our enjoyment regardless of how positive our attitudes were. Like you we said to heck with what everyone else was saying and decided to make our very own evaluation of the cruise line. We were surprised in many ways that we could not find the negatives that others had pointed out. But we were more surprised that a couple of negatives that we found, ie. the intense smoke, had not been mentioned by other cruisers.

MSC is new to our north american market and I believe it will adjust as long as people continue to take a chance and go with a positive attitude. I doubt you'lll have an empty ship on your upcoming cruise and I am confident that you'll have a blast no matter what.
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RedRobin, welcome!

The best thing that you can do is come back here after your upcoming cruise and post an honest recap of your trip, both good and bad so that others feel more comfortable taking a chance on MSC.

Have a great trip!
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Thanks for the imput. 2Littletime - I do hope I have not offended you as that certainly was not my intention. Hopefully the smoke issue has been somewhat resolved 'cause that would bother us also. I read about your trip and my husband is looking forward to the pasta dishes etc. RedRobin - we all know we will have a blast. Can't wait.
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Thanks for the imput. 2Littletime - I do hope I have not offended you as that certainly was not my intention. Hopefully the smoke issue has been somewhat resolved 'cause that would bother us also. I read about your trip and my husband is looking forward to the pasta dishes etc. RedRobin - we all know we will have a blast. Can't wait.
Absolutely not offended I was just ribbing you. Honestly the smoke was the only thing that would cause us to sit back and say "should we really do this?" The pasta was outstanding. Some of the more north american cuisine was pretty bad, but we were on a European cruiseline and who really wants north american food when you're in Europe anyway, I can get a burger and fries 300+ days a year in my own country. The ship is the most elegant we have ever cruised and as I said the language was so not the issue that a lot of others made it out to be. Have an absolute blast!
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RedRobin, welcome!

The best thing that you can do is come back here after your upcoming cruise and post an honest recap of your trip, both good and bad so that others feel more comfortable taking a chance on MSC.

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Thanks 2 littletime, I will do just that.(write a review) My sister has found a blog where a family just returned and they spoke highly of the ship and activities. I was excited before she emailed me and now I'm estatic over some of the changes that have been made. Earlier dining, open pizza bar. midnight feasts..dance lessons ..wowowowow. I can't wait til the 21st.
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Unfortunately we do get a pretty high number of negative reviews about MSC. I cannot say why as I have never sailed on them myself, but I certainly guess.

But if you are going on a music cruise it is a different experience anyway. I remember Ten Years After. Alvin Lee was known as "the fastest guitar player in the world." By today's standards I don't think that would be true anymore, but thats OK. They were once amazingly popular and really faded. I'll bet you can't name one of their hits...

What is weird is that they are a completely different genre from Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Three Dog Night is the same era, but a different kind of band. I'm just saying it is a weird lineup.
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