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Paul Motter December 15th, 2009 06:10 PM

MSC or Costa - which is better for Americans?
 
Both of these cruise lines are basically European cruise lines that offer Caribbean cruises to Americans but also still cater to their European audience by making all announcements in 5 languages and having many different cultures onboard at the same time.

If you have taken both - please vote for which one you think does a better job in the Caribbean for Americans.

If you have only done one - please post your impressions of what you thought of your cruise below:

Thank you!

nlb1050 December 15th, 2009 06:54 PM

I gave a full reply on this in the Costa section. But my reply was telling about the good of MSC. Here is the link to it:

http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/cos...americans.html

gaborfrank December 27th, 2009 08:01 AM

I liked Costa better.

On MSC, among other things that I have had issues with: getting a cup of coffee was not possible unless it was meal time and you were willing to wait as much as 45 minutes in the restaurant or you paid for it at the bar. On the positive side: the entertainment was truly excellent.

valtime December 29th, 2009 05:16 AM

Just returned from the Poesia. I was able to get coffee in the buffet 24/7. One thing tho - the coffee is STRONG so be prepared.

Paul Motter December 29th, 2009 11:28 AM

And if you want espresso or another European coffee, you can get it at any bar at any time - because its a European cruise ship (there is a charge for special coffees, though).

bostonglow January 9th, 2010 05:17 PM

Msc Poesia and smoking
 
Can anyone tell me if I will be inundated by smoking on this ship? On Celebrity, NCL and Princess, smoking was only allowed on Port side or in an occassional lounge. However, I just got off Royal Carib navigator of the Seas and I was smoked out everywhere--Promenade deck--several lounges--poolside bars--It was terrible and I will never take RC again until that policy changes.

Now I am worried that MSC will be worse--I actually get sick from the smell--A friend wants to try MSC out of Fort lauderdale and I would prefer to spend a little more on Princess or Celebrity--We are seniors--but not dead yet and hoping for another 20 or 30 smoke free years.

Paul Motter January 9th, 2010 06:35 PM

You can be pretty sure they are more tolerant of smokers, and if there are a lot of Europeans on board they do smoke a lot more than Americans. if you are concerned I would do what you said - try an American line.

nlb1050 January 9th, 2010 06:58 PM

The smoking policy on MSC is very much like Celebrity, NCL and Princess. There is only one lounge that allows smoking but of course the casino is smoking. We found that on the Lirica it was not bad walking past the casino.

Paul Motter January 10th, 2010 12:55 PM

Thanks for your input NLB. In Europe I know the smoking policies are very liberal, and you would tend to smell it all over the ship.

It gives me an idea - best ships for smokers.

nlb1050 January 10th, 2010 01:04 PM

Paul, I have found that MSC does have some different rules when in the Caribbean. Changes were made after the first season when they got feedback from those cruises and all the Americans that they never had in the Med.

Katzenjammer January 12th, 2010 06:29 PM

Do you know what rules are different in America for MSC?

nlb1050 January 12th, 2010 07:13 PM

Mainly the smoking policy is stricter in theCaribbean. Another difference is the auto tips amount is different. In the Caribbean it is $12 pp per day.

Katzenjammer January 13th, 2010 10:41 AM

So, is the tipping higher in the Caribbean than in Europe? I also read they actually charge for room service in Europe. How was the room service in the Caribbean on MSC?

nlb1050 January 13th, 2010 12:32 PM

We have never used the room service but some on our last cruise last April did and had no complaints.

momofmeg February 22nd, 2010 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by valtime (Post 1264827)
Just returned from the Poesia. I was able to get coffee in the buffet 24/7. One thing tho - the coffee is STRONG so be prepared.


Thanks. The above poster had me worried. I would not book a cruise if I could not get morning coffee! I love strong coffee! I will have to check MSC out.

hat776 February 24th, 2010 05:03 PM

On MSC Splendida in the Med - Room Service is free for Breakfast (continental). Coffee/tea is only free at breakfast and tea time.
The main difference between Europe and America is that in Europe the buffet is only open for breakfast, lunch and tea while in America it's open all day. Plus in Europe water isn't free.

momofmeg February 25th, 2010 09:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hat776 (Post 1276478)
On MSC Splendida in the Med - Room Service is free for Breakfast (continental). Coffee/tea is only free at breakfast and tea time.
The main difference between Europe and America is that in Europe the buffet is only open for breakfast, lunch and tea while in America it's open all day. Plus in Europe water isn't free.


I know you have to pay for water in Europe-but even on ship? Even if in the Caribbean? I was looking at a MSC cruise to San Juan, St. Marten, and Tortola.

nlb1050 February 25th, 2010 11:23 AM

momofmeg, in the Caribbean they do serve tap water but of course for bottled water there is a charge, it seems that the Europeans do not like the taste of the tap water so it is not readily available in Europe.

We found that the the tap water was just fine, really no different than on other ships.

At meals if you want water they will try to get you to buy bottled but no problem with just requesting tap.

momofmeg February 25th, 2010 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nlb1050 (Post 1276632)
momofmeg, in the Caribbean they do serve tap water but of course for bottled water there is a charge, it seems that the Europeans do not like the taste of the tap water so it is not readily available in Europe.

We found that the the tap water was just fine, really no different than on other ships.

At meals if you want water they will try to get you to buy bottled but no problem with just requesting tap.

Yes, I have been to Europe. Water was expensive too. You could get a glass of wine about as cheap. You alse had to say "no gas," or else you got mineral water. We found a grocery store near our hotel in Paris that sold a 6 pack, of 1 liter bottles of water for 3 euros. The grocery store also had canned iced tea. We bought quite a bit of drinking stuff there for drinking. We would usually just order either coffee or wine with our meals.


All the lines charge for bottled water. It seems the most I would miss, is grabbing a cup of coffee in the lido area. I would probably end up buying more specialty coffees. I did that a lot also in Europe. If MSC has the good European coffee I won't mind.


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