A Final Word on the MSC Lirica

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  1. C Halbach says:

    We are considering this ship for a transatlantic crossing next spring (April ’09). After reading your review, I’m concerned that this may not be the ship we want for 16 nights! Their cabins are much smaller than the other ships we’re considering. Would you choose this for that long of a voyage?

  2. Cruise Bug says:

    I would choose most any ship over staying at home, but you have some other options that I would strongly consider. If you prepare and know what you are getting into from the start, you will have a good time. You have to decide if the negatives of the Lirica will affect your enjoyment of the cruise.
    Good Luck.

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  4. C Halbach says:

    We are very apprehensive about our scheduled Caribbean cruise on the Lirica. Most of the negative comments center around the food. We are not picky eaters and don’t expect true “gourmet”, but certainly expect reasonably good meals. Also, unless you book a balcony room, all the rooms are quite small. We understand that this is a very “middle of the road” cruise, so if we go into it not expecting much, will we still be disappointed? The ports are great.

  5. Cruise Bug says:

    We were also apprehensive about our cruise, but being armed with knowledge in advance helped. We still tried taking it all with a grain of salt, which was lacking on the ship. I don’t know if I mentioned anywhere that we were once given some very strange excuse for no salt being on the table.
    I don’t consider myself a picky eater and there was a time in my life that I would have thought that the food was quite good. I have become jaded and now know enough to be discriminating. Having said that, I will say that the risotto and the fish(but avoid the lunch fish sandwich) were consistently good. Avoid the beef at all costs, but if you are tempted, just order it rare and it will be served medium well. I am just looking at some old menus to try to remember what I liked. I have posted some on this site. The Caesar Salad was good and that’s always available. The lamb curry, breads and salads were generally good. Don’t get the seafood risotto that has the ink in it unless you don’t mind seeing all the sea critters with their tentacles sticking out of the rice.

    I am sure that you will find something from the selections. The french fries at the grill were good. They had run out of hamburgers and refused to make more so I only tried a hotdog at the grill and it was a hotdog.

    The Lirica itinerary is a nice one and that is why we went. In spite of the negatives, which I really mention only to give somebody a head’s up, not to force them to avoid MSC; it’s a cruise and how bad can that be? After all, I am in the business of selling travel, but I try to be very honest about it so that people can make an informed decision.

    And isn’t it nice whenever you don’t have to cook dinner or wash dishes? Maybe things have improved since March when we sailed. I don’t know which other lines you have cruised with, but I was on several Carnival ships a few weeks after being on the Lirica and I was shocked by all the friendly staff on those ships.

    If you like folk music, don’t miss the Trio Paraguayos. We really enjoyed them.

    The rooms are smaller than on some ships, but we found the size adequate and the storage decent. Be sure to look behind the mirror. The safe is there as are several shelves.

    Don’t worry about the negatives and have a good trip.

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