MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review
September 15, 2019
Just the Facts:
Ship: MSC Meraviglia
Captain: Roberto Leotta
Hotel Director: Guiseppe Pane
Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark - Helsinki, Finland - St. Petersburg, Russia - Tallin, Estonia - Kiel, Germany - Copenhagen, Denmark.
I’m cruising as a solo. This is my second of four consecutive cruises on the MSC Meraviglia, my 11th MSC cruise and my 148th cruise overall. I do have some clients and new cruise friends sailing. I will have sailed 40 consecutive nights on board the Meraviglia.
Sunday September 15 / Copenhagen / Day 1
|Floating Island dessert|
Monday September 16 / Day at Sea / Day 2
|Production Show: Way|
Tuesday September 17 / Helsinki, Finland / Day 3
Wednesday September 18 / St. Petersburg, Russia / Day 4
|I met Catherine, she was Great !|
Thursday September 19 / Tallinn, Estonia / Day 5
|Kadriorg Palace from visit two years ago|
Friday September 20 / Sea Day / Day 6
Saturday September 21 / Kiel, Germany / Day 7
|Eutin Castle Garden Facade|
Maiden Voyage: 2017 I Gross Tonnage: 171,598 tons
Passenger Capacity: 4500 | Crew: 1536 I Length: 1036 feet
Max Cruising Speed: 22.7 knots I Avg Speed 21.8 knots
Installed power: Wärtsilä Diesel (51,500hp) I Propulsion: Azipod
Godmother: Sophia Loren
I have cabin 5097 a port side forward interior located on deck 5. Only a few guest cabins on this deck as the lower Atrium deck (mid ship) and the Main dining Room (MDR) -Waves Restaurant are all located on deck 5. The cabin is just one deck below theater, Galleria, & Main dining rooms, and one deck above the port gangway. A great location. It is somewhat spacious cabin for an interior. It has a push button safe, twin/king beds, two night stands, wall lighting at bed, a small refrigerator, seat at dresser/desk, and TV with interactive features. There is a large wardrobe with two drawers upper shelves and large hanging area with two doors.
The GS (Guest Services) staff is very friendly and nice. I see them each morning as I leave my cabin. Our MDR waiter Julius is very efficient. My cabin steward was wonderful. Overall the crew is more friendly than the old MSC. Most cocktail servers and bartenders provided very good service. Officers very friendly and helpful.
Dining / Food / Bars / Entertainment
Entertainment is the strong suit of MSC with very nice production shows and live music in most all venues. Cirque Du Soleil is a unique special show and you do pay a premium for that venue. In addition to the production shows they have ‘fun’ events scheduled every night in the various lounges. Also the Dome shows in the Galleria each night. The MDR dinners are good to very good, Buffet food is good to excellent depending on selections. The Marketplace pizza station, bread station, and salad bar are excellent. The MSC Meraviglia has some very beautiful lounges and bars with live entertainment, I try to visit most. My favorites were the Infinity Bar and the Brass Anchor this cruise
Black Card — I received a dinner in a specialty restaurant, a Chocolate ship, two private Cocktail Parties, Champagne & Chocolate strawberries, a logo gift of a travel bag, a photograph, and more. Good program.
Highlights of the Cruise
St. Petersburg -- just the experience
Castles, Lakes & Roses excursion
Butchers Block Steakhouse
Black Card Benefits