September 8, 2019
Just the Facts:
Ship: MSC Meraviglia
Captain: Roberto Leotta
Hotel Director: Giuseppe Pane
Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark - Geiranger, Norway - Flam, Norway - Stravanger, Norway - Kiel, Germany - Copenhagen, Denmark.
I’m cruising as a solo. This is my first of four consecutive cruises on the MSC Meraviglia, my 10th MSC cruise and my 145th cruise overall. I do have some clients and cruise friends sailing. I will have 40 consecutive nights on board the Meraviglia.
Friday & Saturday / September 6 & 7 / Travel
|Kong Frederik Hotel - Rådhuspladsen in background|
Sunday September 8 / Embarkation / Copenhagen / Day 1
|Hans Christian Andersen|
Monday September 9 / Day at Sea / Day 2
|The Brass Bell on deck 7 - Great Pub with beer variety|
Tuesday September 10 / Geiranger, Norway / Day 3
|Came to Norway just for this view - Geirangerfjord|
Wednesday September 11 / Flaam, Norway / Day 4
Thursday September 12 / Stravanger, Norway / Day 5
|Swords in the Rock - Stavanger Norway|
Friday September 13 / Sea Day / Day 6
Saturday September 14 / Kiel, Germany / Day 7
|Roast Beef at Carving Station|
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
Geirangerfjord cruising and Excursion
Scenic Mountain Excursion from Flaam Norway
Butchers Block Steakhouse
Black Card Benefits