My wife and I love to cruise. Even a bad cruise would be better
for us that not going. I have 21cruises under my belt on Carnival,
Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL, Pride (not around any more),
Commodore(not around anymore),and now MSC. There are not many
places in the Caribbean that we have not been to.
BOOKING AND ONLINE CHECK IN
Booking was through MSC and went fine. The online checkin
process was difficult and confusing. Ther are a lot on site
problems and the site is low on information. Did not know if I had
the right paperwork to get on the ship. I printed everything and
let the port check in operson sort it out.
Basically flawless...just about walked right on the ship.
Checked in at about 12:15.
Pool deck was large and handled the crowd well. Three different
pool areas and many hottubs. Pools kapt at the
exact perfect temperature.
Outside theater was very nice, but mostly ran advertisements for
ship services and products.
The official language of the ship is English....barely.
Room attendant was excellent.
The shows were well put together...the singers could actually
sing! They did miss the mark on the Michael Jackson tribute
show...The bar was just set too high by the legend.
There were some scheduled activities, but far short of other
cruises. As we learned to expect,they were poorly organized,
leaving people trying to participate but not knowing how.
We had a balcony roommid shipon the 8th deck. It was
great...spacious and well arrainged...nicely decorated...comfy
bed...good climate control...very good room stewart.
Average at best. Alot of duplication making it seem like
variety,but not so.
We took a privately booked tripin Jamaica to a secluded beach.
It was arrainged by a fellow member of Cruise Critic. It was a
Cozume land Cayman we took ship tours...THE WORST PART OF THE
TRIP. MSC may be big in cargo moping, but they have no clue when it
comes to people. On and off the boat in port (all 4) was painful.
Tendering was torture. Lines in hot sun and total confusion. Also,
nothing was on time. The quality of the tours was also poor. It
seemed that the point of the tours was to get you to a place where
you were captive, and then expect you to spend more to have a good
Beautiful ship...mostly very good shows...very good room...and a
great price. I expected somuch more.
But, be prepared to bring a lot of semi and formal clothes. On
other ships we have been on, we have 'dressed' for dinner but were
able to change into more comfortable clothes after dinner in order
when visiting bars or the clubs. Not so on the QM2...you dress
appropriately for dinner and must stay that way all night. And if
you are not dressed appropriately, you have special areas (i.e.
buffet) to eat or in your cabin. It was fun to dress up a couple of
times but I got tired of not being able to really relax in the
Just would like to warn travellers Carnival Spirit encourages
passengers to do the tour of Yejele Beach ($20 per Adult and $16
child) yet they take no responsibility for the safety of their
passengers. There must have been over 1500 passengers that got
shuttled out to the Beach, which was beautiful, but the severe
currents are so strong even a strong swimmer can get into trouble.
My grand daughter, her father and her uncle went out snorkelling
but got caught in a rip. The uncle made it back to the beach to
raise the alarm asking the carnival staff member in the red top who
looked like the only official person they had to send out help as
the other two were in trouble and couldn't get back to shore. The
staff member stayed quite calm and advised they had no boats or
lifeguards but he advised he did call an ambulance. I became
frantic and I asked again why they couldn't get a boat or raft out
to assist them to which he replied there was none. I reminded him
it was a 14-year-old girl in trouble and we
need to have a boat or something to help bring them back before
they get taken out. It was then when then two locals swam out and
assisted in their return to shore.
My grand daughter was so distraught when she got back to shore
and her father was exhausted coughing up water etc. Shame on
Carnival for sending so many people out to a location that has no
safety rescue in place.
When I got back to the ship I called guest services to express
my concerns to which they replied its not Carnival responsibility
once passengers leave the ship. This may be the case but wouldn't
you like to think they care enough for their passengers especially
when they are encouraging the tour. Surly if they can transport all
food and drinks to sell on shore to make even more money it
wouldn't take much more of an effort to put in place some form of
safety rescue. The facilities could easily be left with the locals
to look after. My granddaughter was extremely upset by the whole
experience and was lucky to come out of it with good results but I
encourage Carnival to please look into this before someone loses
their life. PS... I was told guest services would get back to me
but still waiting............