We sailed from Vancouver down to San Diego and then on to Cabo,
Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. The food was top notch, but the
specialty restaurants was similar to the dining room. Our stateroom
was fine, and the ship was well cared for... the staff was
constantly cleaning and working.
The evening entertainment was definitely one of the high points
of the cruise and was very professional. My only complaint was the
daytime activities, or rather, the lack of daytime activities... NO
enrichment speakers or crafts, just bingo and selling stuff. The
poor activity director tried to give some talk that were "not very
good," to be kind. Her talks were more like a school report of
"What I did during the summer." If Holland thinks they are saving
money by using the crew as "enrichment speakers," they are missing
the boat and loosing rating stars.
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