MSC vs. NCL. Thoughts?
MSC vs. NCL
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Have not been on either one waiting for a comp offer, then I can tell you. Thanks for this forum.
The service and food are much better on NCL. I also love the casino comps and promotional cruises on NCL.
Never cruised with MSC but have many times on NCL. Only good experiences with them. I don't think URCOMPED has a relationship with NCL? Casino at Sea has been generous with us for comped mini-suites which we usually upgrade to suite. They've been much better than Royal Caribbean in that regard. We have only cruised RC a few times.
I love them both - but I like MSC a little more.
NCL is a good-old "American" cruise experience. And it's all good.
MSC is MUCH more continental in its passengers and ambience. Many more international passengers speaking many languages, less emphasis on food, more reasonably priced shore excursions. Announcements made in 3 or 4 languages. Yacht Club FAR better than NCL's Haven. Kids on MSC seem much more disciplined.
All this is my personal opinion, of course. If prices were the same, I'd pick MSC - but I like the international experience. A lot of U.S. cruisers do not.
MSC Seaside is a beautiful ship. I’ve been twice however the first time staff and passengers were very rude. I chocked it up to it being a New ship and crew and new to the US. Did not have a good time. I decided to give it a second try and had a better time. Most of staff was very pleasant and fun. Many of the passengers from other countries were very rude and would walk right in front of us as if we weren’t there instead of being considerate and waiting their turn. I wouldn’t Be in a hurry to go back on MSC. I have cruised NCL many times. I prefer the smaller ships but I’ve met many great people on NCL Crew is very friendly and accommodating. I do feel NCL drink package is pricing way to high now. Last cruise we paid over $700 for the alcohol package for a one week cruise. MSC alcohol packages are a little confusing with basic, aurora, classic and many other names of packages. Just make it simple! Comparing MSC to NCL, I Always have a great time on the NCL.
I have sailed NCL 23x in 8 years, many ships, itineraries both Haven, Suites and mini-suites. I have sailed Divina and Seaside 2x each Yacht Club. There are pluses and minuses for both. What stands out is NCL staff is far better trained, the Haven Butler is more available and provides more service than MSC. Bar staff and drinks on NCL are far superior, on MSC the pool attendant will fill in and make your drink and the bar staff is poorly trained. Yacht Club staff is trained in a European approach. What does MSC do better can only speak to YC better embarkation experience, enhanced all inclusive YC bottled water mini bar, pool deck on YC is superior with food offerings and bar being on same level with multiple servers. MSC superior coffee service, better pizza. Spas hands down NCL far superior thermal area. No W2s on MSC in casino for Americans big plus. Seaside casino too small and smokey. Divina casino is much better and comparable to NCL. I will continue to cruise both. Leave in a week in an Owners Suite on the Dawn!!
I have not sailed with NCL yet....here's to URComped starting a relationship with them!!
We love NCL, always get comped balcony rooms for whatever cruise we want. Food is good and staff is happy. That’s why we haven’t booked anything on urcomped yet, all they want to give me is an inside room, boo!
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