We choice this cruise because it departed from Valencia and we could easily drive there from our home in Alicante province. As first time cruisers we were a little apprehensive about everything. There was no need to be!! Everything was so simple. The parking was easy to find. We handed our luggage in, showed all our documents and we where away. A bus took us through the port and the first sight of MSC Davina was WOW!! She looked amazing. We boarded the ship and got a very warm welcome from the crew. We went to deck 14, the buffet deck, had a spot of lunch (had to try the amazing pizza). After lunch we had a wander round the ship, and found our cabin. It was a balcony cabin, which was an adequate size, with good storage and was spotlessly clean. Our luggage arrived quite quickly at our cabin, we unpacked and our first cruise began. We found our way to The Black Crab Restaurant for our evening meal. The food was lovely and the waiters very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend MSC to first time cruisers, it gives you a chance to sample cruising at a lower price than other cruise lines. But don't let the fact that it is cheap put you off, there is nothing cheap about the ship or the standards.
The cabin was an acceptable size and very comfortable. The cleanliness was great, with a bed turn down service every evening.
Each port we docked at we made our own way around, except in Civitacchia where we boarded an excersion bus into Rome. We like to discover new places on our own, but the trips offered by MSC seem to be appropriate.
We had a walk around the port and into the shopping area of Genoa.
Hired a horse and carriage for an hour to take us round the sites. A very interesting city with a lot of history.
The tour guide on the bus was very helpful with the information she gave us. Again we did our own thing, walked round the colloseum, then wandered into the center and saw the Trevi fountain. Sampled some of Rome culinary delites with a glass of vino.View All 171 Rome on Your Own Reviews
We only got off the boat for a short while, again our own choice.
We walked for miles!!! Would say Palma was one of our favourite stops.