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Cruising in Style: My Experience with MSC Musica

On the 15th of September, I did a week cruise with MSC Musica, departing from Cyprus, and going through Greece, Turkey, and Israel. The itinerary was amazing, and I sure would recommend it to anyone!

We stayed in the Cabin with a balcony, number 9036, on the Bella Class. We had pre-purchased drinks packages, tours, and the Wi-Fi package as well.

The only thing I did not was the Spa, which I regret a bit as it's much more affordable if you pre-paid before the cruise!

Sending you how our week went.

Below I am describing the most exciting moments we had during our week.

Day 1: Embarkation The moment I stepped on board the MSC Musica, I was greeted by the central foyer’s three-tier waterfall and its see-through piano, suspended on a crystal floor above a pool of shimmering water. The warmth and hospitality were palpable, setting the tone for the rest of the cruise.

Day 2: Mikonos. We arrived around 16h00. Spent most of the day chilling on our cabin’s balcony as it was too windy to be around the pool. Bought shuttle tickets for Mykonos which was 10 euros per person return. At the pier, you find cheaper tickets at around 2 euros per person, but the queue was a never-ending one. Mykonos is beautiful and so elegant! We browsed around and did souvenir shopping as we should! Back on the ship, we enjoyed a lovely meal in the lavish L’Oleandro dining room.

Day 3: Piraeus. We booked a tour to take us to the Acropolis and it was amazing! This tour allows us to have generous time to explore this area and going down to the Plaka area we had another generous hour for lunch and explore around. This was for sure an incredibly positive point as we don’t like rushed tours.

Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Athens

Day 4: Santorini. Here we had another tour that took us to the towns of Oia and Fira. The highlight was the wine tasting which was so well organized and full of information. At this same place, we had the chance to meet other people from our tour and made unexpected friendships. When our tour ended, we had a wonderful typical Greek lunch which was divine. As there were 3 cruise ships the queue to the cable car was a never-ending one so we decided to go down the massive 600-step stair lets say that we were done and don’t want to do it this soon 😅

Entertainment The designer venues on board were inspiring. The gaming experience in the Sanremo Casino was thrilling.

Day 5: Kusadasi. Here we had another tour which was fantastic and amazing! Full of culture and history to take in! Our tour guide was a fantastic professional full of vast knowledge. The tour after leaving the pier of Kusadasi, took us to the Virgin’s May House which was such a blissful experience. After this, we went to Ephesus which is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. It was such a sweltering day but such a magical one. After a much of a walking tour experience, we had our lunch, close to a beautiful handmade Turkish rug and carpet venue, where we had the privilege to see how these are done and by whom. When the evening came down, it was White Party Night, and we had a wonderful time dancing until late hours in the ship disco.

Day 6: At Sea. This was such a needed day! Just to unwind and chill. We had a luxurious breakfast in our cabin and after this, we went to chill in the shade of the exclusive solarium deck sixteen. We had to pay for it nevertheless was so worth it!

At 13h30 we jumped to the MSC Aurea Spa where we had a massage and left us feeling rejuvenated. We had a bit of relaxing time back to deck sixteen and after back to our cabin we made ourselves ready for the Gala Night!

Day 7: Haifa. First time in Israel and we were both so excited! The tight security measures and passport control did not put us off. We booked a tour to Jerusalem! If you do this one, get ready because it is a long drive (02 hours) and an exceptionally long day. Our tour guide was a very enthusiastic one and full of joy in showing us what Jerusalem had to offer. The city itself is full of exotic smells and all sorts of sensorial and emotional experiences. It is one of those places which you must do once in a lifetime. We did the Via Dolorosa and after lots of steps up and down and trying to absorb all the information, we had a little shopping break. Do not worry as most places are open to receive Euros and US Dollars, if cash is the only thing you have. If not, credit card goes everywhere.

Our journey back to the cruise ship was even longer as it was traffic time. It took us 03h30 to get back. So, get ready as this is something that might happen as well!

Back to the ship and after saying goodbye to our tour friends, we went back to our cabin and it was time, to pack to go home! But before that, we just could not go without having our farewell dinner at the Kaito Sushi Bar!


Disembarkation As our cruise ended, I reflected on my journey. The MSC Musica offered an experience of warmth and music that will stay with me for a long time.


The MSC Musica is a cruise ship that has received mixed reviews. Here are some key points from various sources:

The ship was launched in mid-2006.

It has a super-sized movie screen over the pool, stylish cabins, sensational night-time entertainment, and a highly-rated Japanese restaurant.

The ship is immaculate and stands up to the competition.

The ship is spotlessly clean, and the staff is exceptionally nice. However, some staff members, especially in the bar areas, appear to be overworked.

The food is mostly excellent, but the self-service restaurant can sometimes be a hit or miss.

Despite these mixed reviews, many passengers have had positive experiences on the MSC Musica.

Overall, it seems that while the MSC Musica has many strengths, there are also areas where improvements could be made. It is always a good idea to read multiple reviews and consider your personal preferences when choosing a cruise.

I would love to book your next MSC Cruise for 2024/2025!

Contact me today and let me know where you want to go and let me take you there!



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