We are Elite+ on Celebrity, Diamond+ on RCI, Diamond (Black) on MSC, Elite on Princess, Platinum on NCL, etc. Have over 100 cruises. Been on MSC Lirica, Sinfonia, Seaside, and Davina. We have had totally a different experience than what you have had on the Meraviglia. I am not saying you experience was not as you experienced it. I am just posting our experiences which were totally different. The major thing we found was that the food in the MDR and Buffet was totally different in the way of being of a lesser quality and selection that we have found on the other cruise lines. Many people say that it is totally Italian or European and thus Americans do not appreciate the different dishes. Other than that, we found the Specialty Restaurants (SRs) were very good, personnel very friendly and accommodating, entertainment excellent and every night a production type show. Prices were extremely reasonable and a real value for the dollar for excursions, beverage packages, SRs, and cruise pricing. Never had a problem with loud sounds in any venue. Announcements were in 6 or 7 different languages, yes. However, we learned to tune that out.
Their ships are very clean, very modern, and provide a wide selection of ports around the world. In fact in Europe and the Med, you may join a ship at various ports not only one port.
Rick Sasso is assuming the role of chairman of MSC North America. Rick was with Celebrity years ago.
We are cruising MSC and Celebrity this year on the Edge next month and going on MSC in June.
Try MSC or any other cruise line and make your own judgement. Now you have heard two different experiences from two different cruisers. No cruise line or ship is the same to all guests. Only you can decide on what your experience is. MSC has 10 new ships coming out in soon. So, they must be getting the passengers required to fill those cabins. Expect a lot of Europeans and non US passengers. We find that a plus as we get to meet more people from around the world.
We were not in YC category. Balcony and Suite. So, there was no special treatment when we cruised on MSC.