The supporting hands of the crew members helped me step on board, as the shuttle boat has brought us to the small entrance on the side of the ship. The short corridor corridor brought me to the magnificent reception desk, where we were all warmly welcomed by the subtle piano playing in the heart of the ship. A ship that, even though belongs to the smaller class of the fleet, has immediately stole my heart. In this post you will find a complete Msc Musica review, showing you what exactly made my heart beat faster, and what maybe didn’t impress me nearly as much.
Msc Musica Review: A movie set on the 7 seas
Cascata means Waterfall
Let’s start from the beginning. Musica is a very intimate ship, and its charm can be seen from the very first moment you step onto its surface. The first place I have seen there was the golden reception ornamented by a waterfall in the middle of it. It’s not by chance then that the bar surrounding it is called “Bar della Cascata”, which literally translates to “Bar of the waterfall”. The dark green sofas with wooden refinishing were a great place for a morning coffee, a moment I really enjoyed having on Musica in comparison to some bigger ships. That bar was almost always quiet, so I would sit, enjoy the view from the rounded windows, order a different variation of coffee everyday and write, some poems, some short stories – as it was a really inspiring location.
What I loved about that place was the possibility of a “slow morning”, the quiet, yet hearable music and the vastest choice of caffeinated drinks around the whole ship. The golden & beige interiors and the railings of the starts. However, I wasn’t really impressed with the design of the stairs that to me looked a little bit outdated, especially with the painted glass giving it a vibe I would rather switch for something either more antique or more modern – not in between like that.
The charm of a tucano
A location that really stole my heart when it comes to Msc Musica was the Tucano Lounge. With the sisters of this ship, Msc Magnifica and Msc Orchestra having the same design ornamented in more bronze and green colors, Musica surprised me with a completely different approach. The deep fuchsia velvet combination all around the lounge has made me fall in love with it at first sight, yet I realize that for some people that pink/violet might be a little intense. Tucano was exactly in the middle of the ship, making it at the same time its heart and therefore the place where I was spending at least a part of my time everyday. Gala nights, the Starstruck dance competition (I will dedicate a whole different post to it one day) and other most memorable events /activities of the cruise were held exactly there.
I think I wouldn’t change anything when it comes to Tucano Lounge, because everything there was just perfect – from how the sofas were placed, the stairs, the choice of the color palette, the staff working there at the time of my cruise, the drinks… Everything inside of it was creating just the perfect cacophony of senses that ended with me rating it definitely over any other bar or lounge I have found on different cruise ships.
The reflection of a Crystal
Yet not all of the major events happening on Msc Musica were taking place in the Tucano Lounge – some of them, like the invitation-based drink with the Captain for the members of Msc Voyagers Club [click HERE to find out more about it] were held in the completely different in its style Crystal Lounge. The dance floor there was more spacious, making it a great place for evening parties, especially since often there was bachata & salsa music playing there from the live band. It was also where the Romeo & Juliet game, another entertainment form of Msc Cruises, was taking place – and therefore a lot of people were participating in these fun evenings. Now that I am thinking about it, I think Crystal Lounge was a lot bigger than Tucano and could host more guests at the same time, yet it still didn’t bring me this feeling of pleasingness I was experiencing in its fuchsia competitive bar.
I must admit that speaking of the design the crystal seats really impressed me, but I think the choice of uniting the green with the orange in this way, especially looking at the carpet, could have been avoided. I might not be an interior designer, but in my personal opinion it gave a bar with these modern crystal chairs a really eclectic, almost rustic feeling. It would probably have been better if it stuck to one certain style, which possibly could be made with some future renovation. Overall however, I loved spending time there & I would still choose that bar over many others I have seen on different cruise lines.
A mystery off the map
What I found interesting is that there’s actually another bar, located just behind the Tucano Lounge, ornamented in gorgeous Golden Great Gatsby’s style (which you know I love so much since I mention it on many occasions), with dark navy & wooden accents decorating it in its best. That bar, usually filled with people listening to the live jazz music performed on its little stage… is not listed on the deck plan/map of the ship. Why? It will probably remain a mystery. Being quite a huge lounge and surrounded by the shops alley, it is actually impossible to not cross it at some point. For some reason though, it looks like it’s a no-name location. Maybe it’s only visible to some of us…? Or maybe (probably) you should just disregard my philosophical approach and regard it as a mistake where someone omitted it while preparing the deck plan for the guests. I like to think there’s a secret to it though – which makes it more fun.
I am totally in love with the golden design it has and interior-wise, it is probably my number 2 place on the entire ship (right after Tucano, of course). It’s usually not very crowded, which also works as an advantage, but the problem is also that it is often closed and only opens in certain timeframes. It would probably be a better-meeting spot if it was available at all times…?
Intimacy on the side
Despite Musica being quite a small ship in comparison to the newer fleets of Msc Cruises, it certainly found space for a few more intimate bars on its sides. That includes L’Enoteca Wine Bar, a wooden/leather spot dedicated entirely to the various, most luxurious wine brands from the entire world, or The Diamond & The Golden bars located on both sides of the ship, serving mainly as a passage, an aperitif spot or a quick pre/post dinner cocktail. Both the Golden & Diamond bars are decorated in such a unique way that it makes me wonder whether this kind of interior wouldn’t fit a more visited place like the Crystal Lounge more.
Exquisiteness for the palate, exquisiteness for the eye
A fountain cake, s’il vous plaît
There are 2 dining restaurants on board of Msc Musica and both of them have a completely unique style. As you know, the restaurant and the table are assigned randomly, and I was lucky enough to be dining in Le Maxim’s Restaurant, in my personal opinion more aesthetically pleasing than its alternative. The red velvet seats incorporated into a white & violet combination of colors were meant to imitate or interpret the French style in design, very adequately I would say. The interior of the restaurant is quite important for me funnily, and might make or break the experience. It was probably one of the reasons I have also not dined that much in the Magnifica’s restaurant, yet I never missed a dinner in Musica’s Le Maxim’s. The dishes in both dining restaurants were of course the same, but the atmosphere, the music, the views and the color palette all had a way of enamoring me in its glamour.
Prosecco con il pranzo, per favore
The second restaurant, L’Oleandro, was also the one available during lunch time – that’s when I have had the chance to “lurk” and see what it looked like. Its classiness in beige & brown gave it a timeless touch, but even though I enjoyed eating lunch there, I probably wouldn’t swap it for dinner time. Now, that I’m sitting at home for months without the possibility of cruising though, I definitely wouldn’t be that picky!
A spoon of each
Let’s not forget that every cruise ship has a buffet for those who don’t enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant or simply prefer a different approach to their meals. Gli Archi Cafeteria is a cozy buffet located near to the pools (like in all of the Musica class’s ships) and offers literally every type of food you would ask for. If I would have to say one bad thing about it, is that the buffet wasn’t open as long as I was used to by the other ships of the fleet, being closed around midnight (which for the night snackers might not be that great of an option). Yet I guess it’s something we can cope with, can’t we?
Water amongst water
Beaches will be beaches
Pools on a cruise ship that drifts in the middle of the sea always gives me “Inception” vibes. But enough jokes – Msc Musica has 2 open pool areas, La Spiaggia (which literally translates to The Beach) & Copacabana. Both of them are pleasant, spacious enough for you to find your spot and include 2 whirlpools or so-called jacuzzis that will manage to relax everyone that steps inside of them. Yet the problem raises when we cruise on less summery months or less tropical destinations. Why? Because Msc Musica doesn’t offer a covert pool. For some, it can easily become an issue when travelling to colder ports of North Europe or simply being able to travel in wintery times.
Tropical drinks under a (fake) palm
However, the pool area also offers a wide range of tropical drinks that will be gently served to you at the Laguna Bar. Reminding you of an exotic all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Latin America, here you will be able to enjoy some Pina Colada, refreshing lemonades and more. During the navigation days, I love to sunbathe a little on the exterior decks and sip a nice, fresh cocktail from time to time at the Laguna Bar. However I don’t see anything special there that would be different from the other ships from the Musica class – it looks pretty standard and the same on all of them.
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Work hard, play hard
Last but not least, Msc Musica also has a few extra amenities that make the stay there better and more exciting. Personally, when I was on Msc Musica, I spent quite a lot of time in the Sanremo Casinò, which dipped in gold and black was the perfect background for observing the results of roulette.
I sporadically visited the Theatre La Scala (I used to always be on the stage side of the theaters and being a spectator doesn’t come easy), but the design is quite unique and reminiscent of a circus I would say, with gold and red dominating throughout its interior.
There’s also the Havana Club Cigar Room, which as a non-smoker I haven’t visited, the library – which I sometimes, but not always visit on a cruise and the legendary Q32 Disco, where I once had so much fun that my shoe broke and had to come back to my cabin barefoot (I think it speaks for itself).
Even though some people would think that there wouldn’t be enough activities or amenities on a smaller, more intimate ship like Msc Musica, there actually is a lot to do – especially considering that usually it sails on itineraries without navigation days – and I can swear to you that you won’t find yourself bored any minute of the day.
Overall Msc Musica review
If I had to summarize my experience in a few sentences, I would firstly have to say that Msc Musica’s charm and heart lays in its intimacy, which I would consider an advantage, not a flaw. It lets you live the ship in its entirety and immerse yourself in its deepest, velvety corners. Suggested for shorter itineraries and those who want to relax and enjoy the calm realms of luxury, not really for adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers.
| Msc Musica Review Technical Card |
Ship class: Musica
Capacity: 2550 passengers
Lenght: 293.83 m
Msc Musica Review
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