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MSC Italian Cruises                      Maiden Voyage 2003        Capacity 1,590 Passengers        Ship Size 58,600 Tonnage                                                                               10/17/2012
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Our inside stateroom, 8149, shown in photos below, felt much roomier than we expected.  This was probably due to the use of mirrors.  We were pleased about that.  The bathroom was also a bit larger than expected.  However, the shower was a bit small, but expected.  The storage space was less than most other cruises we have taken, but expected.   The stateroom had a safe behind the mirror above your desk, & it also had a minibar (price list shown in images below).  A laundry price list was in our stateroom (see below for images of it).  We used the electric socket above the desk for our electric shaver, our toothbrush charger, recharging my camera batteries, & our blow dryer.  For some reason, our travel companions, Lorraine & Ed, our cousins, had a much noticeably brighter room, 8137.  We guess it was the use of brighter bulbs.  We joked with them each time we saw them leaving the room wearing sunglasses.  All in all, we were happy with our stateroom.

When you boarded, you were given a cruise ID card to go on & off the ship, for any shipboard purchases, & as a key to enter your stateroomThe cruise ID had your assigned dining room seat and your stateroom number on it.  We did not like the idea of having your stateroom number on the card because if you lost it, someone would know to which stateroom it gained entrance (hotels generally never have the stateroom number on a key or a magnetic key card for this reason).

MSC has a $2.50 PER ITEM charge for room service which does not include breakfast.  We asked both agents if this $2.50 charge was intended as a tip and they said no.   Note, the $2.50 may be removed from the room service charge  on the next cruises.   "Your Beach Towel" info sheet was in our stateroom as we arrived (image below).  Instead of supplying towels at the pool & at the gangway as you went ashore, MSC is supplying them in your room (blue towels) and replacing them with clean ones as the are used.  This requires you to make sure you find your cabin steward if you are going to the pool more than once during the day, or just using the wet towel.  In addition, MSC says in the info sheet "Please do not leave the towel at the pool, as towels will be replaced on a one-for-one basis."  We wonder if they enforced this on anyone?  Of course, this would mean if you left your towel at the pool (or ashore), you would not have one for the remainder of the cruise.  We do not believe this was a problem, though, because when we asked for a 2nd towel from Thierry (on days when we used the pool more than once), we did not always exchange the wet for the dry one (the wet towel was sometimes in our room).  We talked to someone who just came back from a Voyager of the Seas cruise, & they said they generally had the same towel situation as we did.

Coming out of the stateroom, we often would be headed for the upper decks.  One of the four sets of elevators (one of the two in the middle of the ship), only went to the 9th floor.  We occasionally got caught by that one & had to go to another.   We noticed on all stateroom decks, the stateroom attendant's practice of unlocking & opening the stateroom doors (& leaving them slightly ajar, sometimes wide open), even though no stateroom attendant was necessarily in them, until they had cleaned the stateroom.

MSC Lirica Stateroom Photos         Click on thumbnail to enlarge
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Thierry, our great stateroom steward. He was usually smiling (a very big grin) all the time, but somehow I got this photo when he wasn't.

"Your Beach Towel" info sheet

Price List for the Minibar in our stateroom

Laundry Price List page 2 (1 was cover), Gentlemen prices

Laundry Price List page 3, Ladies prices

Laundry Price List page 4, disclaimer, & turnaround time

Blue towels used for pool on top of TV, which was on top of a Minibar. See minibar price list in this image gallery.

Desk with mirror above. Safe is behind this mirror.

Odd numbers on port side, seen from elevator lobbies

Lights on inside room walls in the corridor (how we oriented ourselves for bow or stern)

Lights on inside room walls in the corridor (how we oriented ourselves for bow or stern)

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