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This was our second cruise on an MSC Ship, the first was the MSC Poesia in Nov 2008 and she was Fantastic, so how would MSC latest offering compare?
MSC Splendida, her name puts a lot of pressure on her to deliver from the off, and she certainly did, the decor was tastefully done from the dining rooms (La Reggia/Villa Verde) to the Strand Theater and not in your face over the top style.
Our Stateroom was a cat. 8 with a private balcony, the room was a good size with twin beds pushed together, which was uncomfortable where the beds met and drifted apart, but the beds were very comfy and the linen was changed every day and made down at night. there was a 3 person settee and a coffee table, but no tea making facility’s. The balcony consisted of 2 chairs and a table and was adequate for taking drinks and sunning yourself, for us this is a must for cruising and offers that bit of privacy.
The main restaurant was very well decorated and the choice of food was huge, main meal times offed a 6 course meal with 3 to 4 choices per course, and had something for everyone’s taste. The level of service was not quite up to the service we received on the MSC Poesia and we put it down to a new intake from Malaysia who were just learning the ropes and the different languages on board a MSC cruise, but over all a good experience was had.
There was always seating available in the bars and live music as well as dancing and quiz shows every night and the waitresses were very attentive and were willing to pass some time having a chat or just offering advise on the cocktails.
The Strand Theater is a fantastic venue and gives out an unbelievable sound quality, the shows were of a very high standard and were different every night. There were no problems getting a seat right up to lights went down due to the size of the theater and every seat offered a good view.
There are 4 pools (one for the Yacht Club members), 9 whirlpools (two for the Yacht Club members), indoor pool and spa and a kids slide and pool, the pools were only luke warm but offered a nice cool off from the Med. Temps. There is always a lounger to be had and if you have trouble finding one just ask the pool attendants hovering around, the bar staff are on hand to get you your cool drinks or ice cream.
As well as the pools there is a large Aurea Spa area, 4D Cinema and a Formula 1 race car simulator.
- Make sure when you depart on the cruise that the Italian Children aren’t on holiday, they run around like little monsters even in the dining rooms, and are very noisy.
- If you can help it don’t purchase the MSC port to town Transfers 8/15€ per person, local port transfers 3€ each return
- The self service is only open a certain times of the day so expect a scum to get any food and ignore any ques as they don’t count
- The self service at night offers a limited selection
- There is no 24 hour eating/snack outlets
Overall the ship was fabulous and spotlessly clean, the crew were attentive and the amenities were very good, food was of a high quality with plenty of choice, i can highly recommend MSC Cruise’s to anyone who likes city breaks and doesn’t mind being one of a few English speakers on board (not including the crew as they all speak English).