I want to tell you all regarding the best cruise we have ever had. It Was in the yacht club on the M S C Splendida. I have never ever found such luxury in a cruise before. Yes it was more expensive than other cruises but well worth the extra money. For one thing all your drinks are included you get a fantastic suite, and to top it all splendid service at its best. There were one or 2 niggly bits but nothing which would spoil anything. Let's start at the beginning. We had spent a disastrous week in toss a de mar in Spain supposed to be a 4 star hotel which I would have passed it as a 2 star plus. So the holiday did not get off to a good start. Then we arrived at the port of Barcelona to pick up the ship. We arrived early so we had to wait about 30 mins then we joined the line long before the rest of passengers were invited to board. We were offered a drink whilst we were checking in. Which took approx: 5 mins. We were then escorted to the ship by passing all the rest of the passengers with our butler. We were taken to a private lift to the reception of the yacht club. We were met there by a nice receptionist who gave us lots of information of where to go what to do etc! Etc!
We were then escorted to our suite up a nice winding staircase all encrusted with gold Swarovski crystals on each step. Down a short passage way to our deluxe suite room 16032. We actually got it right this time as we had sun sun sun all day every day whilst at sea. We decided then to go and explore it all, we went to the top deck and we had our 1st drink. The first 3 pages of the menu was all inclusive after that you were expected to pay. We had a nice relaxing gin and tonic. It was very quiet on deck as most people were off exploring Barcelona we then visited the Top Sail Lounge for yet another drink and relaxation. There were beers cocktails spirits brands anything you wanted. We so no reason to look on the extra pages and pay for them like special cognacs etc! After some 30 mins we explored the ship getting totally lost like you would anywhere for the 1st time.
Now to get to the Olivio restaurant it is at the other end of the ship on deck 15. So set off from the yacht club down the private elevator to deck 7. Keep on left hand side. Eventually you will reach the photo shop take a right to the elevator. Look at the buttons and press the badly marked one it does say to deck 15 but you really need to get down and look at it. The reason I mention this it there are only 2 lifts out of the four that go to deck 15. The other 2 only go to 14. It took us 3 days to figure this out. It really means if you get to deck 14 you will have to walk up 1 flight of stairs. It is a small restaurant where the staff bend over backwards to serve you. Sometimes there are more staff than customers. The Olivia restaurant is exclusive for yacht club passengers only. We ate here all the time. The breakfast menu and lunch menu is the same every day. 1st niggle. Also we found the maitre de never spoke to us at all and hardly anyone else whilst you were in there 2nd niggle.
Unless you want to pay for a bottle of wine or champagne just ask for a glass of white red or rose and they keep topping your glass up throughout your meal. It's perfectly tastes ok. Especially for nothing. The evening menu varies from day to day but not over exciting. But the food is excellent. You get about 7 different staff serving you throughout your meal. All buzzing about there was one guy in a total dreamworld who would never break into a sweat if he tried. The rest were splendid and friendly. You can go in anytime we were booked in for 8.30 but usually went in about 8 pm
Every where you go on the ship yacht club members have a private lift use your card to access it.
The top sail lounge was open all day serving continental breakfast in a morning and canopies and finger food snacks etc all day just help yourself. Coffees tea and soft and alcoholic drinks all day long. I expected at night time for this place to be buzzing, we were often the only ones in at times. Great for pre and after dinner drinks. All inclusive for yacht club passengers.
The aurea spa is accessible from a private lift on the odd numbered side opp door 16019 on deck 16 it prob be same on deck 15 opposite door 15019 The sauna and steam room is free to yacht club members. You do need to cover up whilst in there as its mixed. There is 4sauna cabins and 2steam rooms all at different temperatures. Gents dressing room has 3 showers also lots of towels and lockers. You need to get a key from spa reception to use the lockers. Each sauna and steam room has approx 2 to 3 showers. There is no water fountain to drink from I took a soft drink or bottled water and kept it in my locker to drink from.
The suite itself was superb comfortable beds with clean sheets every day, towels changed twice a day and a fridge which has complimentary drinks in ever day and stocked up twice a day. You get a turn down service every evening. Our butler was nicknamed Wisper he was superb friendly always around if you needed him. He gets to know your habits and as soon as your out he's in tidying up and cleaning round. We also had a couch and chair tv only one English channel which was bbcworld news. There is pay per view movies. The balcony was ok I wish they had put a sun lounger on but you get 2 cane chairs and a cane table however it was ok.
All in all it's far better paying the extra for the yacht club yes it's more money but miles better than going elsewhere on the ship total 6 star luxury. Take into consideration 2 drinks will cost around 10 euros have 2 at lunch 4 at night it soon adds up especially if you have a child with you who is want want want all the time. Here you have no worries of keeping to a budget. It's no where near a free for all like other inclusive deals it all set at a relaxing star rating service.
Would I choose another M S C cruise yes i would like a shot, there's cleaning and cleaning ongoing cleaning 24 hours a day it's spotless on board. You will not be disappointed with the yacht club service.