MSC Fantasia Cruise Review by KSWind: Fantastic Fantasia
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Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We recently returned from our cruise on the MSC Fantasia. We embarked in Venice and stopped at Bari, Katakolon, Santorini, Piraeus, Corfu, and Dubrovnik. We had a port call every day of the cruise.
The embarkation process was quick and easy. In fact, it went so well we did not roam around Venice because we were allowed on the ship at around 11:00 A.M. instead of 1 P.M. as we expected.
The MSC Fantasia is a grand ship to cruise on. The entire ship was spotless and stayed that way the entire cruise. We found the food good to excellent. As posted elsewhere the food was sometimes warm but never cold. Choice and variety was good. I recommend the drink package. It was worth it.
The crew was courteous and helpful for the most part, only a few offered slow service. Language was a minor problem at times. Keep in mind English, for most crew members, is a third or fourth language.
The passengers were a mix from all over the world. Of course, the majority were More Italian. We found the Italians to be reluctant to wait in line and had little concept of how entering and exiting an elevator is done. Other than that there were no other issues.
The shows offered were good to excellent. They had singers, acrobats, dancers, and tumblers. All were very talented. The shows lasted about 45 minutes. Keep in mind that the shows are geared toward folks from all over that do not always share the same language. I think MSC did well in coordinating the entertainment.
We only took a couple of shore excursions as offered by MSC. I believe they were average and may have not been worth the cost. However, this is an individual decision on excursions. I recommend you research them and make your own call.
They only flaw I could think of was the bathroom. It was too small and the design seemed to be an afterthought when compared to the rest of the ship.
I am surprised by the low rating MSC has. I think they are under rated as a cruise line by my experience. We would cruise with them again. Less
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Cabin review: 810224
We had a balcony cabin (deck 10) on the starboard side aft. The size of the room was adequate (barely) as was the balcony. The bathroom was too small but workable and the design was not in line with the rest of the ship. One might say it was drab.We were located right above the starboard thrusters and heard and felt them when they were engaged while manuevering in port. This did not bother us. The engines were descernible as were the screws. Just barely. Their hum and slight vibration made for comfortable sleep at night.
Port and Shore Excursions
Hop a bus transfer to the old town and walk the walls and around the old town. Beautiful area. No wonder they chose it as Kings Landing for G.O.T.
Rent a car at Tony's in Fira. He is reasonable and you can go see the island on your own. If the lines are too long for the cable car to go back down to the tender ride a mule. Walk only if you have good shoes and are fit enough for the long walk down the slick trail.
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