I have read several reviews of the Splendida MSC and must say I am very surprised with most reviews being top stars. I can not concur with the same high rating.
For a great majority of time spend on the boat I was absolutely terrorized by gangs of unsupervised and out of control kids ( thanks for port excursions!).
It was impossible to enjoy cup of coffee, dinner or even alone time in your cabin or balcony without constantly being forced to listed to kids screams, yelling and all other forms of laud behaviour.
Our dinner table for three was placed directly next to table of 9 sitting alone children aged 5 to 10 years old while their parents enjoyed meal in separate table without any need to supervise their offsprings. I have asked for change of table and have been promised accommodation however nothing had ever happened. With compulsory 7 Euro daily tip for cruise employees a pleasing passengers is not top priority for a MSC staff. Why work for something which is due anyway?
Food: Food is awful. While I am not heavy meat eater, meat is rarity and food is the same everyday. A daily dinner menu reminds in flavour high school cafeteria rather that italian restaurant serving dinner. Dinner menu contains fancy names for each serving....unfortunately quality ends with the name. Cruise Italian chefs should take few lessons before pretending to serve Italian dishes. My Italian friends from Canada would be ashamed that rich italian cuisine is being reduced to whatever they serve on MSC.
Bora Bora buffet experience is another absolutely terrifying ship reality: lack of table to sit down, running and screaming kids everywhere, horde of badly mannered cruise passengers pushing their way through as if the meal they about to consume is their last one. The experience can be summarized as a feeding of animals.
One day while waiting in the food line there was a father and maybe 7 year old son in front of me. Son under watchful eye of his father was playing with food in particular he was constantly patting and touching breakfast bun. After child finish his play with bread they moved to the new tray( and new play). I have told father than he needs to remove the bread from the basket which was repeatedly touched by his son......and he did nothing............
I have moved the bun aside myself. This is only one example of what is going with the food you about to consume. I have seen babies in diapers sitting on the tables where people place their plates and utensils. Absolutely disgusting!
Swimming Pool and deck area: If you would like to sit down anywhere be prepared to secure your spot at 5 am otherwise no such luck.
If you wish to enjoy hot tub be prepared to be excused by pool attendant after 10 minutes as you have exceeded you max time allowance....... while no one is doing anything about empty, towel covered sun chairs. What a mess and lack of any organization or/ and logic.
Elevators: be prepared to wait very long time to get into elevator. Each time the experience is accompanied by people pushing their way through like they are in Tokyo subway.......unbelievable .......I have not seen anything like this anywhere before. Uncivilized horde getting ahead of anyone by any means!!! Must see it to believe it.
MSC excursions: Expensive and not well organized.
I have booked three excursions: Rome, Tunis and Marseille.
Rome excursion was rushed without adequate time to enjoy the trip. You better of getting around by yourself.
Tunis -tour to Carthage was ok however second part - ancient Medina was turned into 1 hour carpet shop tour and pretty much nothing else. Oh....and our Tunisian guide felt obligated to give us lengthy lecture on Arab and western relations, politics and religion. He also felt compelled to share his demeaning views on woman and their purpose in society.
Marseille excursion was cancelled by the MSC without so much as any advice from MSC. A true testament to MSC customer care.
GYM: Well equipped. Be aware -Max time allowance for the use if treadmill is 20 minutes!
If you an average looking person like myself you must dress in fitness entire however if you are part of visible minority you can exercise in pyjama, dress or any other entire you wish.
I have read in one of the reviews that you get what you paid for and this is very true.
MSC is cheap cruise line which currently lacking any desire to strive for improvement.
I have cruised before with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises and both previous cruise experiences where highly superior to MSC.
I wold not recommend.