Spent a week on the Aegean sea on the MSC Fantasia (pronounced Fantasy-a). The ship was very elegant and spacious " far better than the P&O Azura in every respect (cruised Feb 13)! Our cabin was stylish and spacious with a small balcony. Actually the ship did not appear cramped at any time during our cruise in any of the public areas (again, the total opposite to the Azura).
The buffet restaurant was well designed and we had no trouble finding a table, although did have to search hard a few mornings. Food in the buffet was fine, with a wide selection for both breakfast and lunch. However, we were not so keen on the food in main restaurant in the evenings " 6 small courses but not the best we have tasted. Didn’t stop me from piling on the pounds though unfortunately!
The theatre again was very well designed and no-one had any problems getting a seat. We only went to one show " Michael Jackson experience " which was quite good. The other shows were mostly acrobatics from what we heard. Some people we spoke to enjoyed and some not so much.
The staff were fantastic. All had a smile on their face and were keen for some friendly banter. Top marks to them all. The announcements were made in a number of different languages but mostly only in the public areas, unless they were important. This did not bother us in the slightest. In terms of the ships clientele, it was so nice to chat with different nationalities and watch the different cultures enjoying themselves throughout the ship. Very entertaining I must say! There were far more Brits on board than I expected " I would estimate maybe 15%. Others were mostly Italian, French, German and Scandinavian, although there were some Americans, Australians and Japanese! There was a Japanese wedding on board actually.
The itinerary was excellent and our favourite destinations were Santorini and Dubrovnik, although we only had 3 hours to spend in Dubrovnik which was definitely not enough, so have decided to return for a week next year to explore further. The weather, however, was not brilliant but that was obviously out of MSC’s control. Torrential rain in Venice which ruined our last day and night spent there after our cruise. We only did the one excursion with MSC to Athens and the Acropolis. Absolutely awful - don't bother,
On the whole, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and would definitely sail with MSC again if the price was right! Our favourite remains Celebrity though, but we are trying hard to find a better cruise line (MSC was our 6th attempt!).