Let me Just start off by saying that i never write reviews, but i felt i just had to because MSC Fantasia Deserves a lot more Credit then it gets.We bought Our cruise before reading the reviews on cruise critic and the reviews had a lot of negative things said about it. It made me regret at first with booking with MSC but in all honesty I am so happy I did.
EMBARKATION: we Embarked in Bari,Italy and it went very Smooth. We had our luggages ready with our tags (that was given to us when booking online) Dropped it off with the luggage check in and was told to go to the Passenger Check in. we Checked in so Quickly without a long wait or long lines and was on the ship ten minutes after arriving at the port. So Fast and so easy.
ROOM: We had a Interior room or inside Cabin. We Looked at the rooms on MSCs website and thought it looked small, but the room is way Bigger than expected. We had our 5 month old Daughter with us. so we had a lot of stuff with us and it all fit in the Cabin and still had a lot of space:) she had her Pack n Play bed (which was Provided by the ship) and stroller out in the room and we still had walking room :) It Came with a Small fridge, safe and a lot of Closet space.The Television was also great and though there was just a few channels in english they always played some good tv shows! The inside cabins are also decorated beautifully and always kept clean by the Room Attendants.The Turn Down Service was always great and we never ran into them cleaning our room. We did always see them in the Hallways and they always made sure to greet us and tell us to have a great day!The Bonus was the Breakfast room service delivery. You get a new Card every night, Mark what you want to eat with the time you want it delivered and a fresh, free, delicious breakfast is delivered to your room every morning yum! The Shower is small so if you Have a Baby like us it may be a little difficult to bathe them. We just Brought a inflatable tub and bathed her in that. They also provide Big Canisters of Shampoo and Body wash that they make sure to keep full throughout your stay. So if you do not have to have a particular shampoo the ones provided in the Cabin is great and smells good!
SHIP: The Whole Ship is simply Stunning. Always Clean and Decorated Beautifully. The Ship is Huge with a ton of seating areas by the Bars and by the Pools.
**STAFF!!- one of the most Negative Parts with ALL the reviews i read about MSC, is the Staff. Saying that they are rude,mean,not helpful , and cant understand or speak a lot of english. I just want to say that this is NOT TRUE! From Start to finish every Staff member working for Msc Fantasia was so sweet. They especially loved our Daughter and loved to play and talk to her. Every Staff member we seen would always say hello or how are you? with a big smile! English was not their first language but they spoke it pretty darn good to me. From our room Cleaners to the waiters everyone was so nice and positive. Making our MSC experience the best experience. Honestly the Staff is the reason why we want to sail with Msc Again because they were such a joy to be around. Especially our Waiters EDIN and ERIK! thanks guys! :)
RESTAURANTS: The Second most reviewed part of MSC Fantasia was the Buffet and Main Dining room. I have to say the buffet and main dining room was the best! Another highlight of our Cruise. The Buffet Had a great delicious Variety of food that was changed everyday. The Food was very good. It does get Crowded in the buffet but its not " push and shove packed" like other reviewers say. Honestly what Buffet isn't Crowded? The Main Dinning room we was Assigned to was the Chercho D'oro MDR and the food was Epic!. you are served a 7 Course Dinner that changes every night. Each Course was equally Beautifully Plated, Prepared and Tasted Delicious! My Husband is One of the Pickiest eaters i've ever met and he loved the food from both the buffet and MDR. He still Talks about how much he misses the food. The Highlight of our Dinner experience was our Waiters Edin and Erik from Chercho D'Oro They are so Friendly and always Greeted us with a smile and took the time out to get to know us and our daughter who loved them just as much too. They (and their fellow workers) worked non stop delivering course after course to every table so taking the time out to have a conversation with us meant a lot!
SPA: The staff like the rest of the ship was kind and sweet. Always greeting Passengers with a smile. It is decorated beautifully. The sauna, Steam baths and relaxation rooms was great and not filled with people. and the Awesome Massage and facial was a bonus too! Great relaxing escape for this new mommy!
DISEMBARKATION: Was Just as quick as Embarkation as soon as they let you off the ship, your off so quick and easy!
Overall MSC Fantasia was a Memorable, and Fun Cruise even with Our 5 Month old Daughter. we would Sail again with this Cruise line. We started Planning our next msc cruise before finishing our first one. Thats how much Fun we had. the only complaint that we had was the elevators. They were always Jam packed with passengers which made it hard for us with a stroller, but inconsiderate elevator Passengers is not msc its the Passengers haha. Give MSC Fantasia a Chance if your read bad reviews about them.You make your experience memorable but they sure did help with the experience. Thank you MSC!