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MSC Splendida Cruise Review by Rhea58

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MSC Splendida
MSC Splendida
Member Name: Rhea58
Cruise Date: November 2009
Embarkation: Civitavecchia
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: Bal
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Splendida or Not so Splendid??

Back Story: Bought a packaged deal of air, 7 days on Splendida, 3 days afterward in Rome w/3 private transfers in spanking new Mercedes - very nicely done.

Info background: Not much to go on as MSC's website is not user-friendly, few English speaking folks had contributed CC reviews since her July 2009 debut.

Full Disclosure: a happy HAL passenger for some years.

Ship is pristine but personally thought the decor tends towards the tacky side. It would also appear management is enamored w/the American Wide West as evidenced by Photo Gallery when pix are not displayed. Cabins are fine; rest of ship more brash than necessary.

Entertainment: MSC at a disadvantage w/too many languages spoken on board so must confine acts to mimes, acrobats, singers and dancers who sorely needed a choreographer. Some acts better than others which is the norm.

Afternoon games lead by Italian speaking staff. Obviously I could not participate.

Food: Quite underwhelmed by Bora Bora & Pago Pago offerings including the touted pizza. On 2nd try after eating a cheese/salami sandwich w/side salad, I thought I can do this @ home. Thereafter, dined in dining room w/service, much better offerings and a non-zoo atmosphere which the other 2 deeply portray.

Thoughts: Appetizers and soups were usually quite good as were Regional Menu Selections. Beef inedible; lamb chops good. Vegetables surprisingly good. Pastry offerings uniformly dry so ordered gelato. Assume they want one to spend 4-5-6E at their pastry & gelato counters. I abstained.

Excursions: Only took 1 which had German/English guide so the 3-1/2 $62 tour should have been $30 for me; and exasperated the English-speaking folks. MSC offers shuttles for which they charge in 2 of the ports; offers NO free maps or anything else of value and due to her size, must dock further away from most main port docks...they need to do more for the customer.

Bottom Line: If my French were better I would take a MSC cruise again, but their Reception Desk needs to understand customer relations, and management needs a shake-up along w/an upgrade of their user-unfriendly website.


Publication Date: 11/22/09
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