MSC Splendida ? Not so Splendid: MSC Splendida Cruise Review by slipperworld
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MSC Splendida ? Not so Splendid
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
The food ? oh the food...Most days was passable, breakfasts were a mission shall we say, if you're not Italian and not used to being pushed around, this morning event will seriously annoy you. Free tea and coffee, if you want a cup after 11am you pay for it (naughty MSC) Lunch was ok, enough choice, again if you pushed your way to the front (something the Brits and Americans on board, refused to do). Dinner was good, our table in the restaurant consisted of two other British couples and we all got along fine, our waiter Guiseppe was efficient, food was ok. We ate a couple of nights in the O'livio Restaurant and Tex Mex restaurants, again, food ok, service especially in the O'Livio, atrocious to say the least, we weren't even offered a drink, all the waiters (5 of them) fussed around a table of 8 Italians, ignoring us and two other couples.
Entertainment we thought was poor, the shows were amateurish in their design, dancers who couldn't keep together and two girl singers who thought shouting throughout the song would keep them in tune, just awful. A couple of nights they had jugglers, acrobats and magicians, very old hat and a little tired.
Overall, the ship was clean, modern and well run, the crew were a little bored by their jobs we found, apathy reigned a lot of the time, but our biggish gripe were the passengers, this is not a cruise for those who don't enjoy other European passengers, having said that, not all French, German and Spanish are bad, the Italians are though, have never come across such rude, ignorant and damn right arrogant people who thought as this was an Italian cruise line, gave them carte blanche to be top dog all the time.
A relief to get back to Genoa on the Saturday morning, bags offloaded quickly, onto the bus to the airport, long wait for the plane to arrive from Gatwick, when we did take off, again, BA excelled theirselves, fast and efficient service, well done BA.
Don't cruise with MSC if you like lots of kids, pushy parents who ignore the signs that say "Adults Area Only" and Italians. Do cruise with MSC if you like to pay for your tea and coffee, like a scrumdown every morning with your fellow passengers and can put up with bolshy crew. Enough said, take me back to Princess. Less
Cabin review: 0613122
Cabin 13122 onboard MSC Splendida Beautiful cabin, roomy, clean and modern. Bathroom was huge, powerful shower, lots of cupboard space too, not enough hangers though. Balcony was large with two comfortable wicker chairs and a table. Bed's very comfortable.
Port and Shore Excursions
Civatavecchia - Rome. Rome's gateway, nothing much to write home about in the port city itself, a couple of nice restaurants, but that's it. Try and make the long journey into Rome, hour and half by coach. Rome was dirty, graffitti everywhere, even on churches, is nothing sacred ? Worth it though to experience that "capital city" feeling.
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