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MSC Fantasia Cruise Review by Pleasantly surprised

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Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children 5.0
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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Pleasantly surprised

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona

Boarded as a family group of 7 (Gparents/Parents/Children 5 8 10). At the conclusion of the cruise we ticked all the questionnaire boxes "Excellent" or "Good" awarding the overall cruise in favour of "Excellent".(only one irritating problem - see footnote). The excellents included the ship itself,cabins, cleanliness, the entertainment,facilities, friendly and courteous staff, the itinerary, embarkation/ disembarkation procedures and minimal PA announcements.Whereas Food only came in with a "Good" but as the reviews told us to expect warm/cold food we were pleasantly surprised to find most food OK but short of P&O standards. We found our European neighbours friendly and courteous. All in all we found it difficult to understand many of the reviews we had read.

As a family we would definately cruise MSC again (indeed the Grand children will not hear of anything else !). As a mature couple on our own it will probably be with our contempories on P&O.

FOOTNOTE. More BEWARE MSC HAIR DRESSING SHARP PRACTICE OF QUOTING ONE PRICE AND CHARGING ANOTHER! My wife quoted 25 Euros, charged 59 Euros, Daughter quoted 29 charged 69 ! My daughter complained and was re-imbursed but I did not want to spoil an otherwise fantastic cruise with an argument over 34 Euros so I let it go. ! Less

Published 07/25/11

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Cabin review: 1010014

Without doubt best cabin we have ever had (and that includes Cunard, Celebrity, P&O, Fred Olsen etc..)ie could not fault.Had Cabin with balcony on deck 10.

Port and Shore Excursions

We all traveled by car and driving in Barcelona is a nightmare . But once you have found a carpark Barcelona is a very interesting city which we have visited several times.

Interesting but Hop on Hop off bus tour drops you a long way to walk back.

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Took my grandson to visit Marseille FC Stad but tour at the Stad was oversubscribed. But good excuse for another cruise/visit.

Easy and cheap to make your own way into a "must visit" Rome by train

Taxi into town but felt uncomfortable with Army/Police presence. Streets have not been cleaned for Months ?

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