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5 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Mediterranean from Barcelona

We had never cruised with MSC and choose this one for price and a wedding anniversary but we were very disappointed. Embarkation went smoothly and we were allowed on the ship early due to the weather in Barcelona. The cabin was a decent ... Read More
We had never cruised with MSC and choose this one for price and a wedding anniversary but we were very disappointed. Embarkation went smoothly and we were allowed on the ship early due to the weather in Barcelona. The cabin was a decent size on deck 10 with a balcony. Clean and spacious, mini bar if you can afford it. TV to high to watch without getting neck ache. Linen was never changed during 7 day cruise, towels were changed twice a day and bathroom cleaned daily. Pillows very soft although they say there is a pillow menu, didn't know how to choose alternative. Safe ok but how safe is it? Room service we had breakfast in room, that was very nice. Water in room well 2.5 Euros if you drank it, but as we had drinks package we got the same from the bar. Food was not good, breakfast was poor, fried eggs were overcooked and hard, they were also broken. Scrambled eggs had been made from packet mix as very sweet, bacon inedible, plenty of sweet fattening food. No green tea, but plenty of odd fruit teas. Coffee strong and stewed, but Italian coffee is strong. Evening meals, table too close together. cutlery dirty, with dried food on it. Too much shellfish on menu and the meat was tough or uncooked. Vegetarian food on restaurant menu left a lot to be desired. Only good thing on menus was the pasta. Wine very dry and one day I was served a glass of white wine which was tasteless and had been watered down. There was a fuss about changing it till I asked for the manager. Shows were very amateurish and repetitive, no real choreography or theme that was followed, Bingo was popular with some but not me, as was the very smokey casino. Bars ok when you could get a drink as the waiters and waitress seemed to like ignoring people, but as soon as you went to the bar they were there ready to pounce. When the shops opened the also had stalls out to sell to unsuspecting guests, one women tried to sell me facial products by telling me my skin needed lots of work, well in fact my skin was better than hers and I am 70. Everything around MSC is about taking money off you. From selling bottles of expensive wine to steak, lobster etc. My husband was very ill from under cooked chicken. And on disembarkation day we did not have to vacate the cabin until 08.45 so we went to breakfast and when we came back found our cabin staff changing the beds, this was still our cabin but we had left our coats and hand luggage in the room. When we came out one of them shook our hands and said thank you for the things you left we have sent them home to our family. When we got home we found our digital camera with precious memories on had been stolen by them. My advice if you dont mind food poisoning, being ripped off, spoken to as if you are an idiot and having your things stolen then this is for you otherwise avoid this company like the plague. Oh and by the way the balcony was unusable for two days due to balcony maintenance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Great value for the dollar with an interesting itinerary. Prior to departure we were given a complimentary upgrade to the exclusive yacht club. Upon arrival at the port in Barcelona, we were seated and offered champagne. After about a ... Read More
Great value for the dollar with an interesting itinerary. Prior to departure we were given a complimentary upgrade to the exclusive yacht club. Upon arrival at the port in Barcelona, we were seated and offered champagne. After about a 15 minute wait, we were escorted to the yacht club check-in area and then led on the ship by our butler. We were greeted in the concierge area of the yacht club and given basic information about the services provided. After we were given our cruise cards, we were escorted to our room. our bags arrived about 30 minutes later. We unpacked ourselves, but our butler would have done it for us. We enjoyed the private Topsail lounge area which had continental breakast and afternoon and evening hours d'oeuvres out every day. The private restaurant was very quiet, although it is located on the opposite end of the ship from the yacht club. The food was delicious offering a wide variety with many courses each evening. We chose a late dining time of 8:45 and were seated immediately each evening. We also ate breakfast and lunch on most days in this restaurant as well. the service was very good - not exceptional, but very good. It was unseasonably cold so lounging on the sun deck was not an option. The spa offered excellent value for the dollar. It was seldom very busy. We enjoyed the saunas and steam rooms. the entertainment on the ship was great, although we would have like to have heard the tenor and soprano sing more often. Disembarkation was without incident as we were escorted off the ship, picked up our luggage and put in a cab which was waiting at the terminal. We were off the ship at at the airport in Barcelona in about 45-50 minutes. We love MSC and have cruises booked for April and October 2017 already. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
best about this cruise was the drinks package, fine dinning in the villa verde, I thought i was at an audition of Oliver ? please sir give me more, you could fit the 3 courses on a single plate, people would go up to the buffet after fine ... Read More
best about this cruise was the drinks package, fine dinning in the villa verde, I thought i was at an audition of Oliver ? please sir give me more, you could fit the 3 courses on a single plate, people would go up to the buffet after fine dinning as they were still hungry. best time to eat at the buffet was between 6-7 pm after this time less and less selection was available food here was fine. As said by many the theatre shows were mostly opera so ,did not use much. Cabin was fine but small shower,bar staff and cabin staff were excellent, entertainment was good and varied in the loungers.To me the biggest rip off is the bingo 25,000 euro prize if you call in 40 numbers, but your card has 25 numbers not the normal 15 this is a total RIP OFF you will never win in 40 numbers. we were a party of 6 booked direct with msc so no commission to pay, i needed to print boarding passes for return flight home went to customer services asked if they could print them for me only to be told go to library and pay 3.50 euro to print them, I believe it is the responsibility of the employer to pay staff wages and not the customer, I did not pay gratuities but gave tips to people who gave us very good service, I would go with MSC again only if the price was right Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We did the Western Med cruise from Barcelona in April 2015 , the check in was so smooth, no hassles, no waiting, all excusions i had pre booked was 100% accurate as well as drinks vouchers. The service on the ship, Splendida, was fantastic ... Read More
We did the Western Med cruise from Barcelona in April 2015 , the check in was so smooth, no hassles, no waiting, all excusions i had pre booked was 100% accurate as well as drinks vouchers. The service on the ship, Splendida, was fantastic and our Cabin Assistant was super fiendly and efficient. All excursions were well organised no q's and disembarking and re embarking was very simple. All the ports we visited namely Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo & Valetta were great and we were blessed with awesome weather throughout even though it was early spring. The embarkation in Genoa could be improved, the only port we had a hiccup. The cabin was suffice and well kept, we had a balcony cabin. There is plenty to do and lots of entertainment day and night. We had dinner in the formal restuarant a couple of times as well as buffet area, although busy in buffet area we never stood in long q's and dirty crocery / cutlery was removed very quickly. If there is 1 gripe its the casino area that smells of smoke and unfortunately filters out into areas close by, we avoided that area as often as possible. We have done 4 cruises with MSC and have already booked our 5th one next year in April, have always had a great experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our first European visit and our second MSC cruise. An absolutely wonderful experience bordering on decadence treatment. The entire process from embarkation to disembarkation was handled superbly. This despite the tragic events the week ... Read More
Our first European visit and our second MSC cruise. An absolutely wonderful experience bordering on decadence treatment. The entire process from embarkation to disembarkation was handled superbly. This despite the tragic events the week before in Tunisia, the ship crew simply handled the change in their stride and as a result the detour to Malta proved to be an exhilarating experience and so worth the change. All the port excursions were handled extremely professionally and we did not feel insecure or awkward at any time. The actual experience on the ship itself was fantastic as this is a cruise ship experience that we would dearly love to do again at some point in time. The entertainment was superb and how they managed the eating sittings so seamlessly is beyond belief for 4000 passengers. The Med cruise worked out very well as all port stops were early morning giving passengers the whole day for the excursions, with exception of Rome as the long trip into the City and back ate up most of your time. The only criticism we had was the cost of wifi on the ship and this was made clear by a number of guests. This should be free and MSC must integrate this. It surely is not worth charging your passengers for this. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
MSC Splendida Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.3
Entertainment 5.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.6
Family 5.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.0
Service 5.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.7

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