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9 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Kusadasi

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Kusadasi
  • Day 2
    Istanbul
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 5
    Corfu
  • Day 6
    Bari
  • Day 7
    Trieste
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 10
    Kusadasi

MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia - MSC Cruises

75 percent of cabins have private balconies

International pax mix makes for festive ambience

Has one of Europe's best ship-within-a-ship concepts


Cruise Reviews

This was not my first cruise with MSC,in fact it was about my 7th or 8th mostly transatlantic from Santos, Brazil to Europe apart from one to the Caribbean. Prior to this I had done a mini cruises with Fred Olsen. To be honest,after my ... Read More
This was not my first cruise with MSC,in fact it was about my 7th or 8th mostly transatlantic from Santos, Brazil to Europe apart from one to the Caribbean. Prior to this I had done a mini cruises with Fred Olsen. To be honest,after my first cruise with MSC in 2013 I was quite impressed and wanted to go again,which I did more or less ever year following. In 2014 cruising again from Brazil to Europe I met my a Brazilian lady from Sao Paulo; we exchanged emails and stayed in touch corresponding for a whole year . Thereafter, I would go to stay in Brazil for a month or two in January and February before we took the cruise ship from Santos in early March to Europe by way of a holiday for my partner,and a means of getting me back home to Britain as opposed to flying. Fast forward now to March of this year, with the Corona virus outbreak in Europe ,we were told by our agent that all passengers would be tested before for the virus before being allowed on the ship. I wondered how this would be possible with over 3000 passengers due to embark! There were 4 in our party and we were not checked and apart from going through security, we went aboard. As far as I know from talking to other passengers onboard ship,no one else was checked either. So, we duly set sail and our first port of call was Buzios, a place I had visited on two previous occasions. Two days later we were due to arrive at our last brazilian port of Maciea before crossing the Atlantic . It was before we reached the last brazilian port that the captain had made an announcement that one evening in the theatre that we would be denied access to all of the European ports on our itinerary due to the continuing spread of the corona virus. This is when the nightmare began, and panic ensued resulting in approximately 1500 brazilian nationals opting to leave the ship in Maciea. Those of us remaing, approx. 1500 were told by the captain that there was no corona virus onboard ship and we should settle down to enjoy the rest of the cruise. At this point we had no certainty where we would eventually disembark. We had flights al ready booked from Barcelona, back to Brazil and UK respectively. Eventually Lisbon was the only port that would let us disembark there. This is when the nightmare really began and chaos broke out and during all the confusion and lack of leadership from the captain and his officers, my suitcase was sent back to Brazil despite the fact my address details were the UK. Add to this flights were being cancelled so it was very stressful and traumatic for those of us left not knowing if and when we would be able to get a flight back home. I eventually got off that nightmare of a ship on 27th March after a lot of false starts only to discover that I had cotrated the Covid19 virus! I was laid up in bed when I got home for 2 weeks self isolation. My partner and her friend were also laid low with the virus on arrival in brazil. Fortunately, the 3 of us have recovered eventually from the virus which we caught on the ship. And,for me,the nightmare continuse because MSC have made no effort to repatriate my suitcase! No apology, no acknowledgement ,and yet,it would be a simple thing for them to collect my suitcase and send it back to me here in England. For this reason I will never cruise with MSC again! = Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We were all waiting a large warehouse type building up to 6 hours to acess ship!! No explanation, no apologises. Then once on the ship, we were ordered to take part in the health and safety exercise, when most of us were exhausted and ... Read More
We were all waiting a large warehouse type building up to 6 hours to acess ship!! No explanation, no apologises. Then once on the ship, we were ordered to take part in the health and safety exercise, when most of us were exhausted and hungry. Organisation in disembarking for excursions, were chaotic & disorganised. An excursion to Rio was not included as part of the itinerary. Sorry, there was an excursion, but it was on the day that we were to leave the ship. Entertainment mainly catered for the Portuguese speaking people, we were guessing what was being said or sang. Although some of the staff were friendly and helpful, some staff struggled to under any other language but their own. Positives..our cabin was comfortable, clean and maintained by the staff that attended to it. Some staff were were friendly. Sorry, I won't be travelling with MSC again based on this experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have been on eight cruises and have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Costa, and Viking River. All have been great. This MSC cruise, however, would turn anyone against cruising. I chose this cruise because it began in ... Read More
I have been on eight cruises and have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Costa, and Viking River. All have been great. This MSC cruise, however, would turn anyone against cruising. I chose this cruise because it began in Buenos Aires and featured two days in Rio de Janeiro, the two places I most wanted to see in South America. What MSC does not tell you is that this ship is operated like a hop on, hop off bus, allowing people to check in and out all along the route. This meant that the ship was in a constant state of upheaval, with passengers who were embarking and disembarking competing with cruisers trying to get on and off the ship for excursions. I don't know what went wrong on the second day in Rio, but those embarking passengers were packed into the terminal for several hours waiting to board. Other issues with this ship: It was nearly impossible to get a drink. There were not enough cocktail waitresses in the lounge areas and if you tried to get a drink at the bar the bartender ignored you in favor of filling orders for the waitresses. Also, many of the lounge bars were closed on sea days so if you wanted to relax with a book and drink in one of them you had to wander around looking for an open bar. The food in the dining room was mediocre and unvaried. Every salad sat in a bath of watery dressing because the lettuce hadn't been dried properly after rinsing. Two elevators were broken during the entire cruise. The buffet area was always crowded; my guess is the short-term passengers were determined to make the most of their brief stay by eating as much as humanly possible. There were lovely lounges on one deck -- with all the views completely blocked by lifeboats. In short, I would warn anyone off this particular cruise and, personally, I'd be afraid to trust MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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