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11 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Kiel

11 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Kiel

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Kiel
  • Day 2
    Copenhagen
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Stockholm
  • Day 5
    Visby
  • Day 6
    Helsinki
  • Day 7
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 8
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 9
    Tallinn
  • Day 10
    Gdynia
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Kiel

MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida - MSC Cruises

Pros

A cosmopolitan, fun-loving cruise ship for all ages

Cons

Lack of speciality dining

Bottom line

Great onboard facilities and a good choice for budget-conscious cruisers


Cruise Reviews

to go to places i have never been,but this did not happen as the itinary changed frequently and we had to go to places i was not interested in,out of the 28 day cruise we were at sea for fourteen of them as we were not allowed to dock.in ... Read More
to go to places i have never been,but this did not happen as the itinary changed frequently and we had to go to places i was not interested in,out of the 28 day cruise we were at sea for fourteen of them as we were not allowed to dock.in my opinion this cruise should never had taken place and should have been cancelled.ships main staff could not or more to the point would not answer straight forward questions hoping you would not bother to ask again. the ship was clean but there was not a lot else for staff to do as there was only about 1800 guest on a ship that holds about 3500,bar staff and restaurant staff very helpful but food a disappointment.cabin clean and tidy,entertainment non existent as was only on for about 1/2 hour a night and a sports bar that showed no sport,bingo once a week,and on deck all they played was kids games with not many kids onboard,would i sail with this cruise line again NEVER EVER. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
28 days from Dubai to Hamburg visiting places I had never been was the mantra for our cruise. We set sail on March 12th 2020, same day I believe the world Pandemic was officially announced. Should MSC have let the cruise depart Dubai? ... Read More
28 days from Dubai to Hamburg visiting places I had never been was the mantra for our cruise. We set sail on March 12th 2020, same day I believe the world Pandemic was officially announced. Should MSC have let the cruise depart Dubai? - absolutely not. MSC's only objective was to get their vessel back to one of its home ports. There was no regard given as to the well being of its passengers, or the dangers it was potentially going to expose everyone to along the way. In reviewing our cabin and the ship I will take out the emotion and absolute chaos that ensured at the Guest Services Counter and how absolutely ill informed and unhelpful they were on many occasions. Yes, unprecedented times but to be given email addresses to send your query to or told, "you didnt book that onboard so we cannot help you" was in itself frustrating and as unhelpful as you can get. This is when enquiring about laundry and gratuities prepaid - no they could not assist you! Pandemic nightmare aside, we were fortunate enough to have cabin 9010. 9010 is a suite at the front corner, starboard side of the ship. The cabin was large with some of the best views onboard the ship. It consisted of a spacious bedroom, shelving areas, dressing table (with hairdryer in the drawer) a TV, mood lighting and a small extra hanging cupboard. The bedroom has a large panoramic fixed window that looked out over the centre of the bow, plus a sliding glass door to the side out to a narrow balcony. You walked through into a sitting room that again was large with a pullout sofa bed plus two single lounge chairs, coffee table, small fridge and a TV. Off the sitting room was the walk in robe. The walk in closet/dressing room was a treat with lots of hanging space plus drawers and a safe. the bathroom was off the walk in closet. The bathroom was ship standard, small and a bit tight but adequate. Being only two of us, there was ample room to move around. We only got to stop in one port and this is were the cabin can get interesting, depending on your outlook. The following can be either a negative or positives. 1. You hear the anchors chains etc. Yes you hear the thrusters and the anchor chain being deployed and it can be noisy. If you have an excursion you wont be late! If your trying to have a sleep in, you will be woken. 2. Walking is a must. The suite is located at the front of the ship so you are walking long lengths to get places. We were on the 9th floor, walked to mid ship then either up or down the stairs-never used a lift, for the restaurants. Plenty of natural exercise after all the eating, if you have walking difficulties it could be difficult to walk the distances. Overall we enjoyed the ship and its ambiance. We thought MSC Splendida was more tasteful in its decor than gawdy, stylish rather than in-your-face. The theatre shows were appalling to say the least and in saying that, we aren't fussy people. Food was what we expected, small but adequate serves (you could always ask for more) some food was very good, some ok, some not to our taste. When the latter happened we would retreat to the Italian cafe for coffee and some of their lovely lemon slice. Would we go again - yes. Overall the ship on a normal cruise would be fine (albeit floor shows) with a number of bars, coffee areas, pools etc. What it does lack is sea-time entertainment such as bingo and quizes with prizes to get passengers interested. We learned a lot on this journey, ships hierachy let nothing out of the bag and staff are last to know. Had it been normal times we would have made it to Hamburg instead of being offloaded in Marseille. Once the journey began much was outside of the ships control but as I said - they should never have left in the first place and as such creating an unnecessay, unsavoury and costly experience for its passengers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I booked this cruise 3 days before the virus hysteria started. I chose it because it was very cheap (about 40 euro person/day) with an Ok itinerary. It turned out to be probably the best and definitely the most luxurious cruise in my ... Read More
I booked this cruise 3 days before the virus hysteria started. I chose it because it was very cheap (about 40 euro person/day) with an Ok itinerary. It turned out to be probably the best and definitely the most luxurious cruise in my life. First of all, because of the virus MSC completely remade the first half of the cruise, making the itinerary much better than I initially booked. Instead of the freezing and wet Shanghai, Okinawa and Hong Kong, which were cancelled, MSC moved the embarkation to Singapore and added Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Saigon (that's two more ports than the original route!), and all the itinerary was in the perfect tropical weather! The itinerary became MILES better. They let us embark a day earlier, Feb 13th, with no extra charge. I know the ship came 1 hour later than promised and there was about 2 hour line of people who came by the announced embarkation time, but thankfully I found out about that when still at the airport, walked around the city, came at 10 pm and was onboard in 10 minutes with no hassle. There were just 1300 passengers onboard(the max capacity is 4300!), all the rest got afraid of the virus and (stupidly) cancelled. That turned all the ship into the Yacht club. :) Indeed, the ship felt more like a huge private yacht. I had absolutely no problem finding a sunbed in a shadow, in the sun or whatever at any place of the ship you like, no problem in the buffet, any seat you like in the theater, getting on a tender, whatever. Everything was free and empty. I had an internal guarantee, a free upgrade to a balcony cabin in the perfect location (right near the midship elevators) made it the absolute luxury. The food was so-so for the first few days ( I guess they had groceries problem), but then after Kuala Lumpur it became quite good and was like that till the end of the cruise. Of course the entertainment is a great challenge for a cruise of that length. It was a bit monotonous, most nights were one man shows with 2-3 shows by the same person, but they chose the right people for that and it was definitely not boring. There were also four really beautiful production shows, so I'd say the entertainment was good for this type of a cruise. The animation team probably lacked great ideas a bit (nothing compares to "the Quest" by RCI:) but they tried really hard and were a highlight of the cruise. They were friends to every passenger onboard. The service on the ship was top notch, I felt like I had three personal concierges. :) (probably also because there were so few passengers onboard). I didn't use any ships' shore excursions, they were extremely overpriced as usual and I always found the same in the port at least twice cheaper. (The record was the dhow cruise in Khasab which was 86 euro per person onboard, and I found it for just 25 US dollars on the shore with an almost private dhow, just 10 people onboard! Guys, seriously, revise your excursions prices, that's just ridiculous). The second half of the cruise, as the virus hysteria progressed, was less lucky than the first, we missed two ports, Kochin and Colombo and had a trans-Indian non-stop with 7 days at sea. But Kochin was proactively replaced wirh Khasab, and Colombo was closed on a very short notice, MSC couln't do anything about it. And we still received 100 euro per cabin for the missed Colombo. And I had a wonderful time on the empty ship with a great service and my drink package :) At the end we weren't allowed into Abu Dhabi, arrvied 1 day earlier in Dubai (which they somehow persuaded to let us in, it was officially closed too) and were still able to visit Abu Dhabi by a free bus provided by MSC. Overall I had one MORE port than I booked and a 100 euro compensation. My special praise to the people who managed the routing and port admissions, they did THE IMPOSSIBLE in this situation. For other examples - we were the first and probably the last ship admitted to Saigon, Oman was a serious doubt, etc... These people really deserve a fat bonus in my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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