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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Dubai
  • Day 2
    Abu Dhabi
  • Day 3
    Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Muscat
  • Day 6
    Khasab
  • Day 7
    Dubai
  • Day 8
    Dubai
  • Day 9
    Abu Dhabi
  • Day 10
    Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Bahrain
  • Day 13
    Doha
  • Day 14
    Dubai
  • Day 15
    Dubai

MSC Bellissima

MSC Bellissima - MSC Cruises

Pros

Outstanding entertainment, huge kids club, two new Cirque at Sea productions, excellent for-fee dining options

Cons

Quiet and relaxing spaces are hard to find anywhere

Bottom Line

Big, fun, family-friendly ship with lots to keep the kids and adults entertained


Cruise Reviews

We had not been with MSC before, and I must say, that we were very pleasantly surprised. Yes, we know that it is a new ship, that it is large, and would probably be crowded and noisy, but we had a very enjoyable week. There was always ... Read More
We had not been with MSC before, and I must say, that we were very pleasantly surprised. Yes, we know that it is a new ship, that it is large, and would probably be crowded and noisy, but we had a very enjoyable week. There was always something to do, the staff were super friendly and helpful and efficient. They also smiled! Entertainment was good. We didn’t see all of the shows, but we did see the two “Cirque” shows, and found that one was better than the other. We thought that the included cocktail was a choice from the bar list, although I suppose that would have taken too long. Instead, there was a choice of a few ready made cocktails which you collected on entering the show.The food was good,and the cabin was good. The Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organised, and went smoothly. All in all, if this cruise is anything to go by, we would cruise with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
To anyone thinking of taking a cruise on the MSC Bellissima - Think very carefully if you value your life at sea We experienced the worst safety demonstration ever noone was taking control of the situation we were in the theatre and it was ... Read More
To anyone thinking of taking a cruise on the MSC Bellissima - Think very carefully if you value your life at sea We experienced the worst safety demonstration ever noone was taking control of the situation we were in the theatre and it was jsut a shambles no officers were taking control of the demo very poor total lack of interest. The second item of safety we saw was one of the crew cleaning the indoor pool roof without a safety lanyard he had the harness but no lanyard to conect to the latchway system just a piece of rope if the company allows this type of behaviour of its crew then god help the passengers a total lack of health and safety. The rooms are clean but very small zoe is utterly usless The food in the buffet is of poor choice fine if you like Hot dogs and burgers every lunchtime The entertainment is very poor on the decks and the theatre Overcrowding 5500 passengers on a ship built for 3500 they have squeezed the cabins together to pack everyone in the deck space gets very congested and to be honest it becomes a bun fight for everything Food,drink loungers very little staff to take drinks orders The ship is newish but badly designed not much room to relax and get peace and quite every thing is extra too the Bowling the simulators and the cirque du solie alll extra even the in room entertainment you want to watch a film it will cost you 7 euro total rip off will never go with them again never ------ buyer beware Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
* Avoid deck 14 rooms by any means, until they are at the very nose of the ship (see cabin review) * All the packages (drinks, Internet) are hugely overpriced and I see no reason you'd like to use them as no bartender could make ... Read More
* Avoid deck 14 rooms by any means, until they are at the very nose of the ship (see cabin review) * All the packages (drinks, Internet) are hugely overpriced and I see no reason you'd like to use them as no bartender could make proper cocktail there regardless of the price. The only drinkable mix is fruit smoothie so just stick to plain drinks, especially their a la carte price is quite reasonable in compare with other cruises. Also draw attention to the wine prices at main restaurants - you take away bottles to any bar ;) Internet package - if you unlucky to buy it for any reason, draw as much attention as possible to their instruction, on how to connect it in MSC app, and follow exact procedure, shutting off everything they as to shut and disconnect from Internet every time you do not use it. * All the shows are great! Do not miss them. Do not forget to book your group to the every show in MSC app, as they allow people without reservation to enter 5 min before show start only * Dining restaurant menu is good and differs from buffet food at deck 15. Service is great, but do not hesitate kindly remind waiter if he forgot something - they have obviously a lot to do! * Market place food is great and fresh pizza is definitely on the top of the world list! * Cirque Du Soleil shows - Valeria is great! Zyma - money waste. Note that final date and time will be confirmed on board only. They do not let you choose the seats, but instead just give it away in order of booking - those who confirm the date and time earlier get closer sit to the stage. So be sure you go straight to Cirque Du Soleil desk after your embarkation and choose the show, which still has a lot of sits left. * MSC app messaging is huge mess if you have kids as they do not let anyone under 18!!! to use messages. So we had to sign our msc for me accounts on kids phones so we could message to each other. Its still not perfect solution as you can not see messages, which was sent from another device under same account, but it is better than nothing. * They have bracelets, which replicate your cruise card for just 2 Euro at reception, and this is great thing if you'd like to swap cabins with your junior, as bracelets opens the door as well. * Expenses limitation for kids in app does not work and MSC has a lot for kids to spend on. Our kids are reasonable, but there were ones, who spent hundreds and even thousands of Euro for the first day, making it surprise to their parents (of course their cruise card should be connected) * I personally prefer dark chocolate, but their milk chocolate at chocolate fabric is more tasty :). Also they make best coffee on the ship there * two days before the end of the cruise, they will get your embarkation photos delivered to your room and you need to decline buying them by signing attached paper and brining this paper to photo deck! as otherwise you'll find 35Euro for these photos at your final bill and have to spend time, deleting it. In general we had a great cruise and will obviously choose MSC for future cruises as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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