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4 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Mediterranean from Genoa

I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. ... Read More
I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. This cruise was in March and we had just cruised on the MSC Divina las October. I have no cruise status, but the family does travel alot. Embarkation was in Genoa. We learned last fall on the Divina that you dont need connecting rooms if you get balcony rooms next to each other. When you do this you can open up the divider on the balcony between the two rooms and use that to go back and forth between the rooms. The only downside to this was that one night it was pretty stormy outside and the divider banged made noise until I found a way to secure it. Embarkation was fst and friendly. My mother has a cane and once the MSC staff saw this they sped us all through the process and we did not have to wait at all. One nice feature about the ship picking up passengers at about every stop is that our room was ready for us as soon as we got onto the shop at noon. We knew pretty much what to expect with the ship prior to arrival because it is essentially the same as the Divina. I do have to say that the Divina seemed a little nicer than the Splendida. There were a couple more upcharge restaurants on the Divina, although we didnt eat at any of them on either ship. Coming from the USA where there is a mexican restaurant on every corner and a steakhouse on every other corner it was hard for me to justify paying more to eat mexican on the ship. We always get a balcony at the rear of the ship on the floor nearest the buffet. This allows us to grab food and return to our balcony if we cant find a table in the buffet. This was a problem on the Divina, but we never had a problem finding a table at the buffet on the Splendida. This also allows you to be a quick walk to the pool or hot tub without having to walk down a long hallway. The food at the Main Dining Room was so so. I definitely would not go on MSC for the food, but I definitely would not skip the MSC because of the food. It is no Celbrity, but it wasnt much worse than DIsney. My youngest got steak every night and the rest of us tried pretty much everything. The wait staff was friendly but not speedy. You have to expect long dinners in the Main Dining Room though. We only ate in here 4 nights. The evening buffet was smaller than the lunch buffet which was a real bummer. There were not as many choices for dinner than for lunch. There were always good pizza, hamburgers, and a good pasta. They had calamari everynight. I usually like calamari, but this was the fisshiest tasting, rubbery stuff I have ever had. The big disipoinment was not free lobster on the boat. Overall though I liked the food. It was in the 60's most days and people were not at the pools. I had the drink package and found that the pool bar was the place to be. Very friendly bar staff and no crowd. The ports were nice except for Marseille. Marseiile was the dirtiest place I have been. I have been to Beijing, Central America, and Chicago and found Marseille to be a huge waste of time. Not worth the bus ride. Palermo was the best, then Malta, then Rome, then Barcelona. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first cruise ever and we loved every single moment of it. I have been working in the Airline Industry for 20 years now as a Flight Attendant, so traveling is nothing new to me. I have stayed in hotels all over the world, but I ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and we loved every single moment of it. I have been working in the Airline Industry for 20 years now as a Flight Attendant, so traveling is nothing new to me. I have stayed in hotels all over the world, but I have never been on a cruise ship. I was surprised beyond belief. It was just awesome from the word go. Great destinations and the ship itself is just marvelous. The service on board is a bit on the average side, and language is a bit of a problem. I speak 3 languages myself, but found the Asian staff did not have a good/clear comprehension of the English language. But overall it was still a pleasant experience. The food was good, however, make sure that you do the formal dining for dinner. Great menus. Tolerance is the key word, and should be applied as there are so many different nationalities and cultures traveling together. At first I found some of the customs from some of the cultures a bit rude/strange/awkward but at the end of the day, each and every person deserves a little peace under the sun. Great experience. We are doing the Eastern Mediterranean this year and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise as it was very reasonable and the ports were appealing . Firstly the flight into Genoa was horrific the turbulence and the terrible landing dare I say by a woman pilot was the worst ever and we are seasoned ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was very reasonable and the ports were appealing . Firstly the flight into Genoa was horrific the turbulence and the terrible landing dare I say by a woman pilot was the worst ever and we are seasoned travellers ! Standard (so we were told) 25 euro taxi transfer to the port Embarkation was long and arduous people pushing in ,long queues, total disorganisation . The ship was magnificent the crystal staircase the bars and restaurants all beyond expectations. Our cabin a balcony on the eleventh deck also gorgeous and spacious we had a lovely shower room and a decent sized balcony. The bed had a Super king memory foam topper again wonderful and comfortable , also great pillows. We ate in the buffet the first night and start as you mean to go on and they certainly did apart from a fantastic four cheese pizza everything else was lukewarm insipid and tasteless. Raw burgers I showed it to the lovely Bulgarian waiter all he could say was Sorry , The salads were bruised as was the fruit , and the bread rolls were very hard Every day the same desserts were served fruit tart ,chocolate cake, cheesecake ,choux buns all with the same custardy filling . Gala night we went to the dining room , luke warm king prawns 4 to be precise two pieces of lettuce and a lemon slice , seafood pasta containing one mussel!! the waiter laughed so much !!!! Shrimp risotto .... guess what no shrimps they may just as well of said Fish Surprise and that's the surprise there isn't any fish !! Fillet of beef ?? more like Birds eye beef in gravy pouch , cold broccoli cold potatoes, and hot baked Alaska !! Dreadful Terrible food No compulsory sanitization entering the Restaurant or Buffett , I pointed this out ,they looked at me as if I was an alien . No regular sanitizing of handrails, and not once did I see a cleaner in the washrooms . For the first time ever we did not tip the maid there was no service above and beyond , , a dirty glass stayed on the balcony three days it was swept once , No spare toilet roll and no tissues, and the same bedding for three days , appalling . The drinks package is well worth the money and by now we had turned to drink ! The best points our lovely waiter Sam always smiling and willing to help, Our lovely waitress from Mauritius such a lovely caring girl nothing was ever too much effort ,The lovely little Chinese girl who made us roar with laughter , and also one from Honduras , MSC are lucky to have these staff including the one in the main restaurant who laughed off the fishy business !! they were the highlight of the holiday .Anthony from the animation team such a lovely polite man and so beautifully dressed , Alex and his partner who kept us all dancing where do they get the energy? The ports , our complaint , docked too far from the towns with expensive fares we were charged thirty euros by a taxi driver in Casablanca we went 500yds disgusting . Disembarkation .. we did not wait we couldn't wait to get off and just got off early there was no real checking our bags were there so all was good , The extra night in Genoa well that is another story do not expect to see too many Italians !! the compulsory taxi fare of 25 was now 19 euros !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We so enjoyed this cruise - our seventh with MSC. There was absolutely nothing you could complain about. The food was wonderful and so many different choices to enjoy it was cooked beautifully, served hot and nicely presented. The ship ... Read More
We so enjoyed this cruise - our seventh with MSC. There was absolutely nothing you could complain about. The food was wonderful and so many different choices to enjoy it was cooked beautifully, served hot and nicely presented. The ship was gorgeous and so well kept. every area was clean and fresh. Entertainment was delightful and very enjoyable with various activities and a different show on in the theatre every night. You were never at a loss for something great to do. The staff were absolutely great. The animation team worked really hard and gave the passengers some wonderful parties and entertained everyone with lots of really great activities. I have to say they were the best animation team (cruise or hotel) we have had the pleasure of watching and enjoying. They were loved by all the passengers. So a big thank you to you all especially Falsto. The staff who waited on our table each evening went the extra mile to make our meals an absolute pleasure. Thanks to Wiranuada from Indonesia and Tony Calderon from Elsalvador - we were so pleased to know you and hope that we will meet again on another cruise. Thanks Tony for the lovely bird you made me from serviettes. Although all the staff were excellent my biggest thanks go to Gisele who waited in the Aft Lounge. What a delightful person she is. I use a wheelchair and Gisele went out of her way to be of help - again the cruise would not have been the same without her. So a massive thank you to Gisele. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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