3 Kiel Fitness Cruise Reviews

We were an extended family of 10 Americans traveling together, with 2 seniors and 4 kids ages 2, 5, 9, 12. We picked MSC for the Norwegian Fjord destination and itineary. Overall, the destinations were fabulous, we enjoyed our family ... Read More
We were an extended family of 10 Americans traveling together, with 2 seniors and 4 kids ages 2, 5, 9, 12. We picked MSC for the Norwegian Fjord destination and itineary. Overall, the destinations were fabulous, we enjoyed our family vacation and the cruise was a nice way to get there. Some in our group had cruised before with Celebrity or Royal Carribean. For them, this cruise is more bare bones, food not as good, shows not as glitzy. For the first time cruisers, we felt it was a great ship that tried to cater to kids and seniors alike, so our entire group was happy. Pros- The staff is busy, but they stopped to talk to us. Our waiter at dinner would play with the kids, and even bring out special off menu appetizers. They are constantly cleaning the ship everywhere, and the main lobby is very bling which our seniors liked. Lots of live music and a nice sports bar where they streamed in the World Cup games. Very nice! We booked through Expedia, which gave us free drink tickets for alcohol and juices, more than we could use. I found out later, this is for the American market only (we were very happy!) Because MSC offers different packages in each country, staff on board could not answer our questions. We did go to the excursion desk and they were able to help us with everything, including adding vegetarian meals to our excursions. Staff were great! The indoor pool was fabulous, particularly on this chilly Northern cruise. I would love to see them heat the water a bit, even in June. Cons- Southern Europeans can be quite rude, and I didn't care for their pushing and shoving...particularly at the buffet. I had to go to my zen place to deal with the crowds in the buffet. Crowds were worse at peak times on days in port, which is to be expected. Disembarking at some Norwegian ports took over an hour after arrival in port. I think those small ports aren't used to handling a ship the size of Prezosia. I wish they would've made an announcement, so everyone didn't mob the exits for an hour...again with pushy Europeans. There aren't many families with kids on the Norweigian Fjord itineary, more arrived as we disembarked for the Baltic Sea itinerary. My kids were looking for friends. I think Europeans prefer things alacarte, so MSC sells lots of packages on board. We were constantly bombarded with staff trying to sell us things. We got asked to buy a spa package when we exited the spa...oh my. Geiranger / Hellesylt - Booked our own excursion through Geiranger Fjordservice, was better than MSC options. The ship docks in Hellesylt first, then 2 hours later in Geiranger. The port authority here is slow, disembarking took >1 hour. Bergen- Hardangerfjord and Stave church excursion through MSC, breathtaking, the Fjord became repetative, 8 hours was way to long. Stave church was cool. We wished we had done a Bergen city tour instead. Flam- Dramatic scenery by train- This excursion is a must!! The railway views are amazing and the return by bus through another UNESCO Fjord with breathtaking views was unparralelled. Kiel- no excursions booked, half the passengers disembarked permanently, ship turned over with new passengers. Nice parks and city center within walking distance of the port. 2 days at sea- all ship areas were busy as expected including the gym. My kids were disappointed the Doremei Castle/ kids waterpark was not turned on even after being asked. As a family vacation, each age group had plenty to do that appealed to them, so everyone was happy. Add the breathtaking views into the mix, and it was a memorable experience. I would definitly cruise again with MSC, they have some unique locations they go to which is very cool. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We just came back from 7 night Baltic Sea cruise on MSC Fantasia. It was our 4th cruise. MSC Fantasia has a low score on this site. This is really unfair. MSC is a little different from other cruise line, mostly is the drinking package. ... Read More
We just came back from 7 night Baltic Sea cruise on MSC Fantasia. It was our 4th cruise. MSC Fantasia has a low score on this site. This is really unfair. MSC is a little different from other cruise line, mostly is the drinking package. Other than that, it is a great ship and great cruise. Our group has 11 people, 3 families. 7 adults, 4 kids age are 5, 11, 12, and 15. We all had balcony rooms. Embarkation: It took us longer than other passages. But it was not all cruise line's fault. We did not print out the boarding document. Therefore, the cruise agents needed to print them out for us. There was only one computer. We have 4 different types of passports in our group, took them a while checked all the visas. Ship experiences Food and drink: Food was excellent, especially for people who love Italian food. They have different types of pasta everyday. Pizza was great too. They also has daily specially, all in good quality, very tasty. However, gelato bar was not free. We did not bother, because there were so many other dessert to choose from. Drinking, this is the biggest complaint. It is a problem for passages who has room with BELLA package, and without purchasing any drinking package. The main dinning room has no drinking water, you have to pay for water. Buffer always has water, tea, and coffee. Only during breakfast, there is juice and milk. Fresh juice needs to pay too. Our room was with Fantastica package, came with 12 drinking vouchers each person, We have 48 in total, more than enough for 7 days. We used it for water, soda, wine, beer, and other cocktail too. Pools and other actives: We had only 2 sea days. Not much time wondering around the ship. However, I saw 3 pools at least. One indoor pool, many hot tubs. There are kids slide, very long one. There were so many actives for the kids on the ship, I think this cruise line treats kids better than adults. We also enjoy bars and live music. There were so many pianos, violin, singing, and dancing. With drinking vouchers, we enjoyed listen to the music drinking cocktails. Everything was great, everyone was having a great time. Entertainment & shows: We enjoyed the shows. The opera, ballet, modern dancing, especially the piano. Some nights, we had to decide go to the show or the bar. Either way, it was always a great time. Service & Staff: As all the other cruise line, there were lots of smile, greeting. Love our room stewards and waiters. Ship Design & Cleanliness: Beautiful ship ! Spotless! We totally loved it. Our Cabin: room 11057. The bed and sofa bed both in good size and very comfortable. The room was always clean. Disembarkation: Organized well. We were the last 2 groups getting off the ship. All of us relaxed around the pool area, drink and eat, until it was the time for us to go. There were shuttle took us to the Kiel train station, no charge. Overall, we loved this cruise. Many negative reviews on this site were not true. At least, those bad things did not happen to us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Sometimes we waited a lot in the bars to be catered for by lack of waiters It was difficult to eat at the buffet for the amount of passengers and many days, after a long day of excursion, we had to eat outside the restaurant, sitting on ... Read More
Sometimes we waited a lot in the bars to be catered for by lack of waiters It was difficult to eat at the buffet for the amount of passengers and many days, after a long day of excursion, we had to eat outside the restaurant, sitting on a sunbed because it was impossible to find a free table. The gym was small for the amount of people we were going to. The stateroom service, very good, always pending of us Being a cold zone cruise, you should have more indoor swimming pools Prices and tips are too expensive. Already paid enough to hire a cruise ship As customers, we have already done several cruises with the company, we hoped to find in the room some detail when arriving, but nothing. Gym classes, too expensive. Should be included in the price All very clean and in perfect order. We miss, at night, some bar with Latin rhythms as we have seen in other cruises. Very good restaurants for dinner and the Red Velvet to eat. Exquisite and very varied food. We would have liked more crew to speak Spanish Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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