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MSC Fantasia Review

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Review for MSC Fantasia to Canary Islands
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2014
Traveled with children

We boarded the Fantasia in Genoa, having flown to Milan from the UK. The transfer provided by MSC from Milan to Genoa was superb. Just 6 of us in a very comfortable minivan. Boarding was very smooth and organised and we were able to go straight to our cabin before having some late lunch in the Zanzibar Buffet.

The cruise itself was very enjoyable with very few niggles. The main gripe was the lifts (elevators). Our daughter is in a wheelchair and we therefore relied on the lifts to get from deck to deck, as the stairs were not an option. The number of lifts for this size of ship (4,000+ passengers) is inadequate. We regularly found ourselves waiting for 10 to 15 minutes in order to be able to get in a lift and sometimes negotiate pushing people, which could be quite stressful at times. That said, we found the crew very polite and helpful and our overall cruise experience was very good.

The ship itself is very impressive, with diamond-encrusted staircases in the large atrium and a variety of public areas to suite all tastes. We found everywhere to be spotlessly clean although the casino, in which smoking is allowed, was smelly.

Cabin Review

We had an accessiblecategory 3 interior cabin on deck 10, which was very spacious and comfortable. The shower had a seat which made it much easier for my daughter. Overall we were impressed with the cabin. The only negative really was there was some noise from the crew room service station which was located immediately behind our cabin, but this was not excessive. Also, being at the front of the ship and on a relatively high deck there was a lot of movement in rough weather. The cabin itself, however, was spotlessly clean and very spaciaous and comfortable.

Port Reviews


Barceloan cruise port has a modern state-of-the-art cruise terminal and good shuttle and public bus links to the centre of the city. Due to rough weather, the ship was almost 2 hours late arriving into port, limiting the time we had there. Having visited Barcelona on a couple of previous cruises, we decided not to disembark.


Again we were slightly late arriving in port due to the weather (about 1 hour). The scenery around the port of Santa Cruz is very spectacular. The port itself is located quite close to the town centre and there was a free port shuttle bus from the ship to the port entrance, from where we could walk around the centre of the town and the shops there.


The port we actually called at was Malaga, which is not listed in the cruise ports. This port is quite close to the centre of the city, with a shuttle service provided by the cruise line (not free). It is an easy walk from the shuttle bus drop-off point to all the sights and shopping in the city.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Having been on excursions to Rome on a couple of previous cruises, we decided to explore the port of Civitavecchia instead. A free port shuttle bus service takes you from the ship to the port entrance. From there you can walk around the town and the reailway station is right opposite the port entrance, with regular trains to Rome, Civitavecchia is an interesting old town and worth a look around.

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