Too crowded: MSC Fantasia Cruise Review by Dancealley

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Too crowded

Sail Date: April 2014
Destination: Mediterranean
Embarkation: Genoa
We chose MSC because they were the only cruise line we could find sailing on the dates we needed.

The balcony cabin was very good but the bathroom tiny and smelt of mould.

None of us would chose MSC again. This was our 5th cruise. The ship was amazing on first impressions but you get lost and confused very easily and the crew are not very helpful, (there are exceptions of course). It almost seemed that they were too scared of being told off if they stopped to talk to you which happened to one waiter we were talking to. I found this very rude. The only person to pay you any attention was the photographer and they became annoying very quickly!

The red velvet restaurant was very squashed up and it did not make for a nice dinning experience, I constantly had to move my chair so wait staff could get by. The food court area was 10 times worse!

I like the larger cruise ships but this one had way too many passengers (3500) and we were constantly avoiding More people or waiting for someone to leave a lounge area so we could sit. There were a couple of areas that were always empty because they had a view of the life rafts! There is an amazing area called liquid lounge on deck 16, which has full length windows and is great for watching the world go by. Unfortunately the bar is not open during the day and it is a disco at night. We went there to watch the ship dock and leave and there was rarely any one else there, this was a complete waste of this space.

The thing that upset us the most though was having to pay for everything on board including water, unless you want to go up and down to the food court to get water from the machine there. I know drinks are not included in your cruise ticket but water should be!

We were also charged a tip of 7 euro per person per cabin each day for tips and an automatic donation to unesco, this was just added to our cruise card. I don't mind tipping for good service, but there were only 2 people I would say gave something near good service on the entire 7 days. Never saw a maître d in the dinning room, even on the 2 formal nights. The lifts are whole other experience and are great if you aren't in a hurry to get anywhere, they should supply chairs to sit in while you watch them pass your floor by in both directions.

Bottom line for Aussies is factor in at least an extra $1000.00 for just the basic drinks and tours, if you like to sit by the pool with cocktails or even a decent coffee take more money! Or simply choose another cruise company! you will have a more enjoyable and relaxing time.

The old saying that you get what you pay for is so true. It started out good value but sure didn't end that way. Less

Published 04/27/14

Cabin review: 12149

We were on deck 12 which was fine, the room size is good but the bathrooms tiny and smelt mouldy. We had a door joining the cabin next door and we could hear the neighbours talking, not enough to make out what they said but audible all the same. Not enough coat hangers and very thin pillows and the towels may as well have been paper. Way too thin! And no flannels!Balcony ok.

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