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MSC Splendida Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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MSC 'Virgins' but Splendida - WOW

MSC Splendida Cruise Review by peteukmcr

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Value for money cruise, great service, friendly and helpful staff. Plush cabins with pleasant décor. The ship is stunning, spotless, with a great variety of venues to relax and enjoy.

Dining is good, although we do miss the ability to eat when we want with fixed time dining still being the norm and having to share a table is not what we prefer these days. However, MSC did an excellent job of matching us with our tablemates.

There could be a wider range of alternative dining venues, as the Sante Fe Tex Mex, although good, is the only real alternative to the MDR.

The buffet is a good size, but as with all lines can get busy and so getting a seat can be a challenge. The variety is good and so you won't starve. The opening times are also longer than I have experienced on many other lines.

Photo costs are more reasonable than other lines, as are the beverage prices, gratuity is more reasonable as is the daily service fee at €9 pppd.

The layout of the ship is really good and so passenger flow is excellent, only access to the Villa Verde restaurant on deck 6 can be confusing at first.

Internet access is basic, but far more affordable than other lines. Although you can 'upgrade' to faster service (faster by giving your access higher priority).

Entertainment is adequate with the team encouraging people to join in on many occasions, but not forcing you. Plenty of events during the cruise from a 70's 80's evening to a White Party,

Gala evenings are still observed with many in formal attire and the photographers are fantastic with the results!

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