Just back off our first MSC Cruise on the Fantasia. We cruised many times before with Princess and wanted to try something different. Apart from the great deal we got we had heard MSC was very child friendly and with a nearly 3 year old which would be her first cruise we thought we would give it a go. We had read many mixed reviews on here before we went so we were going with an open mind. The holiday didn’t start well as we had planned to fly into Barcelona the night before we were to join the ship but Ryanair had different ideas so ended up flying very early morning the day we joined. We arrived at the terminal about 1015 they took our bags and we had to wait until 1130 until the boarding started. We had been status matched to Black so where the first to board after the Yacht Club.
The Ship was beautiful and immaculately clean. We were told our cruise cards would be in the cabin but not until after 2pm. We decided to go to the cabin and see if we could leave our hand luggage there until the room was ready. When we got there the room was ready and our cards on the bed for us. We had a Balcony cabin on deck 9 which was a great size with a sofa bed which our daughter loved and very clean. We went down and registered our CC on one of the machines which was so easy and then went for lunch in the buffet.
We read on here a lot about the food being bad, not enough or cold. All I can say is that people who complain about the food on MSC must be really fussy. I enjoy my food and never went hungry. Portion size can be small but if you have an appetiser, main course and dessert you will be more than satisfied. We were on first sitting at 18:15 and had a lovely table for the 3 of us. It was an 11 night cruise and there was never any repetition of the menu. We never experienced any cold food and overall couldn’t complain about the food at all. There was always something we could choose.