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Due to the excellent Status Match offered by MSC, we were tempted to try them as we went straight in at their top Black Card level. Not one to do anything by halves, we booked a week on Splendida and a B2B on Magnifica for 2017 and just before our first MSC cruise, we found an amazing £700 per week deal for a balcony Yacht Club on Splendida in January 2018, so we booked a B2B. I have to confess that after our first cruises on Splendida and Magnifica I wasn't too impressed - and would have cancelled these Dubai cruises had they not been in Yacht Club. MSC is a strange cruise line which operates more like a bus, with new passengers joining and others leaving at most ports. It really does mess things up compared to a "standard" cruise; lifeboat drills most nights for new arrivals, one "end of cruise" show which means you may see it half-way through your cruise depending when you joined, no settling down period where guests become familiar with the ship.... The food in the main dining room was a let down on our first cruises, the shows were the same every night; they just changed the costumes and music, the multi-lingual announcements lasted 5 minutes. I just did not like the experience. HOWEVER, that all changed on our Yacht Club sailing this January 2018. The shows were probably just as awful; so we didn't go to any after the first. The main restaurant was probably as bad as before, but we didn't need to go there. The bars around the ship were often overcrowded and it was difficult to get a seat; so we didn't stay if that was the case. The Yacht Club lounge was THE perfect escape for us; never busy, waiters eager to serve, free drinks (which BTW we could get at any bar with our YC card), snacks changed at least four times every day (though could do with some savoury late night snacks and not just cakes), a very nice continental-style breakfast offering and (if we wanted) a pleasant afternoon tea. Our private YC restaurant L'Olivo was perfect in every way (apart from that loud Canadian women you could hear across the room lol). Wine glasses were refilled almost immediately, the service was great but not stuffy and the food was excellent without being too fancy. A special mention to Leo, our waiter, thank you again !! The YC pool area offered a great escape from the crowds - again with attentive waiters and a nice (if limited) lunch. Plenty of shaded sitting areas and room to move around the deck to find sunbeds as the sun/shade moved. Other than the 5 minutes when the shows finish, the YC "priority lift" was superb. Simply insert your card and press the YC button and the lift would bypass other floors and come straight to you. Insert the card inside the lift and it will whisk you off to your chosen floor too. Our cabin (16004) was large, clean and functional but did lack drawer space. The tiny TV in the corner of the room was not good and the balcony was a let down as we were at the front of the ship and could not see much due to the slope of the walls. We've had better cabins. I've read many complaints about the Buffet. When you enter, the seating is always full and the food stations bustling with people. Yet, if you walk farther down, you will find more and more food and ample seating all around. Did those complaining actually bother to walk down there? I would agree that the food needs to be warmer - hot would be nice but I'd happily settle for warm. It seems to be like this on every cruise ship buffet. I have to say that we thought Yacht Club was great; if we wanted the fuss of a butler walking us to dinner or a show we could have it. Had we wanted them at our call throughout the day, Im sure they would have been happy to oblige. We were just content in knowing the service we received was excellent and, had we asked for more, they would have provided it without question. So, do we cruise MSC again? - definitely within Yacht Club but definitely not if we were elsewhere on the ship. BUT you have to remember that for the price you can have 3 MSC cruises compared to just 2 with other cruise lines so consider the cost saving when you set your expectations.

Yacht Club Dubai B2B

MSC Splendida Cruise Review by CoupleUK

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
Due to the excellent Status Match offered by MSC, we were tempted to try them as we went straight in at their top Black Card level.

Not one to do anything by halves, we booked a week on Splendida and a B2B on Magnifica for 2017 and just before our first MSC cruise, we found an amazing £700 per week deal for a balcony Yacht Club on Splendida in January 2018, so we booked a B2B.

I have to confess that after our first cruises on Splendida and Magnifica I wasn't too impressed - and would have cancelled these Dubai cruises had they not been in Yacht Club.

MSC is a strange cruise line which operates more like a bus, with new passengers joining and others leaving at most ports. It really does mess things up compared to a "standard" cruise; lifeboat drills most nights for new arrivals, one "end of cruise" show which means you may see it half-way through your cruise depending when you joined, no settling down period where guests become familiar with the ship....

The food in the main dining room was a let down on our first cruises, the shows were the same every night; they just changed the costumes and music, the multi-lingual announcements lasted 5 minutes. I just did not like the experience.

HOWEVER, that all changed on our Yacht Club sailing this January 2018.

The shows were probably just as awful; so we didn't go to any after the first. The main restaurant was probably as bad as before, but we didn't need to go there. The bars around the ship were often overcrowded and it was difficult to get a seat; so we didn't stay if that was the case.

The Yacht Club lounge was THE perfect escape for us; never busy, waiters eager to serve, free drinks (which BTW we could get at any bar with our YC card), snacks changed at least four times every day (though could do with some savoury late night snacks and not just cakes), a very nice continental-style breakfast offering and (if we wanted) a pleasant afternoon tea.

Our private YC restaurant L'Olivo was perfect in every way (apart from that loud Canadian women you could hear across the room lol). Wine glasses were refilled almost immediately, the service was great but not stuffy and the food was excellent without being too fancy. A special mention to Leo, our waiter, thank you again !!

The YC pool area offered a great escape from the crowds - again with attentive waiters and a nice (if limited) lunch. Plenty of shaded sitting areas and room to move around the deck to find sunbeds as the sun/shade moved.

Other than the 5 minutes when the shows finish, the YC "priority lift" was superb. Simply insert your card and press the YC button and the lift would bypass other floors and come straight to you. Insert the card inside the lift and it will whisk you off to your chosen floor too.

Our cabin (16004) was large, clean and functional but did lack drawer space. The tiny TV in the corner of the room was not good and the balcony was a let down as we were at the front of the ship and could not see much due to the slope of the walls. We've had better cabins.

I've read many complaints about the Buffet. When you enter, the seating is always full and the food stations bustling with people. Yet, if you walk farther down, you will find more and more food and ample seating all around. Did those complaining actually bother to walk down there? I would agree that the food needs to be warmer - hot would be nice but I'd happily settle for warm. It seems to be like this on every cruise ship buffet.

I have to say that we thought Yacht Club was great; if we wanted the fuss of a butler walking us to dinner or a show we could have it. Had we wanted them at our call throughout the day, Im sure they would have been happy to oblige. We were just content in knowing the service we received was excellent and, had we asked for more, they would have provided it without question.

So, do we cruise MSC again? - definitely within Yacht Club but definitely not if we were elsewhere on the ship.

BUT you have to remember that for the price you can have 3 MSC cruises compared to just 2 with other cruise lines so consider the cost saving when you set your expectations.
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Cabin Review

Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
Cabin YC1 16004
Nice size but very limited drawer space. TV far too small as its in corner of room. Balcony probably the worst weve ever had due to the slope of the ship.
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