MSC Splendida Cruise Review by svnet
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Middle East
The ship has been on dry dock to be better prepared for the Asian market. Some improvements and all the ship lettering and communication including Chinese characters.
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and the MSC “fly and cruise” package option. It was a good choice.
It was our 4th time cruising with MSC and we knew what to expect, but we consider the food on MDR worse than our last visit… This was our main issue.
As it was Carnival week we found the ship with plenty of Brazilian and Portuguese (due to school break?). I’m Portuguese and I found the translations in the communication forms a bit weak and lacking, for a better understanding we always asked for the original English ones…
We were lucky with our assigned dinner companions. Easy talk and always lots of daily adventures.
We opted to book all our shore excursions with MSC. Normally we are very DIY regarding all the ports we visit in Europe, very easy to do on our own; but we wanted to see a lot in a day and not stress because of traffic, delays, and stuff like that.
As we went without the kid, and we booked an interior cabin, we wanted to experience it all and went a little nuts with our excursions …
We planned very well our excursion in Dubai, so we left Burj Khalifa out of the excursion on Friday because we wanted to spend some more time in there than what we are allowed by excursion, so, on Saturday, embarkation day we arrived around noon, checked in and went to Burj Khalifa by taxi. We bought our tickets via the app “tiqets” and we climbed around 5:30, so we were able to go up and see during the day and beginning of the night. It was awesome! We were there till 7:30 pm.
On Abu Dhabi we did a day tour visiting the Mosque and some other highlights in the morning and then we did the Ferrari World.
On Bharain we also went on a day tour visiting the old fort, the museum, the Mosque, and the F1 circuit, also included on the tour was a lovely lunch in a local restaurant (the food was amazing!).
In Sir Bani Yas we just went to the beach.
On Doha we did a half-day desert jeep safari: I absolutely loved this experience!
Our most expensive tour was Dubai on Friday, we went on a full day tour, including lunch at Burj Al Arab. We also opted to go to the Atlantis in The Palm, as we went to the Burj Khalifa on Saturday. What a day!
This was a very nice cruise holiday and we enjoyed the ship facilities, and the cities we visited. MSC is a good European cruise company, but attention to details is always needed.
Would like to go again to this part of the world.
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