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MSC Splendida Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Surprisingly good

MSC Splendida Cruise Review by janicehulmes

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

After reading many bad reviews we were a little worried. However, we had a thoroughly enjoyable trip with no real complaints although with every ship one can have little niggles. For the price we were very happy. This was our 16th cruise & 1st with MSC & we will be happy to choose MSC again. We chose this one for some winter sun, relaxation and interesting ports & that's what we got at very good value.

Check in was smooth and speedy, bags were delivered quickly.

The ship is spotlessly clean and we found the staff to be very friendly. Our balcony cabin 100075 was a good size and the sofa bed for my daughter was a double . All was clean and comfortable with enough storage space, although we were glad we brought a lot of our own hangers as not enough provided. Our towels were changed on an alarmingly regular basis!!

Food was generally good in the main dining room, sensible sized portions, served hot which didn't leave you feeling bloated. The buffet was quite good too although nothing compares to Celebrity Cruises for food

We took a drinks package which worked well for us.

The Butchers Cut speciality restaurant was very good but a little expensive meaning it was very quiet.Never got to try the Asian themed one & imagine it would be quiet too as it's hidden away & not easy to get to.

There were plenty of bars to choose from, all usually with some form of entertainment. Some were very quiet and lacked atmosphere. The theatre shows were very mediocre although the acrobats were good.

We enjoyed all the ports of call, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas cruise beach, Muscat and Khasab.

Glad we did the 4 wheel drive adventure in Khasab as there is no real city to visit.

Our day at sea did prove deck space is limited if you don't get out early & find a bed that hasn't annoyingly been covered with a towel by someone who then goes off and doesn"t return for hours. And I mean hours, if at all. In the end I removed 2 towels blocking beds & no one ever came for them. This doesn't just happen on MSC though, it's just selfish people.

All in all this was a lovely holiday. Yes, there were littlethings we thought may have made things slightly better, but I don't think any cruise line of reasonable price is 100% perfect & sorry; we don't want to be up there on grand ships even if we can afford it. There are always folk who seem to delight in complaining about each and every thing. Unless things are really bad how about just relaxing and being thankful you are able to get away in the first place?

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 100075

As already stated, good position, clean, tidy and comfortable. Not the biggest balcony, but adequate. Could have has a 3rd seat as there were 3 of us in the cabin. Could have had more clothes hangers.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Sir Bani Yas Island

Lovely relaxing day. Efficient tenders. Long queue for lunch, but no complaints

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