We have traveled to Caribbean previously in 2017 on MSC Fantasia and had a wonderful time. It was a fly cruise.
This time we flew out to Caribbean on Virgin Atlantic and this was a very pleasant experience.
We decided to do a different cruise in as much as we flew to Barbados and then after On our arrival in Bridgetown we had a very pleasant surprise. As we got off the aircraft we found coaches waiting for us at bottom of steps. We were taken directly to the ship and never touched our luggage until it arrived in our cabin.
The cabin itself was a balcony cabin and was beautiful in every way. We chose a Fantastica cabin as it came with a drinks package. Our cabin steward, Erith could not have been more helpful and kept cabin spotless.
We chose !st sitting dining in Golden Lobster Restaurant. The waiters were great and were very attentive including our waiter James ( name we used for him.) he left ship in Lisbon to fly home to Bali. His assistant waiter was called Abhishek Kumar from India and he went out of his way to make sure we had a fantastic holiday. He deserves the highest praise.
The food was excellent although not to my taste all the time. The restaurant was spotless and well managed.
The entertainment on the ship left a lot to be desired although the the trio with the pianist and 2 violinists we excellent and a pleasure to listen to.
The service overall on the ship was first class and could not be faulted in any way.
WE did not take any of the excursions and made our own arrangements. We found the islands very commercialized now and have got worse over the past few years.
We took a taxi in Guadaloupe and the female taxi driver was the most dangerous taxi drive I have ever used. She was swerving all over road and reading phone texts and making nd taking phone calls. In Barbados was took a trip in a glass bottom boat which was most enjoyable and well worth the money.
After leaving Barbados on 9th April we traveled 5 days across the Atlantic and it was a lovely smooth crossing to Tenerife which we enjoyed immensely. WE then visited Madeira which is a lovely island and I would recommend anyone visiting if you get the chance. The 3 visits to Lisbon, Vigo and Le Havre were not as good and as it was bank holiday most of town was closed. The appeared to be a lot of coughing on board which I hasten to add. I do not blame on ship. Our disembarkation in Southampton due to passengers who boarded in Le Havre did not attend the compulsory immigration procedures.
This is the one complaint I have about MSC. It is used as a ferry service more that a cruise ship.
Overall the ship and staff were perfect in every way and I would not hesitate to use MSC again although I would be more selective.
Cabin beautiful and well positioned. It was looked after by our steward Erith. It had everything you could possibly need.
Lovely place what is there not to like. We went on a glass bottom boat and swam with turtles
Took a taxi and was given a tour of Island beautiful place and very friendly people
Took a taxi and was given a tour of island once again very friendly people
Took a taxi and once again was given a tour of island at a very reasonable cost
Took a taxi from port to the place where "Death in Paradise "is filmed. Unfortunate the trip was spoilt by the dangerous female taxi driver.
Just visited the town itself on foot and took the water taxi
Took a tour on an open top bus around Santa Cruz
Took a taxi up to the toboggan and then traveled down in the toboggans. The taxi picked us up at bottom. Very good value
Took open top bus for a tour of city
Everything closed due to bank holiday