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MSC Bellissima Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Family friendly and lively cruise aboard the beautiful MSC Bellissima

Review for MSC Bellissima to the Western Mediterranean
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Jefr
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2019
Cabin: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Traveled with children

This was the first time we have done a cruise and we really did not know what to expect. We traveled as a family with 2 older teenagers and chose the MSC Bellissima in the hope that it would offer enough to keep them entertained (the Aqua Park was the key deciding factor and not the itinerary).

Just to start - the Bellissima is a beautiful and elegant ship, yes we were very impressed by the Swarovski crystal staircase. It is also loud, lively and family friendly. So if you don't appreciate sharing your holiday with lots of children of all ages then this probably isn't the ship for you - particularly during the school holidays.

There are plenty of activities on board. The children's clubs seemed to be very good although we did not use them.The sportsplex although almost always busy again was good. We all particularly enjoyed the F1 simulator, bowling, ice hockey and interactive cinema here. The fun pass came in very handy and I would highly recommend purchasing this in advance as it offered excellent value for money compared to on board prices. The swimming pools were lovely, although crowded. As with many holidays, you still have the unfortunate experience of people hogging sun beds with their towels but never really appearing in person! There is absolutely no need for this and this was probably the most irritating thing about the whole cruise. The Aqua Park was very nice but not nearly big enough to entertain my older thrill-seeking teenagers. It is, however, excellent for slightly younger children. The Himalayan walk was fun.

Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

Cabin B2

Our cabin was lovely. It was situated mid-ship so we didn't really feel much movement from the ship. There were four of us in one cabin which was a bit snug but not really a problem- the balcony added that essential extra space The sofa bed converted in to a bunk bed for the children which was ideal. The USB chargers were a nice touch and much needed for the multitude of devices we had between us.

The cabin attendants worked hard to keep our cabin tidy and clean with a nice 'turn down' service at bedtime. Really excellent service.

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Genoa

We took a taxi into the centre and had a walk around to take in the sights.

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