MSC Fantasia Cruise Review by marschaller
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
We arrived to Genova by train and walked to the cruise terminal (around 10 minutes walk).
15 minutes later, we were in our Cabin. Even though the ship was full and most of the passengers embarked in Genova, later afternoon the terminal was almost empty - so everything was smooth and fast.
Our cabin was clean and nice, well maintained and cleaned 2 times daily.
MSC gets a huge amount of complaints by American and Canadian cruisers.
The facts (in my personal perspective) : Food can be more than hamburgers, fries and other fried things. If you cannot recognize anything else as food, stay with carnival cruises.
If you interested of the European and Italian cuisine, you will love MSC's kitchen.
Onboard expenses : The best option is to book and pay everything in advance on the MSC's website. The best example is the photography. If you buy photos onboard ,the small photo is $20, the large photo is $30 each. If you prepay online, you pay $177 for 100 photos - so it's $1.77 for both sizes. All other expenses, like gratuity, SPA and beauty, excursions - all of them 20-30% cheaper in advance.
Our itinerary was changed once. There was a storm in Ibiza, so the ship skipped this port, we were at sea on that day and docked at Palermo, Sicily next day.
About other cruisers on board... When Moses wrote about the Tower of Babel, I think he was thinking of the future cruises onboard with MSC. Hundreds of nations speaks hundred different languages. Sooo many Italian cruisers onboard. You should love their vibrant attitude or you will suffer every day on the cruise sip.
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Tour guide spoken only Italian.
Extremely loud Italian group onboard. They yelling like a megaphone, jumping from seats to seats (over other people's shoulder and head), pushing, others out from their seats. We decided to run away at the first stop and walked back to the cruise terminal.
Palermo is very dirty, hard to breath due to the extremely high traffic and the whole city is chaotic.