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MSC Fantasia Review

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Definitely a budget company

Review for MSC Fantasia to the Western Mediterranean
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herault
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Balcony (partial view)

I have to say that I am not a fan of short cruises during school holidays and my recent cruise on the MSC Fantasia confirmed this. Firstly I commend MSC for the cleanliness and the overall level of maintenance of this older ship. The crew – as on all cruises I have taken were welcoming, full of smiles and ready to go out of their way to satisfy cruisers. Being a round-robin Mediterranean trip there were the intrusive daily safety briefings that essentially stopped life onboard at each port. I suppose this is inevitable on this type of cruise.

Starting with the cabin; Unfortunately I was in one of the connecting cabins so I could hear the life story of my neighbours. As usual I had chosen a balcony cabin on the highest floor but I was in for a surprise when I found out that the cabin was below an overhang and so apart from cutting off the horizon, this cut out any possibility of sunlight.

Promenade Deck – or what used to be called the promenade deck on the old liners; Closed whenever there was a slight swell. In any case all you can see are the lifeboats which totally obscure any view other than at the crew smoking area at bow and stern. You have to pass through the ship to pass from one side to the other as the deck is not “wrap around”

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Deluxe Balcony (partial view)

Unfortunately I was in one of the connecting cabins so I could hear the life story of my neighbours. As usual I had chosen a balcony cabin on the highest floor but I was in for a surprise when I found out that the cabin was below an overhang and so apart from cutting off the horizon, this cut out any possibility of sunlight. Avoid all cabins in the 'cut-out' as the lack of light and the reduced view are a negative. In addition the lifeboats on deck 7 and the inability to see forward and aft is worth noting. However the cabin was clean and quite well equipped, albeit with a TV that was obsolete when the ship was launched years ago.

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