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MSC Bellissima Review

5.0 / 5.0
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IN SAUDI ARABIA WITH MSC BELLISSIMA

Review for MSC Bellissima to the Middle East
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barcelonauta
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jan 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Interior

Background Information: The amount of bureaucracy involving this 7 nights cruise, 2 of them sea days, is too much. Excursions are its best point. So, if in spite of all the annoying formalities prior, while, and before you want to discover Saudi Arabia, go ahead. For a relaxing vacation, point anywhere else.

Travel To Port of Embarkation: We bought the cruise with airfare (Saudia Airlines) and transfer included.Everything was OK and we had our cabin ready by the time we entered the boat.

Stateroom: Our cabin was nice, everything in order except for the large amount of useless items (to us, of course) on the desk. Or was it a showcase?

Cabin Review

Deluxe Interior

Everything OK but its location. It was quiet. In a longer cruise we would have cleared the desk of all the unnecessary items (to us) in order to change that showcase into a proper desk.

Port Reviews

The excursion The Old Jeddah was very interesting, providing also a glimpse of the new town as a bonus (The Kings fountain, the big flag (photo stop) and the corniche. The Islamic port is far away from everything and it lacks of public transportation, therefore, I strongly recommend it to you.

The boat itself is a vantage point, so enjoy the views!

On the second day don't miss the full day excursion to Hegra by plane

The KAEC itself I think only deserves a single (or none) stars but you can do from here the Meddinah tour, encompasing Ohid, The Profet's mosq (both from outside) plus a private museum with scale models and memoralia from the Mecca. It's a long bus journey, though (ca 8 hours round trip.)

It's a nice port with not much to do. During the day it's a ghost town so, everyhing but the nightmarket (with a few vendors on duty)will be closed by the time the boat stays at port. You can see everything calmly in a couple of hours because everything you should see is at a walkable distance from the port. If you are interested in taking a picture of the so called Lawrence of Arabia, google it before your departure because you won't be able to find any sing outside.

I signed for the snorkel excursion. Pristine water and astonished fishes as curious as you to find a Western in its way. The second spot is the best one. with an amazing coral underwater landsxape.

Aqaba (Petra)

Actually the Port is Aqaba, and the excursion you should done is the full day to Petra, unless, as us, you have been in Jordan previously. In that case the cleverest option is considering this port as the 3rd Sea day, because you need a PCR to visit Aqaba. If you need the PCR in order to come back home then I really don't know what to recommend to you. What we did was the Wadi Run tour, which in comparaison to what we see in our previous tour there was poor, to put it mild.After it we headed to Aqaba with a free shuttle, in order to revisit the coastal town: several remnants of the old town, the mosque from outside. the seafront, the castle (which was open) and the archeological museu, which was closed under renovation. Here you can also find free wifi at mcdonalds.

if you haven¡t been in Petra before, then that is the excursion. I suggest you doing it with apicnic instead of with lunch because you will have extra time to explore Petra at your own. When we were there we hiked the treasure, the monastery and the sacrifices altar and of course if the port of call was Petra, we undoubtabily will rate it 5 stars.

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