We just returned from the MSC Splendida western mediterranean itinerary hitting Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona< Tunisia, Malta, and Messina after having boarded in Civitavecchia. The biggest complaint was after the airline and transfer service got us to the port very efficiently by 10:30 we were left waiting to be boarded until almost 3pm. We were suggested to go into Civitavecchia but after an overnight flight from Canada who has the energy or desire to run around sightseeing. MSC blamed the Italian immigration, but in all reasonableness they were boarding the VIP type passenger no problem so that was a load of you know what. They just did not or were not prepared to let us on mainly it appears to allow them to market you drink pacakes, tour packages, etc.
Once on board and settled all was quite good. We did book a special package of tours they offered of 3 cities for $109 euro a savings of roughly $40, a reasonably good deal. Our cabin location was quite good just off an elevator stairway access, other than the odd child playing in the hall not noisy at all.
Food was good not great great which is quite all right. Dinners, I generally chose the regional dinner menu and they were all very good. My wife who for dietery reasons generally went with the chicken or a fish dinner with vegtables.
We stayed in Cabin 10102, a typical balcony cabin on the Splendida. Our location was across from a stairway, elevator access, we were concerned about noise initially but no worries the only noise we really heard were some children playing in the hall.
Room was clean, porter was in and changed towels quite regularly and as long as you don't hang your towels up and put them on the floor they get changed.