Splendida - Western Mediteranean: MSC Splendida Cruise Review by garsan

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Splendida - Western Mediteranean

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
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 More 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.

Lunches we went to the buffet and had no problem finding something satisfactory from a spagehtti to a bowl of soup or make up a sandwich. They also had pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fries for those who can't live without more north american fare.

Breakfasts we did the buffet and I generally had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage a side fruit etc. again lots of choices like cereals, yogurts, toast, the european rolls and meat,cheese etc. No complaints.

The tours were all good, informative and delivered what they advertised. Tunis was the only exception because of bad weather we were delayed arriving and the tour was rushed and we did not get into the museum, no apologies from the tour company or MSC. Just thats the way it was.

Overall the cruise was good value for the money. Less

Published 10/24/10

Cabin review: 1010102

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.

Port and Shore Excursions

Barcelona did not disappoint as it is one of the worlds great cities. We took the city tour through the ship all good and saw the major sites for the time we had in port.

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The port is within relatively easy walking distance to some of the downtown sights. On our cruise we opted for a side trip to Portofina which was good trip with a guide who did her job well.

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Malta was great. lots of history, nice people, an overall interesting and beautiful place to stop for a day. We took the city tour of Valletta and Mdina. A super tour with a good guide. For those who didn't take a tour it was a fairly easy walk into Valletta to visit the city.

The ship docks far enough away from any sights that one had to take a shuttle to downtown, MSC charged $15 euro, this got us within easy walking to the Port Vieux, the old historic port area. The day we were there it started to rain so we jumped onto one the small tourist train affairs and got to see more sites with a little information as well.

Tunis was a bit of a disappointment, the ruins of Carthage were interesting but the way they package it at least on the tour we had not very inspiring. We also had bad weather the night before which delayed the ship and so our guide seemed to be rushing us through the small sites we did get to see. there was to be a museum visit but due to the delay and a 6pm closing we could not go in. Also went to Sidi Bou, billed as a city settled by Andalusian arabs. Well again it seem more a tourist trap than anything worthwhile seeing. Although they did have a small house museum of a typical Tunisian house and I must admit for the small admittance fee it was pretty informative and it was better than being chased by the junk hawkers on the street.

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