splendid splendida: MSC Splendida Cruise Review by sheilakav

MSC Splendida 5

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splendid splendida

Sail Date: December 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Genoa
We joined the Splendida at Genoa, we were awe struck at the size of the ship as we approached it, despite it's size, the check in went without a hitch. Our cabin was lovely and the cabin staff were very courteous and helpful, all the staff on the ship were helpful, the only problem we encountered was on the first night, we had requested a table for 2 at the first sitting, our request had not been passed on by Gills Cruise Company who we had booked through via their newspaper advert. However the restaurant manager seated us temporarily at an empty table the first night and had a table for 2 organised for us from day 2.

On the negative side, we felt the price of drinks was a bit expensive, there was limited availabilty of drinking water,most times you were expected to buy drinking water, except at lunch in the buffet, were water was available without charge. Tea was served with a tea bag in a cup, no tea pots available, no tea or coffee served after meals, you were expected to More buy it. We had cruised with MSC before so this time we brought a travel kettle and our own tea bags so that we could have a cup of tea in our cabin when we felt like it. We used the cold water from the bathroom as we were boiling it and it was perfectly ok. We fould that while the ship was magnificent, it was really a bit too big, we met people a couple of times, had a conversation but never saw them again, whereas on our previous time on the Sinfonia, we had got to know people and had time to get to really know the crew. We enjoyed the food, but we like the Italian way of lots of courses but small and nicely served, if you wanted bulk then the breakfast and lunch time buffet catered for all tastes, in fact there was too much food! we never went to afternoon tea or had any food late at night as we felt too full, ( we had to leave room for the drink).

Overall it was a lovely cruise, we would have liked a little more Christmas celebration, such as crackers at the table and carols, however the cruise was catering for a multi cultural customer base and therefore I suppose it was understandable that the Christian aspect of Christmas was not emphasised. Less

Published 01/06/11

Cabin review: 88099

Lovely cabin, spacious with a nice sitting area,plenty of mirrors and well lit with a safe and mini bar. Our cabin steward brought ice for us to have with our drinks, water. He also brought us extra pillows. the location on deck 8 was good, it was not too far from a lift. The wardrobe had good hanging space and a good set of 6 drawers, we also had drawer space in the bedside cabinets. The English coverage on the TV is limited, it is mostly American political news which gets very boring. Our balcony was nice, just big enough for two people to sit out on. The en-suite was adequate, good lighting, good shower and plenty of hot water.

Port and Shore Excursions

Rhodes was fantastic, the walled city is lovely, Alexandria was dirty, but we took a horse drawn cab ride, it was very reasonably priced and we enjoyed it and went out to visit the fort. Crete was nice, we enjoy walking and explored the port, Valletta was excellent, when we sailed in the harbour was stunning, you thought of the Knights of St John and the Crusades. We enjoyed St Paul's shipwreck church and exploring Valletta. Palermo is dirty, but we walked to the cathedral for mass on Christmas Day, it was lovely, we had been before and so was familiar with the city.

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