Hi all reviews are subjective and it's about managing expectations. After reading the mixed reviews we decided to place our expectations towards the low end of the spectrum particularly after our fantastic time aboard the Carnival Magic in Aug. Perhaps this is why we had a superb family vacation!
We are a family of 4 Brits and arrived at Malpensa airport on 17th dec. After being greeted we were told to wait by an exit. After 30 mins we were shown to our coach ,that was the last communication. As this is our second cruise we knew that the transfer would take 2 hours, we also knew that our luggage would be transferred to the ship directly, a lot didn't so confusion reigned as we strolled to the ship. We had checked in online with MSC so straight to fast pass check in and on board within 30 mins!
The Splendida is really beautiful , from the jaw dropping Swarovski staircase to the many beautiful themed bars. The ship seemed about 80 % full with majority of passengers Italian,French ,German and Spanish with a smattering of Brits and Americans
Our cabin number was 11029 located 6 cabins from the front and under the pool areas which was handy. The balcony cabin was a nice size and the kids( 13&11) were ok in the sofa bed. A safe,hair-drier, minibar,dressing gowns and flat screen tv were included. European 2 pin plugs are required. It was a decent walk to dining room.