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I chose this ship because of the price to go to Dubai. I was very disappointed the ship is huge but not as elegant as I thought for it size. The room was spacious but the toilet overran, shampoo container leaked into the shower, the ... Read More
I chose this ship because of the price to go to Dubai. I was very disappointed the ship is huge but not as elegant as I thought for it size. The room was spacious but the toilet overran, shampoo container leaked into the shower, the mini refrigerator was not working they replaced it with a new one. The lighting in the room was inconsistent one very dim and one very bright. The food was always cold, nothing to drink after breakfast unless you bought the drink package. Staff stole water charging it to my drink package. My photos look better on my cell phone than the non lighting pictures I paid for with my photo package. Deck entertainment was very dead and dry. The only 5 star review belongs to our cabin steward (Chitla) and the amazing MSC theatre performances. I wish I could cancel my upcoming cruise with MSC. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Great theater shows not advertised on daily planner!?. Reasonable food. Over 40 nationalities but all pleasant if not a bit excitable! Watch your account! Service charges 10 Euros a day but cancelled immediately after questioning ... Read More
Great theater shows not advertised on daily planner!?. Reasonable food. Over 40 nationalities but all pleasant if not a bit excitable! Watch your account! Service charges 10 Euros a day but cancelled immediately after questioning customer services by phone. Ship docks at Port Rashid. Dubai Mall must sees : aquarium near main entrance, waterfall, water fountains to music at opposite end of main entrance. Burj Khalifa next to water fountains, best seen lit up in the evening. Excursion for lunch at Burj Al Arab is good as it includes Burj Khalifa 124th floor, souq and museum. Going it alone, a bill for taxi from Dubai Mall back to ship cost us 31 AED (£6.50) after street guy tried to get us in a private taxi for 120 AED (£24). At the Dubai Mall, taxi meter is set at 5 AED then pay by time taken for journey. Waiting time 10 mins when we did it at 9:15pm. Don't worry about a queue, they wait for about 10 taxis then let the queue out to get in the taxis all at once. Ground floor near main entrance. About 20 min journey back to Port Rashid. QE2 now a hotel at port Rashid. Abu Dhabi, capital of the Emirates and voted for the second time as the safest city on Earth. Sheik Zayed responsible for the city's growth and formation of the 7 Emirates into The United Arab Emirates. The Grand Mosque (Sheik Zayed mosque where he's buried) now very commercial with high airport type security. Strict route now to follow as carpets were being spoilt from children spilling food and drink etc. Le Louvre, amazing museum but looks better online. Ferrari World worth a visit for those inclined. Sir Bani Yas Island good beach with MSC drinks and food on shore. Excursions to see the animals on the island that Sheik Zayed introduced and cared for. About 6 tenders continuously deliver and return passengers to and fro. Long queue on the beach is about 10 to 15 min wait to get back to the ship. No charge for the beach visit. Cabin clean and good with well kept balcony. UK TV in cabin limited to BBC World News. Welcome on board by the captain arranged half way through the cruise at 6pm. By 6:35 he hadn't showed up so we left for dinner. Notification of meeting time for excursion to Qatar given at 9:05pm the evening before the excursion meaning setting our alarm at 6am the next morning if we wanted breakfast. Far too early. Food in the buffet restaurant fairly good but very crowded. After letting the crowds die down and going in about 30 mins later the food wasn't kept hot. Luke warm at best. Staff very friendly and helpful. Although we had a drinks package the drinks in the mini bar were extra, even water. Beware! Trip to the desert a little disappointing because of the amount of rubbish left behind by tourists. In summary, the ship itself is quite good, but the passengers from over 40 nationalities made the experience poor. Total lack of feeling great. Ladies dressed up well on a few evenings but most men didn't bother. Bit like a 'Butlins' cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruise on the MSC Splendida From March 3rd to March 11th 2018 Middle East This is our 18th cruise, our 2nd with MSC. We had already done a Dubai cruise and we wanted to come back and the price/itinerary of MSC was great, hence, we ... Read More
Cruise on the MSC Splendida From March 3rd to March 11th 2018 Middle East This is our 18th cruise, our 2nd with MSC. We had already done a Dubai cruise and we wanted to come back and the price/itinerary of MSC was great, hence, we chose to cruise with them again. It is very easy to embark the ship. We were there early in the morning and they took our luggage, made our cards and we were off to visit the city. There are plenty of taxis at the port and if you don't have EAD, ask for meter with credit card. They don't all have it so better to ask before leaving. The Splendida has recently been refurbished in the general areas and it is gorgeous! The Bora Bora buffet is simply beautiful and VERY spacious. The rooms have not been done. Our biggest problem with this cruise was that the walls are paper thin! Seriously!! You can hear people caughing, follow a conversation…So imagine being next to a crying baby! This made our nights a living hell!! Once, our neighbor decided to watch CNN at 4am… Well, we had to knock on the wall for them to shut the TV off… Needless to say we came out of this cruise more tired than we were at the beginning. The itinerary is amazing. Visas are required for this cruise and although I called MSC many MANY times, I never had the same answer regarding visas. Some said I had to get them from a website they gave me, and once, I spoke to a passport/visa specialist who said the ship would charge me on board. Well, thank god I decided to wait there and see since the ship takes care of ALL the details and fees… They simply give you a card when you exit the ship in every port of call. No hassle, no charge. (FYI, we are Canadians). The food was sometimes quite ordinary and sometimes delicious… The morning choices were just ok for us. That was really not our favorite meal. Everything on the ship is in Euros. This, for Canadians, makes everyting crazy expensive. Especially their shore excursions. My advice, take a taxi on your own. When they sell tickets for shuttles ( Eg Bahrain and Doha city center), don’t take it. There is nothing to do in Bahrain city center and a free port shuttle will take you to LULU mall where you will find taxis. Watch out, they want to charge you for the day so insist on meter!!! He wanted to charge us 200Euros for 5 people to do the International Circuit, the Camel farm, see the fort and the mosque. We said no, we wanted meter.. It cost us 100Euros… The people working onboard at the reception are very helpful and nice. Our waiter was average. We had to ask him every night for ice. Our room lady made our room three times… We had first seating dining, it is not really hard to keep track of this fact. We would come back in our room at 8h30/9h00 and our room had not been done, no towels for the morning. We did not go to the shows. We prefered staying on our balcony and listening to the waves.:) Will we cruise with MSC again? For sure. They have great itineraries and great prices. Did we love our cruise, AMAZING!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I wanted to start and finish my cruise in Dubai as my daughter lives there. It was a bit daunting as I has never cruised before, but everything was made so easy. The organisation of this ship from boarding through to the disembarkation ... Read More
I wanted to start and finish my cruise in Dubai as my daughter lives there. It was a bit daunting as I has never cruised before, but everything was made so easy. The organisation of this ship from boarding through to the disembarkation was done very efficiently. I particularly enjoyed the daily dance lessons of Vivi and Mejia, whose infectious encouragement made each lesson such a pleasure. The staff in the Villa Verde restaurant were very attentive, especially our waiter Pande, who kept our glasses charged at all times. We found the buffet in Pago Pago & Bora Bora rather overwhelming, so decided to breakfast and lunch in La Reggio Restaurant, which was more tranquil, and it was nice to be served at the table, having said that, the buffet in La Reggio was also excellent, and the fresh pasta cooked before your very eyes was just amazing. We took two of the ship excursions, one to Muscat in Oman, which was beautiful, and one to see dolphins whilst on a dhow, in Khasab, Oman. Both of these trips were so well organised and we thought good value. The pool areas on the ship were very clean and well looked after by the staff, all the bar staff were very accommodating and efficient. There was so much choice of entertainment at night that we found it hard to choose where to go. White Night in the Aft Bar was just amazing! I would not hesitate in booking this ship again as I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
MSC Splendida Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.3
Entertainment 5.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.6
Family 5.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.0
Service 5.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.7

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