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2 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Baltic Sea

I love this ship and i love MSC, I think people lose sight of the value for money you get with an MSC cruise. We have just done a one week northern europe cruise for £450 each including the Allegrisimo drinks package. The ship is ... Read More
I love this ship and i love MSC, I think people lose sight of the value for money you get with an MSC cruise. We have just done a one week northern europe cruise for £450 each including the Allegrisimo drinks package. The ship is beautiful, the staff were lovely on the whole, the food is very acceptable and way better than the majority of all inclusive hotels. The only downside for me is the entertainment which is dire at best, but im happy with a good book. I do think the theatre is a wasted space. It hosts 2 sessions of a 30 minute 'show' (dont waste your time on it, thats 30 minutes of your life wasted you wont get back) each evening and nothing else. Sack the show company and put on some decent films instead. The Allegrisimo drinks package is great value and well worth paying for. There may well be better cruise experiences out there for a higher cost, but for the money MSC are hard to beat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We did this cruise mainly for the price and the convenience of departing from Zeebrugge. We cruised with our son (aged 2,5) and this was his second cruise. Let me start by saying that we had a very good week and really enjoyed ... Read More
We did this cruise mainly for the price and the convenience of departing from Zeebrugge. We cruised with our son (aged 2,5) and this was his second cruise. Let me start by saying that we had a very good week and really enjoyed ourselves. The criticism below are actually details on the cruise. We will sail MSC again if the price is right. Here are our findings: Embarkation at Zeebrugge: Very unprofessional. Only 86 people embarked. Even though we handed over our lugage at 11.30, it only arrived in our cabin at 19.00. The muster drill was held during the first seating, so we could not attend it. This evening was also one of the gala evenings. Since we didn't have out luggage, we could not partake in this. Instead we had to go to the buffet wearing the same clothes we embarked in. CABIN: Cabin state: Looked OK, but looked older than it actually was. The carpetting on the floor was really thin and you could feel the metal floor. The beds were quite good though. Cabin stewart: Not consistent. He had good days, but mostly bad days. He actually removed the sign "make up room" from our cabin. DINING: Main dining room: Felt small and tables were very close to eachother. The food was OK (daily avaliable pasta however was very good). The waiter was very busy so we didn't get a chance to talk to him. They did have a daily changing kids menu, which is a plus. Buffet: Pasta and Pizza were excellent and by far the best I've had on a cruise ship. I don't understand however why they close half of the buffet during the evening. The pasta station wasn't even open during dinner. Service: Our finished plates often remained on our table until we addressed one of the waiters to clean them up. It seemed to us that they were not motivated (instead of uncapable) to do their job. ENTERTAINMENT: Shows: Mostly the same shows but with different music and costumes. They did have some nice acrobatic acts, but these repeated in almost every show. Cruise director: A middle aged Italian man who considered himself funny by doing a certain pose after each speech (accompanied with saying: "PING"). After a while this can get annoying. Activities: Very few things to do. A sea day had less activities than other cruise lines have on a port day. Some of the entertainment staff was very good however and the made up for it. Bars: Service can be slow. And I really can't understand the decision to suspend bar service until 17.00. KIDS: Baby care service is offered for free for kids under 3 years old. This for 2 or 3 hours per day. The location seemed nice. We cannot give feedback on the actual service as we didn't make use of the service POOLS: The covered pool was nice. We had some good times with our son. An advantage is that they do not use chlorine in the pools, but use seawater instead. They drained the pool each evening. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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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