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8 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

This was our first cruise and we were certainly not disappointed. The ship was fantastic and all the staff were always smiling. Food was very good, all though I was surprised that they could not make a real caparchio. We had a balcony ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were certainly not disappointed. The ship was fantastic and all the staff were always smiling. Food was very good, all though I was surprised that they could not make a real caparchio. We had a balcony cabin. Lots of space, real nice bed and I loved the balcony. Bars and restaurants are luxurious and the staff were fast to take orders and serve. Entertainment was mostly fun, but off course, some times a bit to Italian, but then again, it's an Italian ship ;-) We upgraded to Allegrissimo package and will certainly do it again. Nice that we didn't have to think about what we ordered. Only issue is the redwines. Italy makes such great wines, so they could be a better standard. Overall a fantastic holiday and we will certainly book Splendida again. about the excursions. We didn't take any, so don't know if they are good Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our third cruise on MSC Splendida and our seventh MSC cruise in total, having been twice on her sister ship MSC Fantasia and also on the Lirica and Armonia. The cruise departed Southampton on 5 October, heading towards Genoa ... Read More
This was our third cruise on MSC Splendida and our seventh MSC cruise in total, having been twice on her sister ship MSC Fantasia and also on the Lirica and Armonia. The cruise departed Southampton on 5 October, heading towards Genoa via La Coruna, Lisbon, Gibraltar and Barcelona, having set off from Hamburg two days prior. The cruise was booked via the MSC Voyagers Club Selection, which is their reward scheme. We got an incredible deal and packaged the cruise with a stay in Lake Garda and Milan before flying home. Embarkation at Southampton was quick and efficient. Our boarding time was 3pm but we were onboard by about 12:30, despite my other half having put the cruise paperwork in the main luggage and this being sent to the ship before we’d checked in! Splendida is an absolutely beautiful ship, there is no doubt about that. As we boarded the ship we were ushered in to the main atrium area, which is just absolutely stunning. There are bars on three levels, deck 5, where there is a grand piano and seating area, deck 6 where there is the mixology bar, serving all the usual drinks plus expertly crafted cocktails and deck 7 where there is the coffee bar. All of these decks are linked by two sweeping Swarovski crystal staircases, which apparently costs €5000 per step! We headed to our cabin to collect our cruise cards and found a tray of chocolate covered strawberries and a bowl of fruit in the cabin from MSC. Our balcony cabin, on deck 10 (cabin 10114) was of the usual MSC standard, with a large double bed, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, shower room and sofa. The beds are high enough of the ground to allow you to store your suitcase underneath which is a bonus, we have been on cruises or at hotels where this hasn’t been possible. Having picked up our cruise cards we went to the buffet for a spot of lunch and were immediately greeted by a beaming smile and hello from the waiter who had looked after us at Christmas on MSC Fantasia. When you consider how many guests he must see over the year it’s quite something to be remembered. Following lunch we headed down to the piazza area on deck 6 for a glass of champagne, no surprises that the crew in there recognised us too and made a fuss of us being back. Whenever we step foot on an MSC ship, my partner and I look at each other and think ‘we’re home’. The piazza is a great area for people watching. It’s set out like a small town square with a couple of shops around the outside and iron tables and chairs on a tiled floor, with some tiled benches for extra seating. There are excellent cakes and ice creams available here (at an extra cost, depending on your drinks package) and we often skip dessert at lunch and come here for a cake and a glass of champagne for afternoon tea. Following the muster station drill it was time to change for dinner. We were on the first sitting in the La Reggia restaurant. Although we had requested a table for two we were on a table of eight, six of us English and an Australian couple, they were a great crowd therefore we didn’t look to move to a table of two, had there been one available. Every night we were nearly the last table out of the restaurant as the conversation just kept flowing between us, with plenty of laughs and discussion thrown in. Your dinner guests really can make a holiday in that respect. A lot of people seem to complain about the food on MSC. What I would say to them is don’t go with the expectation that you’re going to have steak and chips every night. MSC is an Italian cruise line, the Italians like to take their time over dinner and have up to seven courses, with an appetizer – perhaps prawn cocktail, smoked salmon or something like that, then a salad course, then soup, then pasta or risotto, an entrée, dessert and cheese. You don’t have to have every course. My advice would be to try a bit of everything though! With so much choice on the menu I do find it hard to believe that people can’t find something they like. Food is very subjective, but my favourite entrées are duck breast with sour cherry sauce or the roast prime rib of beef. Breakfast and lunch in the restaurant has altered since we first started cruising with MSC, there is now a ‘bistro’ concept in the MDR, which consists of a buffet area in addition to the a la carte options. You can order from the menu and help yourself from the buffet selections. The advantage of this is that the deck 14 buffet gets incredibly busy at peak times and it can be difficult to find a seat. In the MDR you are shown to a table and have waiter service, much more civilised. There are also items on the menu that you wouldn’t get in the buffet such as smoked salmon, eggs benedict etc. The evening entertainment was varied, and some of the theatre shows very impressive. On one night the lead singer in the show ‘Amour’ which is an opera gala was ill so this was cancelled and another show put on in it’s place. Amour was then shown in the afternoon of our final day at sea, I’m so glad we made time to go and see it; the show was really good with an amazing sound, backed by a pair of violinists and a pianist. As Splendida has so many bars and defined areas, there are so many different acts you can see. The Purple Bar was a great spot to watch Irena, a European singer who sang both English and German songs. We got to know her over the week and on our final night she actually changed her line up and sang a song from her other set that we’d told her was our favourite! The Inoteca wine bar has another grand piano, the pianist in there played a mix of songs from musicals, classical and old favourites. This is a great spot to sit and they have some wonderful wines available and will bring you some tapas to go with your wine. The service in here was excellent, with the two waiters Ivan and Ivan working well together and always with a smile on their faces. The Aft Lounge is a bit of a party venue, with a dance floor and a proper band playing the usual party type music, and the animation team having fun and encouraging people to party. In terms of the ports visited, they were all very nice with plenty to see and do. La Coruna is a very pretty town, however it turns out we visited on a local holiday day and a lot of the town was shut, with the exception of churches, museums etc. We didn’t go to the Hercules tower, although we sailed out past it and got a few good photographs from the top deck. Sailing in to Lisbon was a wonderful experience, going underneath the bridge – I was on the top deck and wondered whether we would make it underneath, there can’t have been much more than ten feet between the very top of the ship and the bottom of the bridge, or at least it seemed that way! I was sad to leave the ship as we had such a wonderful time, with no problems whatsoever. We did encounter a few English people who had decided it wasn't for them as they were used to Cruise and Maritime - MSC is a world away from CMV's offering, so I can understand why they didn't enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Cruise viewed and paid in 1 month. We need to relax and only go out from walk from ship in Marseilles (BUS) to buy some Soaps and in Messina We had been make a similar cruise in our honey moon and we need to appreciate more from the ... Read More
Cruise viewed and paid in 1 month. We need to relax and only go out from walk from ship in Marseilles (BUS) to buy some Soaps and in Messina We had been make a similar cruise in our honey moon and we need to appreciate more from the ship. It was all 5* except the sea but in November in Med hadn't miracles :) One more time Aurea SPA was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I found it hard before I left for my cruise on the MSC Splendida to find real reviews which covered many of my questions for the ship itself, which I will try to answer here to help others. I arrived at genoa port in February this year ... Read More
I found it hard before I left for my cruise on the MSC Splendida to find real reviews which covered many of my questions for the ship itself, which I will try to answer here to help others. I arrived at genoa port in February this year for my cruise of the ship, arriving at the dock you are taken into a large room in which you just register and receive your cruise card, this can be very confusing as there are so many people waiting to also register, I recommend you stand in the queue regardless of the number you are given or you will be waiting forever! After this is done however you board the boat. You have to take your cruise card everywhere are this is your currency on board, you do not pay with money, you can either set up a card which payments will be taken off or you can use cash and just keep putting more on the card, then if you have any left over at the end of the week you get it back :) also tips cannot be taken off, and paid individually, they charge 7 euros a night and 3.50 euros for children and these are only extra charges you pay :) You go straight to your room where your luggage will be taken there and left outside your room for you. I stayed in cabin 10114 on port side with a balcony, it was a spacious room with a bed which was made of two single beds together, although still comfy (but ask for extra pillows as only 2 are provided for the room) a hairdryer, couch, dressing table, coffee table, wardrobe with safe and an en suite with a sink toilet and shower, within your shower you are provided with large dispensers of shampoo and body wash but not conditioner, so I would only recommend taking this as they are filled daily. They also tell you you can't use straighteners but it never caused any bother..:) The room was tidied once in the morning and also set for you going to sleep at night, however you do have the do not disturb sign if you don't want this done. The maids couldn't do enough for you and are such hard workers. For meals, there are many restaurants, Villa Verde, La Reggia, Bora Bora, Pago Pago and Santa Fe, the only one you pay for is Santa Fe, the Mexican restaurant, which is amazing which many choices ranging from 3 euros to 14 euros. You are set to one of the two main restaurants of Villa Verde or La Reggia, and you will never be in the other, I never went to these restaurants as I found they were very formal and preferred the buffet more relaxed style of Bora bora. Although the food was amazing, no complaints, many choices and real handmade prepared food :) Drinks are on the pricey side, 2.70 euro for a can of juice with 15% service charge provided on all charges, including in Santa Fe, but the prices are the same in your mini bar so if saves you having to go to another deck to buy a drink. The cocktails are amazing! Around 4 euros for non alcoholic and 7 for alcoholic, recommended! These are available in almost all of the lounges on almost all the decks and all different themes, ice cream is also available at around 1.20 euros and is AMAZING! The excursions are good but expensive, we went on them in Barcelona, Rome and Tunis, DO NOT go out in Tunis as it is very intense scary and I found all the men to try and touch me, it does not seem like a safe environment especially for those with children, would only recommend for those who wish to see how other parts of the world really live.. We went for the biggest tour in Rome including the Vatican for 82 euros each and it was incredible! Great tour guides on all tours and couldn't fault them, especially the man in Tunis, he was so good at relaxing you about the culture. The entertainment on board was also amazing, we went to two shows over the week, a variety show and a show including dancers. They are amazing and fully recommended and no extra cost! You are let known of all activities on and deals and opening times in your daily programme delivered to your room including deals for the spa, often 50% off as often very pricey! Or deals in the duty free or souvenir shops which are open while you are at sea. The main language spoken on board is English, well was for our week, however English are the minority, very rarely did you hear someone speaking English, the majority were actually Chinese and VERY rude! However all staff were lovely and could speak whatever language you spoke to them in :) we also had professional photos done which are charged at 19.95 euros each but are a good souvenir! The photographer is available in photo points or at the main stairs nightly :) Disembarking was easy, you received coloured tags which you put on your bags and leave outside your room the night before and they were taken to the port, however you are asked o attend a short meeting so they can tell you everything which is very helpful :) I hope this review is very helpful and I will add anymore I can remember later on :) Enjoy the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
My previous four cruises were on Princess, and I found the services with MSC similar. The main difference was the low price of this MSC cruise as well as the ports of Malta and Tunisia included in the itinerary. We got more than our ... Read More
My previous four cruises were on Princess, and I found the services with MSC similar. The main difference was the low price of this MSC cruise as well as the ports of Malta and Tunisia included in the itinerary. We got more than our money's worth in entertainment and pleasant memories. Time of year: We cruised the last week of September, so temperatures were warm enough to enjoy the pools and sunbathing while at port or at sea, but it wasn't too hot. I recommend this time of year-summer crowds are gone at the ports but it's still pleasant. Embarkation: We boarded at the Barcelona port, and it was a breeze. The taxi dropped us off at the door with an hour to spare before final boarding. We were on the ship within ten minutes of arrival. No lines, and no hassle. We have found long lines at the earliest check-in time for Princess. On MSC, passengers arrive and depart at all seven ports, which spreads out the numbers of passengers boarding. Reception-Quick,friendly responses to our various questions. When we passed by throughout the cruise, I rarely saw a line. Restaurants-The fine dining experience is a must on MSC as well as Princess. It was confusing the first night since La Reggia is on two different levels. I had requested a table for two, but instead we were seated at a table for nine, all Americans. I was annoyed because we were really crammed into a corner, with chairs touching, but the maitre d' said there was no other option. The atmosphere lightened up after we ordered bottles of wine. By the second dinner, we looked forward to seeing our table mates to find out what excursions they had participated in. All of our fellow diners had traveled extensively and we shared travel tips, wine recommendations, and our favorite destinations. Our first dinner consisted of a seafood salad served warm, and filled with fresh crab, shrimp, fish, celery, in an olive oil sauce. I'm still waxing poetic over the delicious smoked gouda risotto, and the perch sauteed with lemon, plus a Neapolitan dessert. All were well prepared, used high quality ingredients, and were professionally presented. We were pleased with all our food choices throughout the cruise, and with six courses, it was easy to satisfy any taste. The four year old at our table seemed to enjoy her selections off the kids' menu. Most of the time, the service was excellent, but sometimes we had a long wait for our wine orders. We had the first seating at 7, so we could enter on time. The 9:30 seating was delayed a couple of evenings if our service was slow. Buffets-I recommend the International Buffet located near the stern. Their curries were delicious. The regular buffet stretches seemingly the length of the ship, with loads of breads, fruits, desserts, and a wide variety of choices. One side is Bora Bora, and the other side is Pago Pago. It was difficult to find the pasta station somewhere in the middle but only on one side. It had the best selection. It's a buffet, so the food wasn't as fresh and tasty as the fine dining. There is a Santa Fe Tex Mex steak restaurant on deck 7 that charges extra. With the quality and choices of food in fine dining, we never bothered. Plus, southwestern food on the Mediterranean just would not be the same. Room service for breakfast worked out great. It arrived right on time, and we enjoyed it on our private balcony, skipping the feeding frenzy at the buffet. We ate lunch once in the Villa Verde restaurant. It was lackluster and the service was slow, but a breakfast we ate there was quite good. Villa Verde's windows and wider spaced tables give it a better ambiance than La Reggia. Pools There are several pools scattered from one end to the other plus an indoor/outdoor pool with a glass roof that slides open. Showers disguised as palm trees added a tropical feel. The adult pool at the stern was our favorite hangout. The pool mid-ship is the focus for all activities and music with a big screen broadcasting all activities. Every event was televised on a ship TV station, making it the most public place on the ship. Bars and Lounges-17 bars and lounges offer plenty of choices for musicians and ambiance. Strangely, our favorite bars didn't open until six, whereas on the Princess cruises, you had service at the wine bar any time. MSC is the glitziest ship I've sailed on-lots of mirrors and lights and glass, very beautiful but distracting when navigating the stairs. A great opera singer and pianist performed near reception. Check your daily bulletin, which is provided in English, for all activities and times. Lounge servers and musicians were always pleasant and customer service oriented. Entertainment-We attended a few shows with good dancing, singing, magicians, and acrobats. Dialogue was limited in the shows. Since the people on the cruise haled from mostly European countries, announcements were repeated in six languages, which grew tiresome, as did Bingo, unless you want to learn your numbers in five other languages. The quality of entertainment and activities was similar to Princess, but MSC lacks comedians. Rooms- On the night with the roughest seas, I felt like a cork bobbing on the water; no rolling, and the boat shuddered a bit, but I slept well on the comfortable bed and bedding. We got a free upgrade to balcony room since 80% of the rooms have balconies. The balcony provided a private view of all the historic ports we visited. Sailing into these historic cities really adds to your appreciation of the ports visited. Cleanliness-The rooms were cleaned twice a day with a turn down service. Throughout the ship, the glass and golden staircases gleamed, and the elevator mirrors were never smudged. We did get one towel bunny out of five nights on board. Summary-This cruise is great for the price. It has the same add-ons as Princess including a daily service charge, and drink prices were similar. However the base price for the cruise is much lower. Our visit to off-the-beaten-path ports of Tunisia and Malta were highlights. I recommend this cruise if you want a short trip that's full of great excursions, and/or if you want to cruise in warm weather on smooth seas. Even with the add-ons it's a pleasant, inexpensive way to spend a week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with this 7-night cruise. After reading the older reviews here, we were more than a little worried that we'd made a bad choice. I'm happy to report that this cruise was as ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with this 7-night cruise. After reading the older reviews here, we were more than a little worried that we'd made a bad choice. I'm happy to report that this cruise was as splendid as the ship's name! The big concern in past reviews seemed to be that no one spoke English and that English-speakers were discriminated against by passengers and crew alike. We had the completely opposite experience. Every crew member spoke enough English to not just help us, but to chat with us. The mostly-European passengers also spoke English, and everyone was good humored about trying to communicate. The captain and all the key officers spoke excellent English, and when we boarded in Barcelona, there was a separate English lifeboat demonstration. There is also an English hostess on board, whose sole purpose is to make sure you get any info you need on shore excursions or ship events, but our daily newsletter was in English, and all the shore excursion brochures are in English. Heck, all the signs--even for the drink of the day--are written in English as well as Italian. Most of the crew hail from the Caribbean or Polynesia, so they know at least some English. There was no language barrier. We stayed in one of the Yacht Club rooms. The service is extraordinary. The butlers, the concierge, and the bartenders are all friendly and eager to help. The food in the Yacht Club's dining room (L'Olivia) was gourmet, and we quickly learned that ordering an item from every course was too much for one person to eat in a sitting! I became quite addicted to the cheese course. In L'Olivia, the Yacht Club lounge, and the Yacht Club poolside bar, all drinks (including bottled water) are included. Wines and a few liquors could be upgraded for extra money, but all the alcohol was already top shelf, so why bother? Yes, it is a long walk from the cabin at the front of the ship to the restaurant at the back, and yes, you have to go down a few levels and then back up again to get there, but walking through the ship is hardly a chore. The ship is beautiful. As even the negative reviews stated, it is sparkling clean. Although the ship is ornate, I think it stays in good taste. The Swarovski crystal staircases (silver in the main ship, gold in the Yacht Club) are beautiful focal points. The Yacht Club area is more subdued than the rest of the ship. We peeked in rooms on different decks as we passed them, and they were all the same spacious size as our Yacht Club room, and all were just as recently remodeled with fresh carpets, upholstery, etc. (The ship was only a few weeks out of a major dry-dock remodel.) Every cabin steward we passed would nod and greet us, even though we were just passing through. I cannot emphasize enough how friendly the crew were. We made a point of going to the buffet, just to see the "crowded hell" that other reviews had described. Therefore, I was shocked that the buffet area covers fully half a deck of the ship. It's huge! And the stations repeat, so if the line is long at the first buffet, just keep walking and you'll hit the same food on a buffet a few feet away. We did NOT see people rushing for food and elbowing each other out of the way. Hard to imagine that, when there are roped-off lines (which everyone was using nicely.) The theming is well done, with Polynesian masks on the walls and Tiki-style tables and chairs. We went to the "Buffet Magnifique," which was the midnight dessert buffet with the carved fruits and fancy breads, and we stopped in late one night to try the pizza. Both experiences were good. The only negative is that the coffee was weak and I had to pick through a few mugs to find a clean one, but it was hardly the trainwreck we'd been led to expect. The main lobby can get crowded, but there are several places on the ship you could hang out in that were nearly empty most of the time: the sports bar, the wine bar, the coffee bar, and the Tex Mex restaurant. We had a great time tasting wines one night as we chatted (in English!) with the staff. It was worth the extra Euros to try wines from Spain and Italy that we'd never heard of in the USA. Prices for upgraded alcohol, by the way, are very reasonable, perhaps 6 to 9 Euros for mini wine flights or wine by the glass, depending which one you ordered. We easily pay that much in regular bars in our hometown, so it was not a big deal. And since Europeans don't add gratuities on every tab, it might even be a little cheaper! Speaking of gratuities, yes, there was a 7 Euro per day gratuity charge. What a bargain. I felt bad, actually, that a measly 7 Euros was supposed to cover all the excellent service, and we tipped a few people on the side during our last day there. In comparison, at the end of a Disney Cruise, you are given envelopes and a suggested tip of hundreds of dollars EACH for the waiters, assistant waiters, maitre d, etc. Being charged 7 Euros and being done with it was a bargain in comparison. We only attended one night at the theater, which is enormous and filled with very comfortable seating. The show was a "Cirque du Soleil" style show, and the costumes were striking, with great headpieces. The acrobats were amazing. The audience were...terribly rude. I've never seen so many badly behaved children jumping up and changing seats during the show. Is this MSC's fault? No. But I wish they had ushers to patrol the aisles and maybe keep the worst of the patrons quiet. On our last day, a family had boarded with a child who was running throughout the restaurant, nearly tripping waiters, and who did break dishes! Surely the crew could cite a safety issue and ask the family to restrain their child? I know they don't want to offend their passengers, but they must step in before one family ruins the dining experience for twenty other families. Maybe they did after we disembarked. We were just glad that family hadn't been on the whole cruise with us. Yikes. The casino is a smoking area, which unfortunately limited our time there. We played some blackjack for a reasonable 5 Euro minimum during off-hours. Roulette was popular, too, as well poker-style table games. There is no craps table. English was the universal language spoken by all the dealers, and we never saw the casino too crowded. The pit boss quickly opened new tables when onlookers started accumulating. You can use your credit card to get chips in the casino, by the way. Very convenient. There is music all over the ship. The main lobby has a grand piano and a violinist nearly every night. The violinist made an appearance in L'Olivio two nights. There were some excellent jazz trios and solo pianists. In the evenings, you can't get from one part of the ship to another without passing a live performer. Great music on board. You also cannot walk anywhere in the evening without passing a ship photographer. Lines were never long, and you could get photos with props that related to the next day's port (like sitting on an Italian scooter the night before Rome), or with plain studio backgrounds, or with the ship's crystal staircase as the background. Head shots, group shots, family portraits...you name it, and the photographers were happy to shoot it. The prices were the same as other cruise lines I've traveled (Disney and Carnival). Getting off and on the ship was very easy at every port. At no time did we need to give our passports to a ship's officer. Some ports require the ship's officers to hold your non-European passport, apparently, but none of the Western Med ports required this. In Barcelona, embarkation was orderly and professional. For Yacht Club members, though, it is extra special. Next to the entrance for the main passengers, there is a red carpeted area with butlers in tails and white gloves. As soon as we said we were there for the Yacht Club, we were given juice, whisked onto the ship, and never touched our luggage again. A butler gave us a brief ship tour, and all was lovely. I did notice, however, that MSC had beverages for the main passenger line, too, and the port building was organized, orderly, clean, and professional. Most guests get on in Genoa, I think, and the port building there was spacious and modern, with escalators and plentiful signs. No worries about embarkation. The only problem with disembarking was...we didn't want to go. It had been a great week on a beautiful ship with a truly friendly crew. I would absolutely repeat this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
CABIN (YC1) -No DVD player, radio, or VCR (as advertised) -Laundry and Dry cleaning was supposed to be free but was not. -Room service: When you place your order from the interactive TV system, takes at least 50 minutes for delivery ... Read More
CABIN (YC1) -No DVD player, radio, or VCR (as advertised) -Laundry and Dry cleaning was supposed to be free but was not. -Room service: When you place your order from the interactive TV system, takes at least 50 minutes for delivery -Too much wind noise coming in from the balcony doors +Room cleaned and tidyed up twice a day +Towels changed twice a day +Minibar is free + refilled twice a day +Newspaper service every morning (available for most countries) +Routine newsletter distribution. Well communicated activity schedule. +Perfect craftmanship and very high attention paid to details during construction. Very obvious. Great room decoration. TOP SAIL LOUNGE -Very few assortment for snack buffet -Can't even find Butlers around (as advertised) -Lounge windows not cleaned during 1 week. Covered with salt. Limited visibility. +Quality and quick service +Interactive maps and screens on each table +Tables, carpets, couches cleaned very often +The most silent and relaxed area of the whole ship +Very nice fore sight (when windows are clean) +Greatest staff of the Lounge: RAJIV from Mauritus! Always smiling and always ready to serve! GENERAL -There is no real Butler service. They just welcome you and clean your room. That's it. -Outdoor pool water not heated. Only jacuzzi's are heated and very crowded. (except for the One Pool area reserved for Yacht Club members) -Did not dock in Valetta due to storm. Instead wandered around for 6 hours and then went to the Marsalock bay for a technical stop. Why didn't they stop in Marsalock at first instead of burning thousand of liters of diesel wandering around? +Very nice decoration and perfect craftmanship. The ship looks so new! +Always a cleaning going on. Very clean. L'OLIVO RESTAURANT +Reserved for Yacht Club members only. +Very silent and relaxed atmosphere ++Outstanding personalized service!!! Two big plusses for this one! Can't get this level of service in any restaurant in a european city! +Great food! Great kitchen chef! Great Menu! +Sommelier always available. Great wine selection. EXCURSIONS -Nightmare... Especially if the tour guide was an english speaking italian woman! -Most excursions in two languages, with bad english accent and high speaker volume. No need to shout! Very annoying for long bus trips! -Bus in La Goulette was so dirty inside. Try not to touch anywhere in Tunisia! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I have been on many cruises and most lines, but I thought it would be interesting to try an Italian cruise company. MSC seemed to have nice ships and a great Med port schedule for our November cruise, and the price was good. Now that ... Read More
I have been on many cruises and most lines, but I thought it would be interesting to try an Italian cruise company. MSC seemed to have nice ships and a great Med port schedule for our November cruise, and the price was good. Now that I've tried it, I probably won't repeat the experience. Here's why: 1. The ship was too big for me. I don't like crowds, especially when I am eating. When the crowd is primarily Italians, they crowd in everywhere, and are noisy. A buffet line is not a good place to interact with the Italian psyche. 2. The ship was smoky. Our stateroom and the dining room were fine, but most of the public areas had the odor of smoke. The casino, which you pass through from the dining room to get to the shows, was so bad I had to hold my breath as I cut through it. So no dancing and hanging out in the lounges. 3. There were lots of children onboard. Even in the no-children "Zen" top deck, there were kids. Enough said. 4. Our neighbors, including their kids, were partiers and extremely noisy. The kids seemed to be launching off the bed and bouncing off the walls. After midnight I considered it okay to pound on their door and call reception asking for intervention. But the next night it would happen again. 5. Water? Tea? Coffee? Not on this ship - not unless you pay for it. If you wanted a glass of water in the dining room, they expected you to buy it. We ended up bringing a water bottle to dinner. The maitre de frowned at it but I could care less. I'm not paying for plain old water. On the good side, the food was very good, the entertainment was engaging, and getting on and off the ship at each port was without any hassle or wait. I had a good time aboard the Splendida - but I would probably have a better time on RC or Celebrity or Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
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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