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3 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

I flew from Heathrow to Nice arriving at 10.00am, it took the courier over 3 hrs to get a coach sorted out, this meant that we did not get on the ship until 4.00pm. The Splendida is spectacular with all the glitz of 'Vegas' My ... Read More
I flew from Heathrow to Nice arriving at 10.00am, it took the courier over 3 hrs to get a coach sorted out, this meant that we did not get on the ship until 4.00pm. The Splendida is spectacular with all the glitz of 'Vegas' My cabin was on deck 10 in the aft section, it was massive with a huge double bed & included robes in your wardrobe.The balcony was 5mx4m The food and service in the restaurants were 1st class,wine which was not of the highest quality was �£24 + 15% service charge, a tad expensive. There was a charge made for bottled water. I was disappointed that there was no coffee offered at the end of your meal.It meant a trek up to the buffet restaurant on deck 14. If you like a Full Welsh breakfast, you will be disappointed, the bacon was streaky, fatty and lacked any flavour. The shows and entertainment was very good, but I was surprised they made a charge of 10euros for Salsa, Cha-Cha,& other dance classes during the day. A HUGE NO NO for me was that smoking was allowed in the lounges, especially near the dance floor and your clothes smelt of stale smoke at the end of the night. The Captains Cocktail party was a bit of a let down, as they ran out of cocktails. Make sure your on the 2nd sitting. All in all very good cruise, made some very good friends, had loads of laughs. Next time I would book my own flights,   Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Having read some very mixed reviews on the MSC product I decided to try it for myself on the magnificent Splendida and write my own report. I love to cruise and dont believe it is possible to have a bad time on a cruise ship and find that ... Read More
Having read some very mixed reviews on the MSC product I decided to try it for myself on the magnificent Splendida and write my own report. I love to cruise and dont believe it is possible to have a bad time on a cruise ship and find that some people tend to exaggerate their experiences a little. My feeling is that all the big cruise companies do a pretty good job, some better than others. Boarding in Barcelona, the check in process was quick and simple and all passengers are escorted to their cabins by a cabin attendant, a very nice touch. I had a balcony on the 12th floor which is comfortable and well appointed. A good bed with a decent sized balcony, bathroom with an excellent shower and impeccably clean, as is the whole ship. The Splendida is a huge vessel at 130.000 plus tons and is well laid out. I had my first lunch in one of the buffets and the rest in the full service main dining rooms. They do a 5-6 course meal for lunch and dinner and you are expected to choose all courses with your initial order, not a problem. I found the quality to be reasonably good throughout if not excellent. Dont forget that this is an Italian cruise line so the focus is very much on Italian food and it was all nicely presented. I have to say that the coffee served at breakfast time bears no resemblence to coffee I have tasted anywhere else. It is coffee coloured but thats about it. Same thing with the juices, imagine juice concentrate from a bottle of undiluted cordial and thats what you get for breakfast. Of course proper coffee and capuccino is available for a fee in one of the bars. MSC likes to charge you for everything, drinks is fine but this includes water with your meals. Yes you get a bottle of San Benedetto but you spend much of the cruise signing bills for expenditure. I wish they would just charge a little more at the outset and then include water and coffee in the total. You get the distinct feeling you are being nickle and dimed at what I find to be excessive prices. 3.00EUR or almost 4USD for a Coke is not reasonable. I also found what I ordered for the 1 room service breakfast was missing items I had placed on my order which was a disappointment. The entertainment team put on a show for 6 of the 7 evenings and I have to say that these are some of the best shows I have ever seen at sea. Their dancers, acrobats and gimnasts are all superb and deserve credit for some excellent performances. These shows however, are all introduced in 5 languages and instead of keeping them to a minimum, they become long and overbearing. The Splendida has a magnificent and huge theatre at the front of the ship as always. I think the language issue also equates to their being being little entertainment during the day that you get on many of the US cruise lines, talks about subjects of interest or about the places we will visit just dont happen. I found the English speaking guide uninformed to the point of not even being able to pronounce the place names of some of our destinations correctly. The ports of call are interesting, Tunis/La Goulette with a visit to the ruins at Carthage and the village of Sidi Bou Said, spectacular and beautiful Malta, Messina for Taormina or Etna, Civitavecchia for Rome and Genoa for Portofino. Some wonderful seamanship with 180 degree turns in limited spaces in a 1000 foot vessel is fun to watch from the top deck. The pool area is impressive and having the kids disco up on the 16th deck in the centre of the ship is also good design. Yes there is cigarette smoking on board but I wasnt bothered it unduly. MSC charges well over the odds for excursions but you can find cheaper and better options locally in each port. The front of this ship is home to MSC Yaught Club and offlimits to us mortals with accomodation elsewhere. This means you cannot get to a location on the ship with a forward facing view and that is something I missed. This is the first cruise I have been on where the ships collects and disembarks passengers at various points and I am not a fan of this process. It means that the central lounge areas are often full of people waiting to leave the ships and therefore not a place you want to be if you are not leaving the vessel. It also means there is a lot of commotion and noise and very little down time or restful periods. MSC does a 25EUR laundry service for the week with up to 30 items for the price which is a no brainer for me. It means not having to take so many items of clothing with me and comes back washed and neatly folded every day. Baggage handling to and from the cabin on embark/debark days is proficiently handled and as is often the case, my cabin attendent was superb. I also saw some excellent service in the dining rooms and one Maitre d looked after me superbly each morning at breakfast. However, I didnt get the feeling of the crew being the happiest at sea in general and this was noticeable after experiences on a couple of other major lines recently. I like it when crew members greet you and that doesnt happen here. So in conclusion I had a great week on a superb ship with some fascinating points of call. MSC could do some things differently which would improve the product greatly but I wouldnt let that put you off. If the itinerary was right, I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Back Story: Bought a packaged deal of air, 7 days on Splendida, 3 days afterward in Rome w/3 private transfers in spanking new Mercedes - very nicely done. Info background: Not much to go on as MSC's website is not ... Read More
Back Story: Bought a packaged deal of air, 7 days on Splendida, 3 days afterward in Rome w/3 private transfers in spanking new Mercedes - very nicely done. Info background: Not much to go on as MSC's website is not user-friendly, few English speaking folks had contributed CC reviews since her July 2009 debut. Full Disclosure: a happy HAL passenger for some years. Ship is pristine but personally thought the decor tends towards the tacky side. It would also appear management is enamored w/the American Wide West as evidenced by Photo Gallery when pix are not displayed. Cabins are fine; rest of ship more brash than necessary. Entertainment: MSC at a disadvantage w/too many languages spoken on board so must confine acts to mimes, acrobats, singers and dancers who sorely needed a choreographer. Some acts better than others which is the norm. Afternoon games lead by Italian speaking staff. Obviously I could not participate. Food: Quite underwhelmed by Bora Bora & Pago Pago offerings including the touted pizza. On 2nd try after eating a cheese/salami sandwich w/side salad, I thought I can do this @ home. Thereafter, dined in dining room w/service, much better offerings and a non-zoo atmosphere which the other 2 deeply portray. Thoughts: Appetizers and soups were usually quite good as were Regional Menu Selections. Beef inedible; lamb chops good. Vegetables surprisingly good. Pastry offerings uniformly dry so ordered gelato. Assume they want one to spend 4-5-6E at their pastry & gelato counters. I abstained. Excursions: Only took 1 which had German/English guide so the 3-1/2 $62 tour should have been $30 for me; and exasperated the English-speaking folks. MSC offers shuttles for which they charge in 2 of the ports; offers NO free maps or anything else of value and due to her size, must dock further away from most main port docks...they need to do more for the customer. Bottom Line: If my French were better I would take a MSC cruise again, but their Reception Desk needs to understand customer relations, and management needs a shake-up along w/an upgrade of their user-unfriendly website. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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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