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6 MSC Cruises MSC Splendida Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Mediterranean

We always book a nice veranda room but were lucky to be upgraded to the Yacht Club with a suite.....great room...concierge and staff couldn't have been more helpful...private butlers when ever needed. Fully stocked mini bar topped up ... Read More
We always book a nice veranda room but were lucky to be upgraded to the Yacht Club with a suite.....great room...concierge and staff couldn't have been more helpful...private butlers when ever needed. Fully stocked mini bar topped up every day for free, which along with the endless drinks package is always good......boat was on time to every port with long enough port stays to see the highlights of each town....variety of bars.....with a couple of fairly decent singers...... Yacht club fine dining was exceptional....overall an amazing 7 day cruise and relaxing time as it was after 2 weeks in Netherlands and before 5 weeks we were spending around Italy......was a little apprehensive prior to getting there as we have done 4 cruise but never with MSC..we were told they were "ok"...well id say more than ok....I would cruise with MSC anytime any where, especially on this boat. Regards everyone Westyfrompresty Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. ... Read More
I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. This cruise was in March and we had just cruised on the MSC Divina las October. I have no cruise status, but the family does travel alot. Embarkation was in Genoa. We learned last fall on the Divina that you dont need connecting rooms if you get balcony rooms next to each other. When you do this you can open up the divider on the balcony between the two rooms and use that to go back and forth between the rooms. The only downside to this was that one night it was pretty stormy outside and the divider banged made noise until I found a way to secure it. Embarkation was fst and friendly. My mother has a cane and once the MSC staff saw this they sped us all through the process and we did not have to wait at all. One nice feature about the ship picking up passengers at about every stop is that our room was ready for us as soon as we got onto the shop at noon. We knew pretty much what to expect with the ship prior to arrival because it is essentially the same as the Divina. I do have to say that the Divina seemed a little nicer than the Splendida. There were a couple more upcharge restaurants on the Divina, although we didnt eat at any of them on either ship. Coming from the USA where there is a mexican restaurant on every corner and a steakhouse on every other corner it was hard for me to justify paying more to eat mexican on the ship. We always get a balcony at the rear of the ship on the floor nearest the buffet. This allows us to grab food and return to our balcony if we cant find a table in the buffet. This was a problem on the Divina, but we never had a problem finding a table at the buffet on the Splendida. This also allows you to be a quick walk to the pool or hot tub without having to walk down a long hallway. The food at the Main Dining Room was so so. I definitely would not go on MSC for the food, but I definitely would not skip the MSC because of the food. It is no Celbrity, but it wasnt much worse than DIsney. My youngest got steak every night and the rest of us tried pretty much everything. The wait staff was friendly but not speedy. You have to expect long dinners in the Main Dining Room though. We only ate in here 4 nights. The evening buffet was smaller than the lunch buffet which was a real bummer. There were not as many choices for dinner than for lunch. There were always good pizza, hamburgers, and a good pasta. They had calamari everynight. I usually like calamari, but this was the fisshiest tasting, rubbery stuff I have ever had. The big disipoinment was not free lobster on the boat. Overall though I liked the food. It was in the 60's most days and people were not at the pools. I had the drink package and found that the pool bar was the place to be. Very friendly bar staff and no crowd. The ports were nice except for Marseille. Marseiile was the dirtiest place I have been. I have been to Beijing, Central America, and Chicago and found Marseille to be a huge waste of time. Not worth the bus ride. Palermo was the best, then Malta, then Rome, then Barcelona. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I embarked the MSC Splendida in Marseille on Jan 28, which was also the Chinese New Year’s day and so there was a sizeable contingency of Chinese passengers. It was actually the last night of the itinerary when I embarked, as the ... Read More
I embarked the MSC Splendida in Marseille on Jan 28, which was also the Chinese New Year’s day and so there was a sizeable contingency of Chinese passengers. It was actually the last night of the itinerary when I embarked, as the majority of guests had embarked in Genoa, so on my embarkation day I enjoyed the gala dinner and the show ended with the crew parade chanting ‘time to say goodbye’. Indeed this was the third time I cruised on this ship, similar itinerary, same class of cabin. One main reason was that I think MSC’s Yacht Club is among the best cruise experience I have had, the other was that there was not much of a choice of a European cruise in January, and I needed a cruise (now that I cruise virtually every month). Yacht Club was great because I like big ship facilities and activities, while within this ‘ship within ship’ I also enjoy a high-end service environment. The dinner tonight, the Gala, I had Foie Gras and lobster, and it was good to start the cruise this way if in a somewhat reverse order. Nowadays you can virtually choose to embark on any port of the itinerary. I chose Marseille (in theory the last port), despite inconvenience of the cruise terminal, because I wanted to stay there for a few days pre-cruise. Be aware that the embarkation port affects price due to capacity control, a good tip if you look for as better deal. The Terminal is not in town but a taxi ride from the Vieux Port costs only EUR20. The winter sea was not really rough but the ship rolls a bit the first night, and next morning we were in Genoa on a Sunday. Afterward the sea was smooth. The ports followed were Civitacecchia, Palermo, Valletta, and Barcelona, all popular ports of call. This is probably a very popular itinerary for the general cruiser, but as I have been to all these places several times I took a relaxing holiday. Indeed, the ship is my true destination. It is great that the weather was good almost the whole trip and the seas are not rough. Opinions on MSC cruises differ, particularly for North American guests. I note with interest that while last month on NCL most passengers are American and English, on this ship it is predominantly European but not particularly Italian. Thus English was the first language. But what Americans may dislike the ship for reason that it is not Americanized, this I as well as many Europeans consider it an advantage. For example, the food is very Italian, the true Italian way, not the internationalized or Americanized Italian. Not Hamburger and hotdog. It is strange that the ship’s only alternative paid dining venue is a Tex-Mex restaurant. The food may be good but the name in itself is to me a deterrent so even on a third cruise I have never tried it. I would say that the food is adequate for normal class passengers (I have tried the cuisine on Magnifica and Musica both do not have Yacht Club), and for Yacht Club it is very good. The service and atmosphere in the L’Olivio Restaurant is among the best at sea, of Silversea and Crystal standard if the food quality is less due to still a price difference. The Top Sail Lounge is great, and this is a venue open only to Yacht Club passengers. And on a warmer sunny day the buffet lunch on the 18 level outdoor terraces are memorable. These venues (including a private pool) and drinks and snack consumption there are free to Yacht Club passengers. Yacht Club boasts of butler service and they are true butlers. You have choice of newspaper, and this is not the 4 page A4 version but the photocopy in A3 of the whole of Daily Telegraph on A3 format, bounded and delivered every morning. No other ship, including Silversea and Crystal which are more expensive, delivers such service. The cabin is comfortable, the bath has a good tub and there is a walk-in wardrobe. In my opinion, Yacht Club is great value for what you pay and what you get. For me, a passenger that has cruised nearly 100 times over 30 years, I come for a relaxed holiday and the ports of call are of no importance to me. I had come to enjoy top service but also big ship facilities and spectacular shows, and I am not disappointed. The shows on MSC are among the best, a production show every night. There are, uniquely, semi-classical music performances on this ship and people enjoy it. HAL is the only other cruise line that performs classical music (on Eurodam). MSC is one of my favourite cruise lines if I want a big ship, and at Yacht I enjoyed first class facilities and services. MSC Yacht Club is among the first of ‘a ship within ship’ and other cruise lines are now doing similar. I will return. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We sailed on Splendida in January, we have sailed on her before and she lived up to our expectations. If you are looking for a recommendation then there are a few thing to consider before you choose MSC. If you want the English or American ... Read More
We sailed on Splendida in January, we have sailed on her before and she lived up to our expectations. If you are looking for a recommendation then there are a few thing to consider before you choose MSC. If you want the English or American experience then read no further, if you are looking for a cosmopolitan cruise where you will meet several cultures and nationalities then it's worth a try. The ships are high end quality when it comes to design, very modern and sparkling. but the price you pay will be reflected in the food etc. you can get ships that provide high end food but this does come at a price. The size and quality of the cabins are some of the best I have had in many years of cruising, but don't expect expensive toiletries in the room only basic requirements. The cabin was kept spotlessly clean and there were no stains on the walls and carpets that I experienced on some "English" ships. The balcony was a good size with nice table and chairs. In the restaurant we were as usual seated with English speaking guests, the food was good quality but if you want lobster etc. you will need to pay a top up fee or visit one of the onboard speciality venues. There is plenty of choice on the menu and always two alternative dishes. The meals are not large but there are 5 to 6 courses and if you ask for extra for example two main dishes this does not cause any problems. We also used the MDR for breakfast and lunch if we were onboard as it is a bit more sedate than the buffet, you are assigned a seat and have a choice of either menu with waiter service or serve yourself buffet. We did not use the buffet very often but that was just personal choice, a lot of reports seem to say it is a problem finding a seat; but there was always room towards the back of the ship or dare I suggest you share with a stranger and have a chat. We found plenty of entertainment in the evening, some of the main shows were variety style but it must be remembered they are trying to cater for several different languages so an English comedian would fall on deaf ears. the other musicians were varied and of a very good standard. on other cruise lines we have sailed on there have been dead areas and dead spots when the acts changed over, but on all the MSC ships we have been on the entertainment has been seamless and you hardly notice the acts changing over. We enjoy ballroom and Latin dancing and found we could dance all evening if we wished. An area of tranquillity exists in the atrium where there was a string trio and a pianist alternating until late. We spoke to several members of the crew and staff ranging from officers to bar and cabin staff and found all to be courteous pleasant and willing to chat. So I would advice that you take the time to engage with them as they all seem to have an interesting tale to tell and are full of information about the ship. The main gripes we had were firstly with the casino, this is an area where smoking is permitted; if you don't smoke it is a no go area so if you want to play the tables or machines then you have to put up with the smoke. The air does get very thick as it is also used as a warm area to smoke in the evening instead of going on deck, I do suspect I would have done the same if I still smoked. The other issue with this is that it does permeate into the nice bar above where there is some nice music and dancing. Another problem we found it that there is no control over people using the hand gel when entering the food areas or entering the ship from shore. I can't understand why the management don't choose to enforce it as a virus breakout causes a lot of disruption for them, and why O why do people not use it and make every effort to try and dodge past it; some even putting their hands towards the machine and then walking away rubbing their hands as if they have used it. Still on the subject of guests and their attitude, if you are on holiday it is a time to smile and enjoy yourself not try to push and grab, get in front and jump queues; there does seem to be some nationality who are very selfish. Why on formal nights do some people decide to go in the restaurant looking like a refugee, please at least try to put some clean dressy clothes on. Think of it as if you are on shore, is that how you would dress to go from a meal in a restaurant or go to a show. If you don't want this type of expectations of dress recommendations then there are cruise lines who will cater for your wishes. So would we cruise with MSC again, well the next one is booked and we sail a week after this one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We did the Western Med cruise from Barcelona in April 2015 , the check in was so smooth, no hassles, no waiting, all excusions i had pre booked was 100% accurate as well as drinks vouchers. The service on the ship, Splendida, was fantastic ... Read More
We did the Western Med cruise from Barcelona in April 2015 , the check in was so smooth, no hassles, no waiting, all excusions i had pre booked was 100% accurate as well as drinks vouchers. The service on the ship, Splendida, was fantastic and our Cabin Assistant was super fiendly and efficient. All excursions were well organised no q's and disembarking and re embarking was very simple. All the ports we visited namely Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo & Valetta were great and we were blessed with awesome weather throughout even though it was early spring. The embarkation in Genoa could be improved, the only port we had a hiccup. The cabin was suffice and well kept, we had a balcony cabin. There is plenty to do and lots of entertainment day and night. We had dinner in the formal restuarant a couple of times as well as buffet area, although busy in buffet area we never stood in long q's and dirty crocery / cutlery was removed very quickly. If there is 1 gripe its the casino area that smells of smoke and unfortunately filters out into areas close by, we avoided that area as often as possible. We have done 4 cruises with MSC and have already booked our 5th one next year in April, have always had a great experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Hello my fellow American cruisers. Stay far - far away from this cruise ship. We just returned yesterday from a 7 night Mediterranean Cruise on the MSC Spendida. The cruise was over booked with over 4,000 passengers. It was so crowded ... Read More
Hello my fellow American cruisers. Stay far - far away from this cruise ship. We just returned yesterday from a 7 night Mediterranean Cruise on the MSC Spendida. The cruise was over booked with over 4,000 passengers. It was so crowded that you could hardly walk on deck 14 - much less getting something to eat without getting trampled and no place to sit. The elevators were always so crowded with passengers that most rides were passing by our 9th floor. Never in my cruising history (many cruises over the years) did I experience paying for water at dinner and no coffee served ever with dessert. The ship was fairly clean with only some carpeting throughout the ship soiled. One day I was planning to sit on our balcony, however, the ship's crew was cleaning balconies that day and I had 2 inches of water on the deck of the balcony for most of the day. So much for sitting on the balcony!!! There was also no free TV - you could pay for a movie but even the movies were not new releases and we had seen most of them. The balcony room was fairly nice - which was good as there was no place otherwise to go. Fellow cruisers - stay with Princess, Carnival, etc. Do not book with this cruise company - you will regret it. The food also at dinner was disappointing. The last day of the cruise they served Wiener Schnizel as a main course. It was pounded meat and very dry with only a few French fried potatoes thrown on the plate. (That is supposed to be gourmet food?) Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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