MSC Fantasia Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Excellent itinerary

Sail Date: July 06, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We just returned from our 7 day MSC cruise. Overall we enjoyed our experience. The itinerary was excellent, it made the trip great. The Ship Fantasia was beautiful, and clean. Our room was larger then expected as we had an inside cabin. Cabins are well maintained cabin stewarts are always around ensuring everything is clean with new towels twice a day. Evening dinners were excellent, staff were friendly and the food was excellent.  The pool bars had the best bar servers with friendly and fast service.

The areas we found required improvement were the pool space and the buffet service and quality.  The pool was too small for the amount of guests, kids jumping over your shoulder to get into the pool.  We still enjoyed the pool just something to think of.  The buffet staff are not friendly or very interested in providing any service.  If you do find a server the drinks take very long to arrive to your table.  Food is just ok.  Same items daily as expected at a buffet.  Don't miss you evening dinners as we did not want to  have 3 meals at the buffet. 

 

Despite some issues we did enjoy the experience, it is an Italian cruise line so you have a lot of European travelers.  The MSC was very organised at all ports, they ensure you get on and off your boat safely and efficiently.  Look at pre booking one of the drink packages. They are well priced and worth it as single drinks can be expensive.  We choose the 24 hour drink package which includes bottled water, coffee and ice cream. On hot days we enjoyed the bottle water and ice cream a few times a day

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Ship Quality
The ship was clean, and beautiful
Food and Dining
Food was great in the main dinning room. Buffet service was ok
Cabin / Stateroom
Cabins larger then expected, very clean and comfortable
Service and Staff
Pool bar service was excellent. Erik was Amazing! Also our dinner service was great!
Entertainment
Onboard Activities
A lot to offer
Destinations and Excursions
The destinations were amazing! Best think about our vacation.
Venice, Italy
Venice is a must see. So much to see and enjoy
Bari, Italy
Not a lot to see in town. Just walk around town if you want to save money
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Great! A lot to do in town right off the ship, but Olympia was worth a visit for just a few hours
Santorini, Greece
A must see place. Fira is beautiful, but venture to Oia for the views
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
A must see. The city is just amazing and friendly.
Corfu, Greece
Beautiful.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Great to walk around old town to feel like you are in medieval times

Tip

Book a drink package. Select one that best meets your needs and pre book it. You save the 15% gratuity on each bill if you pre book. Best thing we did. If you enjoy laying by the pool after your day off the ship, return about 1 hour before the ship departs to get a sun chair. It fills up fast.



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