Pool at the back of the ship is less busy
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.
Dont go past 7 am for breakfast on your last day!!! ITs crazy!!!!
Be cautious with purchasing items on the ship. They were selling Valentino handbags, claiming they are authentic but workmanship is poor & products are made in China not Italy. After speaking with Store Assistant Manager, he said they are Class B, Mario Valentino products. Returned the products!
If you want a good table with a nice view go before 7 am.
If you think the buffet will be crowded, try coming in from the back where there is often more seating available. Also, if you come in the front, don't necessarily stop there for food. Many of the items are repeated as you proceed to the rear and there may be less crowding.
Try breakfasts and lunches in different restaurants in lieu of just doing it at the buffet.
If you want to do Europe as a European, this is the ship. I wish Rick Steve's would recommend.. Travel as a temporary local. NO thte cruise if you are a fussy American that wants things done American style. But I loved the experience
Try the formal dining room breakfast and lunch, much better than the buffet. Good menu choice mixed with buffet and waiter service means you can eat together and you get to meet other passengers and exchange ideas and tips.
If you like a big vessel with many people, you are right onboard MSC Fantasia
No special remarks. All seemed well organised.
Morning buffet was an obstacle course at times! Dinner in the Red Velvet room was lovely but service was sometimes spotty or slow. Thankfully we had access to a private sun deck because the pool area is often very loud and filled with smokers.
Never book MSC.
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