MSC Splendida

3.4 out of 5

Overview

MSC Splendida is an extra large ship, carrying 3959 passengers and 1300 crew, and sails from Barcelona, Spain and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

Sails from: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Marseille (Provence), France, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Cruises to: Dubai & Emirates, Europe - Mediterranean, Asia & Indian Ocean

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Relaxing Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Splendida

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We had a very relaxing time on the cruise and enjoyed nearly every minute. The MSC Splendida was a nice cruise ship for its type. This is not a luxury cruise ship, but is clean and well kept. We feel that the ratings of MSC are lower than they should be, at least based on our experience. The majority of the passengers were of course European. North American, Australian and New Zealand travelers may find the European passengers "cold" or less open to talk. There was an obvious socio-cultural difference we noticed and sensed that some of the passengers were a bit taken a back by this.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Splendida 7 Night Mediterranean Rome

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

My favorite part of the cruise was Palma De Mallodrca.  I thought that the majority of the cruise help were awesome.  I thought that the Customer Service Representatives were awful and not helpful at all in fact I found them to be hostile.  I have been on several cruises and yours was the first one where I was denied juice and beverages and made to pay for them.  Over all I would not recommend this particular cruise to anyone and I don't think that I will cruise on MSC ever again. We were charged for TV service that we never received and were initially told that the charge would be taken off our account but it wasn't.  The culture of some of the clients was one of hostility and aggression.  I deal with aggression everyday at work.  I go on a cruise to get away from that.  I felt that I had to put on my "game face" in order to eat, participate in excursions or to disembark the boat.  Your company should put something in place to combat this type of culture.  You should set the example of care and concern for your customers.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Week on the Splendidia

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Nice ship and itinerary, too crowded at times. We liked to food, but the selections didn't change much. Enjoyed the entertainment, but most of it was difficult to understand since it was in Italian. Prices for drinks and excursions were reasonable. Overall, it was just too crowed to enjoy most of the time.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Great ports! But......

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

We originally booked this cruise becsuse of the ports having never been on MSC becore. The guests changed at every port so it was constant caos!! We felt like no one ever settled down! You could NEVER get a place at the pool because as you were off on excursion, new people boarded and went straight to the pool. If you stood in line for and waited your turn someone would walk to to the front of the line and butt in.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Good but not great

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We chose this cruise for the ports, we were sad to miss a couple of them due to the weather.  

The food was not very good in the buffets for breakfast.  There was very little selection and the same food items were served throughout the entire cruise.  Dinner was hit or miss, I wish there would have been selections for more picky eaters.  No one wants to eat a plain chicken breast every time they don't want the evening's offering.

The evening entertainment was sparse and the production value was low.  The pools and hot tubs closed early and we didn't have much chance to use them due to excursions and dinner times.  

We really struggled with our expectations during the cruise wondering if we were being nit picky, we have come to the conclusion after some discussion that there were no large problems but the small issues took away from our overall experience.  

 

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  • Price: $

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 3959

  • Total Crew: 1300

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.05

  • Built: Jul 2009

  • Number of Decks: 13

  • Total Cabins: 1637

  • Cabin Categories: 12

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LeslieJane
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Mar 30, 2013

Book into the Yacht Club. It costs a little more but you will have a more luxurious cruise and save money in the end

mb222
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 31, 2017

The Yacht Club experience is definitely worth the money, especially if traveling without children.

PamelaColorado
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 24, 2017

DO NOT EVER book an MSC Cruise! It was sold to us as a "Luxury Cruise" but it was nothing of the sort.

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