Author: Iain C
Cruised Sept 16 Northern Europe on a 7 night cruise, the first time on MSC and it won't be the last. MSC Splendida is for me the best ship I have been on up to now it was stunning extremely clean, the staff fantastic, plenty of bars and places to go, organisation seamed to be first rate as well. Only seen one show a condensed opera which was good the wife realised she had heard the music before and quite enjoyed it, didn't see anything else because of dining time and time spent in restaurant up to two hours for evening meal very relaxed, our evenings were spent in bars enjoying the drinks package which were fantastic value for money. Background musicians were very very good middle of the road classical music and a female singer. We found there was always somewhere to sit during the day and evening in the bars probably because kids were at school - food for thought on future cruises. Downsides - Food was not the best, don't get me wrong it was fine and buffet was 20 hours a day! I just think RC & Princess are better, it was better than P&O only my opinion. The Captain was above it spoke to him on captains formal night just a 'good evening' in passing wasn't expecting a chat but a courteous 'evening' would have been fine, but he completely ignored me 'ouch'. But the worse thing for me - the worst leaving port ever after watching u tube horn wars etc I never heard it once they did say he blew the horn entering North Sea after Amsterdam but I was to busy inside the ship being disappointed.?? I spoke to others who said the same. Some rude people but they were soon put into place by other guests and on one occasion in 4 languages just to make sure she was understood classic! ?? Upsides- fantastic ship, great staff, plenty of pools and whirlpools, fantastic spa, superb cabin, Lavazza coffee bar plenty of different bars. Great deals to be had and the best drinks package at sea €20 a day. Brilliant weather and North Sea like a mill pond! For the prices they charge you have to give them a try.