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MSC Splendida

Launched in the spring of 2009, MSC Splendida is a Fantasia class ship and sister ship to MSC Fantasia. With such a large amount of space, The MSC Splendida has much to offer guests, including a three-dimensional cinema, a huge spa, a sports bar and various restaurants, the star being a 24-hour Tex Mex venue.

MSC Splendida also offers an exclusive privately accessed area: the ‘Happy Island’. A boutique-style option offering a dedicated concierge, a panoramic lounge, its own private galley, private swimming pool, private elevator and solarium and direct access to the wellbeing centre. There are 107 suites, each with a balcony plus butler service, exclusive to the guests of this area.

However you choose to spend your cruise, you’re guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 12/07/2009
Tonnage 133500
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 17
Number Of Decks 16
Number Of Elevators 4
Number Of Pools 5
Number Of Restaurants 4
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 3900
Crew 1313
Refurbished 2017

Ship Facilities

Experience the Italian Meal - an art form in itself. A zest of flavours and gaiety of colours from around the world will have you coming back for more. From pasta dishes and fresh fish to filet mignon and prime rib, warm, hospitable service is a constant theme throughout.

MSC Cruises UK has also introduced a more flexible buffet service. The buffet is open non-stop for 20 hours a day, from 6:00 until 2:00, meaning guests can enjoy more flexible times for traditional Mediterranean and International cuisine.

Included dining

  • La Reggia main dining room
  • Villa Verde main dining room, only open for lunch and dinner
  • Light bites at La Piazetta
  • Hotdogs and hamburgers at the Sports Bar
  • Bora Bora, the main buffet
  • Pago Pago, the smaller buffet
  • A la carte dishes at L’Olivio

Fee dining

  • Santa Fe Tex Mex
  • Bar del Riccio gelateria
  • Room service

Whether you’re here to enjoy the shows, to dance the night away or to star gaze on the wonderful sun deck, the Splendida is ready and waiting to entertain you. The lounges have bands playing music for all tastes from pianists and string quartets to pop, rock and oldies, while many of the nightly shows have an accent of the Mediterranean such as vibrantFlamenco dancers from Spain or historical glances back to Old Europe.

For those wanting to take a bit of a risk, the onboard Casino is perfect for a night of games tables and slot machines.

Other venues include:

  • Splendida Bar
  • L’Aperitivo
  • La Piazetta
  • The Cigar Lounge
  • Royal Palm Casino
  • L’Enoteca
  • The Purple Jazz Bar
  • La Prua Piano bar
  • Sports Bar
  • Club 33 disco

Spa and fitness

Onboard Splendida you'll everything you need to be pampered and let your stresses float away. Featuring luxurious private spa treatment rooms, a relaxation and meditation area surrounded by glass overlooking the open ocean, there are fewer places that promote such inner peace.

Staying active is also key to health and wellbeing, which is why MSC Splendida has a state-of-the-art gym, boasting every exercise machine and free weight you could need for the perfect workout. There are even group exercise classes and personal trainers available if you don’t enjoy working out on your own!


Each day onboard MSC Splendida brings different activities ready to be enjoyed. From a stroll around the deck, a run on the jogging track or a refreshing dip in the pool at Playa Sol, there’s plenty of ways to make the most out of the outside space onboard. Inside there’s the Internet Café to email friends and family with updates throughout your journey, duty-free shopping boutiques, a video arcade and even an F1 driving simulator—or you can enjoy the simple pleasure of lounging on a deck chair under the warmth of the sun, sipping tropical drinks. Dedicated areas for the younger guests also mean that parents don’t have to worry about keeping their children occupied during the cruise.

MSC Yacht Club

For an even more memorable and luxurious cruise, consider joining the MSC Yacht Club. These guests benefit from some fantastic advantages such as 24 hour butler and concierge services, all-inclusive food and drink, and a private lift to the spa. They will also enjoy access to exclusive areas which include a private pool, whirlpools, a beautiful restaurant, and lounge with panoramic views. Bespoke shore excursions and private shopping opportunities are also possible for those who are part of the Yacht Club.

Customer reviews for MSC Splendida

This was my first cruise and my wife’s second, and was for our honeymoon. We had a Bella outside cabin on the 5th deck. The room was larger than expected and was well set out. The TV had no English language channels, and films cost $8 each. The view was nice from the room. We were told everything was included with our booking, so it was an unwelcome surprise to get a $12.50 per day service charge each. We had the easy drinks package, but were unable to upgrade as we had prepaid when purchasing the cruise. The programme of day activities was not particularly full or appealing, especially on at sea days, and so more time was spent in the cabin than anticipated. The descriptions were misleading in some cases. “Romeo and Juliet” was more of a competition game show style event. Entertaining, but not what was expected. The ports of call were interesting (Nagasaki, Busan) and reading other reviews we were fortunate to have a free shuttle to town in Busan. Excursions seemed well over priced. Prior planning enabled us to do similar at a fraction of the cost. An at sea tour of the off limits areas of the ship sounded interesting, but not at $50 per person. The food was ok, but not a fine dining standard. The waiters were nice. The performances were really good, but didn’t make up the lack of other entertainment throughout the day. Everything was presented in English, Japanese and Chinese. It felt like the cruise was geared towards the Japanese guests. There were some language barriers. The ship was visibly, frequently cleaned. I forgot to pack toothpaste. That cost me $12.50 from the onboard shop which seemed expensive. MSC haven’t done enough to convince me to return. Too little to do at sea, and too costly unexpectedly which soured the experience for me.

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We went on this ship for a month in April. Firstly Captain not that friendly and NO welcome from him or cocktail night.. So disappointed. The food was boring lunchtime buffet.. pizza, salad and chef carving meat or fish. Which was good to start with but bored after the first week. Evening dinner in dining room was hugely disappointing. What ever you ordered for main meal it DIDN’T come with vegetables each night we asked for these and got carrots and courgettes. Twice got lovely veg but that was it twice in 28 days. Breakfast we enjoyed the best. Evening shows we enjoyed and were varied. Staff.. we loved the staff on this ship where ever we were they were excellent, friendly, kind and helpful. Cabin.. very tried.. and our cabin was dam disgraceful.. not cleaned properly and bedding was disappointing to say the least, we reported this and the manager came and he sorted it .. so we thought only to it still happening .. bedding looked like it had come from charity shop and was ripped and torn in many places..we have photos. And worse thing was leaving the ship as I am disabled and called front desk 5 times for help over an hour and still NO one came, as our taxi call to say it was waiting it put stress on us and in the end my husband pushed me to reception then went back twice to room to get baggage before complaining to staff and then they got someone to help us and not before time.. we left the ship to cross and saying we wouldn’t go back on M.S.C. The lad who helped was lovely but all to late. Maybe for short holiday but never again.. OH AND BE AWHERE we were charged for water..not had that before on other companies. I hope this has helped you.

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Undertook the MSC Grand Voyage from Abu Dhabi to Yokohama. This cruise was selected as it visited places I had been to before and wanted to see again. Better than expected The ship could carry more than 4000 passengers but that was not evident with the unexpected space in bars and restaurants on-board. I expected the service levels to be good but all the staff were engaging to ensure all passengers had a good time The itinerary gave most people the right amount of time in each port The embarkation and disembark - both in under 30 minutes. Wish the airlines were as organized. What could have been better very little to criticize, most issues were due to passengers not knowing what to expect would I book again with MSC - yes, they had the right balance of relaxation and entertainment for me. If I wanted a floating night show, I would have booked another cruise line

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