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Pauline

Age: 42

Occupation:Teacher

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Ship: MSC Splendida

Sailing Date: 2011-06-26

Itinerary: Mediterranean

I really enjoyed the cruise, the ports were good and all the bad reports that I have read have been unfounded. I went with my husband and two children aged 16 and 11 and they all really enjoyed it as well. We are going back with MSC again this year on the Melody to see what the smaller ship is like but cannot find fault with the Splendida, we were really looked after including an invite to the captains cocktail part which is exclusive! Would recommend it.

Food was good but drinks were very expensive would recommend buying the packages beforehand. Preferred the buffet breakfast to the formal one, it was a bit stuffy!! The lunch buffet was fab, the children loved it.

We had a lovely room with a balcony which was definitely worth the extra money, will find it hard this year on the Melody without the balcony. The room was more than big enough for myself, my husband and two children, it was always clean and tidy without us having to lift a finger.

We didnt really join in that much with the onboard activites, we went to the shows but that was about it.

The excursions are very expensive and you can do it cheaper at most ports by yourself, in fact on the Splendida you can do all the excusions cheaper by yourself apart from Etna as the taxis will not take you as not enough time but then the cruise excursion only takes you to the Silvestri Crater and a lot of the time is spent in the coach. At Civitavecchia, it is a lot cheaper and I mean a lot to take the free coach to the end of the port and walk to the train station, about 5-10 mins, this cost us 39 euros to get all four of us to the centre of Rome. Would highly recommend the Colossium tour, really worth the money. Is Marseilles you can walk to the bus stop from the port too and in Malta not far to walk at all to town.

Wonderful and fantastic trip, loved it and will us MSC again, in fact we are this year around the Med and Black Sea, dont forget to save some money for the pricey tips at the end though!!!

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