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Stephen Webb

Age: 59

Occupation:Safety manager

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Ship: MSC Splendida

Sailing Date: 2009-09-9

Itinerary: Med

Enjoyed the ports of the Med with the history and artifacts. The ship was magnificant in size and presentation. It was easy to get lost.

Food was at a low standard, the buffet had little to offer and the dining was not a good experience. Food was usually cold, not cooked and small portions. Disappointed when they recommend not to drink the water from the taps and then have the hide to charge for drinking water. For those who don't drink alcohol it can still be an expensive shout. The wine list was good but paying up to 10 times the value is a bit much.

Our accommodation was good, the balcony was pretty well protected and the amenities fine.

The activities were mainly for the younger passengers so we did not get involved. The lifeboat drill was a shambles, no one knew where to go and there was no check off to see if everyone was in attendance.

In most ports we found our own way around using local transport rather than pay through the nose for some of the organised ventures. In some locations it is hard to avoid the set excursions due to the location of the port and the distance from civilization.

The trip was good and the places we saw were also good, especially Malta. It is a good way to get a snap shot of the various places to then decide if you want to travel there another time. The cruise was smooth and the weather was fine. The ship was huge, ultra modern and magnificant. The rate MSC charge for gratuities, water, alcohol and excursions I expect there'll be a new ship on the horizon.

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