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MSC Splendida - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Launched in 2009 as the second in a class of four 133,500 ton, 3,274 passenger ships (along with sister ships Fantasia, Divina and Preziosa), Splendida is both one of the largest ships MSC has built to date and also one of the loveliest, designed with a fantastic sense of space, real glamour, and a truly individual design sense — inside, she and her sisters look like no other cruise ships at sea.

The MSC Yacht Club
MSC Splendida offers a mix of features developed for MSC's Musica class ships plus a number of new elements that are all their own. Among the latter, the most significant is the MSC Yacht Club, essentially a first class section (a la Cunard Line's Grill class and Norwegian's Haven accommodations) that provides its best-paying guests with a high end luxury cruise experience just for them, while also giving them the option of journeying out into the general areas of the ship.

Located primarily at the front of the ship on Decks 15, 16, and 18, the Yacht Club offers suites with butler service plus a private concierge lounge; the elegant Top Sail Lounge, with wide windows facing the horizon; a private outdoor area with a pool, two whirlpools, a sundeck, and a bar; and L'Etoile restaurant, serving French cuisine. All in all, the Yacht Club is one of the most luxurious experiences at sea.

MSC Splendida Topsail Lounge MSC Splendida
Public Rooms

Every area of MSC Splendida is designed to be more dazzling than the last. Spanning Decks 5 through 9 and giving hints of what's to come is the ship’s gorgeous atrium, which gleams like a jewel box. On the atrium's various levels you will find the ship's reception desk and shore excursions desk; the large Splendida Bar, a great, social meeting spot; the L'Aperitivo Bar, designed with a modern, angular feel; several shops, including the cute La Caramella candy shop, selling sweets by the gram; the L'Espresso Coffee Bar, always a busy spot on these Italian ships; L'Enoteca, serving Italian wines and tapas; and the Santa Fe TexMex Restaurant, with an open kitchen.

On Deck 6 (and spreading as well to Decks 5 and 7), the 1,600 seat Strand Theatre looks like no other theater at sea, with its modern, design. Moving aft, the deck offers the large Royal Palm Casino, a Belle Epoque inspired cigar lounge, a poker room, several shops, and La Piazetta, a rotunda-style cafe serving pastries, sweets, and gelato.

On Deck 7, you will find the stylish La Prua piano bar with its ocean liner imagery, the gloriously colorful and modern Purple Jazz Bar, the large Sports Bar with big-screen TVs and a two lane bowling alley, and the Aft Lounge, a fantastic space for music and dancing or just lounging on the free-form furniture.

MSC Splendida's two main restaurants are the two level La Reggia, which serves Italian cuisine and operates on a walk-in basis for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the lovely Villa Verde offers views from three sides (including the stern) and focuses daily on dishes from a different region of Italy.

MSC Splendida Pool MSC Splendida
Spa & Pools

Up on Deck 14 the bow is dominated by the enormous Aurea Spa and Fitness Center, which includes a tiled Turkish bath, a stylish pre or post treatment relaxation room, a spa bar, a yoga studio, a gym, a hair salon, and more than a dozen rooms for massages, mud packs, and other treatments.

Aft of the spa, the ship's midsection is taken up with several pools: the L'Equatore, which offers a glass roof for inclement weather as well as several whirlpools, a bar, and the open-air Aqua Park, a multi-level grouping of pools, wading pools, whirlpools, and 150 illuminated musical fountains.

The remainder of Deck 14 is taken up by Bora Bora and Pago Pago, two interconnected casual restaurants.

On Deck 15, the Playa del Sol Zen Area is Splendida's third major pool area, a traditional stern pool with two whirlpools and a limited amount of seating. Reserved for adults only, it is the most low-key pool area on board. The childrens' facilities comprise the North Pole themed Il Polo Nord kids center, the Il Graffiti teen hangout room, and separate outdoor areas for kids and teens.

One deck up, you’ll find the ship's disco, a sports court, a video game room, and a couple of techie wow attractions: a Formula One racing simulator and a 4D cinema that simulates the motions and atmosphere on screen.

MSC Splendida Executive Suite Cabins On MSC Splendida
Fully 70% of the accommodations aboard are balcony staterooms, which come with a sitting area, good storage, TV, wifi (for a charge), a vanity, a minibar, a bathroom with shower or tub, and a 42 squarefoot balcony. Their design is attractively modern and uncluttered, with lovely wooden headboards and huge mirrors that do much to amplify the size of the room.

The oceanview staterooms and interior staterooms are not quite as upscale looking, but are still nicely designed, with modern art accenting their plain-vanilla beige walls.

At the high end are the Aurea Suites which come with a package of spa perks, and the three types of accommodations that are part of the ship's MSC Yacht Club upper crust; Deluxe Suites, Royal Suites, and Executive & Family Suites. All come with a sitting area, gleaming wood-veneer wall paneling, and a lot of little luxe perks.

Ship Information
MSC Splendida belongs to MSC Cruises' Post-Panamax Class of cruise ships (cruise ships so big they cannot go through the Panama Canal). This MSC Cruises ship features specialty restaurants, a multitude of sophisticated bars and lounges, more than 1,250 cabins and suites with a balcony, and a warm Italian atmosphere.

It also has an exclusive area, the Yacht Club, reserved for guests in suites. The Yacht Club includes a bar, solarium, 2 whirlpools, swimming pool, the Top Sail Observation Lounge, and butler service for the suite.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2009 ♦ Ship's Class: Post-Panamax Class ♦ Country of Registry Panama ♦ Tonnage 133,500 ♦ Length 1,093 ft - 333 m ♦ Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,274 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,959 ♦ Passenger Decks 13 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,325 ♦ Officer's Nationality Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 1,637 ♦ Suites with Balcony 107 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 1,151 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 85 ♦ Inside 294 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 41 ♦ MSC Cruises' cabins include luxury bedding, complimentary continental breakfast, minibar, satellite TV programming, and 24 hour room service.

Pago Pago on MSC SplendidaCabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating in the La Reggia and Villa Verde restaurants ♦ Dining on MSC Cruises is special - a seven course menu, including a different regional Italian specialty every night ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: L'Olivo, Santa Fe ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Rock Climbing ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Mini Golf ♦ Formula 1 Simulator ♦ Interactive 4D Cinema

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Children's Room ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center