MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida Review and Specifications

Specifications of MSC Splendida

Year built2009  /  Age : 9
Flag state Panama
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassFantasia (modified)
Building costUSD 550 million
OwnerMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)333 m / 1093 ft
Beam (width)37 m / 121 ft
Gross Tonnage137936 gt
Passengers3274 - 3929
Crew1370
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks17
Cabins1637
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMSC Serenata
Christened bySophia Loren

Current itinerary of MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida current cruise is 30 days, one-way from Yokohama to Dubai. The itinerary starts on 08 Nov, 2018 and ends on 08 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
08 Nov 20:00      Departing from Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan   
11 Nov 07:00 - 12 Nov 16:00     Shanghai, China   
14 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Naha, Okinawa Island, Japan   
16 Nov 09:00 - 17 Nov 18:00     Hong Kong, China   
21 Nov 08:00 - 22 Nov 17:00     Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   
24 Nov 12:00 - 25 Nov 18:00     Singapore   
26 Nov 07:00 - 17:00     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
27 Nov 11:00 - 20:00     Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand   
30 Nov 08:00 - 01 Dec 18:00     Colombo, Sri Lanka   
05 Dec 08:00 - 06 Dec 14:00     Muscat, Oman   
08 Dec      Arriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   

Review of MSC Splendida

Launched in 2009, MSC Splendida is the second of MSC Cruises Fantasia-class ships, together with Divina, Fantasia and Preziosa.

History - construction and ownership

MSC Cruises (MSC Crociere) is a passenger shipping company headquartered in Genoa and Naples. It was established in 1960. Today, MSC Crociere is a subsidiary of MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) - world's 2nd largest containership company. MSC Crociere is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company. By annual passenger shipping volumes, MSC is ranked world's 4th largest cruise company (after Carnival Corporation, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NCL-Norwegian) with over 5% global market share.

MSC Splendida cruise ship

The 137,936-ton, 3,959-passenger cruise ship MSC Splendida is a relatively new and very large vessel which was designed by MSC for the European market. Splendida has a wide range of amusement along with rich cuisine alternatives. She features appropriate for families design. Passengers tend to be all age ranges and mostly European.

Cruise itinerary program

MSC Splendida itinerary program is based on Western Mediterranean cruises from  Rome, Palermo, Barcelona and Marseille. The ship also visits the Canary Islands and Madeira. During summer, MSC Splendida operates Baltic Sea and British Isles cruises out of Hamburg. From May 2018 MSC Splendida will serve the Chinese market following dry dock refurbishment planned for 2017.

In 2018, MSC deploys Splendida to China (replacing MSC Lirica / repositioned there since May 2016) in order to meet the Asian market's growing demand. From May 2018, Splendida will serve the Chinese market following a drydock refurbishment (November-December 2017). The new Asian cruise itineraries will include ports in Japan, Korea and China (details are yet to be revealed).

Cabins

MSC Splendida has a total of 1637 cabins (of which 107 Suites, 1151 Balcony, 295 Inside rooms) in 11 grades. Most MSC Splendida staterooms (80%) are 210-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard MSC Splendida are the Yacht Club Royal Suites (215 ft2). The ship also has 31 Aurea Spa Suites.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The 2-deck-high formal restaurant serves open seating breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner in two assigned seatings. A couple of specialty restaurants serve Tex-Mex and Italian cuisine. The Lido buffet is a casual-dining option. The buffet restaurant serves pizza at night. Coffee bars are a good option when the buffet is closed, but a charge is applied for coffee and pastries. MSC Splendida room service features a limited menu of cold sandwiches and Continental breakfast. Midnight buffet varies nightly and ranges from snacks to gala affair.

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Follows the complete list of MSC Splendida restaurants and food bars.

La Palmeraie (yachtclub)

  • La Reggia Restaurant (626-seat, 2-level forward Dining Room, offers different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30p.m.; with 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
  • Villa Verde Restaurant (766-seat aft Dining Room, open for Breakfast 7:00-10:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:45p.m., features a 3-course menu for lunch, 7-course for dinner)
  • L’Enoteca Bar (105-seat wine bar and Italian specialty restaurant; offers lunch and dinner)
  • Santa Fe Steakhouse Restaurant (108-seat specialty restaurant, offers Mexican cuisine; dinner only)
  • Bora Bora (412-seat, forward) and Pago Pago (404-seat, aft) Buffet Restaurants (self service complimentary cafeterias with various food stations - Grill Corner, Pasta, Pizza, Carving Show, Ethnic Corner, Mediterranean, Bakery, Kids corner)
  • L’Olivo Restaurant (136-seat aft Dining Room; MSC yacht club Suite guests only).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MSC Cruises Splendida provides a casino, cinema, library. Sport lovers enjoy the fitness center, 5 pools (L’Equatore/covered), twelve jacuzzis, plus sauna, solarium, Turkish bath, relaxation room and Thalassotherapy. The Aurea Spa will take good care of you with Balinese massage and holistic water treatments. Enjoy all the relaxing facilities and luxurious surroundings. As one of the MSC largest ships, Splendida has the “MSC Yacht Club” complex (with its 71 luxury suites) and the “Top 18” deck area. Additional amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Children Program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

MSC Splendida cruise ship

Follows the complete list of MSC Splendida lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Splendida Atrium (5-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
  • Splendida Bar (28-seat Atrium Lobby bar)
  • Cyber Library (Internet computers room and 10-seat library)
  • Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
  • The Strand Theatre (1600-seat, 2-level; features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.)
  • Royal Palm Casino (323-seat, smoking allowed area, own full bar)
  • Poker Room (separate card games lounge)
  • The Cigar Lounge and Bar (31-seat smoking room with full bar)
  • La Piazzetta (80-seat Italian Square area with live music, Ice Cream Bar, Cocktail- and Wine Bars, Coffee Bar, Chocolate and Pastry shop)
  • The Mini Mall (Duty Free Shop); La Boutique; MSC Logo Shop; Il Gioiello; Accessories; L’Angolo dell’Oggetto; La Caramella; La Profumeria; Fashion Bijoux; The Pool Shop; Photo Gallery and Shop
  • L’Aperitivo (98-seat, with live music from ship's Atrium)
  • La Prua Bar (108-seat piano bar with live music and specialty cocktails)
  • Gallery Plaza (art exhibitions and auctions)
  • The Purple Jazz Bar (106-seat jazz bar with liquor selection, live music and quiz games)
  • Sports Bar (87-seat; has large TVs and bowling lanes)
  • L’Espresso (58-seat specialty coffee bar; offers complimentary cookies and pastries)
  • The Aft Lounge (268-seat aft show lounge with full bar and dance floor; hosts shows, bingo, trivia quizzes)
  • MSC Splendida Aurea Spa (1700 m2 complex, with 2 Steam Rooms and 4 Saunas, Relaxation Room, Treatment Rooms, Thalassotherapy hot tubs, 3 Whirlpools, sliding-roof heated pool, Aerobics Studio/Yoga classes, Solarium Area, Beauty Salon, Bar)
  • Fitness (complimentary Gym, fitness classes at surcharge)
  • L’Equatore Pool (has a sliding glass roof, 3 Whirlpools; served by L’Equatore Bar)
  • Aqua Park (family pool, two Whirlpools, splash area, water jets, fountains)
  • LED Wall (open air video screen)
  • Bar del Riccio (97-seat poolside bar)
  • Tartaruga Bar (Aqua Park poolside bar)
  • Top Sail Lounge (141-seat MSC Yacht Club Lounge with piano live music, afternoon tea)
  • Il Polo Nord; Mini and Junior (kids play area with kids pool, TVs, movies, crafts, games, climbing area, mini-football; with a 2-section Kids Club - for children 3-6 yo, and Junior - for 7-12 yo; also hosts feature activities by MSC-LEGO partnership called “Lego Experience at Sea”)
  • Graffiti’s Disco and Club (31-seat teens only club); Teens Toboga (3-deck high Divina water slide); Teen’s Area (live music, dance classes, sports and video games)
  • Playa del Sol Pool (adult-only “infinity pool” with 2 Whirlpools, served by Movida Bar)
  • Club 33 Disco and Nightclub (120-seat, with a full bar)
  • Le Club (22-seat MSC Yacht Club private area)
  • Video Games Arcade; Virtual World (ten video games arcades); F1 Simulator (Formula 1 car racing)
  • 4D Cinema (ten moving seats)
  • MSC Arena Sports Center (combined sports court- basketball, volleyball, soccer, with stadium seating and outdoor large movie screen); Shuffleboard, Table Tennis, Squash
  • MSC Yacht Club Area; The One Pool (MSC Yacht Club members only, with 2 Whirlpools, served by The One Bar)
  • Top 18 Exclusive Solarium (adult-only area, with one Whirlpool, garden, Tiki Bar)
  • Power Walking/Jogging Track.

MSC Splendida wiki

  • MSC Splendida cruise ship is of the line's largest Fantasia-class vessels (Inaugural cruise July 4, 2009, christened on July 11). Her sisters in the fleet are the MSC ships DivinaFantasiaPreziosa.
  • Initially, this MSC ship was to be named "Serenata" (renamed in 2007). 
  • Don't forget that on MSC Splendida cruises kids sail for free!
  • (March 18, 2015 accident) MSC Cruises Splendida ship was docked at the La Goulette cruise port (Tunis, North Africa) when terrorists started shooting at civilians in front of the Bardo museum. Among the victims (21 killed, over 25 injured) were 12 cruise passengers from Splendida and 5 passengers from the Costa Fascinosa ship, plus local civilians and police officers. The MSC line decided to replace Tunisia with Malta (La Valletta port) for all Western Mediterranean 2015 cruises.
  • In 2018, MSC deployed Splendida to China (replacing MSC Lirica / repositioned there since May 2016) in order to meet the Asian market's growing demand. From May 2018, Splendida will serve the Chinese market following a 2017 dry dock refurbishment. The Asian itineraries will include ports in Japan, Korea and China (details are yet to be revealed). The ship's customization for the Chinese market featured a new restaurant (via partnership with celebrity chef Jereme Leung), new "MSC for Me” program (with Deloitte), new shipwide artificial intelligence translation system (based on the Baidu search engine and technology provided by Tuge). The new translation system automatically identifies the languages spoken and translates, allowing passenger-crew interactions in real time.
  • Ship’s Captain is Giuseppe Moresco.

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MSC Splendida Itineraries

The below listed MSC Splendida cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest MSC Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 08 30 days, one-way from Yokohama to Dubai Yokohama
2018 Nov 11 28 days, one-way from Shanghai to Abu Dhabi Shanghai
2018 Nov 11 27 days, one-way from Shanghai to Dubai Shanghai
2018 Nov 24 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore
2018 Dec 05 3 days, one-way from Muscat to Dubai Muscat
2018 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2018 Dec 13 2 days, one-way from Doha to Dubai Doha
2018 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2018 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2018 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sir Bani Yas Cruise Dubai
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Dubai
2019 Mar 24 8 days, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Abu Dhabi
2019 Mar 29 1 day, round-trip Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sir Bani Yas Cruise Dubai
2019 Mar 30 28 days, one-way from Dubai to Yokohama Dubai
2019 Apr 01 26 days, one-way from Abu Dhabi to Yokohama Abu Dhabi
2019 Apr 21 6 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong
2019 Apr 27 9 days, round-trip Asia Yokohama
2019 Sep 11 10 days, one-way from Shanghai to Yokohama Shanghai
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Asia Yokohama
2020 Feb 14 27 days, one-way from Shanghai to Dubai Shanghai
2020 Mar 12 17 days, one-way from Dubai to Genoa Dubai