msc splendida - msc cruises crociere - cruise ship photos

MSC Splendida
Facts & Figures
Photo Gallery
Interior Photos
MSC Divina, MSC Divina cruise ship photos, MSC Divina cruise ship review, msc divina cruises, msc divina croisieres, msc divina cruceros, msc divina crociere, MSC Cruises, Mediterranean Shipping Company, cruise, cruises, cruise ship, cruise ships, cruise review, cruise reviews
 
 
 

   MSC Splendida at Marseille, France on May 10, 2014. Photo © Christophe Meline

Facts & Figures - Photo Gallery - Interior Photos
MSC Splendida
Owner/Operator: MSC Cruises
Year built: 2009
Builder: STX Europe, St. Nazaire, France
Former names: -
Gross Tonnage 138,000
Length: 333.3 m (1,092.2 ft)
Beam: 37.9 m (124.6 ft)
Passengers (normal): 3,300
Passengers (maximum): 3,887
Crew: 1,325
Service speed: 21.0 knots
Sister Ships: MSC Fantasia, MSC Divina, MSC Preziosa
Top of page    

MSC Splendida Photo Gallery

.
     
. Lisbon, Portugal La Goulette, Tunisia Barcelona, Spain
. © 2014 João Loureiro © 2013 Mark Fischer © 2013 Mark Fischer
     
Valletta, Malta Genoa, Italy Valletta, Malta Genoa, Italy
© 2012 Brian Crocker © 2012 Massimo D'Orsi © 2012 Håkan Nilsson © 2012 Robert Glebowski
     
Valletta, Malta Civitavecchia, Italy Civitavecchia, Italy Valletta, Malta
© 2012 Christophe Meline © 2012 Fred Claessen © 2012 Coen Gonsalves © 2012 Brian Crocker
     
Genoa, Italy Gibraltar, UK Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain
© 2012 Adrian Caietta © 2011 Louis Robba © 2011 Mark Fischer © 2011 Eduardo Wallenstein
     
Barcelona, Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Katakolon, Greece
© 2011 Werner Heydenreich © 2011 Earl Gough © 2011 Albert Schuurhuis © 2010 Robert Winslow
     
Genoa, Italy Katakolon, Greece Funchal, Madeira Funchal, Madeira
© 2010 Leonardo Marangon © 2010 Rainer Rosenow © 2010 Sergio Ferreira © 2010 Luís Filipe Jardim
     
Funchal, Madeira Funchal, Madeira Genoa, Italy Valletta, Malta
© 2010 Marcial Fernandes © 2010 Sergio Ferreira © 2009 Leonardo Marangon © 2009 Christophe D'haene
     
Genoa, Italy Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Lisbon, Portugal
© 2009 Christophe D'haene © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Luís Miguel Correira
 
Lisbon, Portugal St. Nazaire, Fance St. Nazaire, Fance St. Nazaire, France
© 2009 Rui Pais © 2009 MSC Cruises © 2009 MSC Cruises © 2008 MSC Cruises
Top of page    

MSC Splendida Interior Photos

Photos and text © 2009 Bart de Boer

.

In the past ten years or so, the Europeans have finally embraced cruising and the best proof of this is MSC Splendida, the latest and largest in a long line of new buildings for MSC Cruises. Built by STX Europe at St. Nazaire, France, the 138,000 ton giant calls Barcelona, Spain home on all-European, all-year cruises in the Mediterranean. Catering almost exclusively to Europeans, MSC Splendida is all you would expect from a floating Mediterranean resort. In true MSC fashion, Sophia Loren was asked to perform the role of god mother and it was on July 12, 2009 that the ship was officially named in a star-studded ceremony in Barcelona.

.
Docked at Barcelona Up close and personal The MSC Cruises logo Docked at Barcelona
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

Every weekend in summer, the Port of Barcelona looks like the new Miami. Rows of gleaming white cruise ships gobble up thousands of passengers for a weeklong roundtrip in the Western Mediterranean. The youngest (and largest) girl visiting the Spanish port is the brand new MSC Splendida. Delivered on time by her French builders in July, 2009, this ship is another proof of the expertise of European shipbuilding. With a cheerful "buon giorno" we are welcomed on board for a two-night stay which will culminate in a sensational quayside naming ceremony.

.
Ready for the ceremony Sophia Loren "I name this ship" Fireworks end the ceremony
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

On Sunday evening, in the light of the setting sun, MSC Cruises show they know how to throw a party. After many speeches from all sorts of important people, there is a standing ovation as Italian movie star Sophia Loren, godmother for all new built MSC ships, takes to the stage. At age 74, she is as glamorous as ever. After Sophia, it's time for world famous tenor José Carreras to mesmerize the crowd with his fabulous voice. Just before Midnight, the bottle breaks on MSC Splendida's hull and a gigantic firework display lights up the skies over Barcelona.

.
Splendida Atrium Splendida Atrium Splendida Atrium Note the Svarowski stairs
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Splendida Reception Splendida Reception Shopping! Beautiful stairwells
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

Once again, MSC Cruises turned to Italian Studio de Jorio for MSC Splendida's interior design. The result is nothing short of stunning and the unique use of colors and materials make the interiors of this (and any other MSC) ship instantly recognizable. MSC Splendida is another fine example of Italian design and the well thought out use of space make this ship feel less gigantic than it actually is. Most guests will enter the ship in the Splendida Atrium, the social, 5 deck high heart of the ship. Focal point here are the two see-through sweeping staircases covered in Swarovski stones - making guests stop for photos from day 1.

.
Cabin corridor Balcony stateroom Balcony stateroom Bathroom
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

MSC Splendida boasts 14 passenger decks, with 1,637 cabins. A whopping 80% of all staterooms have private balconies. All staterooms are very tastefully decorated in deep reds, greens and yellows, giving them an intimate but still modern, fresh feeling. The bathrooms are plain white but well laid out with a good shower. The balconies are on the small side though. On MSC Splendida and older sister MSC Fantasia the cruise line is premiering a concierge class level called Yacht Club. Up on decks 15 and 16 you will find 99 larger staterooms and a private lounge and restaurant. Butler service is available in all Yacht Club staterooms.

.
The Aft Lounge The Aft Lounge Photo Gallery Santa Fe Tex Mex Restaurant
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Santa Fe Tex Mex Restaurant Santa Fe Tex Mex Restaurant Santa Fe Tex Mex Restaurant L'Enoteca Wine Bar
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Santa Fe Tex Mex Restaurant L'Enoteca Wine Bar L'Enoteca Wine Bar L'Enoteca Wine Bar
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

On deck 7 aft, the appropriately named "Aft Lounge" serves as MSC Splendida's secondary show lounge and ballroom. The decor is whimsical, with faux stone walls and trendy lounge sets. Further forward is the innovative Photo Gallery and the Santa Fe Restaurant, one of Splendida's specialty restaurants serving Tex Mex favorites. Reservations are recommended here and there is a cover fee. In L'Enoteca Wine Bar you can enjoy wines and tapas in a very welcoming setting. Everything here breathes "wine" so even the chairs are made out of wine casks!

.
L'Espresso Coffee Bar Sports Bar The Purple Jazz Bar The Purple Jazz Bar
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
   
The Purple Jazz Bar The Purple Jazz Bar La Prua Piano Bar La Prua Piano Bar
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

The hugely popular L'Espresso Coffee Bar is located on the third level of the atrium. Try a cappuccino or espresso here! Further forward are two smaller public rooms. On port side you'll find the Sports Bar featuring MSC's first ever bowling alley. With its almost sparse decor, the Sports Bar greatly offsets the rich, bold Purple Jazz Bar on starboard side. This is arguably one of the most attractive night spots on board, home to a resident jazz band. Should you look for something more sedate, the La Prua Piano Bar is only steps away. This room has a distinct nautical flavor with its teak floor and portholes.

.
   
The Strand Theatre The Strand Theatre Royal Palm Casino Royal Palm Casino
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
La Piazzetta La Piazzetta La Piazzetta L'Aperitivo Main Foyer
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

Nightly entertainment is featured in the enormous Strand Theatre, spanning three decks. Sightlines are excellent and seating is nothing short of superb - this is a proper showroom that would not look out of place in any mid-sized town. Directly aft of the theater on deck 6 is the Royal Palm Casino, which is quite large for a ship catering exclusively to Europeans. You will also find a separate Poker Room on starboard side.

The design team has worked hard to make La Piazzetta look like a genuine Italian village square. Somehow or other, the room doesn't work for me. Blame it on the blaring music or the overkill in shiny surfaces! Still La Piazzetta proved quite popular during my time on board, probably because of the delicious Italian ice creams, cakes and coffees that are served here. For me, L'Aperitivo which overlooks the atrium, proved a much better venue. By using very dark colors, the brightly lit atrium attracts all the attention here and Studio de Jorio should be commended for creating a warm and intimate atmosphere in what basically is an atrium bar.

.
La Reggia Restaurant La Reggia Restaurant La Reggia Restaurant La Reggia Restaurant
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Villa Verde Restaurant Villa Verde Restaurant Villa Verde Restaurant L'Olivio Restaurant
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Pago Pago Cafetaria Bora Bora Cafetaria Bora Bora Cafetaria Pago Pago Cafetaria
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

MSC Cruises are in the process of upgrading their food offerings and during our stay on board I noticed that the quality of the food has already improved. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (in two fixed seatings) are served in two main restaurants. The corn colored La Reggia is the largest of the two, spanning two decks. The beautiful Villa Verde Restaurant aft on deck 6 is arguably more elegant. But the most exclusive dining experience can be found in the L'Olivio Restaurant, reserved for guests of the vessel's Yacht Club suites. Open most of the day is MSC Splendida's huge casual eatery on deck 14 aft. The Pago Pago Cafetaria and Bora Bora Cafetaria are sporting the same interesting South Pacific look, with lots of dark wood paneling. MSC Cruises have learned from the awkward design of the buffet restaurants on their Musica class ships and have now chosen for a free flow concept on their Fantasia class ships. The ingenious (and very attractive!) design of the room on MSC Splendida make the buffet restaurant a winner!

.
Lounging on deck 18 Aqua Park Aqua Park by night L'Equatore covered pool
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Playa del Sol pool Aqua Park Aqua Park Club 33 Disco
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer
Club 33 Disco MSC Aurea Spa MSC Aurea Spa MSC Aurea Spa gym
© 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer © 2009 Bart de Boer

MSC Cruises have always made their pool deck feel like the ones found at land based resorts and the Aqua Park on MSC Splendida is no different. Its terraced pools, fountains and Jacuzzis provide fun in the sun for the whole family. More peace and quiet can be found in the delightful L'Equatore Pool which can be covered by a glass roof in inclement weather. When open, the roof is completely invisible - a great feature. Last but not least, the Playa del Sol pool aft is reserved for adults, so you won't find any kids running around here. Overlooking the Aqua Park is the Club 33 Disco, done in a bright orange bubble gum style. And what would a modern cruise ship be without a spa? For passengers looking for complete wellness, the MSC Aurea Spa is huge and features treatment rooms, a gym, hairdresser and all the usual features.

.
MSC Splendida is a stunning ship. Or better, a stunning resort catering to European vacationers of all ages that would otherwise head for the Spanish costa's or the Turkish beaches. While not overly luxurious, this ship will dazzle first time cruisers and aims at pleasing a huge audience from all over Europe. MSC Splendida's interiors are modern, fresh and easygoing, just like the overall MSC Cruises experience.
 
 
Top of page    
 
   
www.ShipParade.com