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MSC Splendida: A taste of 'La Bella Vita'
MSC Splendida, the second in MSC Cruises' Fantasia class of cruise ships was christened in Barcelona on July 12, 2009. Her cutting-edge technology combined with luxurious features makes MSC Splendida a ship looking to the future, while still drawing from the past.
MSC Cruises has laid out a six-star service for guests who enjoy the pleasures of life with the MSC Yacht Club, a VIP area complete with 99 spacious suites and 24-hour butler service. In the Top Sail Lounge, with its Skydome, guests may also delight their palate under a dome of sparkling stars.
For a relaxing time, guests may partake in the MSC Aurea Spa, where the highly trained staff combines Balinese massage with the traditional well-being that comes from water treatments, a legacy from ancient Roman times. Guests may make use of all the facilities, including saunas, a Turkish bath, solarium, relaxation room, thalassotherapy, massage room and whirlpool. For those seeking more sporty activities, there is a sun-kissed exercise room suspended above water. For entertainment on board MSC Splendida, there are four swimming pools, a squash court and the possibility of living the thrills of Formula 1 through a simulator.
For those who are sensitive to environmental issues, MSC Splendida is equipped with technological systems, such as the water-processing systems, that guarantee savings in energy and protection of the environment.
Where MSC Splendida sails
Home port: Hamburg, Germany
Destinations: The MSC Splendida is based in Europe, and offers a wide range of cruises. If you embark from Hamburg, Germany, you will visit a variety of destinations, including Longyearbyen and Honningsvag in Norway.
La Reggia Restaurant
La Reggia Restaurant is distinguished by its furnishings, including everything from refined porcelain to crystal glasses and silver flatware. Every evening, La Reggia offers a different menu to celebrate an Italian region with its typical cuisine and most renowned wines.
Villa Verde Restaurant
Villa Verde restaurant, on the ship's stern, features a breathtaking panorama, which inspired the theme of transparency and light used in the restaurant design. This restaurant offers an assorted Mediterranean menu, including light choices and options that are always available, to satisfy those who know what they want each day.
L'Olivo offers select delicacies from 14 different Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
Tex Mex Santa Fe Restaurant
For those who love spicy food, Tex Mex Santa Fe is the right choice. Sample all the tastes of Mexican cuisine: from Texas steaks to enchiladas, fajitas to burritos and tacos, and guacamole to tortillas, all of which are accompanied by Mexican beer, tequila and margaritas. The full-view kitchen completes the traditional atmosphere of this restaurant.
Sample the delights of La Piazzetta. With its bar ice-cream parlor, pastry and chocolate shop, a world reminiscent of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory awaits guests. Dishes include crème bavaroise with almonds and berries, chocolate semifreddo, vanilla and rose macaroon cream, cannoli, baba, and meringues.
At the L'Espresso Coffee Bar, the interior design is inspired by the scent of chocolate, evoked by the walls shaped like chocolate bars.
MSC Cruises offers a wide variety of entertainment programs and facilities offered on board MSC Splendida, with the 1,600-seat Strand Theatre, futuristic Club 33 Disco and Royal Palm Casino with more than 10,000 square feet of casino gaming and virtual games, and a video games room.
Bars & lounges
The Purple Jazz Bar
The drink list at The Purple Jazz Bar is inspired by jazz music, offering spirits such as rare whiskies, cognac, aged grappa, vodka, gin and aged tequila.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Relaxing in the MSC Aurea Spa
- Live entertainment at the 1,600-seat Strand Theatre
- Worldy cuisines from L'Olivo Restaurant