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Postby dst87 » 18 Sep 2016 21:55

I will try and cross-post to the forum while away, but in case I have trouble you can also receive an email subscription on my actual blog. Just go to Duncan Writes – Adventures of a part-time traveller click the 'follow' button at the bottom right of the page, and enter your email address!

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There will be a series of new posts on the blog for a week starting on Wednesday as Alex and I board MSC Splendida in Southampton for a week-long cruise. This post is a prelude to the main event so I can tell you a bit more and fill you in on our itinerary.

MSC Splendida
We booked this trip shortly after getting off our most recent cruise on Celebrity Eclipse in May. Alex and I were looking for a relatively relaxing holiday for later in the year, and we saw a fantastic deal in a Yacht Club stateroom on MSC Splendida with an itinerary that wouldn’t be too busy. I just had to go for it!

As many regular readers will know, MSC is not a cruise line I’ve sailed on before. I have certainly heard about them though. They’re a bit like Marmite; people seem to love them or loathe them! My take from this is that I have a cruising experience in store that will be entirely different from anything I’ve experienced previously. Sounds pretty exciting to me!

The Yacht Club is MSC’s ship-within-a-ship, an all-suite concept onboard some of their ships. It is similar in that respect to NCL’s Haven. This means that certain areas of the ship are reserved exclusively for Yacht Club guests, offering a quiet and spacious retreat. In MSC’s case, this consists of accommodation, a lounge, and a sun deck spread over the forward fifth(ish) of decks 15, 16, and 18 (there is no deck 17).

Although I say Yacht Club is an all-suite concept, the definition of suite might not pass muster to those accustomed to other cruise lines. All but 5 of the 71 suites within Yacht Club are the YC1 category which has a floor area of 26m² to 39m². Quite compact in comparison to some lines’ offerings.

Here is a deck plan of the Yacht Club area. Notice that the dedicated Yacht Club restaurant is not in the Yacht Club area, nor are the three, larger, YC2 staterooms which are located on Deck 12.

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We will be in stateroom 15027 (highlighted in red on the above deck plan), which is one of the smaller YC1 staterooms. Most of the YC1 staterooms are this size, so I should be getting a pretty typical Yacht Club experience. Anyway, I won’t say too much more – stay tuned for the stateroom review and tour later in the week, along with more information about the Yacht Club experience.

Our Itinerary
Here is the itinerary for the cruise.

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Day   Port                     Arrival    Departure

WED   Southampton              --:--      18:00
THU   Zeebrugge, Belgium       09:00      19:00
FRI   Amsterdam, Netherlands   09:00      --:--
SAT   Amsterdam, Netherlands   --:--      09:00
SUN   Hamburg, Germany         07:00      18:30
MON   SEA DAY                  --:--      --:--
TUE   Le Havre, France         08:00      22:00
WED   Southampton              08:00      --:--


I won’t go into what we have planned now, so stay tuned to see what we end up doing in each of the ports. Bear in mind I said it was planned as a relaxing trip, so don’t expect too much!

Roll on Wednesday. I’ll see you on board!


Cross-posted from my blog. Original post here.
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Re: Splendida here we come!

Postby JollyJill » 18 Sep 2016 21:58

I've signed up Duncan. :)

Meanwhile, we are looking forward to seeing you meeting Alex on Tuesday. :thumbup:
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Re: Splendida here we come!

Postby dst87 » 18 Sep 2016 21:59

JollyJill wrote:I've signed up Duncan. :)

Meanwhile, we are looking forward to seeing you meeting Alex on Tuesday. :thumbup:


Absolutely! Looking forward to it Jill. I'm trying to convince Alex to drive... :lol:
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Postby Trace » 18 Sep 2016 22:19

I got my first email today of your current blog Duncan... Looking very forward to it... We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on MSC Musica... Seem to think she had the posh staircase too... I'm sure we have photos of it.... Skier Peter will know?

Loved the cruise but the food was awful.... But that was a couple of years ago... It's the,only time I came home from a cruise a pound or two less than when I went... But then we never went hungry. ( thanks to the late night buffet)

Would consider MSC again for itinerary as we did on ours..8 ports in 7 days.

Santorini was one of Ports, left around 3pm... then sailed to Mykonos were we stayed till about 1am. The Musica is a lovely ship so I imagine the other Msc ships are lovely too :)
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Postby Skier Pete » 19 Sep 2016 01:02

Trace wrote:I got my first email today of your current blog Duncan... Looking very forward to it... We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on MSC Musica... Seem to think she had the posh staircase too... I'm sure we have photos of it.... Skier Peter will know?

Loved the cruise but the food was awful.... But that was a couple of years ago... It's the,only time I came home from a cruise a pound or two less than when I went... But then we never went hungry. ( thanks to the late night buffet)

Would consider MSC again for itinerary as we did on ours..8 ports in 7 days.

Santorini was one of Ports, left around 3pm... then sailed to Mykonos were we stayed till about 1am. The Musica is a lovely ship so I imagine the other Msc ships are lovely too :)

The Musica class ships have big atriums with nice staircases but not the crystal ones like the Fantasia class have. The Musica class also have a grand staircase to the casino

the Musica's Casino staircase


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Splendida's Crystal staircase (£30,000 per step !!!)


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Postby Skier Pete » 19 Sep 2016 01:07

Look after her Duncan as I'm on her in 17 days time.
Make sure anything you break get fixed before I get on board.

Also make sure you get a YC shoe bag to keep. they're fab. You can also try to blag a polo shirt as well with YC logo on it.
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Postby Jimmy the One » 19 Sep 2016 09:10

Have a great cruise Duncan :thumbup:
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Postby grannyM » 19 Sep 2016 12:38

Hope you and Alex have a great time on Splendida Duncan. Looking forward to future blog posts. :D
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Postby judgegeoff » 19 Sep 2016 14:33

Bon Voyage Duncan, have a great time.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 19 Sep 2016 15:08

Have a great time D&A :D
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