My wife and I traveled to Europe and cruised on the MSC Splendida from Rome last year. I wanted to give a few photos and brief review of that cruise for your enjoyment.
We flew from STL to FCO on US Airways in Envoy class. Envoy is really business class. We did not luck out and get the lay flat seats but did have the angled seats which did allow us to sleep some on the way. We had a brief layover in Philly on the way to Rome. The flights happen to be smooth and easy. This was in late January 2013 and we got lucky with weather on the travel and on the ground in Europe. Once we got to Rome we stayed over one night at the Intercontinental IHG Rome at the top of the Spanish steps. I will try to cover our details on another post some day. The hotel was nice and we got to see a lot of Rome before heading to the cruise terminal the next morning.
To get to the cruise terminal there is a train station in the town of Civitavecchia with several trains per hour going to Rome. Local trains take you to Rome’s central station (Roma Termini) in about an hour and 20 minutes. Faster trains can make it in under an hour. The station is close to the entrance of the port. Several blocks from the port “entrance” but I’d say a couple miles to the actual ships. You can walk to or from the port gate to the train station and there is a free shuttle bus usually to and from the ships. We took a cab from our Rome hotel to the Termini station and got on a train to the port. It was crowded but thinned out as we got out of the city as people get off on each stop and the port is the last station if I remember right.
Here is the train station near the port. Big sidewalk, safe little town, no worries that I could see.
We walked to the port, got on the shuttle bus and arrived at the check in tent like deal next to the ship. We booked a “Yacht Club” room which is a basically a balcony suite but has a personal butler and is in a segregated area of the ship on the very top deck forward. It’s like a luxury ship within a ship. We really splurged on this but it was worth it for this trip.
It has it’s own deck, pool and hot tubs. Its on the top deck and in front of the ship so they have lots of wind defecting glass panels but the views are great. It was too cold to swim in the pool in January but this ship also has a several other outdoor and an indoor pool. We did use the hot tubs on the Yacht Club deck which was great.
On this Cruise we went to Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona, Tunisia and Palermo Sicily. I won’t go into details about each port in this post but each was great. It was cold in France but the other ports seemed warm for this time of year. I’d guess it was 6o f degrees most days.
Being in the Yacht Club you can eat at any of the restaurants but you have exclusive access to a private restaurant for Yacht Club folks only. The service was great.
Here are a few more photos of the ship:
One of the highlight for my animal loving wife was the camels at the port in Tunis
I enjoyed the free Yacht Club minibar and the F1 simulator onboard
We took too many photos to post here but we had a great time on the Splendida and will sail MSC again as soon as we can 🙂