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Cruise Ship Information

MSC Fantasia is an Italian Fantasia class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in December 2008. She was the largest ship operated by MSC Cruises, along with her sister ship MSC Splendida, until the entrance to service of MSC Fantasia (2012) and MSC Preziosa (2013).

MSC Fantasia was delivered to MSC Cruises on 11 December 2008. She was officially named on 18 December 2008, in Naples by Sophia Loren, and started on her maiden voyage on the same date. Since her first cruise, this vessel has been the flagship of the company.

Atmosphere on board

MSC Fantasia whith her sister ship MSC Splendida is the largest cruise ship ever built for a European ship owner. The flagship from MSC Cruises  is a masterpiece of Italian style: a perfect mix of advanced technology, elegance and exclusive services.

Built with the environment in mind, the MSC Fantasia cruise liner is constructed in a modern spirit, as we help preserve the environment without sacrificing guests’ comfort.

MSC Fantasia is not only a voyage of pleasure, but one of discovery. For the very first time on a ship, guests will walk on Swarovski crystal stairs. A transparent ceiling allows passengers to experience all the magic of sailing as they gaze at the starlit skies. With 27,000 m2 of public space, including the luxury MSC AUREA SPA, 5 restaurants, 4 swimming pools, 12 hydro-massage pools, coffee bars, shops, a children’s area, a Formula 1 simulator and an interactive 4-D cinema, you can truly rediscover yourself as you relax into your holiday.

The MSC AUREA SPA offers ultra-modern treatments such as therapeutic mud packs, perfumed vapours, aesthetic massages and much more.

MSC Fantasia boasts an exclusive area: privileged passengers can sojourn in the MSC Yacht Club with 71 suites, a bar, solarium, 2 hydro-massage pools, 1 skydome swimming pool, concierge and glass-walled Observation Lounge where guests can enjoy amazing ocean views. A butler service will offer assistance at check-in, transport luggage, unpack, serve traditional English afternoon tea as well as arranging cigars and beverages, booking tables at restaurants, treatments in the MSC AUREA SPA, ad hoc excursions and even arranging a private party!

Want to sunbathe in peace and privacy? Soak up the sun in style in this adults-only sanctuary of serenity. Top 18 boasts premium deck space and stunning sea views, not forgetting its own dedicated spa service, bar menu and complimentary fruit skewers. For groups of friends, couples looking for a romantic hideaway or parents looking for some quiet time, Top 18 is the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the waves go by.

MSC Fantasia takes luxury cruising to spectacular new heights – where all your holiday cruise fantasies come true.

Family with Kids/Teens

Available for children aged 3-12, free of charge, is the kid's club run by qualified entertainment staff who arrange activities from painting to board games and group games.

Whilst the kid's club is only available at certain times of the day, a programme of activities is on offer from early morning to early evening to keep children entertained.

With children’s programs available daily from the children’s centre, activities are divided into two categories:

Mini Club, for children from 3 to 6 years

Junior Club, for children from 7 to 12 years

Whilst parents are away from the ship on excursions, the Mini Club remains open. Additionally for parents ashore or involved in activities on board the ship, the Children’s supervisors will also take the youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals from the dedicated Children’s menu.

Past Passenger Programs

17 Nani, located outside the Spa forward of deck 11, is the location for the kid's club on board MSC Fantasia. Staffed by specially qualified members of Fantasia’s animation team, it has areas designated for arts and crafts, movies, Playstations and a soft play area with ball pit and little slide.

The room is for use by children attending the kid's club only and opening times are detailed in guest's daily newsletters.

Fitness And Spa

The ship's MSC Aurea Spa, open from 9.00am to 9.00pm and located forward of deck 11, includes the ship's fitness centre, beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation room.

The thermal suite which includes two scented Turkish bath steam rooms, a sauna, tropical rain showers and relaxation area with heated ceramic loungers opens from 9.00am to 8.00pm and costs around €16 per session or around €49.50 for a pass for the cruise duration.

The spa also has massage rooms offering a range of treatments examples of which are as follows:

Bali Wellness Package (€90 booked pre-sail, €138 booked on-board). The wellness package comprises of a Bali Massage, facial treatment and daily pass to thermal suite with aromatherapy.

Complete Massage Package (€195 booked pre-sail, €363 on board). The complete massage package includes a Bali massage lasting 45 minutes, a Bali massage with foot reflexology lasting 45 minutes, a Bali massage with lava stones lasting 45 minutes and a 20 minute Bali head massage.

Food & Dining

Marco Polo, located on deck 5 with room for 718 passengers, is the larger of the ship's two main dining rooms.

It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch are both waiter service open seating whilst for dinner guests are allocated a set table and fixed dining time of either early or late dining (usually 7.00pm and 9.30pm although this is subject to change dependent upon the cruises sailing itinerary).

The breakfast menu served from around 7.00am to 10.00am offers a selection of eggs cooked different ways, omelettes with a variety of fillings, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, cold meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastries, bread, cheese, smoked salmon, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit juices along with a special of the day.

For Lunch (served from around 12.00 to 2.00pm) a three course menu is served of Starters (such as fish soup, cheese croquettes, Greek salad), Main Course (for example beef fillet with rocket lettuce and pecorino cheese, clam linguine, roasted scorpion fish with saffron rice, hamburgers and fried calamari), a Special Dish (such as oven baked pasta with cheddar cheese or Chilli con carne) and Desserts (including a selection of fresh fruit or, for example, mini chocolate parfait, apricot tart or ice cream).

Dinner consists of a seven course menu, examples of which are as follows:

Starters:

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Vegetable and Pasta Soup

Mains:

Seared fillet of salmon

Pasta with shellfish served in a tomato sauce

Cheese and basil risotto

Smoked ham glazed with pineapple

Escalope of turkey

Baked eggplant with parmesan

Desserts:

Cheesecake with fresh fruit and coconut sauce

Rum baba with custard

Tiramisu

Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit

Vegan choices are also offered (such as vegetarian strudel and Boca burger) whilst 'always available' options include soup, Caesar salad, pasta Bolognese, chicken breast, beef steak, or salmon served with French fries, baked potatoes, or vegetables of the day.

Entertainment

Teatro La Fenice has seating for 557 guests, and spans decks 5 and 6. It is home to MSC Fantasia’s shows ranging from singers, classical music and jugglers to shadow puppeteers and acrobatic gymnastics.

Two shows are performed each night to cater for early and late seating’s in the ship's main dining room and last for around half an hour.

Due to the ship's multi-cultural passengers the shows tend to largely feature musical or visual acts.

Fellow Passengers

Anyone who has not experienced accommodation on a ship will be surprised to discover that this is a wonderfully delight accommodation experience. You are invited to double cabins for two or family cabins, upgrades, well equipped suites and Mano Shipping’s luxury liners, Royal Iris and Royal Iris, include cabins of various standards - for you to choose.

Tipping

 

Our recommendation

All in all the ship was very clean and tidy but the food was not very good, not to the standard we are used to on cruise ships. The entertainment seemed to be based around couple off dozen people wanting to get up and take dancing lessons day and night and again the theatre shows were very poor based on a few girls and boyss dancing on stage Not very well I might add. To say that MSC have just spent so much money on this ship it was not very well stabilised compared to other ship,s. The staff were very nice across the ship but I think that €8.30 per person per day gratuities is a bit too high I know we could have taken this off our bill and give our own tips out but we then thought it would not be fair on behind the scenes staff so paid it. For the price we paid it was a nice break but don't think we will book another MSC cruise.