MSC Splendida – MSC Cruises

In Service – 2009 to Present
MSC Splendida
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 133500 Length: 1093 ft Beam: 125 ft
Speed: 23 knots
Registry: N/A Passengers: 3300 Crew: 1300
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique


MSC Splendida went into service in 2009 as the second ship of the ‘Fantasia class’ and is a sister to MSC Fantasia (both larger vessels). It is one of four ships with the exclusive “Yacht Club” facility.

About 3,247 passenger (on double basis)and 1,313 crew members can spend a great time aboard together. The ship has 17 decks, 25 elevators, 27,000 sqm public space.

Interesting fact: With a length of about 333 m MSC Splendida is about 6 times as long as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and longer than the Eiffel Tower (which measures about 324 m).

Description of the ship

MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia represent a new ship class (Fantastia class). Both ships belong to the biggest European cruise vessels ever. They were built at the French shipyard “STX Europe” in St. Nazaire and are built equally – from the outside and the inside.

Atmosphere on Board

The thoroughly modern and stylish design on board was created by the Italian “De Jorio Design Studio” using materials such as marble etc.

MSC Splendida is the only MSC vessel with two miniature Bowling lanes on board. The highlights of this ship are the precious Swarovski-staircase at the foyer, the Aqua Park with indoor and outdoor pool and 150 fountains etc. On board there is 27.000 sqm of public space. There are 5 pools, 12 jaccuzzis, 4 restaurants, 2 buffet restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, a theatre accommodating up to 1,603 guests, a big spa area, various possibilities (fitness, entertainment etc.), WII game consoles, a 3D-cinema and a Formula1-simulator.

There is also a traditional Italian Piazza in Neapolitan style.


All cabins are furnished very comfortably, equipped with a bathroom (shower and WC), mini bar, safe and a hair dryer. 80% of the cabins have got their own balcony.

Sports, Wellness and Entertainment

Some of the innovations on board MSC Splendida: 3D-cinema, 1,500 sqm spa, an interactive sports bar and a Tex Mex-restaurant that is open 24 hours a day. For the first time MSC will offer the “La Dolce Vita”-concept: 100 cabins with butler service, their own reception desk, pool and solarium as well as a private entrance to the spa area.

There are many ways of spending a day on board MSC Splendida: There is a large gym, solarium as well as basketball and tennis facilities. A wide range of massages and other wellness and beauty treatments are offered in the MSC Aurea Spa. Of course, you can also play the most classical cruise game aboard: Shuffleboard.

Also some kind of sports: Dance to great music in the disco! Besides, there is a huge theatre where you can enjoy many different shows and also a casino and various bars.

Our Recommendation

You will be comfortable on board, even if you are new to cruising. MSC offers a good value for money. Watch out for special offers (especially in off-seasons). These are a great opportunity for you to enjoy a wonderful cruise at a very reasonable price.