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MSC Cruises - MSC Fantasia
The MSC Fantasia was first built in 67 blocks, weighing more than 600 tons and towering more than 10 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower; therefore being one of the largest ships in Europe and the largest of the MSC Fleet. The extra space therefore, ensuring you of a comfortable and relaxing cruise.
The ship appeals, to families, young adult couples, and people who enjoy large ships and the inner city lifestyle. Step on board the Fantasia and be entertained by the 4D Cinema and the Ferrari Car Driving Simulator.
The vessel regularly departs on voyages around the Mediterranean, with popular destinations including Palermo, Tunis, Barcelona, Marseille, Malaga and Rome. Trips to the Canaries are also offered, with stops in Madeira and Casablanca on the way.
Ship stats and features
Passenger capacity: 3,959 Year entered service: 2008 Beam (ship width): 124.3 feet Draught (ship depth): 27.72 feet Length: 1,093 feet Tonnage: 135,000 Crew: 1,325 Maximum speed: 23 knots Number of passenger decks: 13 Number of lifts: 14 Number of swimming pools: 4 Number of cabins: 1,354
Food, cuisine and dining
Going hungry on the Fantasia should never be much of a problem, as it offers a broad range of dining venues for passengers to choose from.
Il Cherchio d'Oro is the main restaurant. Located in the aft section, it spans two decks, plenty of space and provides a traditional cruise dining experience. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering Mediterranean-style cuisine, while snacks and lighter meals are available throughout the day as well.
Another option is Red Velvet, an Italian eatery that's sumptuously decorated in - of course - red velvet. It provides a more intimate venue than the main dining room and it offers a fabulous wine list to go with its mouth-watering meals.
If you prefer a more casual option for mealtimes, then there are two buffets also on the ship, which offer a delicious variety of hot and cold items. Meanwhile, the Piazza San Giorgio is an ice-cream and dessert bar that's sure to have a sweet treat or two that will tickle your taste buds.
Other options include L'Etoile, which offers French-inspired service and fare, as well as El Sombrero for those desiring Tex Mex. And if you're in the mood for a delicious coffee with a pastry on the side, then Il Cappuccino - a coffee bar- is the place to go.
On-board entertainment and activities
Passengers of every age are well catered for on the Fantasia. There's an Interactive 4D cinema, which includes not just an amazing audio-visual experience, but the chairs actually move to add to the effect, making guests feel like they're part of the movie.
There's also a Formula 1 simulator, which car and racing enthusiasts are sure to enjoy. You'll feel like you're behind the wheel in one of these high-octane vehicles, navigating each turn and twist to try to win a race.
Other options include the L'Avanguardia show lounge, where productions like cabaret acts, concerts and comedy are held on a nightly basis. There are also a number of bars and lounges where you can enjoy live music in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Passengers who have chosen suite accommodation will also have access to the MSC Yacht Club - a VIP area featuring a complimentary bar, 24-hour butler services and private swimming pool and sun loungers. Guests to this part of the ship will also be amazed by the breathtakingly beautiful Swarovski crystal floor, while the glass ceiling offers stunning views to the starry skies.
Spas and fitness facilities
Passengers in need of some proper rest and relaxation during their cruise should head off the Aurea Spa for some pampering and tranquillity.
This large section of the ship includes a peaceful thermal suite with a Turkish bath and aromatherapy steam rooms. Alternatively, why not book a treatment session? Options range from facials, body wraps and massages.
A thalassotherapy pool is also available for guests who want to enjoy the health-giving benefits of sea water. Meanwhile, healthy snacks, juices and herbal teas are also available.
There's modern gym with large windows looking out to sea. It's fitted with exercise machines and includes a space specifically for yoga and aerobics classes. Elsewhere on the ship, you can find a tennis court, squash court, mini golf and a jogging track.
The Fantasia has more than 1,600 rooms for guests to choose from and an astonishing 80 per cent have an outside view - most of which also include balconies.
For those wishing to be spoiled by the best amenities and service, then booking one of the 99 suites in the MSC Yacht Club is the best option. These rooms offer not just access to the VIP area and a number of specialist services, but the staterooms are also enormous, with stylish furnishings and a separate bedroom.
Alternatively, if you're a bit more budget-conscious, then lower-priced cruise deals can be found elsewhere on the ship.
No matter which type of room you select, you'll enjoy a private bathroom and plenty of storage space. Each room is equipped with an interactive television, a mini bar and a safe.
MSC CRUISES / MSC Fantasia / Mediterranean
By Scholes, Barton On Sea on 28th Apr 2013
After arriving in Venice
in the rain the queue to
drop off luggage was
horrendous, but to be
expected with over 3000
passengers to get on
board. After dropping off
your luggage you then had