MSC Bellisima nice new ship, just too many people.
We decided to cruise on MSC Bellisima because it was a new ship and we wanted to see a really large ship bigger than any we had cruised on before. The embarkation was very quick and smooth and we did not have to wait long for our cabin. The reason for this is that it is not the whole ship disembarking and embarking in one port. Passengers leave and join the ship at all the ports of this cruise. This is just as well because the line of passengers at the ship security waiting to go back on board after being of the ship were long and took a considerable time to get through. The ship was nice and the size impressed and that everything was brand new was great. Our balcony cabin was very compact smaller than others on various ships. The shower room was good and the bed was comfy. The food was reasonable and plentiful in the buffet, but the number of people made it chaotic and not the most pleasurable experience. There are three main restaurants of which you will be allotted a table in one. Two have two sittings and one has three sittings, early, mid and late. The choice and quality of the food was acceptable but not 'fine dining'. The staff work very hard and try their best for the passengers some are more experienced than others but it is noticeable that the ratio of staff to passengers is low. I think this ship would appeal to families with children of all ages with the facilities provided. Unfortunately some of these cost extra and could be costly like the F1 simulators an the ten pin bowling. The aqua park and the ariel climb were free and looked really good (did not participate myself). The kids club areas for various age groups looked great but would probably be very busy during school holidays. The shows in the theatre were good but I felt there was a lack of entertainment around other parts of the ship. The cirque de solitaire cost extra also, 35 euros for a dinner package and 15 euros for a cocktail package, no discount for those already with a paid drinks package. A week was long enough for me, the large ship was interesting and the fact that it was new was lovely, but there were just too many passengers.
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