MSC Cruises describes this ship as “A masterpiece of Italian style, MSC Fantasia is the perfect mix of advanced technology, elegance and exclusive services.” And I think that description is pretty apt.
The 133,500 ton, 3,300 passenger vessel joined the MSC fleet in December of 2008 and was the first within her class. She was later joined by sister ships, MSC Splendida, MSC Divina and will also soon be joined by the line’s newest ship, MSC Preziosa, all of which now make up the line’ s Fantasia Class.
Her features include the award winning Aurea Spa, numerous restaurants including Tex Mex El Sombrero, Il Cerchio d’Oro and Red Velvet. You will also find onboard a Formula 1 simulator, 4D cinema, children’s facilities, sport’s court, shops, theatre, disco, video game arcade and the exclusive MSC Yacht Club.
The ship offers two major pool areas’ one of which features a glass roof; this will allow guests to enjoy the swimming facilities even in the coldest and dampest of weather. Her second pool area is very impressive. Located mid-ships this pool is also of a decent size and can be found sitting amongst bubbling Jacuzzi tubs and more than ample deck space for the sun worshippers amongst us. Here you will also find illuminated musical fountains and an outdoor movie screen, maybe not as big as some others within the cruise ship world but it seems to do the job.
The atrium is the heart and soul of any cruise ship and Fantasia’s does not disappoint. Spanning five decks and emitting calm, relaxing colours, the atrium onboard offers bar’s and live music. Guests here really can sit back and people watch until their hearts content.
The MSC Yacht Club is a VIP area of the ship that offers in total 71 exclusive suites. The options are the MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite, MSC Yacht Club Executive and Family Suite and the MSC Yacht Club De Luxe Suite, all of which are located at the forward end of the ship.
Exclusive facilities include a bar, solarium, swimming pools, hydro-massage pool, Turkish bath and an exclusive a la carte French restaurant. Cabin options are more expensive than your average onboard but you do get that added sense of luxury along with a Butler. It may seem like a large number of cabins for a so called “exclusive” retreat but, it seems to work well.
Overall the MSC Fantasia is a cruise ship that falls into a category she created for herself. If you enjoy the mix of different nationalities whilst cruising then this would be a great ship for you.