The luxurious MSC Splendida sailed into the MSC fleet in July 2009. This Fantasia-class ship is akin to a floating luxury resort with spectacular designer interiors, luxurious accommodation, excellent wellness and spa facilities, four outdoor swimming pools, and an aqua park. Dine your way around the world at the six eateries and be entertained in the sixteen designer-themed bars, lounges and cafes. The dedicated MSC Yacht Club has its own concierge, 24-hour butler service, private pool deck, lounge and bar for that extra touch of luxury.
La Reggia main restaurant offers Classic two-sitting dining, Flexi open dining or My Choice anytime dining with a multi-course, daily-changing menu of Mediterranean and international delights. For casual dining, head to the Bora Bora and Pago Pago buffet restaurants or choose American-style finger food at Sports Bar Bowling. Treat yourself to juicy steaks and fiery Mexican specialities in Santa Fe Tex Mex or pay a visit to L'Enoteca for antipasto, tapas and wine. Villa Verde Panoramic Restaurant is exclusively for suite-grade guests and Italian/Mediterranean-style L'Olivio is dedicated to MSC Yacht Club guests and reservation-only a la carte dining.
Relax with your morning cappuccino and slice of cake in L'Espresso Coffee Bar. Bar del Riccio, L'Equatore, Movida Bar, Tartaruga Bar and Top 18 Bar are the perfect spots to enjoy al fresco drinks. Ambient music accompanies drinks in La Prua Piano Bar and the trendy Purple Jazz Bar. Combine ten-pin bowling and drinks in Sports Bar Bowling or people-watch over a glass of wine at La Piazzetta. Sip pre-dinner drinks and late-night cocktails in the stylish L'Aperitivo Bar and Splendida Bar. The Cigar Lounge serves the finest cognacs and Cuban cigars in relaxed surroundings.
During the day, you can swim and sunbathe at L'Equatore covered pool or at Top 18 sun deck; while the children have fun at the Aqua Park and the kids' clubs. Get active with a workout at the panoramic gym or power walk around the walking track. Unwind with a massage in MSC Aurea Spa or enjoy family fun at the 4D Cinema and F1 Simulator. In the evening, watch magicians, acrobats, musical and dance shows at The Strand Theatre or combine piano music and entertainment in the Aft Lounge. Try your luck at the slot machines and gaming tables of Royal Palm Casino. Club 33 Disco is the place for partying and late-night dancing.
Day 1: UK - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Dubai, U. Arab Emirates and enjoy a transfer to the port to embark on board MSC Spelndida.
Day 2: Abu Dhabi, U. Arab Emirates
In the space of a generation Abu Dhabi has managed to transform herself from small fishing village into the thriving metropolis of today. A dramatic skyline of modern skyscrapers and exquisite hotels provides a contrast with the mosques and bazaars of old that can still be found here. Take a ride out to Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park providing thrills and fun for all the family, or why not take a Jeep Safari through the sand dunes surrounding the city.
Day 3: Sir Bani Yas Is, U. Arab Emirates
On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabic peninsula or from Africa. In particular, on Sir Bani Yas you will be able to observe rare animals inside a protected area where the great majority of the animals, including giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs to name just a few, live freely.
Day 5: Muscat, Oman
Muscat, unlike a lot of her Arabian cousins, has managed to retain a scene of authenticity to the old ways. Where her more notable cousins have arrived into the 21st century with a skyline dominated by skyscrapers, shopping malls and hotels, Muscat has retained a lot more of her traditions and values of old. It is this aspect that allows her to captivate guests time and time again. Sail into the preserved historical waterfront and experience the traditional architecture of this calming seascape, hike through the terracotta coloured mountains or even visit the old town and discover the traditional souk and spice markets.
Day 6: Khasab, Oman
One of the hidden gems of The Middle East, Oman will have you captivated from the moment she appears on the distant horizon. From the moment you sail into Khasab you will immediately be greeted by a striking Arabian military fort bewitching the harbour skyline enchanting you into to romance of the area. Scuba dive in the crystal clear waters surrounding the area or take a boat trip into the Fjords of Arabia, experiencing the breathtaking coast that is known as 'the Norway of the Gulf' and see if you can even spot a pod of dolphins playing nearby.
Day 7: Dubai, U. Arab Emirates
Your Arabian adventure ends in Dubai, the world's fastest-growing global city with a vibrancy and a majesty all of its own. You’ll find all kinds of wonderful modern attractions here, including, at 2,722 feet, the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, plus cutting-edge bars and nightclubs, a man made island in the shape of a giant palm tree, and unparalleled shopping opportunities.
Day 8: Dubai, U. Arab Emirates
Disembark in Dubai, U. Arab Emirates and enjoy a transfer to the airport, for your flight back to the UK.