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 to Dubai
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Dubai and enjoy a coach transfer to the port. Board MSC Splendida and set sail for Abu Dhabi.
Day 2: Abu Dhabi, UAE
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, UAE
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: Bahrain
Bahrain comprises more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf. Step ashore in the modern Bahrain capital of Manama to explore the Bahrain National Museum and shop for souvenirs at Bab al-Bahrain bazaar. Pay a visit to Al-Fateh Mosque, one the largest mosques in the world, the UNESCO-listed Qal'at Al Bahrain archaeological site, and Beit Skeikh Isa Bin Ali royal house. Get up close to nature at Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve and enjoy splashing times at Wahooo! Waterpark. Discover the world of cultured pearls at Heritage Centre and Museum of Pearl Diving.
Day 6: Doha, Qatar
Sitting on Doha Bay is the capital of the Persian Gulf - Doha. This vibrant metropolis boasts the Corniche Promenade and plentiful park areas alongside the downtown waterfront. Admire the extensive collection of exhibits at the Museum of Islamic Art and Al Zubara Fort & Museum. Qatari art and heritage also comes to life at Katara Cultural Village. Shop for local handicrafts, jewellery and spices at the traditional Souq Waqif or indulge yourself at the designer shops at The Pearl-Qatar. Venture out of the city on an exciting Desert Safari by 4x4 jeep or get up close to the indigenous Arabian Oryx deer on a visit to Al Maha Sanctuary.
Day 7 - 8: Dubai, UAE to UK
Your cruise comes to an end in Dubai where you disembark. Take a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.