There are many ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, but few are larger or more majestic than MSC Splendida. Stretching for more than 330 metres, it is one of the longest ships you can sail on with MSC Cruises, boasting 14 publicly accessible decks, crammed with all sorts of facilities and features. MSC Splendida
is scheduled a cruise around India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this winter; here are a few reasons why we think you should be on board for a winter cruise:
Cruise in India and Discover Mumbai
No other city in India is home to more people than Mumbai, which boasts a population of more than 21 million. This mega city - formerly known as Bombay - is one of the port calls in almost every cruise itinerary in the region. It is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India, as well as being one of the world's top-ten commerce centres, so as you’d expect, there’s a lot here and something for everyone. The iconic Taj Mahal may be more than 1,200km and a full day’s drive away, but Mumbai isn’t short of its own breathtaking landmarks, such as Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and the Flora Fountain. Any of these will be brilliant backgrounds for your holiday snaps. For an authentic flavour of India’s buzzing and vibrant bazaars, head to Crawford Market - one of South Mumbai’s most famous markets - where you’ll find fresh fruit and veg or stalls in the pet market selling songbirds. If time allows, it’s worth dropping by the Mangaldas Market and Chor Bazaar, too.
Explore Mumbai With An Excursion From MSC Cruises
Jumping on an excursion with MSC Cruises
is a great way to get real insight into Mumbai. You could spend a full day at the amazing Caves of Elephanta - a man-made temple complex hewn out of basalt rock in honour of the Hindu god Shiva. Alternately, there’s the chance to experience Mumbai’s many delights via the Marvels of Mumbai excursion
, which takes you from the Gateway of India - arguably the country’s most famous landmark - to the island’s western shores and on to the Art Deco Marine Drive and the popular Chowpatty beach with its enticing array of food stalls.
Do Anything, Anytime
We mentioned that MSC Splendida is big and all that space means it can cram in an awful lot of stuff. In between port calls, you could struggle to fit in everything you want to do during your winter cruise. One evening you can take in a world-class show in The Strand Theatre, the next, you could be sailing a winning streak in the Royal Palm Casino or dancing until dawn in the Club 33 Disco. In the day, there’s a multitude of fitness and sport facilities, including no fewer than four swimming pools, a squash and volleyball court, a high-tech gym and even a running track, allowing you to take in the stunning ocean views and refreshing sea breeze. If getting a sweat on isn’t your thing then perhaps being pampered in a spa is. At the MSC Aurea Spa
, you can enjoy Balinese massages, a range of beauty treatments, a Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpool and solarium. Probably not what you’d expect during a cruise in India.
Eat And Drink Anything, Anytime
MSC Splendida’s huge variety extends to its food and drink options too. On board is a multitude of restaurants that are sure to satisfy any tastes and appetites, from authentic Mediterranean specialities and spicy Tex-Mex to a vast and varied buffet open 20 hours a day. Similarly, MSC Splendida’s range of bars and public lounges serve up an extensive selection of fine wines, thirst-quenching beers, classic and innovative cocktails, wholesome fruit smoothies, gourmet coffee and chocolate delights. If you can’t indulge during a December cruise, when can you?!
Experience Luxury Cruising With MSC Yacht Club
Ever wanted to bask in the exclusivity of your own private yacht whilst enjoying the convenience and variety of a full-size cruise ship like MSC Splendida? Well, now you can. MSC Yacht Club is a luxurious ship-within-a-ship
, comprising 71 spacious suites, its own Concierge Reception, 24-hour butler service, a private lounge, pool deck and bar. Aside from exceptionally luxurious accommodation and exclusive services, you’ll also have access to a range of superb private areas, from the elegant Top Sail Lounge with its panoramic views, to the One Pool Deck, which - as the names suggests - comes complete with a private swimming pool, whirlpool baths, sun deck and bar. During an Emirates cruise, you could forget winter was even going on.