MSC Magnifica – a visit

October 2nd 2014 MSC Magnifica was docked in Zeebrugge (Belgium). MSC Magnifica is the fourth ship to be built to the Musica class design (the other ships are MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia). The ship was christened on March 6 2010 at a ceremony in Hamburg by Italian actress Sophia Loren, the godmother to the MSC Cruises fleet.

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We started our visit with lunch served at L’Edera Restaurant, one of two main dining rooms on the ship (the other being Quattro Venti).

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My appetizer, the slices of smoked marlin, was delicious.

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We tried two main courses, fillet of tilapia in a lemon and thyme-flavoured crust and roast veal in rosemary sauce. Though the presentation was very basic both dishes tasted really good.

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For dessert we ordered dark chocolate tart and strawberry mousse, both of which tasted excellent.

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After lunch it we headed for the L’Ametista lounge where coffee was served.

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The central atrium onboard MSC MAgnifica.

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On board you can find a multitude of 17 bars and lounges, of which the Tiger Bar and L’Olimpiade, the sports bar, were my favourites.

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The Sahara cafeteria / buffet restaurant.

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There are two pools onboard MSC Magnifica: La Grotta Azzurra, which is covered with a retractable roof, and Le Grand Bleu, the outdoor pool.

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The Royal Theatre seating 1240 guests, spans decks 6 and 7.

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No cruise ship is complete without a casino. Onboard MSC Magnifica it’s called Atlantic City Casino.

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To conclude our tour we visited a balcony suite cabin (cabin 14033) on the Positano deck. The main difference with the regular balcony cabins is that the balcony suites have a bathroom with tub instead of a shower.

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