GALLIPOLI CRUISE SHIP FEATURES
Casual dining is available up on Deck 11 at the indoor-outdoor La Terrazza
Buffet, which is separated by smoked glass dividers from the ship's pool area.
The cafe's interior is pleasantly decorated in shades of brown and cream, with a
marbled floor and smart beech, walnut, glass and chrome dividers. Wood-topped
tables are inlaid with marble, chairs are comfortably cushioned, and large
windows on three sides give a light and airy feel while outside, white globe
lamps and a solid wood bar create a popular alfresco dining and meeting place.
Overall, the food is good quality; salads are crisp and freshly cooked pasta,
pizza and grilled food is offered at lunchtimes.
The Gallipoli Cruise Ship also has two formal restaurants, the larger of which is Il Galeone on
Beethoven Deck (5). Terracotta and green decor, lacquered wood trim, large
porthole windows and lush plants give this restaurant the relaxed feel of a
pretty garden room.
The ship's prettiest restaurant, though, is the smaller and more intimate Il
Covo, which overlooks the stern of Mozart Deck (6). This has a pretty entrance
with an Italian waterfront mural, decor of warm terracotta and cream, large
windows and more tables for two than Il Galeoni, and so is a better choice for
couples that prefer to eat a deux.
The food is the same in both restaurants; a typical dinner menu features potato
and squid salad, salami and provolone cheese or tomato and mozzarella as
starters, followed by tomato or minestrone soup.
The good-quality pasta or risotto course is worth making room for as main
courses are more variable, ranging from excellent swordfish steaks and pork
piccatas to rather flabby vegetarian pancakes.
You can always fill up on puddings, though; as ever in Italy, the ice cream is
good, and the ship has a talented pastry chef whose light-as-air vanilla
millefeuille with zabaglione sauce was particularly memorable.
Discreet good taste is the order of the day on this ship; even the San Remo
Casino on Mozart Deck (6) is understated, with red and cream leaf patterned
carpet and curtains, walnut veneered walls and a pillared entrance.
The most ornate bar on board is Le Baroque Cafe -- also on Deck 6 -- which has a
pleasantly 18th-century feel with its red velvet chairs, and olive green and
cream walls embellished with silhouettes and scenic paintings. But prettier, in
my opinion, is the Buddha Bar, which lies between the casino and the photo
gallery; decorated in soft shades of green with a stunning chandelier as
centerpiece, this would be a very relaxing venue if it didn't overlook the
hordes of passengers milling about the photo displays.
Another cozy watering hole is the Manhattan Bar on Deck 6, a popular pre-dinner
drinks and dancing venue with a bandstand and substantial dance floor, large
porthole windows and sophisticated blue and gold decor.
Shelagh's House -- the ship's Irish pub
Club -- a large-windowed, roomy lounge-cum-nightclub on Deck 12.
The Gallipoli Cruise Ship offers plenty of scope for shoppers with the well-stocked Galleria
Mazzini jewelry shop on Deck 6.
One deck down, other shops include a general store selling an affordable
selection of cosmetics, perfumes and toiletries, a logo goods shop and a
boutique selling linen goods, designer swimwear and polo shirts.
The Gallipoli Cruise Ship also has a smart Business Centre on Deck 6. Resplendent with
leather and wood veneered walls and comfy red and gold seating, this hosts shore
The ship's Internet cafe (on Deck 5 near reception) keeps passengers connected.
There is a very restful, plant-filled and surprisingly well-stocked library just
off the keyhole-shaped The Gallipoli Cruise Ship Lounge on Brahms Deck (7). MSC's UK office keeps
this stocked with English books and offers an excellent choice.
Forward on Brahms Deck (7), next to the library, is the The Gallipoli Cruise Ship Lounge, a
lovely light room with pale beech walls, gold and maroon decor. This is a
popular venue for early evening dancing and late-night cabaret singing and magic
The ship's main show lounge -- the Teatro San Carlo -- mounts spectacular Cirque
du Soleil-style shows in a lovely setting with a pretty starlit ceiling,
comfortable red and gold seating, and good sightlines.
Spa & Fitness:
Right at the stern end of the ship on the top deck is a large ball court, while
one deck down is a mini-golf course. At the forward end of the top deck are an
indoor golf simulator and roomy sun deck, while one deck down, Deck 12 has a
rock-climbing wall and a jogging track. The track overlooks a blue and white
tiled, twin-pooled area on Deck 11 -- a popular sun spot and venue for a weekly
open air Buffet Magnifique. They can, however, head indoors to La Ferme Spa,
which has a well-equipped gym with six treadmills, four steppers, three sit-up
bikes, three reclining bikes, weights and resistance machines and a large
aerobics studio offering free stretch and aerobics classes, salsa or merengue
lessons and step aerobics.
There is a large-windowed relaxation room adjacent to the gym equipped with very
comfortable deep-cushioned steamer chairs and, next to this, a very pretty
Thermal Suite. This has a beautiful mosaic Turkish-style sauna and a hot steam
room fragranced with chamomile, as well as tropical rain showers and heated
white-tiled recliners facing floor-to-ceiling windows.
Bars, Basketball, Beauty Salon, Business centre, Cafeteria, Card room, Casino,
Children Playroom, Cigar room, Conference room, Discotheque, Duty Free Shops,
Gymnasium, Hairdresser, Internet Cafe, Jacuzzi, Jogging track, Library room,
Medical Center, Mini golf, Photo Gallery, Play room, Restaurants, Sauna,
Shopping Area, Shuffleboard, Spa, Steam room, Swimming Pool, Teenager area,
Tennis, Theatre room, Video Games room, Volleyball.