MSC Preziosa Cruise Review by Garybem: First time MSC Cruise. I will go back!!
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First time MSC Cruise. I will go back!!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
The MSC Preziosa is one of the 4 large ships in the MSC Fleet. As this site says, I found out that originally as a ship ordered by the Gadaffi Regime in Libya by his son which was to include a huge shark aquarium etc!! After the downfall of Gadaffi, MSC bought it and created the MSC Preziosa.
I was on the Maiden Voyage in the Med. First time I had been on MSC Cruises and was worried that the many languages may be off putting. In the end I had a great time, and liked the ship a lot.
It is a bigger ship than I usually cruise with (being more Cunard and P&O Arcadia fan) and had over 3,500 passengers and 1,300 crew. The ship is very modern but not over the top and too "Las vegas" Like. It did not look like an apartment block on top of a hull.
I travelled in their Yacht Club. MSC bill it as a "ship within a ship". It is on decks 15 (where I was), deck 16 and up on deck 18 is a Yacht Club pool deck. There are big Royal and Family suites but most are Deluxe Cabins. More Not massive but good size, with very plush decor (like in 5 star hotel) and bathroom with bath with shower in. You also get a Concierge Service, 24 hour butler service, a lounge serving breakfast and snacks all day. The exclusive pool deck has a bar, hot tubs and loads of recliners. The Yacht Club only restaurant is open dining La Palmeraie at the rear of the ship. It serves great Italian food. I liked the Yacht Club experience as you can escape the busy ship and retreat into a more calm space. It is all together in one place with your cruise card getting you in. I preferred this approach to Queens and Princess Grill approach on Cunard where the suites all over the ship as are lounges etc. It made for a feeling of being more exclusive and special - a good treat.
You get access though to all of the other dining and entertainment in the main ship. The buffet was good and very popular for breakfast and lunch, it had a lot of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables. The "Eataly" restaurants, a popular Italian chain, was excellent. It cost 30 Euros for the set menu, and in the other section around 5 to 7 Euros per item.
Entertainment is really very much targeted for young and family audiences. The "Vertigo" waterslide ride was great fun, 4-D Cinema, Formula 1 Racing simulator and bowling etc. The Theatre shows used a lot of acrobatics. Many pool (large outdoor pool, covered pool and "infinity" pool at the back of the ship). The gym was huge and popular, not a surprise as the passengers were young and active.
I liked the MSC Preziosa. It was stylish with a young and family crowd. My tip if (like me) you less keen on families and kids about the pool etc the Yacht Club means you have all the benefits and facilities but can retreat into a sophisticated and quiet space.
Although there are 6 languages used on board, other than a few times (like muster station and introducing the senior crew at the 1st show) they tend to have few announcements and you get your chosen language in things like the daily program, menus and even the tours are segregated by language group.
A good 1st experience on MSC! Less
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