I just thought I would write a review on the Preziosa as at the moment there is not many reviews. Myself and my husband sailed out of Barcelona on her 7th June. We booked our own flights and arrived at the terminal about 10.30 or so and waited a little while until embarkation started just shortly before 11...all very quick and we were in our cabin in no time. We had an inside cabin and it was spacious and very clean with loads of drawers etc for your clothes. The ship itself is absolutely stunning and is kept immaculate..staff always cleaning. We had a problem with the european sockets not working in our cabin..american ones were but when we mentioned this at reception one of the reception staff who was very pleasant..cant remember his name came up with us and had a look and sure enough it wasn't working but when we came back a few hours later it was fixed..we thought this was very good service.
Although most of the passengers are Italian I can honestly say for the amount of passengers on the ship I didn't witness any of this queue jumping at buffet that others talk about. Yes there were quite a few children but also again to me their behaviour was no worse than children of different nationalites on many resort holidays I have been on..after all children are children and are on holiday to enjoy themselves so you have to expect them to be splashing around in a swimming pool not sitting somewhere in a corner, I suggest if you do not like this to go at a time when there would not be so many children onboard
As for the food one has to remember they are on an Italian ship so cuisine will be different than american cruise lines and one would have to be a very fussy eater not to get something they liked throughout the day...We used the Inca Buffet for breakfast and lunch and always found something we liked. The buffet can be very busy especially at the Italian ports of call because the Italian staff are allowed to take some of their family on the ship for the day, but if you head to the very back of the buffet you usually can get a seat there. We used the MDR for dinner each evening at first sitting, first night was my birthday and waiters came along singing with a complimentary birthday cake, and again found we always got something to eat that we liked. We were seated with other Irish passengers who were great craic and spent quite a bit of time in their company. Our waiters were very attentive and nothing was any bother for them. We had the allegrissimo package, definitely worth every penny as when we added up our receipts we had spent almost 1,000 euro on drink, coffee, vitamin drinks, cocktails, freshly squeezed orange and ice cream...ok, maybe we do drink more on holiday but saying that we were never drunk and didn't come across any other drunk people.
We just did our own thing when we got of at the Ports..a few of our days the weather was not great so we ended up coming back to the ship where we joined up with other irish passengers we met and had a few very enjoyable afternoons with a few too many cocktails etc..
We found all the staff very pleasant and helpful, I think if you treat them with the respect they deserve they will treat you the same.
We went to the shows most nights..we found them very good and they only lasted about 30 mins or so which suited us well as we could go out and mingle with the others we had met and go round several of the many bars on ship where once again we found the staff to be really attentive and looked after us well even with us having the all inclusive drinks package.
I hope some of you find this review helpful..all i would say is that we had a brilliant time and would definitely sail with MSC again even at peak times, but if your after a quiet cruise maybe it would be better to go off peak when the ship would not be as busy.