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MSC Preziosa Cruise Review by gnicoll

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MSC Preziosa
MSC Preziosa
Member Name: gnicoll
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Santos (Sao Paulo)
Destination: Italy
Cabin Category: Balcony
Cabin Number: 13076
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Member Rating   1.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 1.0
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: MSC Preziosa Review (by Cruise Critic!)
MSC Must Smoke Cruise

This cruise was very disappointing for a number of reasons

1 MSC allow smoking in the casino, in the lounge area above the casino and on all the port side of the pool deck. In fact they have signs stating " MSC welcomes smokers in this area ". Although smoking in the cabin and balcony is not permitted, the fact that they have placed an ashtray in every cabin toilet onboard means that they turn a blind eye to this. Our sink and carpet both had cigarette burns although this ship is only 12 months old. MSC say that the ashtray is a soap dish, but it has ridges for the butts and swivels to empty and also all soap in the cabin is liquid. The also sell cartons of cigarettes on deck at cut price, therefore you can smoke all day although you cannot take any drink on board or buy any at duty free for cabin consumption.

2 The Dress Code was not followed, in fact even on a formal gala evening I found myself in dinner jacket seated next to a passenger with Tshirt, shorts and flipflops would you believe !

3 The Preziosa has a design problem in that midship cabins on deck 13 have a 30 foot overhang from the pool deck. This means that the cabins are dark with a very poor view, although the cabins are one of the most expensive after the Yacht Club. So if you like to enjoy the sun on the balcony be very careful which cabin you choice. The front or the back is OK but deck 13 and 12 midship are a problem. We eventually after five days and numerous visits to reception managed to change our cabin.

This cabin was very disappointing due to the 30 foot overhang caused by the pool deck above. This restricts the view and means that the cabin is dark and the lights are required at all times, it was not posible to sit on the balcony and enjoy the sun. We were eventually moved to another cabin 13043 which was at the front and does not have the same problem. Be very careful with cabin selection, on the ship the majority of cabins on the 13th and 12th decks have the overhang although they are the most expensive apart from the Yacht Club. Our cabin had cigarette burns on the sink, although MSC says that there should be no smoking in the cabin and balcony. They have put an ashtray in every toilet which means that they turn a blind eye to smoking ( MSC say it is a soap dish ).


Publication Date: 04/15/14
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