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  • Lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and Mediterranean style
  • Family-friendly with free kids fares and water play areas
  • Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers
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MSC Preziosa Overview

By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor
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The 2013 debut of MSC Preziosa moved the family-owned Italian company MSC Cruises up another notch to become the world's third-largest cruise company. That's no mean achievement, given its modest entry into the cruise industry with a second-hand vessel in the late 1980's. The 12th ship in the fleet -- and the fourth in MSC's flagship Fantasia Class -- Preziosa is making its mark with all-new facilities that include the longest single-rider body waterslide on the waves, a children's aqua park, an expanded shopping mall and the first two Eataly restaurants at sea. And, it's all coupled with the company's distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere.

The decks, named after precious jewels and gemstones, provide a clue about what to expect. Crystal-studded stairs, opulent public rooms decorated with animal prints, and lavish amounts of shimmering glass mosaics, white marble and Murano glass may overwhelm traditional cruisers who prefer classic, understated decor.

However, for families, younger couples and the young-at-heart, the ship provides a fun, relaxed and affordable way to cruise the Med. With 1,751 cabins and a total capacity for 4,345 passengers -- a figure that's more than double occupancy if parents bunk up with their children -- Preziosa offers a good choice of accommodation options for everyone from budget-conscious families to couples who want to splurge with a stay in the exclusive Yacht Club.

It's important to note that, while English is the main onboard language, MSC predominantly attracts passengers from mainland Europe. This means announcements are made in five languages, and entertainment is geared to appeal to multinational audiences, so you will find dancers, bilingual singers and acrobats instead of comedians and similar acts that require a lot of speaking.

MSC Preziosa Fellow Passengers

MSC's slogan is "the Mediterranean way of life," and this is definitely European-style cruising. In 2012, the line carried passengers from 180 different nationalities; Brits and Americans embarking in the Med, where Preziosa's homeport is based, will be in the minority. Most of the passengers are from mainland Europe, particularly Italy, and MSC attracts couples and families who are generally younger than cruisers on more traditional ships.

MSC Preziosa Dress Code

Although the ship's surroundings and decor are glitzy and glamorous, Preziosa has a relaxed atmosphere, and passengers can leave the ball gowns and tiaras at home. There are typically two formal nights each week, where men are encouraged to wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or lounge suits, with evening or cocktail dress for the ladies. That said, many people ignored this on our formal evening, and we got the impression that passengers don't feel as governed by the dress code rules as they do on ships that attract a generally older crowd. Informal nights request a jacket and tie for men and a dress or dress pants for ladies -- no jeans. For casual nights, just about anything goes (aside from shorts, which are only allowed in the self-serve buffet restaurant). Daywear is casual, and the daily newsletter advises of the dress code options for each evening.

MSC Preziosa Gratuity

The onboard currency is the euro. A daily service charge is automatically added to shipboard accounts, based on the length of the cruise. For example, on a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, the daily amounts would be €7 ($9) per adult and €3.50 ($4.50) per child (age 14 and older); they're slightly less for longer cruises. No service charge is applied to children younger than 14. Passengers can ask for gratuities to be added at the time of booking and, conversely, if they are dissatisfied with the onboard service, they can ask for them to be removed by contacting the Guest Relations Manager. MSC does not recommend tipping individual members of staff. A 15 percent bar service charge is automatically added to all purchases. There is no additional service charge for spa treatments.
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MSC Preziosa Member Reviews

This was our 5th Cruise for to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. All previous cruises have all been Royal Caribbean. Embarkation was smooth and fast (we did arrive very early to port). However, before passing security we were approached with the ... Read more
First and Last cblowes
We have been on several cruises and will never cruise with MSC again. The ship was nice and our cabin was very pleasant as was our steward, but that's about all I can say on the positive, unfortunately Firstly we chose the wrong time of year, ... Read more
Great Cruise andyfoley7
Have cruised several times before with RCL, Cunard & P&O and after seeing some negative reviews on here was sceptical, absolutely no idea what they are talking about though! Was by far the best cruise I've taken. Embarkation was probably ... Read more
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MSC Preziosa Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
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Sailing From

Barcelona Civitavecchia Genoa Marseille Palermo Rome (Civitavecchia) Santos (Sao Paulo) Valencia

Cruises To

Mediterranean South America Transatlantic

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