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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 the quickest I've experienced despite the ship being full. Ship was fantastic - basically new, great facilities, very clean. Plenty of bars & lounges (inside and out), great nightclub open every night, large casino, 3 large outside pools, a big & modern gym, plenty of jacuzzis & an over 18's pool too, big water-slide (used by both adults & children) & a water adventure playground for children - all very well supervised. Spa had good treatments but very expensive - be careful when booking - a treatment you may pay full price for on one day often was discounted to as much as 50% the next day & the sauna & steam room incurred a high additional charge - these were the only downside. However in terms of the ship itself, it was very lively with a great atmosphere & something to do for everyone - a mainly younger clientele compared to other cruises (I'd estimate a mainly 16-50 age group) and also lots of children but this was never an issue. Day time activities were somewhat limited compared to other ships but we visited a new port / town everyday & ship facilities were so good that it was never an issue. Service was excellent & very personal (remembering names despite the number of people on the ship) - could do with more bar staff at times but wasn't really a problem. Dining room waiters were excellent. Shore excursions were varied, good & reasonably priced although the visiting time at each port was sometimes limited - was never a problem for us & to be expected when experiencing a new port / city every day. Travel to embarkation port and the embarkation process itself couldn't have been easier. Cabin & bathroom was a good size, clean, new & very comfortable. Cabin attendant was also excellent. Dining & food was very good. Breakfast was excellent & consisted of both continental and hot options. Lunch time buffet was excellent, huge and very varied - plenty of Mediterranean and local dishes (fresh pastas, pizza) as to be expected as well as a salad section, international section, sandwich & baguette section, hot section with carved meat & a range of vegetables, desserts, kids section, burgers / hot dog section, seafood cheese & cold meats section, desserts - basically everything you can think of & prepared to a very good quality. Dinner was also excellent - well prepared and consisted of 6 courses - appetiser, salad, soup, pasta, main & dessert - wasn't overly extravagant but was still very good & service was excellent. Good selection of predominately Italian wines. Good children's clubs & plenty of activities to do for children. Evening entertainment was by far the best I've seen on a cruise - catered for all nationalities & was excellently put together - every night in different lounges there was a pianist, live band, trio's, singers etc & an exceptional evening show every night. Different themed nights were also planned to keep things interesting. Disembarkation again was very quick and seamless. All in all, a fantastic cruise - don't be put off by negative reviews - things like indoor areas & cabins being smoky are simply not true - the cleanliness of the cabin was outstanding & the casino is the only inside place you can smoke in during the evening. Likewise with screaming kids - there's plenty of strict pool supervision so it's well managed and the food was also great. If you like a lively cruise with plenty to do & a varied demographic, this is definitely for you. But if you prefer a quieter, slower pace cruise then may be better to look elsewhere - we loved it!

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MSC Preziosa Cruise Review by andyfoley7

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Interior Stateroom
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 the quickest I've experienced despite the ship being full.

Ship was fantastic - basically new, great facilities, very clean. Plenty of bars & lounges (inside and out), great nightclub open every night, large casino, 3 large outside pools, a big & modern gym, plenty of jacuzzis & an over 18's pool too, big water-slide (used by both adults & children) & a water adventure playground for children - all very well supervised. Spa had good treatments but very expensive - be careful when booking - a treatment you may pay full price for on one day often was discounted to as much as 50% the next day & the sauna & steam room incurred a high additional charge - these were the only downside. However in terms of the ship itself, it was very lively with a great atmosphere & something to do for everyone - a mainly younger clientele compared to other cruises (I'd estimate a mainly 16-50 age group) and also lots of children but this was never an issue.

Day time activities were somewhat limited compared to other ships but we visited a new port / town everyday & ship facilities were so good that it was never an issue.

Service was excellent & very personal (remembering names despite the number of people on the ship) - could do with more bar staff at times but wasn't really a problem. Dining room waiters were excellent.

Shore excursions were varied, good & reasonably priced although the visiting time at each port was sometimes limited - was never a problem for us & to be expected when experiencing a new port / city every day. Travel to embarkation port and the embarkation process itself couldn't have been easier.

Cabin & bathroom was a good size, clean, new & very comfortable. Cabin attendant was also excellent.

Dining & food was very good. Breakfast was excellent & consisted of both continental and hot options. Lunch time buffet was excellent, huge and very varied - plenty of Mediterranean and local dishes (fresh pastas, pizza) as to be expected as well as a salad section, international section, sandwich & baguette section, hot section with carved meat & a range of vegetables, desserts, kids section, burgers / hot dog section, seafood cheese & cold meats section, desserts - basically everything you can think of & prepared to a very good quality. Dinner was also excellent - well prepared and consisted of 6 courses - appetiser, salad, soup, pasta, main & dessert - wasn't overly extravagant but was still very good & service was excellent. Good selection of predominately Italian wines.

Good children's clubs & plenty of activities to do for children.

Evening entertainment was by far the best I've seen on a cruise - catered for all nationalities & was excellently put together - every night in different lounges there was a pianist, live band, trio's, singers etc & an exceptional evening show every night. Different themed nights were also planned to keep things interesting.

Disembarkation again was very quick and seamless.

All in all, a fantastic cruise - don't be put off by negative reviews - things like indoor areas & cabins being smoky are simply not true - the cleanliness of the cabin was outstanding & the casino is the only inside place you can smoke in during the evening. Likewise with screaming kids - there's plenty of strict pool supervision so it's well managed and the food was also great.

If you like a lively cruise with plenty to do & a varied demographic, this is definitely for you. But if you prefer a quieter, slower pace cruise then may be better to look elsewhere - we loved it!
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