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This was a 7 night cruise from Southampton to Genoa on the MSC Preziosa in Yacht club (YC1). It was our second MSC cruise after we experienced an Aurea balcony cruise on MSC Fantasia. That first cruise was a mixed experience, but we decided to try Yacht Club to see whether the hype matched the reality. Embarkation - This was at Southampton and the experience was very good. Our cruise e-ticket told us that check in was 3pm, but too be honest we wanted to get on for lunch (why not !), so turned up at 12:30pm. We were ushered through to a separate area where we were served prosecco and nibbles. We waited until there was a few of us and then were ushered (that word again) onto the ship. Very nice and it did make you feel special and in fact set the tone for the rest of the cruise. Cabin - We were in a standard YC1 balcony cabin. In terms of size, it is around the same size as a standard balcony, but you do have a different colour scheme. You also have a marble bathroom and just nicer touches. You also get an all-free mini bar that is topped up daily and a free bottle of presecco. You also get a walk in wardrobe. Yacht Club Area - ahhh, this is the best bit. You get private access to the top sail lounge and the One Pool area. The sheer elegance of the lounge (where there is always plenty of room), the wonderful service and feel good factor just gives you that special holiday vibe. Most of the weaknesses of our first MSC cruise were addressed in YC. In the lounge, you had food and free drinks all the time with speciality coffees and nothing was too much trouble. I can witter on and on, but in a nutshell, YC has changed us from MSC never-agains to MSC yes-definitely. Dining - YC comes with it's own restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We never did make breakfast, but both lunch and dinner were three course affairs with cheese as an option. You also had a choice of two reds, two whites and a rose which changed daily. In my review of the first MCS cruise, the food came out as the big weakness. In YC, the food was much better, although perhaps still sometimes a bit odd. You generally had a choice of soup/salads for starter and risotto/pasta/fish/meat for mains. You learn that you can order any main as a starter so all good. Sometimes meat just came with grilled vegetables (no potatoes), so you have to be on the ball and ask for them specially. Again the service is what makes this place special and matches some of the top end cruise lines. Entertainment - In my first review, this was another MCS weakness and unfortunately things haven't improved. The issue is that because MSC sell themselves as multi-language, the shows don't contain any actual talking which leaves singing and dancing. This is fine for the first few shows but soon gets a bit samey. The other weakness is the daily activities which are very few in number, again maybe because of the language issues. So in conclusion, I think for us YC has kept MSC on our list of possible future cruises whereas it was in danger of getting crossed off after the first cruise. The difference between YC and anything else on MSC is chalk and cheese. If you've tried MSC and didn't like it, give it another go in YC. We did and didn't regret it.

MSC Preziosa - Yacht Club (YC1) - Departing Southampton

MSC Preziosa Cruise Review by paul.strange

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
This was a 7 night cruise from Southampton to Genoa on the MSC Preziosa in Yacht club (YC1). It was our second MSC cruise after we experienced an Aurea balcony cruise on MSC Fantasia. That first cruise was a mixed experience, but we decided to try Yacht Club to see whether the hype matched the reality.

Embarkation - This was at Southampton and the experience was very good. Our cruise e-ticket told us that check in was 3pm, but too be honest we wanted to get on for lunch (why not !), so turned up at 12:30pm. We were ushered through to a separate area where we were served prosecco and nibbles. We waited until there was a few of us and then were ushered (that word again) onto the ship. Very nice and it did make you feel special and in fact set the tone for the rest of the cruise.

Cabin - We were in a standard YC1 balcony cabin. In terms of size, it is around the same size as a standard balcony, but you do have a different colour scheme. You also have a marble bathroom and just nicer touches. You also get an all-free mini bar that is topped up daily and a free bottle of presecco. You also get a walk in wardrobe.

Yacht Club Area - ahhh, this is the best bit. You get private access to the top sail lounge and the One Pool area. The sheer elegance of the lounge (where there is always plenty of room), the wonderful service and feel good factor just gives you that special holiday vibe. Most of the weaknesses of our first MSC cruise were addressed in YC. In the lounge, you had food and free drinks all the time with speciality coffees and nothing was too much trouble. I can witter on and on, but in a nutshell, YC has changed us from MSC never-agains to MSC yes-definitely.

Dining - YC comes with it's own restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We never did make breakfast, but both lunch and dinner were three course affairs with cheese as an option. You also had a choice of two reds, two whites and a rose which changed daily. In my review of the first MCS cruise, the food came out as the big weakness. In YC, the food was much better, although perhaps still sometimes a bit odd. You generally had a choice of soup/salads for starter and risotto/pasta/fish/meat for mains. You learn that you can order any main as a starter so all good. Sometimes meat just came with grilled vegetables (no potatoes), so you have to be on the ball and ask for them specially. Again the service is what makes this place special and matches some of the top end cruise lines.

Entertainment - In my first review, this was another MCS weakness and unfortunately things haven't improved. The issue is that because MSC sell themselves as multi-language, the shows don't contain any actual talking which leaves singing and dancing. This is fine for the first few shows but soon gets a bit samey. The other weakness is the daily activities which are very few in number, again maybe because of the language issues.

So in conclusion, I think for us YC has kept MSC on our list of possible future cruises whereas it was in danger of getting crossed off after the first cruise. The difference between YC and anything else on MSC is chalk and cheese. If you've tried MSC and didn't like it, give it another go in YC. We did and didn't regret it.
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