The MSC Preziosa is one of 4 “Fantasia” class ships in the MSC Cruise Fleet. It started it’s life as a ship ordered by the Gadaffi Regime in Libya.The original vision for the ship was to include a huge shark aquarium and a host of other unusual features. After the revolution the regime defaulted on payments. MSC Cruises bought the hull, as it was similar to their “Fantasia” Design and created the MSC Preziosa.
The ship holds 3,500 passengers and around 1,300 crew. It is a modern looking ship that despite its size has a sleek looking style – unlike some modern cruise ships that tend to look like chunky apartment blocks.
The ship is aimed at the Italian market, but they also cater for other nationalities too. All of the announcements are in various languages and there will usually be 5 or 6 different ones depending on the nationalities of the passengers on board at the time .
Most of the food service in the restaurants on board is of a Mediterranean style with lots of fish and pasta.
MSC Yacht Club
One key features of the MSC Preziosa, is the Yacht Club. This is called a “ship within a ship”. It is an access controlled area that offers a premium experience. It has about 60 suites, with most being the Deluxe Style. In addition you have a Concierge Service, 24 hour butler service, a huge lounge which serves breakfast and light snacks through the day. On deck 18 forward there is a pool deck with a bar, hot tubs and recliners. It has a dedicated restaurant (La Palmeraie) which is at the rear of the ship.
Dining Options on Board
The whole ship is very stylish, modern looking and very very clean ( as are all MSC ships), the ship has many dining and entertainment options. The main restaurant (Golden Lobster)which is a 2 seating dining ( early and late) is full of gold and very glitzy, it has a good menu, with most evening meals of 4 / 5 courses. We usually have a drinks package so have never had any problems with getting water or wine at the table. MSC do not serve free water at the dinner table(including tap water) .
Many people like to use the buffet for breakfast and lunch, at times is very very busy. You can usually find a seat the further back you go. It is very good, has a lot of fresh fruit, salads, vegetables, fish and very good pizza (made fresh ) It only serves free juice at breakfast, again this seems to be an MSC thing, however it is very good compared to other buffet experiences I have had on other ships.
The “Eataly” restaurant, one of the additional charge restaurants is very good and has a more formal menu section, it also has an informal section. The additional charge was about 30 Euros for the set menu, and in the other section around 5 to 7 Euros per item.
MSC Preziosa has 4 main types of cabin available : inside, ocean view, balcony and the yacht club suites.
Most of the cabins on the Preziosa are standard balcony cabins, they do not have tea and coffee making in the rooms, but again this changes with the location of the ships.
All of the cabins are well appointed with even the lowest grade having shower gel, soap, towels and pool towels provided.
All the cabins have large flat screen TVs and air conditioning some of the high grade balcony’s and all of the suits have a bath and shower.
Things to do on Board
Entertainment is varied and aimed at a young and family audience. There is the very long “Vertigo” waterslide on the top deck at the rear of the funnel ( the only fantastica class to have it), 4-D Cinema, Formula 1 Racing simulator and even a 2 lane bowling alley in the sports bar. The shows in the theatre are aimed at families with lots of music and acrobatics. There is little speaking as they generally speak Italian. Any announcements are in up to 6 different languages which would make the show too long to have speaking parts. The shows are generally of a good quality.
Swimming pools, sun decks and Spa
There are 3 main pool options, a large outdoor pool, a covered pool that can have the roof opened and an “infinity” style pool at the rear of the ship. All get busy on sea days and you quickly realise how many people are on the ship
There is a chargeable sun deck on deck 18 mid ships near to the funnel with a hot tub and nice comfy sun loungers. This area doesn’t tend to get to busy due to the extra Charge.
There is a large and and well appointed gym, situated at the front of the ship overlooking the bow and above the navigation bridge. It is very popular, depending on the passenger profile, during our trip this was mainly younger persons. The Spa Sauna and steam room area has an additional charge. It is very large compared to other ships and is very popular at times. The use of the area can be pre booked via the MSC Website or booked on the ship for the duration of the voyage.
The MSC Aurea Spa area is very well equipped to modern cruise ship standards, it has all the usual spa treatments on offer. One unusual item on offer is 2 stand up sun tan beds with are chargeable in 10min blocks.
Would we Recommend MSC
We liked the MSC Preziosa. It was stylish and bright. It attracts a young and family crowd, so if you do not like the boisterous nature of multi cultural family resorts then this ship may not be for you using the standard cabins. The Yacht Club may be better as it is a good way to enjoy all the many features of the ship and still be able to find some quiet spaces .
While the the MSC brand approach is very Mediterranean, it is not for everyone. If you want value for money on elegant, stylish and modern ships then try MSC and the MSC Preziosa.
However MSC customer service is somewhat lacking and they are very difficult to get hold of but this aside the line are reasonably good.