We joined the MSC Preziosa in Hamburg for the west European cruise visiting Le Havre, Southampton, St. Peter Port, Brest, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga, Vigo, Rotterdam and back to Hamburg.
This was our first time with MSC and we booked the Yacht Club (YC).
The embarkation experience with the separate YC welcome lounge and being accompanied through security and through to the YC concierge was a pleasant start to the cruise.
We had stateroom 15001 which is called a suite but is, compared to other ships, a larger balcony cabin. It has a nice sized bathroom with bath /shower (shower hose). The walk-in wardrobe is a small but has sufficient space for 2 people. The fitted furniture in the cabin is so well made we didn’t find the cupboard next to the entrance mirror until the 2nd week of the cruise. This offered ample extra space. There is enough room under the beds to stow away large cases. We found the beds to be very comfortable and the sofa and small table offered a nice place to relax. The cabin has a lot of mirrors that give an impression on space. The stateroom has a mini-bar which is replenished daily and coffee/tea making facilities.
The TV is small but adequate. There is only one English TV channel but other languages are better catered for. Otherwise there is a good choice of videos on demand. We were disappointed with the channel showing the cruise information. Pictures of the officers and managing staff are shown constantly, but the position of the ship – which is what we wanted to know – is so fast that we hardly had time to look at it properly. Perhaps MSC could change this and just have a channel showing the ships position and weather information.
Cabin 15001 is at the very front of the YC behind the Top Sail Lounge. We were worried that we might be bothered by noise, but this was not the case. We heard nothing from the lounge and only very seldom the door to the lounge being closed. The balcony has a metal front and the roof slants towards the front of the ship. Before the cruise we had read that some guests had been bothered by this. We were please to have this extra protection from the weather. It didn’t spoil the view at all