MSC Preziosa Review

Return to a Heritage Homeland

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on MSC Preziosa
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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Junior Balcony
MSC Fantasia at Steinwerder Cruise Terminal before departing.
Hamburg's Linie 62 ferry for views along the riverfront.
looking through connecting door.
Connecting door
Electrical outlets and kettle.
Balcony
L'Arabasque Dining Room
Table 862, L'Arabasque Dining Room
North Sea
North Sea
Edinburgh Royal Mile
Firth of Forth Bridge, South Queensferry
Anchored at South Queensferry
Kirkwall pier
St. Peter's Kirk, Kirkwall area cemetery
Ring of Brodnar, Kirkwall

This was a cruise that we have looked forward to for over a year. We had booked two connecting Fantastica Experience staterooms with included WiFi and the Easy Plus package. DSIL was coming along for her first trip to Europe so that made it special. We flew into Hamburg via Copenhagen with an open-jaw for our return flight so that we could include a visit to Copenhagen.

We chose the Hotel Furst Bismark hotel directly across from the Hauptbahnhof to make travel simple from the airport. The Hauptbahnhof also had the cab rank which was handy for our embarkation day. The area also had a number of restaurants so it was a great location. The Hotel Association had a promotion which provided a two-day pass for public transportation. In our travels around Hamburg using the passes we boarded the Linie 62 ferry one day and saw the MSC Fantasia docked at Steinwerder Terminal before it's cruise that week.

Embarkation day was nice and sunny. Our check-in time at Steinwerder Cruise Terminal was 1:00 pm so we left the hotel at 11:00 am. After a 25-minute cab ride, we checked our bags and proceded to wait for our time. Around 12:45, they started to allow us to check-in. It was very smooth and we were aboard in less than 1/2 hour. We dropped our carry-ons in our staterooms (which were still being prepared) and proceded to the Buffet for some lunch.

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Junior Balcony

We had booked two Fantastica Experience connecting rooms as DSIL was accompanying DW and I. The staterooms were well appointed but were limited to only four outlets on the desk. There was a kettle included. The walkway at the foot of the bed was a very generous 26 inches. Our room steward serviced our staterooms twice a day and did an excellent job! Ventilation was perfect. Being a cool weather cruise we did not use the balcony very much but it was decent size and well maintained.

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