My name is Gary Bembridge and I welcome you to my feature page dedicated to the MSC Cruise Line – and their latest cruise ship called the MSC Preziosa that launched in March 2013.
Existing readers of my blog will know that I am a massive cruising fan, have been on about 20 cruises and have a huge passion for finding and sharing tips and advice about choosing and getting the most out of a cruise.
I was delighted to have been invited to be an Official MSC Blogger covering the christening and maiden voyage of their latest ship called the MSC Preziosa in March 2013. On this page you will find all the articles, audio podcasts, videos and more about the gorgeous looking ship, the people on-board who create the MSC experience and what I discovered.
Video tour of the MSC Preziosa that I made while on-board.
This 3.5 minute video shows you all the main deck areas and tours the inside of the ship showing you the main restaurants, entertainment and facilities:
Read My Review of the MSC Preziosa. In the review I share some unusual facts about the ship, such as it was originally ordered by the Gadaffi Regime in Libya (and was going to have features like a massive shark aquarium on it)! After the revolution, the hull was acquired by MSC Cruises and turned into the MSC Preziosa. In the review I discuss who the ship will appeal to most, and why.
My MSC Preziosa Features (click on the item to read the full post)
My 3 cruise wishes that the MSC Preziosa will be helping me to achieve. I am a big cruise fan, but there are 3 things important cruise things that I have never done – all of which this project with MSC will help me to acheive. I have never been to a ship christening, never been on a maiden voyage and never been on MSC. All will be achieved!
MSC Preziosa: Exploring the difference between a great and average travel experience. I believe that the people are what makes any travel experience great – or average. This will be the focus on my project on the MSC Preziosa. I am going to seek out and be speaking to the people behind creating the experience – and find out why, what and how they go about it. Creating the MSC’s desired “Med” experience can only succeed if the people who live, breath and have to deliver it every day are driven to do it.
Sophia Loren is fighting with the MSC Preziosa for my attention! But, why the MSC Preziosa will win: The glamorous screen goddess Sophia Loren is the “Godmother” of the MSC Preziosa and will be naming her. In this cheeky article I explain why I will have eyes more for the ship than her.
CHRISTENING AND NAMING OF THE MSC PREZIOSA
Watch my video highlights of screen legend Sophia Loren cutting the ribbon, the champagne bottle smashing on the bow and fireworks:
ON-BOARD THE MSC PREZIOSA
MSC Preziosa Yacht Club (the “ship within a ship”) video tour and review. Watch my video tour of the exclusive “ship within a ship” offer, and see the exclusive concierge lounge, Top Sail Lounge, One Pool Deck, dedicated restaurant and more. To read a full and detailed review: click here
MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Cabin / Stateroom Review and Tour. Watch my video review and tour of cabin 15003 – a Yacht Club deluxe Room
Read the review: MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Cabin Review
MSC Preziosa Balcony Suite Video Tour and Review. Watch my video tour of Cabin 11127 – a balcony suite. I did this video and review based on someone following me who will be travelling soon on MSC and thought I would try and get to show them their cabin type! Read more: click here
MSC Cruises ask me 8 questions about my views of MSC and MSC Preziosa. MSC asked me a series of questions about how they compare to other cruises and cruise lines I have been on, and my thoughts on various aspects of the ship and experience. I reveal all!
My interview with Captain Bossi of MSC Preziosa. Insights into what a Captain does, the 3 things he gets asked the most by passengers and the best ports to visit in the world.
What will a cruise ship butler do for you? 10 things you should expect based on an interview with Thierry Fnu, the Head Butler on MSC Preziosa
How does the MSC Preziosa Yacht Club compare with Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Queens Grill (their “First Class” equivalent? In this article I was asked to write for MyTravelMoney.co.uk (http://www.mytravelmoney.co.uk/articles/queen-mary-2-queens-grill-versus-msc-preziosa-yacht-club/), I look at the topics of food, entertainment, cabins, crew and exclusivity. In theory the Cunard QM2 is in a different “category” of cruise ships. However, in the article, I talk about why the MSC Preziosa Yacht Club is a real alternative and why, especially as much more affordable price too.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES INSIGHTS – AUDIO INTERVIEWS
Designing the MSC Preziosa. An exclusive interview with Andrea Gangale of MSC Cruises: Listen to an audio interview with the man responsible for designing the on-board experience and features on the MSC Preziosa. Hear Andrea Gangale talk about ship building, the development of the MSC Preziosa and the unique firsts and features.
Going “behind the scenes” the MSC Preziosa. You will hear my interviews with the Captain, Captain Bossi, about the process of getting a ship ready from a technical perspective, then from the Hotel Manager, Raffaele Cinque, about getting it ready for the crew and passengers and finally from The Head Butler, Thierry Fnu, on board answering one of the questions I get asked the most – what does a butler do, and what should passengers who have a butler expect!
MAIDEN VOYAGE PORT EXCURSIONS AND PORTS OF CALLS
Taormina in Sicily, Italy. Nestling under the smouldering Mount Etna Volcano, with Ancient Greek Amphitheatre and Hollywood Connections. Read my review of this amazing excursion option. It is a stunning town, and I highly recommend considering this trip if you travel with MSC to Sicily:
Island of Capri, near Naples Italy. A stunning island that is about 45 minute ferry ride from the port of Naples. The crossing can be rough – and so be warned! But beautiful once there.
Medina Old Town Market in Tunis, Tunisia. This fascinating old town with maze like streets and full of interesting craft shops and people.
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