Watch my video tour of the MSC Preziosa (via this link) or the video below:
The music in the video is the MSC Cruises music that they use in all their ads, promotional material and can even be downloaded as a ringtone on their site. It is composed by the famous musician Ennio Morricone.
In the video tour I take you through an extensive tour of the MSC Preziosa and you will see, among other things:
- The exterior of the ship.
- The many pool areas and the Vertigo waterslide ride.
- The restaurants and bars through the ship including the main dining room (Golden Lobster) and Eataly restaurants.
- The entertainment areas, including the huge Platinum Theatre and Casino.
- The shops, cyber cafe and Excursion Office.
My review of the MSC Preziosa
The MSC Preziosa is one of the 4 “Fantasia” class ships in the MSC Cruise Fleet. It started its life though as a ship ordered by the Gadaffi Regime in Libya by his son! The original vision for the ship was to include a huge shark aquarium and other unusual features. After the revolution the regime defaulted on payments, and MSC Cruises bought the hull, as it was similar to their “Fantasia” Design and created the MSC Preziosa.
The ship is huge and 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.
One key feature of the MSC Preziosa, as with MSC Cruises other “Fantasia” class ships (MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and Divina) is the Yacht Club. This is called a “ship within a ship”, and is where I was staying. This is an access controlled area that offers a premium experience. It has about 60 suites, with most being the Deluxe Style that I stayed in. 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 there is a pool deck with a bar, hot tubs and loads of recliners. There is a dedicated restaurant (La Palmeraie) which is at the rear of the ship. It serves amazing food. I really liked the Yacht Club experience as you can escape the busy ship and retreat into a more calm space. To read more about the Yacht Club experience and see the suite I stayed in: click here
Saying that, the whole ship is very stylish, modern looking and has many dining and entertainment options. The main restaurant (Golden Lobster) is gold and glitzy, and has a good menu. Many people like to use the buffet though for breakfast and lunch, which is very good and has a lot of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables. It is very good compared to other buffet experiences I have had on other ships. The “Eataly” restaurants, which are a big Italian chain, was very good and had a more formal set menu section and more 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.
Entertainment is varied and aimed at a young and family audience. There is the amazing and very long “Vertigo” waterslide ride, 4-D Cinema, Formula 1 Racing simulator and even bowling. The shows in the theatre are aimed to please families with lots of music and acrobatics. There are also a lot of pool options, with a large outdoor pool, a covered pool that can have the roof opened and an “infinity” style pool at the rear of the ship. There is a huge and very good gym. It was very popular, which is a function of the passenger profile which was younger and active.
I liked the MSC Preziosa. It was stylish and bright, but not too brash and “Las Vegas” in style. It attracts a young and family crowd, and so if you do not like the boisterous nature of family resorts then the Yacht Club is a good way to enjoy all the many features and still be able to find some quiet as it is a dedicated space. Very innovative.
To see more of the videos and articles I made and wrote about MSC Preziosa while their guest visit: https://www.tipsfortravellers.com/MSC