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MSC Preziosa - Comprehensive Yacht Club Review

Solent Richard

By Solent Richard , March 26, 2020 in MSC Cruises

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Solent Richard

Three weeks ago my wife disembarked from our first MSC cruise, 14 nights Yacht Club onboard MSC Preziosa around the Caribbean.

I have now written what I consider a full, frank and comprehensive review on our experience. Here is the link...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/03/25/msc-preziosa-yacht-club-experience/

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I'd be delighted to answer any questions.

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Thank you for your great review and photos!

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Thanks Richard and Barbara. Very comprehensive and useful.

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WOW!!  Great review.  Very thorough and insightful.  Loved all the pictures. We were to do YC Prezioza this June but, had to cancel until next year. Still looking forward to doing our cruise. Now, we are more excited for next year.  Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review.

1 hour ago, phissy said: WOW!!  Great review.  Very thorough and insightful.  Loved all the pictures. We were to do YC Prezioza this June but, had to cancel until next year. Still looking forward to doing our cruise. Now, we are more excited for next year.  Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review.

So pleased I could give you a glimpse of 'the light at the end of the tunnel'.

Skier52

48 minutes ago, Solent Richard said:   Good morning Pete (as in Skier).   Long time no speak and hope you are well.   Now for the confession. It was your review, all those years ago, that gave me the original inspiration and idea to take my wife to Guadeloupe: I'd filed it in the memory bank.   Had you not appeared here I would have asked Wansbrough to pass on the link and thank you.   And as you probably noted from my review, we've already booked another MSC cruise.   Keep safe.   Richard      

That's an endorsement for MSC if ever I saw one.

it is heartening to see and  partly makes up for all the bashing i got on C.dot for flag waving for MSC .

CGTNORMANDIE

Wonderful review...wished I was there. 😀

On 3/27/2020 at 9:02 AM, Skier52 said:   That's an endorsement for MSC if ever I saw one.   it is heartening to see and  partly makes up for all the bashing i got on C.dot for flag waving for MSC . Pete

A yacht Club experience would have been out of their depths Pete.

Thank you so much for your wonderful review.  Feeling kind of low these days, what a pleasure it was.  I shared it with my husband and he also enjoyed it.

We have our first Yacht Club experience coming up in October and are looking forward.  Thanks again!

Hi Solent Richard........read your review with interest as we were aboard the Preziosa a month before you , 21st January.  Our reflections were somewhat different although I would agree that  Marie-Pierre and Summit were excellent, they were our butler and restaurant waiter as well.  We were fortunate to stay in 15031 just up the corridor from you, next time try to get one of these large square cabins as they are 50% bigger than the one you had, we even had a sun lounger on the balcony as it is so much bigger.

I would double check that your Virgin flight from Gatwick to Barbados was a charter.  Our MSC / Virgin Flight was a Scheduled flight (VS029/VS30) as MSC this year were taking a block of seats not the full allocation.  It is important as you will be able to claim Virgin Flying Club Air miles which we did, Premier gave us 8432 air miles (worth about £125).

We cruised Preziosa last year as well and the difference was astonishing, for the worse. The quality of the meat in La Palmeriae was extremely poor and like yourselves we dined in Butcher's Cut where the meat was superb but boy-o-boy did we all suffer in the YC restaurant, even 'Summit' advised us not to have many dishes as the complaints were endless.  

The Gazebo you mentioned was erected due to the complaint about the food on offer at the One Pool during our cruise. You benefited from the change of YC Directors, the new YC who change midway though our cruise (Thierry Fnu) made many changes which improved the situation.  The problem is you don't know which YC Director you are going to get, some are a disgrace to MSC.  

We also booked for Yacht Club 2021 and have subsequently cancelled, just not worth the money anymore.  

Just thought I would add some feedback from our recent cruise.

My better half and I were on the cruise following Solent Richard, 3rd – 17th March in the YC. Flew VS29 ex-Gatwick – I will agree with Mickey89 that the flight is part MSC booked, but not completely as I noted several Virgin Holidays tags on baggage. We were heat tested before we entered the terminal at Barbados airport. No issue, quick and first of several such tests during the next fortnight.

Our view of the cruise was it was overall fantastic and we would both book it again in a flash. The itinerary leapt out of the page when we spotted it over a year in advance; so nice to see smaller islands and not the run of the mill ex-Miami mainstream ports.

We sailed Divina in YC in 2018 (Med 7 day cruise) and felt that the YC restaurant on Preziosa exceeded comfortably that we experienced on Divina. Sumit was out waiter too and a credit to MSC. Food taste is subjective, but when I read Mickey89's feedback I thought I was on the wrong ship. Maybe the change in TC Director impacted the food standard too, as it was pretty faultless.

We have travelled quite often in the Haven and our experience on Divina clearly awarded the restaurant medal to NCL, but on Preziosa we felt it was materially improved and at least equivalent to Haven, but with a far better choice as each day offers a new selection. Preziosa also offered three “everyday” options not listed including spaghetti bolognaise and filet.

One Pool chef always had a gazebo erected. We always breakfasted either at One Pool or TSL, never the restaurant. Lunch was normally at One Pool when not ashore. Always a good choice and always chef specials.

We too are Death in Paradise fans and took a tour with Merva, as mentioned by Richard in his report. An excellent day and one of our favourite private tour experiences without a doubt.

St, Kitts, Dominica, St. Vincent (Bequia) and St. Maarten we really enjoyed too.

The cruise had no Italians on board when we joined (some 550 would typically have been on board), but MSC had already reacted to the CORid-19 outbreak it seems. The first 11 days went as planned, but on the second weekend both Martinique and Guadeloupe only permitted disembarking guests to leave the ship at the end of their cruises. No new guest’s joined that second weekend. Transit guests were not permitted to leave the ship. Each day there were less remaining guests St. Lucia was cancelled and we had a slow sail to Barbados sea day on the last Monday. We have no issue with this, what else can MSC/ports do in such circumstances. My only issue would be the lack of communication from the captain – being more familiar with NCL we are used to daily dialogue from the captain, even in normal circumstances. It was notable the captain never delivered such daily updates, either during the normal phase of the cruise nor during the latter agenda impacted phase. Strange.

As I stated above we would rebook the YC without a doubt – we would book the same cruise again and same ship. The YC versus Haven is an interesting debate often seen on CC; we like both and both have pro’s and con’s we feel. I like the TSL, my wife less so; we both like the One Pool bar/eating area; Haven has more room options and is more family focussed (family suites), but generally is a lot more expensive; champagne included in the YC is a nice bonus. First world problem, but both being nice to experience.

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On 3/30/2020 at 4:34 PM, mickey89 said: Hi Solent Richard........read your review with interest as we were aboard the Preziosa a month before you , 21st January.  Our reflections were somewhat different although I would agree that  Marie-Pierre and Summit were excellent, they were our butler and restaurant waiter as well.  We were fortunate to stay in 15031 just up the corridor from you, next time try to get one of these large square cabins as they are 50% bigger than the one you had, we even had a sun lounger on the balcony as it is so much bigger. I would double check that your Virgin flight from Gatwick to Barbados was a charter.  Our MSC / Virgin Flight was a Scheduled flight (VS029/VS30) as MSC this year were taking a block of seats not the full allocation.  It is important as you will be able to claim Virgin Flying Club Air miles which we did, Premier gave us 8432 air miles (worth about £125).   We cruised Preziosa last year as well and the difference was astonishing, for the worse. The quality of the meat in La Palmeriae was extremely poor and like yourselves we dined in Butcher's Cut where the meat was superb but boy-o-boy did we all suffer in the YC restaurant, even 'Summit' advised us not to have many dishes as the complaints were endless.     The Gazebo you mentioned was erected due to the complaint about the food on offer at the One Pool during our cruise. You benefited from the change of YC Directors, the new YC who change midway though our cruise (Thierry Fnu) made many changes which improved the situation.  The problem is you don't know which YC Director you are going to get, some are a disgrace to MSC.     We also booked for Yacht Club 2021 and have subsequently cancelled, just not worth the money anymore.  

Thanks for your input Mickey. Much appreciated.

I hear what you say about Thierry Fun, the YC Director, I got on with him like a house on fire.

On 3/31/2020 at 6:00 PM, Had01 said: Just thought I would add some feedback from our recent cruise.   My better half and I were on the cruise following Solent Richard, 3rd – 17th March in the YC. Flew VS29 ex-Gatwick – I will agree with Mickey89 that the flight is part MSC booked, but not completely as I noted several Virgin Holidays tags on baggage. We were heat tested before we entered the terminal at Barbados airport. No issue, quick and first of several such tests during the next fortnight. Our view of the cruise was it was overall fantastic and we would both book it again in a flash. The itinerary leapt out of the page when we spotted it over a year in advance; so nice to see smaller islands and not the run of the mill ex-Miami mainstream ports. We sailed Divina in YC in 2018 (Med 7 day cruise) and felt that the YC restaurant on Preziosa exceeded comfortably that we experienced on Divina. Sumit was out waiter too and a credit to MSC. Food taste is subjective, but when I read Mickey89's feedback I thought I was on the wrong ship. Maybe the change in TC Director impacted the food standard too, as it was pretty faultless. We have travelled quite often in the Haven and our experience on Divina clearly awarded the restaurant medal to NCL, but on Preziosa we felt it was materially improved and at least equivalent to Haven, but with a far better choice as each day offers a new selection. Preziosa also offered three “everyday” options not listed including spaghetti bolognaise and filet. One Pool chef always had a gazebo erected. We always breakfasted either at One Pool or TSL, never the restaurant. Lunch was normally at One Pool when not ashore. Always a good choice and always chef specials. We too are Death in Paradise fans and took a tour with Merva, as mentioned by Richard in his report. An excellent day and one of our favourite private tour experiences without a doubt. St, Kitts, Dominica, St. Vincent (Bequia) and St. Maarten we really enjoyed too. The cruise had no Italians on board when we joined (some 550 would typically have been on board), but MSC had already reacted to the CORid-19 outbreak it seems. The first 11 days went as planned, but on the second weekend both Martinique and Guadeloupe only permitted disembarking guests to leave the ship at the end of their cruises. No new guest’s joined that second weekend. Transit guests were not permitted to leave the ship. Each day there were less remaining guests St. Lucia was cancelled and we had a slow sail to Barbados sea day on the last Monday. We have no issue with this, what else can MSC/ports do in such circumstances. My only issue would be the lack of communication from the captain – being more familiar with NCL we are used to daily dialogue from the captain, even in normal circumstances. It was notable the captain never delivered such daily updates, either during the normal phase of the cruise nor during the latter agenda impacted phase. Strange. As I stated above we would rebook the YC without a doubt – we would book the same cruise again and same ship. The YC versus Haven is an interesting debate often seen on CC; we like both and both have pro’s and con’s we feel. I like the TSL, my wife less so; we both like the One Pool bar/eating area; Haven has more room options and is more family focussed (family suites), but generally is a lot more expensive; champagne included in the YC is a nice bonus. First world problem, but both being nice to experience. Stay safe.

Good afternoon HAD.

Humble apologies for not responding sooner and many thanks for your comprehensive addendum: it made very interesting reading, particularly the comparison with NCL's Haven.

Up till this cruise we were ardent Cunard Grills fans and while I'd never abandon them entirely we thoroughly enjoyed our 'Maiden' MSC. The real advantage for us is the wider itineraries on offer with MSC.

So pleased you gave Mirva some business and I trust you enjoyed Sainte Honore as much as we did: You'll never believe the 'brownie' points I received from my wife.

Funnily enough we were due to fly to Split this morning to join an Emerald Waterways cruise along the Dalmatian Coast. Just so pleased we made the full Preziosa when we did.

Take care and thanks again for your input. 

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Solent Richard's Cruise Blog

Welcome aboard and nice to meet you. My wife and I are seasoned cruisers having first dipped our toes into the world of cruising in 1990, a one week cruise on board the Cunard Countess. The majority of our cruising has been with two cruise lines, Cunard and P&O. We have, however, sailed on 21 different cruise ships, some many times over, on 11 different cruise lines while completing 619 cruise nights on board.

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MSC Preziosa – Yacht Club Experience

My wife and I have recently returned from a cruise that gave us our first experience sailing with MSC….

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…onboard the MSC Preziosa…

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…and a chance to evaluate their Yacht Club facility.

This cruise was initially chosen for one particular reason: MSC are one of the few cruise lines that visit the island of Guadeloupe…

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…which was amongst the 12 other islands this cruise visited, all in the course of 14 days.

And our reason for wanting to visit Guadeloupe?

My wife is a huge fan of the UK TV Series, Death in Paradise, and it was an ambition of hers to visit the village of Deshaies and surrounding area where the series is filmed. More about this in the ‘Itinerary’ section of this review.

Our package also included Virgin flights from Gatwick to Barbados which we later discovered was basically an MSC charter with an MSC ‘Registration’ desk at Gatwick Airport..

On arrival at Barbados the MSC organisation was equally slick and very good.  We were very soon allocated to a coach and transferred to the ship.

MSC pride themselves in offering the highest level of service to their ‘Yacht Club’ guests and this became apparent the moment our coach pulled up at the Bridgetown Terminal Building. As ‘Yacht Club’ guests we were greeted outside the terminal building and escorted to a reserved area and offered refreshment including champagne and chocolates while our booking details were checked…

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…including an enquiry as to which UK national newspaper we preferred (more about that later).

I’d like to mention at this stage that we had at the time of booking also availed ourselves of MSC’s offer to match, for new MSC cruisers,  any cruise line’s loyalty scheme. This meant, by transferring our Cunard World Club status, we kicked off with MSC as ‘Diamond’ members…

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I would certainly urge anyone considering an MSC cruise to avail themselves of this relatively easy to achieve process.

Having completed the formalities in the terminal we were introduced to our ‘Butler’ and escorted onboard. Our first stop was the Yacht Club Concierge Lounge where once again drinks were offered and the Senior Concierge gave a short briefing on his services before we were then escorted to our suite.

We had reserved, at the time of booking, a YC1 Deluxe Yacht Club Suite number…

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The ‘Suite’ was a generous 344 Sq Feet with spacious storage …

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…a walk in Wardrobe…

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…Balcony…

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…and ensuite bathroom …

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…with full size bathtub, marble sink unit with more than ample storage beneath…

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…and a good selection of bathroom toiletries…

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As a Yacht Club suite, all beverages are complimentary. Drinks and nibbles in the suite are replenished daily along with the fruit basket…

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We were to discover that we were in for some excellent nights sleep with the suite’s ergonomic mattress bed, fine sheets, and pillow menu…

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I would add that it was only on arrival in our suite that we first set sight on our cruise cards. At this point we had not been asked to give any form of credit card authorisation, though we were requested to activate our ‘onboard account’,  within 48 hours, at one of the many machines around the ship: one of which was perfectly positioned adjacent to the Concierge Desk…

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The Yacht Club on MSC ships is is effectively a ‘ship within a ship’…

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…access to which is controlled via one’s cruise card…

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On Preziosa, the main Yacht Club facilities included The Concierge, The Topsail Lounge,  The One Pool and the exclusive to Yacht Club guests restaurant, La Palmeraie.

The Concierge 

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An area consisting of a central desk and a small lounge …

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…complimented with  a useful Library…

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Amongst the many services that I noted at the Concierge desk over our 2 weeks onboard was the making of reservations at restaurants,  issuing ship’s  excursion identification stickers for Yacht Club guests and coordinating butler escorts for those heading ashore with ‘private’ excursions.

The Topsail Lounge

Adjacent the Concierge Desk is the entrance to the Topsail Lounge…

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…complete with an excellent bar…

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…and barista service…

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The Topsail Lounge proved to be our ‘social hub’ whether it was meeting friends for a pre-dinner drink, enjoying the panoramic views or just popping in for some light refreshment…

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Indeed, the lounge offers a continental breakfast service from 7.00 am to 11.00 am while from midday there are continuous selections of delicious snacks available.

High tea  was served between 4.00 and 6.00 pm,  when a  butler in full dress uniform offers a  ‘white glove’ table  service…

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For evenings there was always a programme of musical entertainment featuring various artistes who also performed around the ship…

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The Topsail Lounge is an outstanding facility, not just for the exclusive position and  view, but the excellent service, facilities and of course, convenient proximity to one’s suite.

The One Pool Deck

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I never quite figured out why this area was named as ‘The One Pool’: it seemed to me a strange anomaly as it really is a very good exclusive Sun Deck for Yacht Club guests…

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…complete with pool…

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…two jacuzzis…

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…and a bar and dining area…

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Apart from the normal bar opening hours, a snacks buffet was available throughout the day from 7.30 am to 10.00 pm while between midday and 3.00 pm individually prepared cooked lunches were available from the chef’s Gazebo…

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On numerous occasions we received invitations to either Cocktail or Sailaway Parties at The One Pool…

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They were all good fun and, in the main,  gave us a chance to meet and chat to our fellow English Yacht Club passengers…

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…and particularly enjoying the music and early evening balmy Caribbean  atmosphere…

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The final piece in the Yacht Club jigsaw was the dedicated ‘Private Restaurant’, La Palmeraie…

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A dedicated ‘open seating’ restaurant with superbly indulgent menus where guests can dine at leisure. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this was a classy facility with staff to match and was certainly up there on a par with Cunard’s Grill restaurants…

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A selection of dinner menus…

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…and a selection of dishes we ordered, including an Asparagus and Baked Tart starter…

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and Beef Carpaccio…

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All meals were accompanied by a good selection of complimentary wines…

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A selection of main courses we chose, including Fillet of Sea Bass…

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Veal Ossobuco…

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And Octopus and Cuttlefish Stew…

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Once a week the menu featured a selection by Michelin Chef Harald Wohlfahrt…

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…seen here The Halibut and Carrot Mousseline…

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…with Enoki Mushrooms.

Desserts were excellent, the genuinely homemade Tirimisu…

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…featuring almost every night, while other offerings included the decadent ‘Opera Cake’…

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…and the prepared table side Crepes Suzette…

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And for those who crave cheese there was a first class selection on the Cheeseboard…

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…every evening.

Our overall experience in La Palmeraie was simply awesome. The staff under the direction of maître d’hôtel Vicenzo Cinque and his assistant Ena, were truly exceptional and I make no apologies for mentioning the stand-out waiter, Sumit…

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…who was a credit to MSC.

Life onboard

It would be easy to confine this review to the Yacht Club’s facilities but that is not our scene. We very soon discovered that there was a variety of entertainment to be found around the ship and we were determined to make the most of it.

With membership of the Yacht Club comes a number of additional benefits. Most important amongst these was the fact that you can order unlimited premium all Inclusive drinks, not just in The Yacht Club but from any bar around the ship.

Central to the entertainment has to be the Platinum Theatre…

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…which, for Yacht Club guests, had a specially reserved section on the theatre upper level…

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We found the ship’s Production Show Team…

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…amazing. Over the 14 days onboard we watched 10 different production shows…

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…and as can be seen from the above photograph there is a cast of 26 performers. During many shows an interval was programmed in for a number of incredible ‘ Cirque du Soleil’ style performances…

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including this amazing balancing piece where the guy walked up the stairs with his partner balanced by one hand on his head…

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Great Entertainment.

And if that was not enough we often met the performers again as they led the entertainment at the numerous late Deck Parties…

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Musical entertainment certainly featured throughout the ship and one was often spoilt for choice whether it be in the Mixology Bar, The El Dorado…

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…at the large aft  entertainment centre, The Safari Lounge…

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…and the Atrium & Preziosa Bar…

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But by far our favourite for variety and atmosphere was The Green Sax…

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A great variety of music, reasonable dancing space plus the addition of two attractive ‘dance hosts’…

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We additionally found an excellent venue for those who may like to indulge in a little people watching. Il Cappuccino…

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…is the ship’s speciality Coffee Bar and is delightfully positioned on the edge of the Atrium on Deck 7…

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Also a great venue for that night cap, an ‘Italian Coffee’…

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There were two occasions when we ventured into dining areas that weren’t the preserve of Yacht Club guests. The first was the….

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an American-style steak house serving select aged Linz heritage Angus beef and a selection of other dishes…

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Earlier in this review it was mentioned that we had utilised the  MSC offer of transferring another cruise lines loyalty points. Well apart from the numerous (4) parties we were invited to this proved an immensely interesting benefit…

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We made our reservation through the La Palmeraie maître d’hôtel who, to our surprise, arranged for the ‘Butcher’s Cut’  restaurant manager to brief us on the menu…

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We thoroughly enjoyed our experience dining at ‘The Butcher’s Cut’…

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…having been given a window table…

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…our meal was further complimented by a good Malbec…

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…choosing for starter a Baked Goat’s Cheese Tart…

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…and two different cuts of Steak…

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…cooked exactly to our taste…

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…and followed by a most tasty dessert, Chocolate Lava Cake…

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Our second outing to dine elsewhere was when we thought to try a pizza lunch in the Inca Buffet…

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An impressive selection of 5 different pizzas to help oneself…

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…and while there I couldn’t help noticing an impressive array of sauces on another counter…

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Something for everyone.

What also impressed, apart from the variety of available food, was the waiter service. having found your table just press the buzzer…

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Cheers then, Pizza done…

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Well not quite. There actually is a separate Pizza restaurant onboard, the…

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While being highly recommended for its high quality pizzas it does actually carry a surcharge to dine there…

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However, as Yacht Club guests we discovered a loophole. We could order room service, any item, and there was no charge. The butler even came and laid up our table with cutlery and poured the wine…

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And finally while covering entertainment, we did on two evenings end up in the Galaxy Disco…

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…though surprisingly we found it a shade lacking in atmosphere…

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…possibly due to the absence of a good DJ.

One bar that we did pass on numerous occasions and would have been tempted to use was the Al Fresco Garden Bar…

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…aft on Deck 15. There was often good music ‘under the stars’ but this was the only bar where smoking was allowed which kind of precluded our patronage. We did on one occasion, however, give the patrons a dance exhibition in between some good banter with our musician friend ‘Scorpion”.

That basically ends our Yacht Club experience onboard Preziosa and it is time to move on to the…

As mentioned in the introduction this was a 14 night cruise with NO sea days…

We were scheduled to call at 12 ports, two of them, Fort de France , Martinique and Pointe a Pitre , Guadeloupe) twice.

Three of the ports would be ‘maiden’ calls for us ( Pointe a Pitre, Kingstown and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) . Others we had mostly been to on many occasions, some done to death.

Our first port of call , on Wednesday 19 February, was Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago…

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…one of the ports that was new to us. But we had a plan…

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We wanted to see the area around Woodford Square which included The Red House…

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Originally dating back to 1844,   The Red House is the seat of Parliament in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Also bordering  Woodford Square is Trinity Cathedral…

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…with its fascinating stain glass windows…

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…and sacred stone labyrinth…

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Our main focus though was to see the Magnificent Seven…

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The Magnificent Seven are group of seven mansions located west of the Queen’s Park Savannah in the northern part of Port of Spain and is a group of architectural gems that in their heyday were a sight to behold. We saw all seven – here’s one or two examples to add to the Queen’s Royal College above and include Ambard’s House… 

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…Whitehall…

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…and Stollmeyer’s Castle…

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Port of Spain was a good start to our itinerary and my wife’s Fitbit tells me we covered a total of 9.73 miles that day.

Our second port of call,  Thursday 20th February,  was Saint George, Grenada. ..

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One of the Caribbean islands we had visited most, the first time being in August 1990 while on our first ever cruise onboard Cunard Countess. But in all those visits not once had I climbed up to…

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…which dominates the town and has a bit of history…

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There are some pretty good commanding views to be had as well…

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…including out towards Grande Anse beach where we usually spend our visits…

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Our third port of call, on Friday 21st February, was Kingstown ,  Saint Vincent and The Grenadines…

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We had a plan that would entail a walk to Fort Charlotte which we spotted as we sailed into Kingstown…

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Fort Charlotte is a British-colonial era fort standing some 601 feet above sea level, and checking my camera’s timings we did the climb…

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…in an hour and 21 minutes…

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We certainly enjoyed the spectacular views over Kingstown and back towards the ship…

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The fort enjoys a panoramic view of the Leeward side of the island, including Kingstown, Young Island, the Caribbean, Bequia and the Grenadines.

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Our fourth port of call, on Saturday 22nd of February, was Fort de France, Martinique…

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It had been some 30 years since we last visited Fort de France and well before digital photography had gripped my interest. So this visit was looked at in the light of it being a first and the necessary research was duly undertaken and a map of our targets to see produced…

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Not quite as accurate though as this was one of those ports where MSC embark new passengers and, as such, we berthed at a terminal that I had not anticipated, in the port area to the right of Fort Saint Louis…

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It proved no great problem, the walk from the ship to the Bibliothèque was only 20 minutes and that included time to stop and photograph the ‘mess’ of iguanas along a road side waterway…

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We easily made it to the Bibliothèque Schoelcher…

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Built in 1887, this public library houses the works collection of the abolitionist Victor Schoelcher…

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…and was pretty fascinating to visit…

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The Bibliothèque also helped us with our bearings for our planned ascent of Chapelle du Calvaire…

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…seen standing on the hill overlooking the town: central on the above photograph. It turned out to be not as simple as it may look as we needed to navigate a number of streets and blocks to find the path which leads up to Chapel…

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Having arrived at the top…

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…the views made the climb well worthwhile…

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On our return to the town we took in a visit too The Pavillion Bougenot…

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which is Martinique’s most famous old colonial building and the former home of sugar plantation  owner Emile Bougenot.

I should point out here that as Martinique is an insular region of France, where the  €uro is the currency it is also worthwhile noting that those visitors with European roaming mobile phones can utilise their monthly allowance without any further charge.

Our fifth port of call, on Sunday 23rd of February, was…

  Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe…

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We’ve made it . In retrospect this was the island that was initially the sole reason for us booking the cruise. And why?

Well my wife is a great fan of the television series, ‘Death in Paradise’, and it is on Guadeloupe, in and around the village of Deshaies, that the series is filmed. There were initially a number of obstacles to be overcome for us to get to Deshaies . It is some 41 Km from Pointe a Pitre and while there is normally a local  bus service they don’t run on Sundays – the day we were visiting. Research directed us to a local tour guide, Mirva Lempiainen, whose web site is…

http://guadeloupeguide.com

…who, due to other commitments, couldn’t accommodate us on our dates. He did,  however,  recommended another tour guide, Krisztina Kovacs…

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…who can be found via Facebook..

https://www.facebook.com/karibialmok/      or email…     [email protected]

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Our visit to the garden complete we headed back into Deshaies for a full and  leisurely visit to those places that feature in the series…

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And it was here that our luck really was in. The Saint Honore Police Station film set was actually open to visitors…

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What an opportunity…

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…we couldn’t believe our luck…

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Naturally our next set to visit was to head down to Saint Honore’s beach and Catherine’s Bar…

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…Cheers…

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But we weren’t finished yet, there were a number of beaches to see on the way back to Point a Pitre, first the aptly named Grande Anse…

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…where Krisztina successfully managed to negotiate me a part time job at one of the local ChiChi stalls…

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…before moving on to  Plage de la Perle…

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…which is the location for the ‘ Caribbean Detective’s beach hut home’, though,  as we knew before leaving the UK, it is dismantled after each series shoot.  Not to worry, we got the feel of the place…

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Thanks also to Krisztina’s efforts and outstanding navigation we even managed to return in time to see parts of the Point a Pitre Annual Carnival…

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Thanks once again Krisztina for giving us an outstanding service and  wonderful day:  and especially for your patience with the camera man.

FOOTNOTE: So good was our day out in Guadeloupe that I have written a FULL review of our first day in Guadeloupe and visit to the set of ‘Death in Paradise’. Here’s the link …

Death in Paradise

Our sixth  port of call, on Monday 24th February, was Road Town, Tortola…

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One Caribbean island we have done to death on both cruise ships and on a two week shoreside villa holiday. But apart from adding to my collection of Preziosa photographs…

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…there was a specific purpose to our getting ashore. Two years ago, while visiting onboard P&O’s Oceana, I found an electronics shop in the Tortola Pier Park and got a great deal on a Nikon camera…

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On this visit I was delighted to find they had the full range of Apple 11 Pro iPhones and was delighted to do an excellent business deal  with Teddy…

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After a few beers at the Coconut Lounge…

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…all I wanted was to return onboard and play with my new boys-toy.

Just one other point of interest though. This was the second port in six days that we had found ourselves tied up alongside Fred Olsen’s Braemar…

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…which was at the centre of one of the unfortunate coronavirus scares.

Our seventh port of call,  on Tuesday 25th  February, was Philipsburg, St Maarten…

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St Maarten is another of those Caribbean islands vying with Tortola, Grenada and St Lucia that we have lost track of the number of visits. This for us was a good day then to clock up some walking and steps on my good lady’s fitbit while taking in a few local hostelries on the way…

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…and…

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I have to confess though that I had an urge to be photographed with  a pair of big beasts…

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…and actually enjoyed watching and listening to the rousing choruses and whistles directed at us by passengers as Symphony of the Seas set off before us…

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Our eighth port of call, on Wednesday 26th February, was Roseau, Dominica…

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You guessed it, we’d been here before…

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…on Queen Elizabeth in December 2010…

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…so I can’t complain at MSC parking out at crap berths. But once again the walk did us good.

And on this occasion we did find Roseau’s ‘Old Prison’ which eluded us on the last visit…

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…or at least, what is left of it…

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Some things do change however. Back in 2010 we enjoyed a fun afternoon at a bar named CocoRico…

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It’s still there but trading somewhat differently…

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On this occasion the ‘Ruins Rock Cafe’ proved a much more exciting prospect…

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…if not exactly packed…

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Our ninth port of call, on Thursday 27th February, was Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis…

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On previous visits we have done both beaches and historical sites such as Brimstone Hill Fortress…

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On this visit though , apart from our daily exercising of my wife’s fitbit, photography was again the order of the day. One task was to try and capture the ‘Town Clock’ uninterrupted by vehicles negotiating the roundabout. Success at last…

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We also had some fun along the waterfront watching the pelicans feeding off scraps thrown by a local fish vendor…

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…and investigating an older style cruise ship that was berthed on Basseterre’s new jetty…

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The ‘Freewinds’…

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…is in matter of fact a floating recreational and training facility for the Church of Scientology…

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She has an interesting history. Launched in 1968 as the MS Bohème  she had a disastrous start to her cruising life. Her maiden voyage from Stockholm to Miami was cut short when she hit an underwater obstacle in the Stockholm Archipeligo.  Her hull and fuel tanks were breached and lifeboats were used to evacuate all passengers from the listing ship and three days later she was refloated and towed to the Finnboda shipyard for repairs.

Our tenth port of call, on Friday 28th  February, was St John’s, Antigua…

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We were on a mission. As with Grenada and Tortola, on our more recent visits to Antigua we had preferred days on the beach. We had however, in 1990, visited onboard the Cunard Countess and had taken a tour of Shirley Heights and English Harbour. That was before the advent of digital photography and that needed to be rectified.

Once ashore we negotiated with a local taxi guide for a days private tour.

Our driver, Paulson , turned out to be not just knowledgeable on the islands best view points, but also a walking, talking cricket encyclopaedia…

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Whatever, we achieved everything on our list plus a number of other places of interest that Paulson had up his sleeve. Our main places were the view over English Harbour from Shirley Heights…

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The Blockhouse…

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…and the view over Eric Clapton’s home from The Blockhouse…

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…and a bit of zoom…

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Next up was Nelson’s Dockyard…

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…taking the best it has to offer…

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…while additionally having a little fun ourselves…

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Our tour continued along the coastal road stopping at a number of beaches including Curtain Bluff…

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…and Valley Church…

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…before we returned to St John’s in time for a few beers at the waterfront ‘Harbour View Bar’…

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Cheers Paulson, a great day out.

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Paulson can be contacted and pre-booked via email:     [email protected]

Our eleventh  port day, on Saturday 29th February, was a return visit to Fort de France on the island of Martinique…

I arose early, and as it turned out, just in time to see the seaward side of Fort Saint Louis…

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We retraced our steps from the previous week’s visit as far as the La Savane…

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…a 12½ acre park fronting the Fort-de-France Bay. Formerly known as ‘Jardin du Roi’ its original purpose was to harbour scientific experiments on plants that were new to the colony at that time.

The statue above is of Pierre Belain d’Esnambuc the French trader and adventurer who, in 1635,  founded the first colony in Martinique. However, his statue is not the one that attracts the greatest interest. That honour goes to the one in the park corner adjacent the Bibliothèque , of the ‘headless’ Josephine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon and Empress of France…

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A short walk from La Savane can be found the island’s former colonial Palace of Justice, the renamed Espace Camille Darsières…

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…fronted by a commemorative statue of Victor Schœlcher, with a child on the way to education.

And maybe a hundred yards down the road, Fort de France’s Saint Louis Cathedral…

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Having inspected the cathedral internally I could not resist a photo shot at the reflection opposite…

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We completed our DIY tour walking along the waterfront and circumnavigating Fort Saint Louis from the landward side…

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Our twelfth  port day, on Sunday 1st March, was a return to Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe…

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…and we planned a beach day.

The terminal operates a ‘taxi office’ point that, certainly on a Sunday, is run as one of the finest cartels your likely to meet away from Salalah . But never mind, we are on holiday and we joined ten others in a mini-bus for the 30 minute ride to the town of Sainte-Anne…

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….and the Plage de Bourg…

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While we had a good time we would, with hindsight, have chosen to pay a little more and returned to one of the beaches we had visited the week previously. On our return to Pointe A Pitre we spent a pleasant hour walking around some of the sights we missed on the previous week’s visit, including the Saint-John-Perse Museum…

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Housed in a spectacular silver-latticework structure on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory on Pointe -à- Pitre’s long-neglected waterfront is The Memorial  ACTe

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It is a contemporary museum offering historical exhibits on the Caribbean’s slave trade & indigenous people and, on that subject, while walking towards it we also discovered this poignant wall mural to 1967 May Massacre…

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…when, on 26 May 1967 , French police opened fire on striking workers in Pointe -à- Pitre.

Our thirteenth  port day, on Monday 2nd  March, was a call to Castries, St Lucia…

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We were berthed at Pointe Seraphine on the opposite side of the harbour to the main town…

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Castries is another of those ports that we have visited many times and done many excursions so, once more, it was time to clock up the steps on the fitbit…

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…so off we set and eventually completely circumnavigated the harbour which afforded an opportunity to capture some great images of the ship…

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…before stopping at a bar for some light refreshment…

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…to aid our walk back to the ship.

Day 15 sees us returning to where we started this cruise, Barbados…

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…but this was to be unlike any other disembarkation we have undergone. Indeed, it was so relaxed to be almost surreal. We had received very clear and detailed information on procedures and timings the main thrust of which was that we could remain in our suite till 10.30 am and then proceed to the ‘Top Sail Lounge’, where there was a full range of services,  until called for our transfer to Bridgetown airport.

This relaxed procedure wasn’t just applied to Yacht Club guests either. I spotted this board detailing Colour Tags disembarkation times…

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…while walking on the deck mid morning. Also worth noting that our luggage, which had been placed outside our suite the previous evening, would not be seen until we arrived at the airport.

All in all a very impressive disembarkation and MSC are to be congratulated.

Where do I begin.  Well to say we were bowled over by the level of service we received would be an understatement. The whole cruise was excellent and our enjoyment simply proved way beyond our expectations.

Okay, this was in MSC’s Yacht Club and you pay for it but it just felt that in so many ways they went beyond expectations across the board.

For instance I had no idea that we would be offered our own personal choice of UK national newspaper…

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…delivered usually before 7.30 am. Being an habitual early riser there was something almost decadent sneaking out of the suite and enjoying excellent coffee and a croissant in the Top Sail Lounge while reading a UK Newspaper before I would have we been home…

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The ability to order complimentary drinks anywhere on the ship opened up the social horizons and to have your suite ‘nibbles’ replenished daily was just awesome.

Equally impressive was the ‘Butler’ reception at each port. Whether it was a Gazebo at the gangway…

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or a private facility in a terminal…

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…there was always the cold towel, a selection of iced drinks and chocolates on return to the ship.

Of all the services however, the one that most impressed was the ‘Escort Ashore’. We only availed ourselves of this on one occasion and that was in Guadeloupe when we had booked a private tour: the service operates equally for ship’s excursions.  Simply head to the Concierge Desk 15 minutes before the tour or excursion and be escorted ashore by a butler, avoiding any gangway queues or delays.

Food I’ve covered and, suffice to just repeat,  the La Palmeraie Restaurant staff and food were outstanding and certainly on a par with Cunard’s Grills.

And so to the the usual final question. Would we cruise with MSC again?

Simple to answer, yes we would and from what we saw outside of the Yacht Club we’d even consider that option should an itinerary on a ship with no Yacht Club  appeal to us: indeed we have already booked for 2021 where a 10 day itinerary with 4 maiden ports to us was on offer.

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Wow! Another fabulous review from The Solent’s! Thank you!

Thanks Richard a great review.

Thanks for your blog Richard! We too love the Death in Paradise series and really enjoyed your photos of the Honore Police Station and Catherine’s Bar! Thanks for fulfilling your wife’s dream visit!

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Anyone thinking of taking a cruise probably voted for donnie t-rump. Hey, there are millions of idiots out there, maybe you’ll fill the ships!

Hello Bill in Lockport, New York. I’d be delighted to help the cause The Donald as we in the UK are great fans of his particularly as he’s made those Europeans sit up and start paying for their own defence. Have a nice day.

Hi Richard, Thank you so much for your blog, I found it really interesting especially as I have been nervous of trying MSC having previously been Celebrity and Silversea cruisers. However your blog had definitely reassured me and I would now give it a go in the Yacht Club for sure. Hopefully this terrible Coronavirus will spare us all to cruise again.

Stay safe and happy

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On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 11:52, Solent Richard’s Cruise Blog wrote:

> solentrichard posted: “My wife and I have recently returned from a cruise > that gave us our first experience sailing with MSC…. …onboard the MSC > Preziosa… ***** …and a chance to evaluate their Yacht Club facility. > This cruise was initially chose” >

Fabulous review and photography as usual. Thanks.

Dear Richard – I always read your blogs with much pleasure and interest. I admire their detail enormously and envy your energy and enthusiasm – both of you so lovely.

There is something important to point out about The Yacht Club – in my case on MSC Seaview on 13th May – immediately after my 80th Birthday Party in the theatre at the V&A where my theatre company performed.

I booked direct – cabin 18013 and all went much as you describe.

I’ve cruised alone on almost every cruise line for over fifty years without anything but joy. I’m confident in joining tables whether of couples or singles and have always found people to spend time with.

So, having left everything in my cabin – kitted out in dark brown including the ceiling – I found my way to the club restaurant. I expressed a wish to be on a table of eight if possible. Oh no, the maitre d’ said – you will be dining alone. Why, I asked her. We don’t join tables at the Yacht Club. I’d like to leave this ship right now, I said. We were still in port. No, she said. You will meet people round the pool. This seemed invidious to me but, unfortunately, I demurred. I did meet one family to join for the first night – they took pity on me – then they disembarked and I ate every single meal alone after that. It rained most days, the pool area was deserted, and no effort was made on my behalf.

I booked directly with MSC, had long chats with countless personnel, and never, in any discussion or printed literature, was the fact that Yacht Club is not run like a usual cruise, mentioned.

It was miserable from start to finish. Concierge were sympathetic but could do nothing.

I met some other couples who thought that they were going to celebrate various anniversaries with new-found friends and they were disappointed also.

I’m just hoping that other single travellers don’t get tempted to try MSC Yacht Club after reading your excellent review.

Any other cruise line will take care of their lone travellers but, particularly, the new Saga Cruise Ships for those over 50 with 109 beautiful single cabins and a great atmosphere on board.

In terms of travelling on MSC without the Club – you’re braver than me. I now find the crowds a bit oppressive but, in years gone by, I cruised MSC and Costa although preferring Sea Dream!

Well – we’re not allowed to cruise now so I suppose it will be a while until a new blog appears but, perhaps, you could send us some recent ones as we now have more time to read.

All v. best wishes – Angela M.

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Thank you so much Ms Marber. I am in your demographic exactly, and your advice is greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much for the great review.

We are trying MSC for the first time, We wil be on the Preziosa In December for the 8 night Rio de Janeiro cruise.

Brian and Cindy Dietz Annapolis, MD USA

The detail of this blog will be of great benefit to others, not only to those going on an MSC cruise but also to those visiting the places you visited should they be with a different cruise line. It is astonishing to see how much time you have taken and how much detail you have gone into which at the end of the day is to help others, I am sure many will be very thankful to you. It also gives great pleasure to see how much you enjoyed your cruise. I have cruised with MSC one time and recently had a cruise booked which was then cancelled. My experience onboard was similar to yours, I cannot fault it and have memories which will last a lifetime. The crew were wonderful, always made me feel like an individual, it was an excellent all round experience. I had a lot of problems when I reserved the first cruise with MSC, their website would not function with iPhone, contacting them was impossible and they would not reply to emails, it was a terrible experience and I said I would never book with them again but once onboard, as previous, I could not fault them, so I booked again, that was a mistake. I again had horrendous problems which cannot be blamed on the virus as the problems started before any restrictions or cases onboard cruise ships. They would not respond to emails. When I phoned them they would be very polite and helpful until they realised that the problems were there fault, rather than trying to resolve the problems they just put the phone down on me. It is very sad that the shoreside of the business is so bad and yet the seagoing side is so good. I would go further than not recommending MSC, I would say avoid at all costs due to their diabolical customer service shoreside. If only they would address the shoreside of the operation things would be so different. I have sailed with other cruise lines and never had any reason to complain about anything.

Thank you for your comment Tony. Very sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with MSC Administration. I believe my mate Steven is in touch with you regarding assistance.

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Wow! I’m so jealous! We did same cruise in December 2019 and my biggest dream was to visit Death in paradise set. We booked MSC excursion to botanic gardens and deshesries. Disaster! Port strike caused 2 hour delay getting off ship and further hour delay leaving port. Gardens beautiful but coach journey to beaches a metal sign fell from luggage rack hitting me on head and causing concussion! MSC excursion staff did not deal with this well! We just drove past police station set and had to return to ship. I very much enjoyed seeing your photos!

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MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Cabin. My video tour, photos and review

by Gary Bembridge · March 26, 2013

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The Yacht Club is a ship-within-a-ship concept on-board the large “Fantasia” Class ships in the MSC Cruises fleet. On the Maiden Voyage of the MSC Preziosa I travelled as a guest of MSC in one of the staterooms in the Yacht Club. It was a Deluxe Yacht Club room (15003). In my video review and tour you will  hear me talking a bit more about what the Yacht Club is, and then take you on a your of the cabin

Positives : Plush room, comfortable, good choice of TV channels and interactive TV, great butler service, free mini-bar, free daily paper, small but handy balcony to chill out on, decent storage space – and access to all the other Yacht Club benefits like quiet spaces, dedicated lounge, restaurant and deck with pool.

Negatives : I would recommend you do not stay in 15001, 15003 or 15005 as underneath these the Spin Classes are held in the gym. At 8am and 5pm each day the music from the class is heard loudly in the room. I have mentioned this to the MSC people as think it is easily solved by moving the spin class further back in the gym. So it is possible this issue will be addressed – but to make sure avoid these rooms.

In another posting I will take a tour of the Yacht Club in more detail to share more about the premium experience on the MSC Preziosa.

MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Stateroom 15003

MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Stateroom 15003

MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Stateroom 15003

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[family & kids].

From the splash-filled fun and games of the Doremi Castle kids ’ aqua park and the high-speed thrill of Vertigo, one of the longest water slides on the seas, to the teens only disco and video arcade, there’s a world of enjoyment for children of all ages.

MSC Preziosa, Doremi Castle | MSC Cruises

MSC Yacht Club

The most discerning guests may opt for the secluded luxury of the MSC Yacht Club , a “ship within a ship” consisting of exclusive suites, butler service, and dedicated facilities like a panoramic bar, à la carte restaurant and private pool and sun deck.

MSC Preziosa, Yacht Club | MSC Cruises

MSC Aurea Spa

The award-winning MSC Aurea Spa is a haven of peace and pampering on board, offering beauty and wellness treatments to melt the tension away. The solarium provides an open-air alternative, for complete relaxation while you soak up the sun.

MSC Preziosa, Aurea SPA | MSC Cruises

stateroomS & SUITES

MSC Preziosa, Family | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 14-19, balcony approx 3-12 sqm
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Choose the cabin type that best suits you:

  • Balcony Aurea (best ship positions, surface approx 18 sqm, deck 11 )
  • Premium Balcony (surface approx 18 sqm, deck 8-13* )
  • Junior Balcony (surface approx 14 sqm, deck 9-13 )
  • Deluxe Balcony with partial view (surface approx 18-19 sqm, deck 8-13 )

*Some cabins have metal balustrade or half glass half metal balustrade

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Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category)

MSC Preziosa, Outside Cabin | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 12-20 sqm
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Premium Ocean View (surface approx 20 sqm, deck 5 )
  • Deluxe Ocean View (surface approx 17 sqm, deck 8-13 )
  • Junior Ocean View (surface approx 12 sqm, deck 8 )

Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category )

MSC Preziosa, Interior | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 13-16 sqm, deck 5-13
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
  • Deluxe Interior (surface approx 16 sqm, deck 5-13 )
  • Junior Interior (surface approx 13, deck 8-13 )

ENTERTAINMENT

MSC Preziosa, Platinum Theatre | MSC Cruises

Platinum Theatre

MSC Preziosa, 4D Cinema | MSC Cruises

Millenium Star Casino

MSC Preziosa, Graffitis | MSC Cruises

Virtual World

MSC Preziosa, Sports Bowling Diner | MSC Cruises

Sports Bowling and Dinner

Restaurants & Buffet

MSC Preziosa, La Locanda | MSC Cruises

Le Palmeraie

MSC Preziosa, Le Palmeraie | MSC Cruises

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

MSC Preziosa, Arabesque | MSC Cruises

Ristorante Italia

MSC Preziosa, Ristorante Italia | MSC Cruises

The Golden Lobster

MSC Preziosa, Golden Lobster | MSC Cruises

Phoenician Plaza

MSC Preziosa, Phoenician Plaza | MSC Cruises

Bars & Lounges

MSC Preziosa, Safari Lounge| MSC Cruises

Safari Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Preziosa Bar | MSC Cruises

Preziosa Bar

MSC Preziosa, Diamond Bar and Library | MSC Cruises

Diamond Bar and Library

MSC Preziosa, Il Cappuccino | MSC Cruises

Il Cappuccino

MSC Preziosa, The Green Sax | MSC Cruises

The Green Sax Jazz Bar

MSC Preziosa, El Dorado | MSC Cruises

El Dorado Piano Bar

MSC Preziosa, Galaxy Lounge | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Top Sail Lounge | MSC Cruises

Top Sail Lounge

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  • 6. Diamante
  • 10. Tormalina
  • 13. Ametista
  • 14. Smeraldo
  • 15. Cristallo
  • 16. Acquamarina
  • 18. Topazio
  • Junior Interior
  • Deluxe Interior
  • Junior Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Premium Ocean View
  • Deluxe Balcony with Partial View
  • Junior Balcony
  • Premium Balcony
  • Deluxe Balcony Aurea
  • Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • Grand Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Grand Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite

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B:  Cabin with bathtub ° Sealed panoramic window. • All cabins have one double bed convertible to two single beds. • 3rd bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window . • 4th bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite.

• Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on the ship class. Call our Contact Center to choose the best accommodation for you. Ship configuration, data and descriptions may be subject to change depending on the season and on the destination and must be verified at the time of booking.

  • Gross tonnage: 139,072 tons
  • Number of passengers: 4345
  • Crew members: About 1.388
  • Number of staterooms: 1.751, incl. 45 for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility
  • Length/Beam/Height: 333,30 m / 37,92 m post panamax / 67,69 m
  • Maximum speed: 24.21 knots

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MSC PREZIOSA

Itineraries.

Northen Europe

Northen Europe

Destinations, South America | MSC Cruises

MAin Features

Family & kids.

MSC Preziosa, Doremi Castle | MSC Cruises

MSC Yacht Club

MSC Preziosa, Yacht Club | MSC Cruises

MSC Aurea Spa

MSC Preziosa, Aurea SPA | MSC Cruises

CABINS & SUITES

Entertainment, restaurants & buffet, butcher's cut.

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Le Palmeraie

MSC Preziosa, Le Palmeraie | MSC Cruises

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

MSC Preziosa, Arabesque | MSC Cruises

The Golden Lobster

MSC Preziosa, Golden Lobster | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Kaito

Galaxy Kaito | MSC Cruises

Bars & Lounges

MSC Preziosa, Safari Lounge| MSC Cruises

Safari Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Preziosa Bar | MSC Cruises

Preziosa Bar

MSC Preziosa, Diamond Bar and Library | MSC Cruises

Diamond Bar and Library

MSC Preziosa, Il Cappuccino | MSC Cruises

Il Cappuccino

MSC Preziosa, The Green Sax | MSC Cruises

The Green Sax Jazz Bar

MSC Preziosa, El Dorado | MSC Cruises

El Dorado Piano Bar

MSC Preziosa, Galaxy Lounge | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Top Sail Lounge | MSC Cruises

Top Sail Lounge

Saphir Bar | MSC Preziosa

Turquoise Bar

Turquoise Bar | MSC Preziosa

Aurea SPA Bar

Aurea SPA Bar | MSC Preziosa

Phoenician Plaza

Phoenician Plaza | MSC Preziosa

Millennium Star Casino

Millennium Casino| MSC Preziosa

La Playa Preciosa

La Playa Preciosa| MSC Preziosa

The One Bar

The One Bar | MSC Preziosa

  • 6. Diamante
  • 10. Tormalina
  • 13. Ametista
  • 14. Smeraldo
  • 15. Cristallo
  • 16. Acquamarina
  • 18. Topazio
  • Junior Interior
  • Deluxe Interior
  • Junior Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Premium Ocean View
  • Deluxe Balcony with Partial View
  • Junior Balcony
  • Premium Balcony
  • Deluxe Balcony Aurea
  • Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • Grand Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Grand Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite

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STATEROOMS & SUITES

MSC Preziosa offers a superb choice of elegant accommodations. F rom interior and balcony staterooms to staterooms for families and luxurious suites.

  • Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request
  • Balcony with dining table
  • Separate living area and dining room
  • Walk-in closet
  • Bathroom with bathtub and shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • Approx. 388 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 172 ft 2
  • Located on deck 16 Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Panoramic sealed window
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Spacious closet
  • Bathroom with bathtub or shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Approx. 431 - 549 ft 2  
  • Located on deck 12 Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Bathroom with bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Approx. 280 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 65 ft 2
  • Located on decks 15 - 16 Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Comfortable king bed that can be converted into two single beds on request • Balcony • Sitting area with sofa • Spacious closet • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer • Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar • Complimentary Wi-Fi  • Approx. 237 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 65 ft 2 • Located on decks 15-16 Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Wi-Fi access available ($)
  • Approx. 409 - 452 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 32 ft 2 
  • Located on decks 9 - 11 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 355 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 32 ft 2 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 269 - 312 ft 2
  • Approx. 226 - 258 ft 2
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Approx. 194 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 43 ft 2
  • Located on deck 13 (best location) The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  •  Approx. 194 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 43 - 129 ft 2  
  • Located on decks 8 - 9 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 151 ft 2 with a balcony that is approx. 32 ft 2  
  • Approx. 194 - 205 ft 2 
  • Located on decks 8 - 13  The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • Approx. 215 ft 2
  • Located on deck 5 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 183 ft 2
  • Located on decks 8 - 13 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 129 ft 2
  • Located on deck 8  The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 172 ft 2  
  • Located on decks 5 - 10 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).
  • Approx. 140 ft 2  
  • Located on decks 8 - 11 The image is representative only; the size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same stateroom category).

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Discover services exclusive to MSC Preziosa, like the delicious Butcher's Cut  restaurant, the adults-only sun deck complete with spa treatments and the Tiki bar for kids and teens. From the splash-packed fun and games of the Doremi Castle kids aqua park , to Vertigo , the longest single-rider water slide on the seas, awarded ‘ Best Innovation ’ by Cruise International in 2013, there’s every facility for kids and teens. The Galaxy restaurant open-kitchen boasts delicious all-day dining and a panoramic disco that keeps the beat ‘til late ensures the fun continues into the evening. There’s all this and more to discover at your own pace on the MSC Preziosa cruise line, living in the Mediterranean style and enjoying every moment to the full as you voyage to the most beautiful places on earth across the seas.

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MSC PREZIOSA ITINERARIES

SOUTH AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA]

MSC GRAND VOYAGES

MSC GRAND VOYAGES]

NORTHERN EUROPE

NORTHERN EUROPE]

PUBLIC AREAS

4D Cinema

MSC Aurea Spa

MSC Aurea Spa

Sports Bowling and Diner

Sports Bowling and Diner

L'Angolo dell'Oggetto

L'Angolo dell'Oggetto

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Graffiti's

Graffiti's

Il Gioiello

Il Gioiello

La Boutique

La Boutique

La Caramella

La Caramella

La Profumeria

La Profumeria

MSC Logo Shop

MSC Logo Shop

Millenium Star Casino

Millenium Star Casino

Platinum Theatre

Platinum Theatre

La Playa Preciosa Covered Pool

La Playa Preciosa Covered Pool

The Pool Shop

The Pool Shop

Sky and Stars

Sky and Stars

The Mini Mall Duty Free

The Mini Mall Duty Free

Doremi Castle

Doremi Castle

Video Games Arcade

Video Games Arcade

Virtual World

Virtual World

Top Sail Lounge

Top Sail Lounge

The Golden Lobster

The Golden Lobster

MSC Aurea Spa Gym

MSC Aurea Spa Gym

MSC Aurea Spa Frigidarium

MSC Aurea Spa Frigidarium

MSC Aurea Spa Harmony Suite

MSC Aurea Spa Harmony Suite

Safari Lounge

Safari Lounge

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

Diamond Bar and Library

Diamond Bar and Library

Butcher's Cut

Butcher's Cut

El Dorado Piano Bar

El Dorado Piano Bar

Galaxy Restaurant

Galaxy Restaurant

The Green Sax Jazz Bar

The Green Sax Jazz Bar

Il Cappuccino

Il Cappuccino

Phoenician Plaza

Phoenician Plaza

Preziosa Bar

Preziosa Bar

Le Palmeraie

Le Palmeraie

Cabin Types

Msc yacht club royal suite.

MSC YACHT CLUB ROYAL SUITE

Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same cabin category) The image is representative only

MSC YACHT CLUB EXECUTIVE & FAMILY SUITE

MSC YACHT CLUB EXECUTIVE & FAMILY SUITE

MSC YACHT CLUB GRAND SUITE

MSC YACHT CLUB GRAND SUITE

Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same cabin category)

The image is representative only

MSC YACHT CLUB DELUXE SUITE

MSC YACHT CLUB DELUXE SUITE

SUITE WITH SEALED WINDOW

SUITE WITH SEALED WINDOW

*Some cabins have metal balustrade or half glass half metal balustrade Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same cabin category) The image is representative only    

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MSC Preziosa cabins and suites

Msc preziosa staterooms review, floor plans, photos.

MSC Preziosa cabins and suites review at CruiseMapper provides detailed information on cruise accommodations , including floor plans, photos, room types and categories, cabin sizes, furniture details and included by MSC Cruises en-suite amenities and services.

The MSC Preziosa cruise ship cabins page is conveniently interlinked with its deck plans showing deck layouts combined with a legend and review of all onboard venues.

MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite with Angle Balcony

Layout (floor plan), msc yacht club executive suite|family suite with windows, msc yacht club deluxe suite, grand suite aurea with angle balcony, premium suite aurea with window, superfamily balcony cabin.

Category FLA "Super Family Fantastica Balcony" staterooms are two connecting cabins, which means 2 bathrooms and 2 verandas.

Balcony Cabin

Oceanview cabin, interior cabin, handicap|wheelchair-accessible cabins.

Follows the complete list of MSC Preziosa cabins for disabled passengers. They are listed as type and categories, with cabin numbers in brackets:

  • I1-Bella Inside rooms: 8003, 8004, 8068, 8176, 8242, 9068, 9244, 10172
  • I2-Fantastica Inside rooms: 10054, 10238, 11246, 12058, 12242
  • O1-Bella Oceanview rooms: 5073, 5075
  • B1-Bella Balcony rooms: 8266, 8271, 9211, 9213, 9214, 9216
  • B2-Fantastica Balcony rooms: 9135, 9136, 9137, 9138, 10128, 10130, 10143, 10145, 10206, 10208, 10221, 10223, 11132, 11134, 11167, 11169, 11212, 11214, 12126, 12128, 12151, 12153
  • YC1-Yacht Club Suites: 16005, 16006

Each of the handicapped staterooms features: larger size (compared to the non-accessible counterpart), wider doors (width 35 inches / 0,9 m, sitting-level keycard slot), wider turning spaces (5 ft / 1,5 m), ramped thresholds, beds with open bed frames, lowered vanity in the sitting area, amplified phones, captioned TVs, wider bathrooms (door width 35 inches / 0,9 m, roll-in shower, fold-down shower bench, grab rails, lower sinks and closet rods, raised toilets, hand-held shower head, seat height from the floor 0,4 m).

All ADA cabins also feature a convenient location near the elevators.

The ship’s gangways are all wide enough for most types of wheelchairs and disability scooters.

All decks provide elevator access.

All passenger lifts have visual, audio and Braille deck indicators.

During an emergency, dedicated crew personnel helps all disabled guests (also those with reduced mobility) to board the ship's lifeboats.

MSC Preziosa cabins review

MSC Preziosa cruise ship has a total of 1751 staterooms, including 134x Suites, 1133x Balcony, 116x Oceanview, 405x Inside. Most staterooms are Balcony (sized 190 ft2 / 18 m2), with cabin balconies sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest accommodations are the Yacht Club Royal Suites (400 ft2 / 37 m2, with wraparound terrace sized 170 ft2 / 16 m2).

The number of cabin categories is 16 (including SBG-Guaranteed Balcony).

Follows the review of MSC Preziosa staterooms as amenities, furniture and included (complimentary) services:

All passenger cabins as amenities offer twin beds (singles convertible to king, or double upon request), leather headboard, bedside tables and wall lamps, pillow menu, smart HDTV (infotainment system allowing Internet, bookings from the cabin, also itinerary/ports of call and tours/excursions information, movies on demand, live webcam views), direct-dial phone (onboard connections only), electronic safe box and lifejackets (in the closet), hairdryer, mini-bar/fridge, closet/wardrobe, sitting/lounge area (mirrored vanity table, chairs), en-suite bathroom (WC, sink, shower), individual air-conditioning (thermostat controlled), Wi-Fi Internet access.

  • MSC "BELLA cabins" are categories I1-Inside, O1-Oceanview, and B1-Balcony.
  • MSC "FANTASTICA cabins" are categories I2-Inside, O2-Oceanview, and B2-Balcony. "Fantastica" accommodations as amenities also include 24-hour room service, 50% MSC cruise discount on fitness classes, special kids activities, free in-room dining (breakfast), priority dinner sitting.
  • MSC "AUREA cabins" are category B3-Balcony, and additionally to the "Fantastica" amenities, also offer complimentary: Aurea Spa package, Thermal Area unlimited access, 60-min massage PP (max 2 per cabin), 20-min Solarium usage, welcome cocktail party, plus priority services (check-in, embarkation, tendering), bathrobes, slippers, luxury spa products, 24-hour unlimited drinks (specialty coffee, wine and beer, cocktails, soft beverages, gelato ice cream).
  • MSC Yacht Club Suites enjoy all the "Aurea" amenities, plus: exclusive Suite lounge and restaurant access, exclusive sun deck and pool access (on Sun Deck 18, inclusive of bar service, free snacks, hot tubs), complimentary 24-hour butler/concierge service (dinner reservations, packing/unpacking, shopping).

Interconnecting "cluster cabins" are specifically designed for large families and family group travel. This new concept allows up to 3 cruise staterooms to be linked together and opened up. Preziosa ship's family cabins are in category SUPER-FAMILY (max occupancy 6 passengers, 2 connecting rooms, 2 baths/1 bathtub, 2 balconies).

The new SP3 category "Window Suite" cabins feature bow location (forward on decks 9-10-11), floor-ceiling slanted windows (non-opening), sitting area (with double bed and double sofabed), walk-in closet, bathroom with bathtub.

All Balcony cabins are with floor-ceiling glass doors opening to a step-out veranda with lounge furniture (2 deckchairs, 1 round table).

MSC Yacht Club Suites (categories YC3-Royal, YC2-Executive/Family, YC1-Deluxe) have a master bedroom, walk-in closet, marble bathroom (bathtub/shower), living room (double sofa, armchairs, TV, Nintendo gaming console. Some of the MSC Yacht Club suites are with floor-ceiling windows instead of balconies. Some YC1-Deluxe Suites are with obstructed view (due to lifeboats).

S3-Aurea Suites (Spa Suites) have bathrooms with bathtub/shower. Some of them are with windows instead of balconies, and some are with an obstructed view.

MSC Preziosa cabin and suite plans are property of MSC Cruises . All floor plans are for informational purposes only and CruiseMapper is not responsible for their accuracy.

MSC Preziosa Dining

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With nine dining venues, including a buffet that's open nonstop for 20 hours a day from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., passengers won't go hungry. The main restaurants are the two-deck Golden Lobster on Decks 5 and 6, with seating for 1,155, and the panoramic 766-seat L'Arabesque, aft on Deck 6. Both operate two dinner seatings and offer identical menus.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the ship's main restaurants and self-serve buffet restaurants, the adjoining Inca and Maya on Deck 14, which offer all-day dining and the option of a more casual setting for dinner. Continental breakfast from room service is delivered free to cabins on request, but there is a charge of €3 ($4) for one dish and €5 ($6.50) for two from the main room-service menu that's available around the clock. In-cabin pizza delivery is also on offer for €7 ($9), which includes a drink.

We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet, which offers a good spread of mainly Mediterranean and fast-food fare, such as pasta, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches, with a salad bar and smaller stations for ethnic dishes, including curries. Dinner in L'Arabesque, which can be a five- or six-course affair, depending on how many dishes you choose, was rather disappointing. While adequate, the food was not particularly fancy in terms of presentation. Courses seemed rushed, and the wine service was rather haphazard, with waitstaff acknowledging empty glasses but not returning to replenish for some time, if at all. In fairness, this could have been down to teething problems on a new ship with new staff at the start of the season, but there was definitely room for improvement.

Similarly, in the buffet restaurant, there was a feeling the team hadn't really gelled. Some staff couldn't have been more helpful, while others barely made eye contact, let alone smiled.

We didn't get to sample Eataly, an alternative venue that debuted on Preziosa. MSC has teamed up with the Turin-based chain that champions gourmet Italian food and the leisurely "slow food" movement, which encourages leisurely dining, to open the first two Eataly restaurants at sea. Situated on Deck 7, the minimalist 115-seat Eataly and sophisticated evening-only Ristorante Italia offer a la carte dining, where you pay for every item you order, as opposed to the alternative dining surcharge levied by other cruise lines.

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  • Bar - Pool Bar *
  • Diamond Bar & Library - Cozy Bar *
  • Eataly - italian *
  • El Dorado Piano Bar - Piano Bar *
  • Il Cappuccino - Coffee Bar *
  • Inca Buffet - Casual
  • La Locanda - Wine Bar *
  • La Palmeraie MSC Yacht Club Dedicated Restaurant - Yacht Club Guests Only
  • Maya Buffet - Casual
  • Preziosa Bar - Atrium Bar *
  • Ristorante Italia - italian *
  • Saphir Bar - Pool Bar *
  • The Garden Bar - Pool Bar *
  • The Golden Lobster - International
  • The Green Sax Jazz Bar - Jazz Bar *
  • The One Bar - Suite Guests
  • Top Sail Lounge - Suite Guests Only
  • Turquoise Bar - Pool Bar *

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MSC Preziosa, Doremi Castle | MSC Cruises

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CABINS & SUITES

MSC Preziosa, Family | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 14-19, balcony approx 3-12 sqm
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Choose the cabin type that best suits you:

  • Balcony Aurea (best ship positions, surface approx 18 sqm, deck 11 )
  • Premium Balcony (surface approx 18 sqm, deck 8-13* )
  • Junior Balcony (surface approx 14 sqm, deck 9-13 )
  • Deluxe Balcony with partial view (surface approx 18-19 sqm, deck 8-13 )

*Some cabins have metal balustrade or half glass half metal balustrade

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Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category)

MSC Preziosa, Outside Cabin | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 12-20 sqm
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Premium Ocean View (surface approx 20 sqm, deck 5 )
  • Deluxe Ocean View (surface approx 17 sqm, deck 8-13 )
  • Junior Ocean View (surface approx 12 sqm, deck 8 )

Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category )

MSC Preziosa, Interior | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 13-16 sqm, deck 5-13
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
  • Deluxe Interior (surface approx 16 sqm, deck 5-13 )
  • Junior Interior (surface approx 13, deck 8-13 )

ENTERTAINMENT

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Restaurants & Buffet

Butcher's cut.

MSC Cruises butcherscut speciality restaurants

Le Palmeraie

MSC Preziosa, Le Palmeraie | MSC Cruises

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

MSC Preziosa, Arabesque | MSC Cruises

The Golden Lobster

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Galaxy Kaito

Galaxy Kaito | MSC Cruises

Bars & Lounges

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Safari Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Preziosa Bar | MSC Cruises

Preziosa Bar

MSC Preziosa, Diamond Bar and Library | MSC Cruises

Diamond Bar and Library

MSC Preziosa, Il Cappuccino | MSC Cruises

Il Cappuccino

MSC Preziosa, The Green Sax | MSC Cruises

The Green Sax Jazz Bar

MSC Preziosa, El Dorado | MSC Cruises

El Dorado Piano Bar

MSC Preziosa, Galaxy Lounge | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Lounge

MSC Preziosa, Top Sail Lounge | MSC Cruises

Top Sail Lounge

  • 6. Diamante
  • 10. Tormalina
  • 13. Ametista
  • 14. Smeraldo
  • 15. Cristallo
  • 16. Acquamarina
  • 18. Topazio
  • Junior Interior
  • Deluxe Interior
  • Junior Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Premium Ocean View
  • Deluxe Balcony with Partial View
  • Junior Balcony
  • Premium Balcony
  • Deluxe Balcony Aurea
  • Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • Grand Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Grand Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite

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B:  Cabin with bathtub ° Sealed panoramic window. • All cabins have one double bed convertible to two single beds. • 3rd bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window . • 4th bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite.

• Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on the ship class. Call our Contact Center to choose the best accommodation for you. Ship configuration, data and descriptions may be subject to change depending on the season and on the destination and must be verified at the time of booking.

  • Gross tonnage: 139,072 tons
  • Number of passengers: 4345
  • Crew members: About 1.388
  • Number of staterooms: 1.751, incl. 45 for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility
  • Length/Beam/Height: 333,30 m / 37,92 m post panamax / 67,69 m
  • Maximum speed: 24.21 knots

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MSC Cruises’ MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program: Everything you need to know

Compared to some of its closest rivals, MSC Cruises has a relatively modest loyalty program.

Unlike the frequent cruiser programs at Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line , the MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program doesn't offer its members a free cruise after reaching the top tier. It does not offer a massive discount on the single supplement charge for solo travelers, as Royal Caribbean offers its top-tier members, nor does it grant priority access to onboard shows.

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Still, the MSC Cruises loyalty program offers several valuable perks at higher levels, including a complimentary meal in an extra-charge specialty restaurant once per cruise and priority access to tenders in ports.

The MSC Voyagers Club program also allows you to status match your way into one of its top tiers — something that no other major cruise line loyalty program offers.

Ways to earn points

The points-earning system for MSC Voyagers Club is a bit convoluted, as the number of points you earn on any given cruise depends on various factors.

For starters, you earn points based on the length of the cruise you take and which MSC Cruises "experience" you book. As regular MSC Cruises customers know, the line offers four onboard experiences, each with different inclusions and price points. Bella is the most basic — and least expensive — experience available. MSC Yacht Club is the top experience available. Experiences called Fantastica and Aurea are in between.

For sailings of four nights or fewer, each passenger in the cabin will earn the following number of points depending on experience type:

  • Fantastica: 400
  • MSC Yacht Club: 800

For sailings of five to nine nights, every guest will earn the following number of points depending on experience type:

  • Fantastica: 700
  • Aurea: 1,000
  • MSC Yacht Club: 1,500

For sailings of nine or more nights, they'll earn the following number of points depending on experience type:

  • Fantastica: 1,000
  • Aurea: 1,500
  • MSC Yacht Club: 2,000

In addition to the above, you can also earn points for extras when spending money on MSC Cruises ships or when booking in advance of sailing. You'll earn 100 points for every $150 you spend on prepaid and onboard expenses.

One caveat: Only the MSC Voyagers Club member who makes the final payment for onboard expenses will receive those points. For expenses for prepaid services that apply to all cabin occupants (and not single occupants), points will be equally distributed among the cabin occupants.

For example, say the total amount of prepaid onboard services that apply to all cabin occupants before the cruise is $600. If there are four cabin occupants, the spending for the points calculation of each member will be $150, which is equal to 100 points.

Related: The ultimate guide to MSC Cruises ships and itineraries

The final way to earn points is by updating your contact details up to 72 hours before departure on your next cruise. This will earn you 100 points.

All points, including for the cruise, onboard spending and updating your profile, will pop up in your account about 10 days after the cruise is completed.

MSC Voyagers Club tiers and benefits

There are four tiers to the MSC Voyagers Club program:

  • Classic : 1 to 2,199 points
  • Silver : 2,200 to 4,299 points
  • Gold : 4,300 to 9,999 points
  • Diamond : 10,000 or more points

As is typical for cruise line loyalty programs, the entry-level tier (Classic) doesn't provide many truly valuable rewards. By far, the most alluring benefit at this level is the 5% discount members receive when booking future sailings. (This discount is not valid for MSC Grand Tours and when booking Tandem cabins, which are specially discounted cabins that parents can book for kids.) That's real savings every time you book a cruise.

Additionally, Classic members receive:

  • An extra 5% discount on Voyagers Exclusives sailings made six to nine months before departure
  • An MSC Voyagers Club e-newsletter
  • MSC Voyagers Club personalized luggage tags for embarkation in the e-ticket
  • An MSC Voyagers Club card
  • An invitation to a "welcome back" cocktail party
  • A dedicated number to call on board
  • Discounts on many packages and amenities, including onboard pictures, digital accessories, Wi-Fi and spa and fitness offerings
  • An MSC Shops discount (for each $50 spent in any onboard shops, you will receive a $10 discount)

Note that the MSC Shops discount has a lot of fine print. The discount is not combinable with promotions available on board and is not available for spending on tobacco products and electronics. It's also only valid on the first day of a cruise. That final point prompts us to downgrade the value of this perk considerably.

Upon reaching the second tier of the program, Silver, you get a couple of additional perks. The most notable to us is a $50 onboard credit per person, plus double MSC Voyagers Club points, for all bookings made more than 12 months before departure. (If you book nine to 12 months in advance, you get the $50 credit but not the double points.)

The Silver level also brings an unspecified milestone reward and all the perks of the lower-tier Classic level.

Related: Everything you need to know about MSC Cruises cabins and suites

You will be a member of the Classic level as soon as you take a single cruise, as it takes only 1 point to reach the Classic level. You also might be able to reach the Silver level in just one cruise if you take a long voyage of nine nights or more, pay for the top MSC Yacht Club experience and do a modest amount of onboard spending.

Still, a more typical cruiser sailing seven-night trips at a mid-tier Fantastica or Aurea experience level would need two or three cruises to reach the Silver level.

The elite level that makes a difference

Being loyal to MSC Cruises starts paying off in a more meaningful way once you reach the Gold level of the MSC Voyagers Club program. Even here, though, the rewards are still relatively modest.

The Gold level comes with one solid perk: priority disembarkation in ports where a tender boat is required. This can make a real difference in your cruising experience, as it means you can get off the ship much faster in some cases than the majority of other passengers. That will allow you to maximize your time in tender ports.

Additionally, Gold status brings all the perks of the tiers below it plus:

  • A complimentary one-hour thermal area session once per cruise
  • A complimentary gift
  • A complimentary photo taken during the "welcome back" cocktail party
  • A complimentary birthday cake when it's your birthday

It could take you as few as two cruises to reach the Gold level if you sign up for longer sailings and pay for the top MSC Yacht Club experience. Someone sailing seven-night trips at a mid-tier Fantastica or Aurea experience level would need four or five cruises to reach the Gold level.

The best elite perk with MSC Voyagers Club

Alas, there isn't a "wow" perk in the entire MSC Voyagers Club menu. As noted above, unlike some lines, MSC Cruises doesn't award top-tier members with truly high-value perks such as a free cruise. Still, MSC Voyagers Club's top Diamond status tier does come with a few enticing benefits.

Our favorite perk in the entire MSC Voyagers Club program is the complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant that comes with Diamond-level status. That said, be warned that the complimentary dinner comes with a lot of fine print (so much fine print, in fact, that to use it verges on the ridiculous).

The complimentary dinner, in theory, is for you and a cabinmate. However, among the fine-print caveats is that two Diamond members staying in the same cabin don't get two free dinners.

If you and your spouse are both Diamond members, and you dine together using the perk, MSC Cruises counts that as you both using your perk for that one meal. That said, if you had two other people staying with you in the same cabin, you and your spouse could each use your perk to take one of them out for the free dinner, resulting in two free dinners for your cabin.

Additionally, the complimentary dinner privilege at specialty restaurants might not be available on all ship classes. Members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at dinner. Also, drinks are not included with the complimentary dinner, nor are you allowed to bring outside drinks into the restaurant.

Related: The 6 types of MSC Cruises ships, explained

Should all that prove too confusing, MSC Voyagers Club Diamond status thankfully also offers two other solid perks:

  • A priority line for boarding on embarkation day
  • Priority disembarkation at the end of the cruise

Diamond level also provides all the perks of the tiers below it plus:

  • Courtesy bathrobe and slippers available during the cruise
  • A complimentary dance class
  • An invitation to an exclusive Diamond Party
  • Late cabin checkout on disembarkation day
  • A chocolate gift

Someone sailing seven-night cruises at a mid-tier Fantastica or Aurea experience level would need to take about eight to 10 trips to reach the Diamond level, depending on onboard spending.

In contrast to every other major cruise line loyalty program, MSC Cruises customers do not get "forever status" once they reach a certain tier of the MSC Voyagers Club. Once achieved, your status is only good as long as you take a cruise at least once every 36 months.

If you don't take a cruise once every 36 months, you will see your points in the MSC Voyagers Club disappear and your entire account erased. You'll have to reenroll and start all over again.

This is a notable difference from other cruise line loyalty programs, as "forever status" is one of the great allures of such programs. Many airline frequent flyer programs, by contrast, require loyalty members to requalify for status each year.

MSC Voyagers Club status match

As noted above, the MSC Voyagers Club program allows you to status match your way to its top tiers — something other major cruise line loyalty programs don't offer.

If you show proof of a high loyalty program status level with a competing cruise line, a hotel company or even a booking site such as Expedia, you can catapult your way from no status to a top-tier status with MSC Cruises in a jiffy. A high status level at an airline, alas, won't get you a status match at MSC Cruises, with a handful of exceptions such as a high status level at Air China.

This MSC Cruises status match, to us, is a big deal. It's one thing that sets MSC Voyagers Club apart from other cruise line loyalty programs.

The status match process at MSC Cruises is simple. Go to the dedicated enrollment page for MSC Voyagers Club status matching at the MSC Cruises website. You'll find a short online form where you enter some personal details (including name, birth date and address) and details about your status level with another loyalty program. You'll then have to upload a picture of your membership card for that program (or, if you don't have a membership card, a screenshot of your online account page showing your name and status).

That's it. Within a few days, you'll get an email or text welcoming you into the MSC Voyagers Club program at a status tier that matches your status with the other brand.

The dedicated enrollment page lists more than 60 loyalty programs from which you can status match into the MSC Cruises loyalty program. They include such cruise line loyalty programs as Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society and Carnival Cruise Line's VIFP Club program . Your status in the loyalty programs run by such major hotel chains as Hilton , Hyatt and Marriott also can be submitted for a match.

MSC Cruises doesn't offer a chart showing which tier of its loyalty program you will receive based on your tier at each of the other brands. Our staff members at TPG have had luck matching into the top Gold or Diamond tiers of the MSC Voyagers Club program from high levels of competing programs. One TPG editor received top Diamond tier status in the MSC Cruises program as a match to World of Hyatt Globalist status, for instance. Another staffer received Gold status in the MSC Cruises program as a match to the Diamond level in Royal Caribbean's program.

You can enter your status in only one program when seeking a match, so pick the program in which you have the highest status level.

Bottom line

MSC Cruises offers some decent perks in its four-tier loyalty program, including discounts and onboard credits when you book additional cruises. It also allows cruisers to status match their way to the top tiers of the program.

Still, the MSC Voyagers Club program is not nearly as robust a frequent cruiser program as those offered by such rivals as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.

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MSC Grandiosa: New cruise ship to set sail from Florida's Port Canaveral

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MSC Cruises is adding a second ship to its roster at Port Canaveral in Florida. The MSC Grandiosa will start cruising from the port in December 2025. It will offer cruises to the Caribbean. The ship features more than 2,000 cabins, ten restaurants and a large Broadway-style theater.

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - MSC Cruises is adding a second ship to its roster at Port Canaveral in Florida.

The MSC Grandiosa will start cruising from the port in December 2025 and will offer travelers 7-night getaways to the eastern and western Caribbean. 

At more than 1,000 feet long and 141 feet wide, the MSC Grandiosa will be the cruise line's largest ship to homeport in Central Florida. 

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 The ship will feature:

  • 2,421 cabins
  • 10 restaurants – including Butcher’s Cut steakhouse, Hola! Tacos & Cantina, Kaito Sushi, Kaito Tepanyaki and L’Atelier Bistrot
  • Five pools and nine hot tubs
  • Wild Forest Aquapark
  • MSC Yacht Club
  • MSC Aurea Spa
  • Large Broadway-style theater and Carousel Lounge for nightly entertainment
  • 323-foot-long Galleria Grandiosa promenade with LED sky screen

The ship will join MSC Seashore which sets sail on 3 and 4-night cruises to Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve – the line’s private island in The Bahamas.

To book a trip or to learn more about the ship, click here . 

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MSC Preziosa, Family | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 14-19, balcony approx 3-12 sqm
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
  • Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

Choose the cabin type that best suits you:

  • Balcony Aurea (best ship positions, surface approx 18 sqm, deck 11 )
  • Premium Balcony (surface approx 18 sqm, deck 8-13* )
  • Junior Balcony (surface approx 14 sqm, deck 9-13 )
  • Deluxe Balcony with partial view (surface approx 18-19 sqm, deck 8-13 )

*Some cabins have metal balustrade or half glass half metal balustrade

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Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category)

MSC Preziosa, Outside Cabin | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 12-20 sqm
  • Window with sea view
  • Relaxing armchair
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
  • Premium Ocean View (surface approx 20 sqm, deck 5 )
  • Deluxe Ocean View (surface approx 17 sqm, deck 8-13 )
  • Junior Ocean View (surface approx 12 sqm, deck 8 )

Size, layout and furniture may vary (within the same cabin category )

MSC Preziosa, Interior | MSC Cruises

  • Surface approx 13-16 sqm, deck 5-13
  • Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer
  • TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
  • Deluxe Interior (surface approx 16 sqm, deck 5-13 )
  • Junior Interior (surface approx 13, deck 8-13 )

ENTERTAINMENT

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Platinum Theatre

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Millenium Star Casino

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Virtual World

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Sports Bowling and Dinner

Restaurants & Buffet

Butcher's cut.

MSC Cruises butcherscut speciality restaurants

Le Palmeraie

MSC Preziosa, Le Palmeraie | MSC Cruises

L'Arabesque Panoramic Restaurant

MSC Preziosa, Arabesque | MSC Cruises

The Golden Lobster

MSC Preziosa, Golden Lobster | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Kaito

Galaxy Kaito | MSC Cruises

Bars & Lounges

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Safari Lounge

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Preziosa Bar

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Diamond Bar and Library

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Il Cappuccino

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The Green Sax Jazz Bar

MSC Preziosa, El Dorado | MSC Cruises

El Dorado Piano Bar

MSC Preziosa, Galaxy Lounge | MSC Cruises

Galaxy Lounge

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Top Sail Lounge

  • 6. Diamante
  • 10. Tormalina
  • 13. Ametista
  • 14. Smeraldo
  • 15. Cristallo
  • 16. Acquamarina
  • 18. Topazio
  • Junior Interior
  • Deluxe Interior
  • Junior Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Premium Ocean View
  • Deluxe Balcony with Partial View
  • Junior Balcony
  • Premium Balcony
  • Deluxe Balcony Aurea
  • Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with sealed window°
  • Premium Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • Grand Suite Aurea with terrace and whirlpool
  • MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Grand Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Executive & Family Suite
  • MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite

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B:  Cabin with bathtub ° Sealed panoramic window. • All cabins have one double bed convertible to two single beds. • 3rd bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window . • 4th bed available in all categories except for Junior Interior, Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite.

• Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on the ship class. Call our Contact Center to choose the best accommodation for you. Ship configuration, data and descriptions may be subject to change depending on the season and on the destination and must be verified at the time of booking.

  • Gross tonnage: 139,072 tons
  • Number of passengers: 4345
  • Crew members: About 1.388
  • Number of staterooms: 1.751, incl. 45 for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility
  • Length/Beam/Height: 333,30 m / 37,92 m post panamax / 67,69 m
  • Maximum speed: 24.21 knots

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MSC Grandiosa was the first Meraviglia Plus class ship for MSC Cruises. It debuted in 2019. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

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The Wild Forest Aquapark on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Safari pool on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Safari pool on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Galleria Grandiosa on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Galleria Grandiosa on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

L'Atelier Bistro on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

L'Atelier Bistro on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Lego-themed kids club on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

The Lego-themed kids club on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

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MSC Grandiosa will begin seven-night Caribbean itineraries in December 2025 for the winter sailing season while MSC Seashore remains, but sailing short three- and four-night Bahamas sailings to Nassau and the cruise line’s private island Ocean Cay.

It’s the largest MSC ship yet to sail from the port. The Meraviglia Plus-class vessel is among the top 20 largest cruise ships worldwide at 181,541 gross tons and a maximum passenger capacity of 6,334. It debuted in 2019 and features a water park, five pools, nine hot tubs, spa, the MSC Yacht Club exclusive area and a Lego partnership in its kids clubs.

The Galleria Grandiosa on MSC Grandiosa. (Courtesy/Ivan Sarfatti/MSC Cruises)

One of the more dramatic features is the 323-foot-long Galleria Grandiosa promenade with an LED projection screen over the length of the walkway. The ship features 10 restaurants including the Butcher’s Cut steakhouse, Hola! Tacos & Cantina, Kaito Sushi, Kaito Tepanyaki and L’Atelier Bistrot.

This is its first time taking on North American duties, and its arrival coincides with the debut out of PortMiami of the MSC World America, which will be even larger.

“The Winter 2025-2026 season will mark our largest presence in the U.S. to date, and our expansion at Port Canaveral is a big part of that,” said MSC Cruises USA President Rubén A. Rodríguez in a press release. “We know people sailing from Central Florida want options, and we’re delighted to offer them two of our most modern and glamorous ships with itineraries that will appeal to everyone from first-time to seasoned cruisers.”

MSC first began sailing from the port in 2021, joining mainstays Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian. It has shuffled several ships for short runs for what Rodríguez said was a taste of what MSC has to offer. That has included MSC Divina, MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seashore.

The family-owned cruise line has its roots in Europe, so the line plays up its “unique international flavor” compared with the other lines, while also touting its environmental efforts such as can be found on the private Bahamas island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. It is undergoing a major expansion effort to support excursions and on-island activities.

MSC Grandiosa will trade off alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Eastern trips will visit Nassau and Ocean Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. Western trips will visit Nassau; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay and Falmouth, Jamaica; and Belize City, Belize.

“We are honored that MSC Cruises chose Port Canaveral for the North American debut of their magnificent MSC Grandiosa,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray in the release. “Expanding their homeport fleet at Port Canaveral underscores their confidence in our partnership and shared commitment to success.”

The growing port for a time took on the title of world’s busiest cruise port after the pandemic, and while PortMiami has since retaken that title, Port Canaveral continues to expand its ship offerings.

The last sailing season saw 16 ships that either homeported year-round or sailed seasonally, and it expects that number to grow to 19 for the 2024-2025 sailing season, including the debuts of Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises this fall.

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  1. MSC Preziosa

    March 20, 2008. Hampshire, England. #1. Posted March 26, 2020. Three weeks ago my wife disembarked from our first MSC cruise, 14 nights Yacht Club onboard MSC Preziosa around the Caribbean. I have now written what I consider a full, frank and comprehensive review on our experience.

  2. MSC Preziosa Yacht Club (ship within a ship) Tour. Decks, Concierge

    My video tour of MSC Cruises MSC Preziosa Yacht Club ship within a ship. I show the Decks, Concierge, Lounges & Restaurant and give my thoughts of this up-ma...

  3. MSC Preziosa Cruise Ship & Deck Plan

    Discover the luxury eco-ship MSC Preziosa, a modern Mediterranean masterpiece that combines classic design with detailed craftsmanship. Find out more! ... Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite. • Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on ...

  4. MSC Preziosa

    The Yacht Club on MSC ships is is effectively a 'ship within a ship ... 19 responses to " MSC Preziosa - Yacht Club Experience " Denny Jonex March 25, 2020 at 2:18 pm ...

  5. MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Video Tour & Review. Unique ship within a ship

    This article is a review, with video tour, of the MSC Cruise Yacht Club ship-within-a-ship concept. It is available on all MSC Cruise "Fantasia" class ships ( MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, MSC Divina and the MSC Preziosa). This article is based on my experience of travelling on the MSC Preziosa, the newest of these ships.

  6. FULL SHIP TOUR of MSC PREZIOSA! Including YACHT CLUB!

    MSC Preziosa is a Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in March 2013. The ship has a variety of entertainment me...

  7. MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Cabin. My video tour, photos and review

    The Yacht Club is a ship-within-a-ship concept on-board the large "Fantasia" Class ships in the MSC Cruises fleet. On the Maiden Voyage of the MSC Preziosa I travelled as a guest of MSC in one of the staterooms in the Yacht Club. It was a Deluxe Yacht Club room (15003). In my video review and tour you will hear me talking a bit more about ...

  8. MSC Preziosa cruise ship

    Discover the luxury eco-ship MSC Preziosa, a modern Mediterranean masterpiece that combines classic design with detailed craftsmanship. Plan A Cruise ... Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite. • Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on the ...

  9. MSC Preziosa cruise ship

    Discover the luxury eco-ship MSC Preziosa, a modern Mediterranean masterpiece that combines classic design with detailed craftsmanship. Cruise Deals All Deals ; Fly and Cruise Deals ; ... The most discerning guests may opt for the secluded luxury of the MSC Yacht Club, a "ship within a ship" consisting of exclusive suites, butler service, ...

  10. MSC Preziosa Cruise: Expert Review (2023)

    4.5. Very Good. Overall. Jeannine Williamson. Contributor. The 2013 debut of MSC Preziosa moved the family-owned Italian company MSC Cruises up another notch to become the world's third-largest ...

  11. Staterooms & Suites

    MSC Preziosa offers a wide variety of elegant accommodations from luxury suites, balcony staterooms, family options and more. Login Hi, {0} Sign out. 877-665-4655. Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm EST Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm EST. Home; Our Cruises; ... Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

  12. MSC Preziosa

    A modern Mediterranean masterpiece. Discover services exclusive to MSC Preziosa, like the delicious Butcher's Cut restaurant, the adults-only sun deck complete with spa treatments and the Tiki bar for kids and teens. From the splash-packed fun and games of the Doremi Castle kids aqua park, to Vertigo, the longest single-rider water slide on the seas, awarded 'Best Innovation' by Cruise ...

  13. MSC Preziosa Yacht Club Deluxe Balcony Tour

    For 22 days during Jan and Tracey's B2B Baltic and Norwegian fjords cruises, they stayed in a Yacht Club Deluxe Balcony cabin-15013 on their recent MSC Cruis...

  14. MSC Preziosa cabins and suites

    MSC Preziosa cruise ship has a total of 1751 staterooms, including 134x Suites, 1133x Balcony, 116x Oceanview, 405x Inside. Most staterooms are Balcony (sized 190 ft2 / 18 m2), with cabin balconies sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest accommodations are the Yacht Club Royal Suites (400 ft2 / 37 m2, with wraparound terrace sized 170 ft2 / 16 m2).

  15. Category YC1

    MSC Preziosa Cabin # 15033. Category YC1 - MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite. Deluxe Suites have two single beds that convert to a double bed, walk-in closet, and a marble bathroom with tub/shower combination. The sitting area has a sofa, armchairs, and television with a Nintendo WII console. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your private ...

  16. MSC Preziosa Dining: Restaurants & Food on Cruise Critic

    With nine dining venues, including a buffet that's open nonstop for 20 hours a day from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., passengers won't go hungry. The main restaurants are the two-deck Golden Lobster on Decks ...

  17. Suite 12002 on MSC Preziosa, category 2Y

    MSC Preziosa - Cabin 12002. Floor Plan. Size: 474 - 547 sq. ft. Occupancy: Up to 4 Guests. Cabin Category: 2Y. Amenities: Two single beds that can convert into a double size bed panoramic sealed windows sitting area with a double sofa bed air conditioning a private bathroom with shower/tub combo hair dryer interactive TV Nintendo Wii console ...

  18. Everything you need to know about MSC Cruises cabins and suites

    MSC Yacht Club suites on MSC ships All cabins located in the MSC Yacht Club — an exclusive, gated area on select ships — are called suites, even the smallest and least expensive, which don't ...

  19. MSC Cruises Reveals Details on Largest MSC Yacht Club in North America

    MSC Cruises has revealed its ambitious expansion of its MSC Yacht Club luxury offerings aboard its newest flagship, the 6,762-passenger and 2,138-crew MSC World America, scheduled to debut in ...

  20. MSC Preziosa

    Number of staterooms: 1.751, incl. 45 for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility. Length/Beam/Height: 333,30 m / 37,92 m post panamax / 67,69 m. Maximum speed: 24.21 knots. The luxury eco-ship MSC Preziosa is a modern Mediterranean masterpiece. See more about the MSC Preziosa cruise ship online and book your cruise today!

  21. MSC Cruise's Newest Ship Will Offer Largest and Latest MSC Yacht Club

    MSC Cruises is launching its largest and most luxurious ship in April 2025 complete with the cruise line's most expansive onboard MSC Yacht Club. The ship, MSC World America, (which will have its ...

  22. MSC Cruises' MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program: Everything you need to know

    MSC Yacht Club: 2,000 In addition to the above, you can also earn points for extras when spending money on MSC Cruises ships or when booking in advance of sailing.

  23. MSC World America to feature biggest Yacht Club yet

    MSC Cruises will bring its largest and most luxurious MSC Yacht Club concept to North American shores with the launch MSC World America in April 2025.MSC World America represents a leap forward for the cruise line's popular World Class platform and will usher in a new world of cruising with re-imagined venues and concepts.. The new flagship will also be the first to feature seven onboard ...

  24. Cruise Lines Offering Holy Land Cruises

    The Fantasia offers a choice of experiences, including the MSC Yacht Club, designed as a private and exclusive ship within a ship. Cruisers who partake of this class of service have a butler, a ...

  25. MSC Grandiosa: New cruise ship to set sail from Florida's Port Canaveral

    The ship will join MSC Seashore which sets sail on 3 and 4-night cruises to Nassau and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve - the line's private island in The Bahamas. To book a trip or to learn more ...

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  27. MSC Preziosa cruise ship

    Discover the luxury eco-ship MSC Preziosa, a modern Mediterranean masterpiece that combines classic design with detailed craftsmanship. Deals All Deals ... Junior Ocean View, Junior Balcony, Deluxe Suite Aurea with sealed window and MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite. • Our ships offer the possibility of combining 2 or 3 connecting cabins based on ...

  28. MSC Cruises to bring a 2nd ship to Port Canaveral

    It debuted in 2019 and features a water park, five pools, nine hot tubs, spa, the MSC Yacht Club exclusive area and a Lego partnership in its kids clubs. The Galleria Grandiosa on MSC Grandiosa ...

  29. 'MSC Euribia': See Inside Northern Europe's Newest Cruise Ship

    The three-level atrium on MSC Euribia features the signature Swarovski staircases. David Nikel. The ship's central feature is the three-deck central atrium and 'Galleria Euribia', a visually ...

  30. South Bay Yacht Club

    1195 Hope St, Alviso, California. (map) Note -> No charge for admission. BUT donations are a ccepted for the Youth B oating Program. See you Saturday September 10, 2016 at the Alviso Marina. Please click just once and wait for up to 15 seconds. It can be slow.