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A Tour of MSC Cruise Lines Preziosa

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October 7, 2017

Last year we were lucky enough to go on our first cruise and it is safe to say that we fell in love with sailing the seven seas, as it is a great way of visiting lots of countries without the hassle of constantly packing and unpacking.
I was invited onboard the MSC Preziosa whilst it was docked locally in Southampton with Tots100 for their #BlogCampOnBoard conference and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store.
MSC Preziosa
Getting up close and personal with a cruise ship is always a real treat as nothing prepares you for their sheer size, especially when you climb onboard.
MSC Preziosa
The most stunning part of a cruise ship is always the atrium and MSC Preziosa did not disappoint, offering a real “WOW” moment as it glittered and sparkled in front of us.
MSC Preziosa
In fact, we later found out that the sweeping glass staircases were full of Swarovski crystals, with 40-50 glistening gems in each step which cost a staggering €8,000 each!!
MSC Preziosa
Once we were all onboard, we were ushered to the huge theatre, where we were treated to an introduction to the ship and the kids entertainment as well as witnessing one of the fun games they play with the families onboard.
MSC Preziosa
We were astounded to learn that MSC Cruise Line welcomes 200,000 children, from 35 different nationalities, onboard every year and being a family-owned company, their emphasis is on family fun. Everything is done under the friendly eye of their loveable DOREMI mascot, who looks like a giant sun, only in blue.
MSC Preziosa
They have 5 clubs for the children which cater for all ages; from birth, all the way up to the teenagers age up to 17, meaning there is something for everyone and in this social media age, they even have their own web show for the kids to watch – Kelly and Kloe.

MSC Cruise Line ensure they provide a varied programme of events, supervised activities, entertainment and social events tailor-made for four separate age groups in their own clubs. Family events include cooking, a talent show and a disco. And best of all, they’re all free, too!
MSC Cruise Line
For babies, MSC has partnered with the Italian brand Chicco (pronounced Key-co – who knew!), but  possibly the most exciting bit for my kids would be that MSC has also partnered with LEGO® for a LEGO® Experience On Board, although there are also plenty of other toys for the kids to play with too.

MSC Preziosa

Photo Credit: Schoolrunshop.com


On our family cruise it took a good day to get our bearings and learn where everything was on the ship, so 6 hours onboard MSC Prezosia was certainly not enough to see everything I wanted to, however, I did get a good feel for what was on offer.
MSC Preziosa
My dream cruise would be the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland, but I was worried that the outdoor activities would be too chilly for the kids. My concerns were unfounded as one of the pools has a handy retractable roof, meaning it is covered when in chilly climates, like ours and open if sailing the Caribbean!
MSC Preziosa
There were also two further pools, numerous hot tubs and a splash park area for the kids at the rear of the ship.
MSC Cruise Line
For those a little more adventurous, there is  Vertigo, the longest single-rider water slide on the seas, which stretched out over the side of the ship……
MSC Cruise Line
…..with a transparent section for only the brave to ride. What a view that must offer as you whizz down the slide!
MSC Preziosa
Of course, there are plenty of things for the adults to do too, including the Aurea Spa with 20 beauty and wellness treatments melt the tension away. They even offer hair and make-up for those special occasions.
MSC Preziosa
There is also a 4D cinema, sports bar with bowling alley and numerous TV’s which you can watch the latest match on, a gym, casino, virtual world, video games room and theatre.
MSC Preziosa
Meals are included in the price of the cruise, however, they do have specialist restaurants onboard at an extra cost, which offer the treat of fine dining.
MSC Preziosa
We didn’t get to see any cabins as the ship was full of passengers, however, they cater for everyone; from single parent families to larger families with cabins that sleep up to 10 guests!!
MSC Preziosa
Seeing Southampton from the top of the ship was a highlight, as my Dad lived across the water in Hythe for a long time and we loved to watch the cruise ships leave port, waving to all the excited passengers as they set off on their holiday’s.
MSC Preziosa
Of course, we were also there for a blog conference and it was lovely catching up with my fellow bloggers in such a wonderful location.
MSC Preziosa

Photo Credit: Cruisingkids.co.uk


I did kick myself for being the designated driver for the day as we were offered copious amounts of wine over lunch and then cocktails later in the day, but I did console myself by trying every dessert on offer at lunchtime.
MSC Cruise Line
I didn’t attend any of the sessions as I was too excited about exploring the ship, but I did enjoy learning all about MSC Cruise Line by the MD of the company, Antonio, whose passion for making their cruising experience magical, was an inspiration to us all. He also added that he has listened to UK feedback and is adding kettles to each cabin and will be using the passengers’s choice of tea in each room – Yorkshire Tea!!
MSC Cruise Line
Once we had finished quizzing him and his colleagues, it was time for a fun game of metrics, with Sally and the team from Tots100 which was fascinating, plus we had the chance to pose with all the attendees of the day.
BlogCamponBoard

Photo Credit: Trips100


Last year we flew out to Barcelona to go on our cruise which I found to be quite a stressful experience, as effectively we had to do the whole check-in malarkey twice, which is never fun with a young family, so the thought of driving half an hour up the road to board the ship is very appealing.
MSC Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in Europe and sail from Southampton with two ships, the MSC Preziosa and MSC Magnifica to various Mediterranean and Northern Europe destinations throughout the year.
Sending out a huge thanks to the Tots100 and MSC Cruises team for this great opportunity to explore the ship, I had an amazing day.
 

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  1. Reply

    Leona

    October 7, 2017

    I love cruising too! I was meant to be there but was sick. It sounds like I missed a great day
    Ps major staircase envy!

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    KIRSTY DEE

    October 8, 2017

    Those steps though, wow!

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    Newcastle Family Life

    October 8, 2017

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I bet it was wonderful being able to explore the ship whilst catching up with blogging friends. I would love to go on a cruise someday. x

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)

    October 8, 2017

    Wasn’t a mega-glam ship? I loved it. Great to see you there. x

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    five little doves

    October 8, 2017

    Ahh I am so gutted I couldn’t make it, I have been so poorly with pneumonia and Britmums finished me off. Looks amazing!

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    Tanya

    October 8, 2017

    It’s amazing how huge the ships are, I went on a cruise this summer and there’s so much on offer you almost forget you’re in the middle of the sea

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    Jenny

    October 9, 2017

    We went on a cruise last year which my kids loved. It’s a great way to travel if you don’t like flying.

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    the Curious Pixie

    October 9, 2017

    I’ve never seen myself as a cruise person, but I have to say it looks like a great thing to do with kids.

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    Talya

    October 9, 2017

    Ahhh we are big fans of cruising….loving the virtual tour around the cruise ship looks like you had a wonderful time!

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    Kirsty

    October 9, 2017

    This looks like a real touch of luxury, that stair case is breath taking. There is so much on offer I wouldn’t know where to start.

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    Fashion and Style Police

    October 9, 2017

    Awww what a lovely experience. I have never been on a ship this big before.

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    Clare nicholas

    October 9, 2017

    It looks amazing and I now want to go on a cruise more than ever, although knowing my luck I’d get lost on-board lol

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    Mary Abbott

    October 9, 2017

    That ships looks amazing! Always wanted to go on a cruise!

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    Kira

    October 9, 2017

    Wow it looks amazing . Have never been on a cruise ! Alessia would think we was on the titanic! She’s a little obsessed with ships at the moment 🙂

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    Nayna Kanabar

    October 9, 2017

    I too attended this blog camp and the ship looked really great, there was so much to do and so many bars and places to chill at.I wish I had done what you did and just wandered around as attending the sessions meant I did not get to see all the parts you did.

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    Ali - We Made This Life

    October 9, 2017

    Wow this looks great. We’ve been on one cruise and want to book another this summer or next, I’ll definitely check out this company, it sounds perfect for the family.

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    Olivi

    October 9, 2017

    This looks amazing, I’ve never been on a cruise but this sounds fab! A 4D cinema and stuff for everyone to do on board 🙂

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    October 9, 2017

    It looks fab! My parents love to go on a cruise, but I’ve never braved one before. This is definitely changing my mind!

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    miranda

    October 9, 2017

    Im so impressed! I can’ believe thats a cruise ship! all of those things on one ship! wow! the stairs are so Grande! wow!

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    Sarah

    October 9, 2017

    What an amazing ship! I’m sure the event was fabulous too, I’m jealous!

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    Ana De- Jesus

    October 10, 2017

    Aw so lucky of you to be able to go on a cruise trip and that welcomes kids from 35 nationalities that is incredible. I love the stairs too x

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    Hannah

    October 10, 2017

    Oh my goodness! I want those steps!

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    Amy Hunt

    October 10, 2017

    That ship looks gorgeous! I went on the RC “Brilliance of the seas” Last year it was gorgeous but nothing like this!

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    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    October 10, 2017

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING! What an amazing ship. The baby play centre looks amazing, and I can’t get over those glittering stairs. I’m not sure I could ride the see-through slide though!

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    Jillian Michelle

    October 11, 2017

    That staircase is the prettiest staircase I’ve ever seen in my entire life haha! I’ve only ever sailed with Carnival Cruises before, but now you’ve got me wanting to check out MSC. <3

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    Jenni

    October 11, 2017

    It looks lovely, the staircase is very impressive. It’s nice to catch up with online friends too

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    Baby Isabella

    October 11, 2017

    It was an amazing ship and we loved seeing everyone at BlogCampOnBoard. Looks like you had a good time too, love your photos. My mummy was driving too o didn’t get the opportunity to let her hair down either x

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    Nikki @ Notes of Life

    October 12, 2017

    I still can’t get over the cost of one of those Swarovski steps in the staircase 😀
    I’d never been on a cruise ship before, so it was an interesting day.

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    Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays

    October 17, 2017

    Wasn’t she just the sparkliest ship? It was good to see you on board

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    sally

    November 6, 2017

    I love your deck photos – really capture the scale of the ship 🙂
    Thanks for coming along to the event, it was great to catch up although it was such a hectic day I didn’t have time to chat properly. Hope you had fun.

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