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MSC Preziosa Review

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2015 Best for Public Rooms
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MSC Preziosa
4.5 / 5.0
371 reviews

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Passengers
3,502

Crew
1,390

Passenger to Crew
2.52:1

Launched
2013

Shore Excursions
358
Sails To
South America, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean
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Jeannine Williamson
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MSC Preziosa Overview

The 2013 debut of MSC Preziosa moved the family-owned Italian company MSC Cruises up another notch to become the world's third-largest cruise company. That's no mean achievement, given its modest entry into the cruise industry with a second-hand vessel in the late 1980's. The 12th ship in the fleet -- and the fourth in MSC's flagship Fantasia Class -- Preziosa is making its mark with all-new facilities that include the longest single-rider body waterslide on the waves, a children's aqua park, an expanded shopping mall and the first two Eataly restaurants at sea. And, it's all coupled with the company's distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere.

The decks, named after precious jewels and gemstones, provide a clue about what to expect. Crystal-studded stairs, opulent public rooms decorated with animal prints, and lavish amounts of shimmering glass mosaics, white marble and Murano glass may overwhelm traditional cruisers who prefer classic, understated decor.

However, for families, younger couples and the young-at-heart, the ship provides a fun, relaxed and affordable way to cruise the Med. With 1,751 cabins and a total capacity for 4,345 passengers -- a figure that's more than double occupancy if parents bunk up with their children -- Preziosa offers a good choice of accommodation options for everyone from budget-conscious families to couples who want to splurge with a stay in the exclusive Yacht Club.

It's important to note that, while English is the main onboard language, MSC predominantly attracts passengers from mainland Europe. This means announcements are made in five languages, and entertainment is geared to appeal to multinational audiences, so you will find dancers, bilingual singers and acrobats instead of comedians and similar acts that require a lot of speaking.

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Top MSC Preziosa Itineraries

MSC Preziosa
5 night grand voyage cruise

Southampton, Le Havre, Brugge (Bruges), Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg

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Fellow Passengers

MSC's slogan is "the Mediterranean way of life," and this is definitely European-style cruising. In 2012, the line carried passengers from 180 different nationalities; Brits and Americans embarking in the Med, where Preziosa's homeport is based, will be in the minority. Most of the passengers are from mainland Europe, particularly Italy, and MSC attracts couples and families who are generally younger than cruisers on more traditional ships.


MSC Preziosa Dress Code

Although the ship's surroundings and decor are glitzy and glamorous, Preziosa has a relaxed atmosphere, and passengers can leave the ball gowns and tiaras at home. There are typically two formal nights each week, where men are encouraged to wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or lounge suits, with evening or cocktail dress for the ladies. That said, many people ignored this on our formal evening, and we got the impression that passengers don't feel as governed by the dress code rules as they do on ships that attract a generally older crowd. Informal nights request a jacket and tie for men and a dress or dress pants for ladies -- no jeans. For casual nights, just about anything goes (aside from shorts, which are only allowed in the self-serve buffet restaurant). Daywear is casual, and the daily newsletter advises of the dress code options for each evening.


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MSC Preziosa Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.03.2
Entertainment4.03.1
Public Rooms5.04
Fitness Recreation5.03.6
Family5.03.3
Service4.03.4
Value For Money5.03.3

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Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms

MSC Preziosa Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Jan 2020
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Sail Date: Oct 2019
All in all, we had a wonderful cruise with MSC Preziosa and would recommend the ship wholeheartedly.... Read More
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Sail Date: Mar 2019
MSC Preziosa - Yacht Club - 5-19 March 2019. Caribbean from Barbados via Cruise Club UK. The cruise consultant, Ian\, delivered on every promise and commitment made.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2019
MSC are def a 3 star ship Iv done several lines and I'm easily pleased and let a lot go over my head but MSC need to up thier game.... Read More

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MSC Preziosa provides a fun, relaxed and affordable way to cruise the Med. With 1,751 cabins and a total capacity for 4,345 passengers, Preziosa offers a good choice of accommodation options.

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