MSC Preziosa sailed into the MSC Cruises’ fleet in March 2013. This ship exudes WOW factor from the minute you step aboard; due to its sweeping Swarovski crystal grand staircases, magical infinity pool, and stunning panoramic views throughout the ship. The 13 passenger decks are filled with 13 restaurants, snack bars, and food stalls, 15 bars and lounges, and lavish cabins and suites. Spend your days relaxing at sea by the swimming pools and whirlpools; rejuvenate with one of the 20 different massages at MSC Aurea Spa, or splash around the water jets and fountains at the Aqua Park. Work out in the gym, aim for a strike at the ten-pin bowling alley, or indulge in some retail therapy in the boutiques. Children will never be bored on this ship, with hours of fun provided at Doremiland kids club, Doremi Castle kids’ pool, Graffiti’s teen club, and teen games arcade - Virtual World.
Dine with family and friends overlooking the beautiful backdrop of the ocean as you enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine served to your table at L’Arabesque Panoramic and The Golden Lobster main dining rooms. Galaxy Lounge offers delicious a la carte Mediterranean cuisine before transforming into a disco at night. La Locanda and Ristorante Italia serve the finest Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Maya and Inca offer a serve-yourself buffets with Mediterranean and international options throughout the day and evening. Tuck into American favourites such as Buffalo wings and watch your favourite game at the Sports and Bowling Diner. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Nutella skewers and slushes at the Nutella and Happy Puppy Drink Stand. MSC Happy Diner and Fun Time Diner offer a children’s menu and fun dining experience for younger guests.
During the daytime, visit the pool bars for cold drinks and cocktails; The Garden Bar, La Playa Preciosa, Turquoise, and Saphir. MSC Aurea Spa also has a bar which serves a selection of juices and smoothies. By night; enjoy a variety of wines, bottled and draught beer, ciders, and cocktails from Diamond Bar & Library and La Locanda. Enjoy live music at Preziosa Bar, or retreat to El Dorado piano bar for relaxing drinks and freshly-made cocktails. Safari Lounge comes alive at night with an ‘Alchemist’ cocktail menu and dancing, or stop by The Green Sax Jazz bar for live music. Retreat for a nightcap at the Il Cappuccino bar and choose from a selection of hot and cold coffees and flavoured hot chocolate. Top Sail Lounge is an exclusive panoramic top lounge for MSC Yacht Club members only, boasting stunning views of the ocean and wide choice of drinks.
Evenings aboard MSC Preziosa offer a range of relaxing and fun activities for all of the family. Indulge in retail therapy in the boutiques which feature high-end brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Lacoste; while the cosmetic boutiques offer Chanel and Gucci. Platinum Theatre offers unobstructed views of Broadway-style shows, such as a Queen Tribute Band. Put your dancing shoes on and take a twirl on the Galaxy Lounge dance floor, try your luck on the roulette wheel and high-tech slot machines in the Millennium Star Casino, or cosy up with the family and watch a thrilling film in the 4D cinema.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton Port where you will board MSC Preziosa and sail onwards to Belgium.
Day 2: Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium
This modern port of Zeebrugge features a pretty marina, beach and lively seafront promenade with cafes, hotels and easy access to Brussels — Belgium's vibrant capital city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Grand Place, the city's central square, and see the 15th-century city hall or relax with a drink in a laid-back cafe. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride along the cobbled streets, passing local markets and winding canals. Known as the chocolate capital of the world — stop by some of the country's oldest and most-famous chocolatiers to sample traditional Belgian chocolate and take away some sweet treats.
Day 3 - 4: Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is your next port of call. See the city's oldest harbour, Oude Haven, before taking a look at the 'glass palace' of Van Nelle Fabriek — an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the ever-changing exhibitions at the Kunsthal and the expansive collection of Dutch and European art at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Ride to the top of Euromast observation tower for 360-degree city-wide views, stop by Miniworld Rotterdam to view the city in miniature, or pop into the Kubuswoningen cube house and museum.
Day 5: Hamburg, Germany
Germany's largest port and second-biggest city is found on the River Elbe in the north of the country. Hamburg has been an integral part of German trade since the Middle Ages and its strong maritime history can be seen throughout its culture, atmosphere and UNESCO-listed architecture today. Stroll through the legendary Fish Market, take a scenic barge tour, or visit one of many museum ships to learn more about Hamburg's seafaring past. Tower over Hamburg Airport and the Alps at the home of the largest model railway in the world — Miniatur Wunderland — or start at the Jungfernstieg in the city centre to find shops, cafes and multicultural restaurants.
Day 7: Le Havre (Paris), France
A major port in northern France's Normandy region, Le Havre is situated at the mouth of the River Seine. A visit to Le Havre Art Museum with its impressive collections of paintings is a must; perhaps admire the beautiful 'Water Lilies' by Monet? Cathedral Notre-Dame, which has been extensively restored, also offers spectacular sights. Architecture is fascinating in this town; it mainly comprises post-war modern structures, the work of Auguste Perret. The Church of Saint Joseph is a tall building, over 100 metre high, and represents the town’s architecture perfectly. The beach here attracts visitors; the broad promenade is frequently occupied by people soaking up the sunshine. Le Havre is also gateway to the famous sights and attractions of Paris and the Normandy region.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Your cruise comes to an end at Southampton, where you disembark and make your way home.