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 Guernsey.
Day 2: St Peters Port, Guernsey
St Petersburg is one of Russia's most iconic cities. From its ornate palaces and beautiful bridges to its glistening canals and picture-postcard sights - there is plenty to see around every corner. Visit the Palace Square to admire the amazing Winter Palace, gaze in awe at the gilded cupola of St Isaac's Cathedral and enjoy the fountains at Peterhof Palace. Marvel at artworks by the grand masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, El Greco and Rembrandt at the Hermitage Museum. Indulge in retail therapy at the eclectic mix of shops at the Nevsky Prospect. A visit to the Conservatoire Theatre to see a Russian ballet show or a boat trip along the city's rivers and canals are the perfect way to spend the evening.
Day 3: Brest, France
Brest is a port city located in France's Northern region Britanny. Divided by the Penfeld River it’s known for its rich maritime history and naval base. Explore the cobbled streets and gaze in awe at the heavily fortified Chateau de Brest and the rotund 14th century Tour Tanguy tower. Journey back in time at Musee National de la Marine, enjoy an exciting voyage through the tropical seas and oceans at Oceanpolis' multi-coloured aquarium.
Day 5: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 6: Cadiz (for Seville), Spain
Seville is situated in the south-western region of Spain; 60km north along the Guadalquivir River. The highlight of Seville is certainly its culture and heritage, which can be seen in the gothic architecture still prevalent throughout the city. Various landmarks are dotted throughout, such as the Giralda Bell Tower. Visit the royal palace Alcázar of Seville or the Plaza de Espana; a plaza built in 1928 for the World Exposition. Head to the narrow streets in the Santa Cruz quarter to discover various shops that sell bespoke, traditional goods, as well as restaurants that serve a variety of local dishes.
Day 7: Malaga, Spain
Nestling at the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol, Málaga is a chic and cosmopolitan city. From its lively port and historical buildings to the mouth-watering cuisine and stylish shopping streets, Malaga offers something for everyone. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from Gibralfaro Castle and explore Picasso's birthplace, found in Plaza de la Merced. Unwind in the idyllic Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion, or view the paintings at the Picasso Museum. Explore the majestic cathedral or shop on the traffic-free Calle Marques de Larios. Relax with a coffee at Plaza de la Constitucion or spend the morning on La Malagueta beach. Venture further afield and admire the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada or the amazing underground caves in Nerja.
Day 9: La Coruña, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 11 – 12: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 13: 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 15: Le Havre (for Paris), France
What more can be said about a trip to Paris that hasn't already been said? One of the most famous cities in the world, take in the world famous sights such as The Eiffel Tower or The Arc De Triomphe, and with much more to offer the city of love will keep you wanting more.
Day 16: Southampton, UK
Your cruise comes to an end at Southampton, where you disembark and make your way home.