Just over a week ago I was in Southampton onboard the absolutely beautiful MSC Preziosa one of MSC Cruises’ ships for the day for Blog Camp.
I stayed at the Southampton Novotel with the lovely Bridget from Bridie By The Sea the night before and it was so handy for the docks. In fact when we woke up in the morning and looked out of the window we could see the MSC Preziosa. Having never been on a cruise or even seen a cruise ship in person before, I had no real idea what to expect.
At first glance it looked like a huge tall building and I was absolutely amazed by the sheer size of the ship!
Above is the image I took as we walked from the car park at the cruise terminal to the actual cruise terminal. It is slightly less impressive than the images above and below provided by MSC Cruises, but the ship seriously is so huge my phone camera couldn’t fit it all in nicely, plus you can’t beat a seascape.
I should probably explain why I ended up spending the day onboard a beautiful cruise ship. I was there for a special Blog Camp run by Flea Enterprises aka Tots 100 which is run by Sally Whittle. The day was all about touring the ship and taking part in small workshops on different aspects of blogging.
I have been to quite a few blogging events now and this really was the most stunning location I have ever been to. Everywhere around the ship are glitz and sparkles, without being tacky. Just really eye-catching touches with a real wow factor.
When I was younger, I used to think of cruises as being for the older generation, but these days that really has changed. Especially on MSC Cruises where their average age of passenger is lower than the average across the board on cruise ships. Probably because they seem to do such a great job of catering for all ages.
They really do provide so much for children to do and see, which is brilliant as we all know that whether the children are happy can make or break a holiday for parents.
We were treated to a performance by some of the DOREMI ‘family’ who are the childrens’ entertainment team on the ship. The DOREMI mascot was there as well along with a Lego man! MSC Cruises has a special relationship and partnership with both Lego and Chicco, which is great as they’re both such quality and popular brands.
We heard from the wonderful Matteo as well who was telling us that the beauty of the clubs for children on board are that children of all nationalities mix together. The universal ‘language’ of Lego helps to make them bond and have fun together. I think that’s rather lovely personally.
There are lots of areas especially for children onboard the MSC Preziosa, for children of all ages.
Even the harder to please older children. There’s an outside water splash park area for smaller children and the older ones have a 4D cinema and so much more as well. Along with the excursions that you can obviously go on at each port during the cruise and all the wonderful swimming pools and even ten pin bowling, these areas and activities mean even teenagers are unlikely to moan that they’re bored.
The various different pools and hot tubs around the ship definitely appealed to me as well as they would to children.
There’s even a pretty huge water slide on the ship which has an awesome clear part that goes out towards the edge of the ship. Imagine the view when you go down it when you’re at different ports during your cruise. Very exhilarating I would imagine!
If all of that doesn’t float your boat (I am so sorry, but I couldn’t resist) and you fancy a more relaxing way to spend your time onboard the MSC Preziosa, then they cater for that as well. Their spa area is absolutely beautiful with different statues as you walk towards it and massage/treatment beds where you look out over the sea.
I would so happily spend some time there! The spa and beauty team actually showed us a quick hair and make-up makeover during the day with a gorgeous model. They made it look so easy and told us a lot about the different products that they use and sell onboard.
All of the crew/staff (novice here so I am really unsure on the terminology) were so helpful all day and really friendly. Especially so during our really delicious lunch. The guys there were so attentive, that the second I finished my glass of water someone was over to re-fill it. We were offered wine, but sadly I had a long drive home to look forward to.
After looking around the ship I really really really want to go on a cruise in the future. Si has wanted to go on one for years and actually haunts the MSC Cruises website quite often, we’ll take the plunge and book one of these days!
MSC Cruises are actually really taking their English customers into account more now as well and are doing lots more cruises sailing from Southampton. You can tell this by the fact that they are putting kettles in their cabins and stocking Yorkshire Tea in them ha! It’s a cliché, but it seriously is rare that I meet an English or Cornish person that doesn’t drink tea. Also on some cruises, they are having British comedy shows for the first time and scones!
I forgot to ask if they would be catering for the Cornish with pasties … honestly I really am a cliché. Anyway to sum up I had an absolutely wonderful day, I fell in love with the ship and wanted to stowaway or at least jump into one of the swimming pools AND I need to get saving for a cruise asap.
Maybe I could save up to go on the MSC Magnifica next August and get to visit France, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. I love the idea of so many different countries in less than 2 weeks! Sailing from Southampton is so handy and it really is great that MSC are going to be doing so many more cruises from there in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful experience Sally, the Tots 100 crew and MSC Cruises!
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