July 2014 - MSC Preziosa to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
This is our second ever cruise and the second with MSC. From all the reviews I have read, this is a very different experience than cruising on RCL, Carnival, Princess, etc. There are no rock climbing walls, skating rinks or "neighborhoods," however, this really suits our family. We have two teenage children who traveled with us and they really like the experience as well. For this trip, we booked our room in the "Yacht Club" and will not ever travel any other way. The "Yacht Club" only accommodates about 200 people and you are rarely, if ever, with all 200 people. The ship is beautiful and accommodates about 4000 passengers. We cruise for the experience of visiting other countries and cultures and get off the ship at each port and don't spend time sunbathing or some of the other games that the staff was leading out by the pools. The other big plus for us was that children 17 and under cruise at a very reduced rate. We did try two of the specialty restaurants that are offered for an extra cost, but were not all that impressed. The food served in our dining room was very good. However, if you are looking for meat and potatoes every night, an Italian cruise line is probably not the way to go. We liked the shows, although music was mostly in Italian, still very enjoyable. Other reviewers have complained about excursions on this line, but we enjoyed each and every one we went on. Can't wait to do this again.