December 2015 - MSC Preziosa to Europe - Western Mediterranean
I should have listened to the other reviewers who gave this cruise mediocre reviews but unfortunately this was the only cruise with dates that would fit our schedule. We boarded in Barcelona for a one week cruise to Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo and Malta. We booked our own excursions through Viator which were great- electric biking in Marseille and a private tour with Domenico in Rome and explored the other ports on our own since I had read that the cruise excursion packages were not very good. It was nice to wake up to a new port each morning. However the entertainment on the boat was very limited as was the swimming and non existent multi-purpose/basketball court that I had read in the cruise description, plus the two lane bowling alley was a miniature of a real one. On top of that, the food and service at the sit down dinners were horrible. By the second night, everyone opted to do the buffet, not that the food was better but that we can just eat and be done with it. It was not an enjoyable dining experience that you would look forward to, unlike on other cruises that we have gone on. We ended up doing three nights at the specialty restaurants, two at Galaxy and one a Italia. The food and service were better but at a premium. The one unexpected bonus from the trip were the photo portraits that were taken. We got many wonderful family and individual photos taken by professional photographers and the prices were beautiful and very reasonably priced. We bought 25 and they gave you a special price of $199 for all of them which included the photos and the digital files. Overall the cruise was fine but I would not recommend MSC if you can find another cruise line.