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Ship: MSC Preziosa
We were thinking 'have we booked the wrong ship' based on the bad reviews but there was nothing to worry about. We also could not get in to Stockholm (june 5th) but had a wonderfull afternoon in Helsinki instead. If you go on a cruise: be flexible! Things can go other than planned. It's a ship, you have to deal with wind, technical problems etc. The ship is nice, staff is super friendly (just be nice and they will return it) and the cabin is big enough and is serviced twice a day. We ate mostly in L'Arabesque, which was good. Not huge plates full of food but more then enough for us. We did allways order a salad to go with the main dish because Italians do not seem to care much for veggies. The buffet is very busy but we were always able to find a table to sit at lunch or breakfast. Tea and coffee in the buffet should be used to flush toilets, the worst I ever had. But at Il Cappucino they make great coffee, so we had some there. The negative for us were the shows. Italians most be deaf because the sound was so loud we had to put fingers in our ears to dimm it. A shame, because the singers can sing! Also the lighting of the show was terrrible, most of the actors were dancing in the dark. Also the music in the lounges was way too loud for us exept at the Atrium, which is a great place to sit, enjoy music and watch people pass by. It was our first cruise and would we go on the Preziosa again? I think we might try to find a ship with other entertainment but with the right itinerary we would sail with this ship. Overall we had a wonderfull time! MSC is the cheeper cruise option and you will know that once you are on the ship. They will charge you for all the extra's. We knew that up front, so no problem there. Tips: Get yourself informed before you go on any ship. Read reviews, check videos on you tube etc. That prevents dissapointment. Do research off cabins. We choose the wrong one! 😉 Only myself to blaim. Sleeping right above a jazz club was not the right choice. I thought we would hear the music (which would have been okay) but all we heared and feeled were very strong bass tones. Go dine in The Golden Lobster or Arabesque. Very good service, nice food. Not 4 star quality but if you want that on this ship book the Yacht Club.