Blogging has opened many doors to me, but never a whole cruise ship before.  MSC Cruises teamed up with Trips 100 to invite 150 bloggers for a BlogCamp at Southampton on board MSC Preziosa.

On board MSC Preziosa

After checking in we stepped straight into the Diamonté Deck.  Sparkles were everywhere you looked.  Tiny tinkling light were reflected in shiny surfaces, whilst the steps of staircase that wound its way around the deck has 40-50 Swarovski embedded in each tread.

On Board MSC Preziosa

Once through all the sparkle we took our seats in the theatre, which was bigger than some West End theatres I have been to, for show about the five children’s clubs available on board for ages from 3 upto 17.  Children can go into the clubs at 9am and not emerge until 11pm if that’s what they want.  That leaves you free to enjoy one of the three pools on board or maybe relax in the spa.

On board MSC Preziosa

Maybe relaxing in the bars is more your thing,  I can see the teens enjoying spending time in the Sports Bar with its full size bowling alley.

On board MSC Preziosa

More to my taste, for its decor rather than the music on offer, is the Jazz Bar.  I love these lights and find green to be an all round calming colour.

Cruises are famous for their food so I was looking forward to lunch on board MSC Preziosa.  Everybody’s main courses looked lovely but it was the puddings that caught my attention.  I might have had rather more than one of these delicious pastries.

Aboard MSC Preziosa

Summer 2018 will see Southampton become a home port for MSC with the MSC Magnifica departing for 23 cruises over the summer.  In honour of the new British slant for the Italian company kettles are being installed in each cabin for the first time along with Yorkshire tea bags!

What did I think of my day on board MSC Preziosa?   She is huge, sixteen decks high, with over 1,200 cabins and capacity for more than three thousand passengers.  She is very, very sparkly and the cakes are delicious.

Before my day on board MSC Preziosa, although we enjoyed our cycle and river cruise down the Danube, I had not considered a sea cruise holiday.  Now, I’m thinking that a voyage to the Norwegian Fjords or a jaunt round the Baltic would be good.  Where would you go on your dream cruise?

DISCLOSURE: I was a guest of MSC Cruises and Tots 100 / Trips 100 for the day, all opinions are my own.




  1. Susanna Bavin
    October 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Looks fab. I love all those sparkles!

    • October 13, 2017 / 11:56 am

      It was very sparkly, is it wrong to be thinking of an emerald green sparkly gown in whjch to sweep down the steps

  2. pigeonpairandme
    October 13, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I had three of those puddings!They were delicious, weren’t they.

    • October 13, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      They were, the nutella custardy one was my favourite

  3. October 13, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Hmm, fancy a writing retreat on there? We have just come back from a cruise and it was a great place to write. Not been on MSC but this lovely blog wd encourage me to!

    • October 13, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      A literary cruise, now there is an idea

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