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Family cruise converts - a great Easter break with MSC Cruises

As the interminable winter dragged its heels into the seventh month I decided that enough was enough and the lure of a Mediterranean Cruise with my client MSC Cruises proved too much. We were in luck, there was still a cabin available on MSC’s newest ship the MSC Preziosa, the itinerary and dates were good and the price was right. The decision was easy to make – myself, my partner and our two girls aged 5 and 3 were packing our bags.On touch-down in Nice we immediately were struck by the light. “I can see the sun,” my 5 year old proclaimed excitedly. On our transfer to Genoa this was replaced with “I can see the sea” and countless other welcome sights to signify better weather was on its way. We arrived at the port and none of us were prepared for the sheer scale of the MSC Preziosa, this ship is enormous and dwarfs everything surrounding her. She is brand, spanking new and quite literally gleams. However, given her size, the embarkation process is surprisingly effortless and we were soon welcomed onboard. Glass elevators and sparkling crystal staircases are the first things to catch your eye – together with the warm welcome from every MSC employee that we met. We shot up 8 floors in the afore mentioned lift, found our cabin and the balcony doors were quickly opened. The great thing about being high up (we were on deck 13) of a ship this size is that you get a bird’s eye view of every port you come to.There was no time to savour the sites though as two little voices piped up: “Can we go swimming, please, please,” this mantra was to be repeated frequently over the next week. My girls were not disappointed, there are three swimming pools onboard (not counting the one exclusively for Yacht Club members) and a fantastic water park which kept them amused for hours. We could swim in all weathers as one of the pools had a retractable roof and there were never too many people. Throughout the week we tried and tested them all (frequently) but the family favourite had to be the infinity garden pool - it really was hard to believe we were actually onboard a ship.One night as we sipped our cocktails my partner turned to me and said: “I’m a free spirit, I shouldn’t be enjoying this so much,” and that summed up our holiday. A cruise perhaps wouldn’t have been the first family holiday option to spring to our minds, but for a week away where everyone can get some much required r and r and there are enough activities to keep the whole family happy, you really can’t beat it. We were so impressed by everything, the service, the food, the kids club, the shows (we managed to go to three) the ease of getting on and off at the various ports of call and of course, the swimming pools. Everyone had a fantastic time.....there is one legacy though that will be a drain on our wallets – my daughters developed a true fascination with bowling – yes there are even two bowling alleys onboard. Now we are back we’ve already been subjected to, “can we go bowling this weekend please, please....!”

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