With its lively, laid-back European vibe, opulent décor (think glass mosaics, marble and lounges that dare to be green), and fun features including an indoor piazza, 4D cinema and Formula 1 racing car simulator, MSC Preziosa is a classic MSC Cruises ship in look and feel, but in designing this vessel the company has taken a few soundings from what its competitors are doing and added some welcome new attributes.
At the top of the list is Vertigo, which, at 42 feet high, is about as tall as a four-story building, and at more than 393 feet, is the longest single rider waterslide at sea. There's also the new Doremi Castle Aqua Park, with fountains, water pistols and a drenching bucket that fills slowly and empties fast on unsuspecting heads below.
For a small fee, grown-ups can soak up the sun in Top 18, an adult-only oasis named for its location at the top of the ship. Top 18 debuted on MSC Preziosa, but has since been added to her three sister ships, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Divina. There are two new restaurants, Eataly and Ristorante Italia. For freshly made pasta, head to the former, a casual, café-style diner with a counterpart on New York's 5th Avenue. For upscale wining and dining, book a table at the exclusive Ristorante Italia.