If you’re looking for a cruise with an Italian flare, why not try MSC Cruises?
Having been built over 10 years ago, the MSC Opera carries just over 2000 passengers. MSC Cruises are constantly adding new features and keeping her looking brand new.
The MSC Opera tends to offer round-trip cruises; the cruise I went on was 8 nights from Southampton, around Netherland, France, Spain & the Channel Islands. This meant that many travellers would choose to do a loop journey from other ports of call, like Amsterdam or Bilbao. Passengers were constantly embarking and disembarking, but you hardly noticed this, and there’s always a mix of nationalities on board, great for meeting new people & discussing your adventures of the day over dinner.
On board there are plenty of real wood and marble all around the vessel. She has a large reception area, where friendly staff are on hand to help and advise with any queries.
One thing I did notice on board was the fact she had floor to ceiling windows with stunning sea views. I had a couple of days at sea, and there was always something to do.
The staterooms on MSC are a little different; to me they feel a little bit bigger than the same offering on other cruise lines. I had an ocean view stateroom, which had everything I could need with a safe and plenty of storage space.
The ship of course offers pampering in the spa, fitness in the gym, or relaxation on deck in a sun lounger. There are bars a plenty throughout the ship, especially in the atrium area on board, great for people-watching throughout the day, as well as shopping for those souvenirs or forgotten cufflinks!
With it being an Italian cruise line, the cuisine is outstanding! Literally its food after food all day, you can choose from the main restaurants, or the buffet offerings. I particularly enjoyed the special pasta course, a little treat from the Italian operator, and also the desserts – especially the tiramisu!
However, 2014 was the final season for MSC Opera sailing out of Southampton, as she will be deployed elsewhere for 2015 and beyond, but she has remained a firm favourite amongst the Brits.