MSC’s Virtuosa, the current flagship of the MSC fleet today bids farewell to UK waters following its summer ‘staycation voyages’ and heads to the Mediterranean. During September and October of 2021, MSC Virtuosa will offer voyages from Barcelona, Lisbon, Malaga, Genoa and Marseille, before heading for her new homeport in Dubai on 3 November.

MSC Cruises has offered great value voyages for UK travellers this summer, with voyages as low as £299.  With UK travellers keen to get away for an affordable holiday, it’s no wonder the operator has reported that 50 percent of its customers have been first time cruisers.

The cruise waves team joined MSC Virtuosa in the summer for a 4 day voyage to Scotland. The 19-deck ship has been designed to offer a dynamic and dazzling guest experience with innovative features and facilities to attract guests of all ages. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

The ship is also one of the most environmentally and technologically advanced ships in the MSC fleet, and boasts and iconic 112-metre promenade with a stunning LED sky dome- the social heart and hub of the ship.

 Focus on food and drink

This mega ship offers 10 restaurants and 21 bars including two brand-new specialty restaurant concepts – HOLA! Tacos & Cantina and Indochine. There has been mixed reviews of MSC’s food offering, but we received a really great dining experience, especially from the dining room staff, who were extremely attentive.

We particularly enjoyed dining at Hola! Tacos & Catina and Butchers Cut, two of the specialty dining experiences. Both of these dining experiences were very busy on our voyage, so do book your speciality restaurant’s early as it can get booked up.

There are plenty of bars onboard Virtuosa, so it’s not difficult to get yourself a drink. A neat new initiative is a humanoid robotic bar tender at its Starship Club.  However, our favourite place to have a drink was the Champagne Bar, which offers some really good quality champagnes including Moet and LPG.

Focus on cabins 

The ship has 2421 cabins onboard, and when at capacity can hold 6, 300 guests.  There are

12 different cabin types including 190 family cabins that can be connected to create Super Family cabins, accommodating up to six people or Super Family Plus accommodating up to 12 people. On our voyage, we booked an inside cabin, which was tastefully modern and included all the amenities you would expect, but given that we were on a short voyage this was ideal, however, unless you are on the top teir drinks package be aware of the pricey mini bar drinks.

For those seeking a luxury experience, book at the Yacht Club (suites experience). With the Yacht Club, guests can choose from 103 exclusive suites including two MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites with a private whirlpool bath on a large balcony and eight new MSC Yacht Club Duplex Suites.

Other facts about MSC Virtuosa:

  • A 945-seater theatre and a Carousel Lounge at the aft of the ship with live productions and shows every night
  • Extensive facilities for children including LEGO® play areas and a Chicco baby club
  • Five swimming pools including an extensive magrodome pool and a 1,000sqm aquapark
  • A dedicated entertainment area with an FI simulator, bowling alley and XD cinema
  • A luxurious MSC Aurea Spa with a range of treatments and a state-of-the-art MSC Gym
  • The largest shopping area at sea with 1,168 sqm of retail space including 11 boutiques and 250 different brands


By Editor

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