The brand new MSC cruise ship Bellissima has just set sail on her maiden voyage from the UK. To celebrate the launch, I was invited on board to explore the ship’s wide range of wonderful facilities.
This ship is big, accommodating over 5.5 thousand passengers – the advantage of this being the amount of space on board creatively designed to keep every single passenger happy on their cruise. From quiet spaces, to kid's spaces, an adult only spa, 12 dining venues serving food from all over the world, 20 bars and cafes, a choice of outdoor and indoor pools and breath-taking evening shows, including the specially created Cirque du Soleil at Sea.
The ship itself is beautifully designed, with stylish contemporary colours and the Swarovski crystal staircases throughout are simply stunning - an incentive to take the stairs instead of using the lift if ever I had one!
I was allocated a balcony cabin which was spacious and fitted out with great attention to detail, including a choice of pillow types (and more available on request from the pillow menu!). I had a corner balcony which gave a little more outside space than other balcony cabins, so I will always try to get these for my clients. There are lots of different cabin types available for those who want a little more space and luxury. There are even cabins that will sleep up to 10 people - great for families of 5+ who often struggle to find suitable accommodation on other ships. One modern innovation in my cabin was my own Personal Assistant called Zoe (like an Alexa) who I could ask anything at all about the ship without having to read through lots of paperwork – a useful and fun addition to the cabins – and free in every cabin type for all guests.
For those who want to upgrade their whole on-board experience I would definingly recommend booking the Yacht Club, which is the most exclusive area on Bellissima, with beautiful suite accommodation, complimentary 24-hour butler service and minibar, a private fine dining restaurant and bar, a secluded pool and deck area, and complimentary access to the fabulous Aurea Spa and its full thermal suite. The Yacht Club is a ‘ship within a ship’ experience, like sailing on a private yacht, but still having access to the entire ship.
For families with children the ship is heaven – with kid’s clubs from tiny babies through to older teens – so parents can enjoy their own adult time for a while before getting together again and having fun in the multi-storey Grand Canyon themed aquapark, full size bowling lanes and virtual reality F1 simulator rides, and then maybe a delicious Italian ice cream at the Gelato Bar!
Bellissima is based in the Mediterranean this summer and in Arabia in the winter followed by some Grand Voyages through the Indian Ocean to the Far East next spring. There are some great prices available now for sailings up to 2020 which include complimentary premium drinks packages.
Get in touch if you’d like more information and to book your own voyage on Bellissima - very appropriately nicknamed #BeautyAtSea.