Overview of accommodation on board
As with most cruise ships, there are a variety of cabin types on board from inside, oceanview (a window) and balcony to a whole host of different suites. I’ll be discussing the Yacht Club suite experience in a specific blog.
Standard cabins come in three distinct experiences, Bella, Fantastica and Aurea. Bella is the entry level and includes all the standard features on board from the main dining rooms, buffet, daily activities, entertainment and the gym. For Fantastica, you get access to 24-hour room service, priority choice for dining times, better placed cabins and other access to cabin sub-types, including superfamily cabins. For Aurea, things turn up a notch, with special spa benefits, my choice dining, priority boarding and access to the exclusive Aurea Sundeck.
Our Balcony Cabin
On our trip we travelled in a standard Balcony Cabin within the Bella Experience. The room is spacious and comfortable, with a large double bed that can be converted into two single ones, an interactive TV, telephone, mini bar and safe. There is also a large ensuite bathroom with shower. Overall, the room is a nice space to be in. One thing to note about our cabin is that because it was Bella, it was situated at the back of the ship and had a metal balustrade as opposed to glass on the balcony. I thought this would bother me, but actually really loved the location – with its dramatic forward views as shown above. Both interior and oceanview cabins feature similar amenities with either a window view or interior space, alongside the same experiences.
For UK sailings, you will also find a few other touches including a kettle with tea and coffee in the cabin. Practically, the cabin had plenty of other tricks up its sleeve, including numerous USB ports both at the centre console and either side of the bed (which you know is a real bug bear of mine on some ships), both EU and US sockets, plenty of different lighting and a large bathroom. In fact, it’s one of the largest bathrooms for a balcony cabin at sea.
My friends at Visit With Us also sailed on board MSC Virtuosa in a balcony cabin. To show that four adults can stay in these cabins comfortably, they produced this great YouTube video. Take a look!
Overall, I really like the design, colour and feel of the cabin on board MSC Virtuosa (in fact, more than on other MSC ships), so would easily recommend this as a space to enjoy on a cruise however long it was. Thumbs up from us.
What do you think about the accommodation on board MSC Cruises? Let me know in the comments and across social media.
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