MSC Virtuosa sets sail on a UK voyage today (Thursday 20 May), marking a major step forward for the cruise sector.
The ship is MSC Cruises’ latest flagship and today’s sailing will be her maiden voyage as she travels around the British Isles.
So what can guests expect to find on board? This is everything you need to know about MSC Virtuosa.
MSC Virtuosa restaurants
The 19-deck ship will offer its British guests of all ages the very best of fine dining restaurants.
A choice of 10 dining venues promises something special for every taste, including a brand new Indochine restaurant in which guests will be able to choose from French-Vietnamese dishes. The carefully selected wine list features Old and New World wines and Tropical signature cocktails complement the authentic experience.
There’s also Hola! Tacos & Cantina – a new fast-casual street food dining concept offering a selection of Latin American and Mexican-inspired dishes and drinks to be shared and enjoyed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Guests can also find a stylish teppanyaki restaurant and sushi restaurant, a traditional American-style steakhouse and an extensive buffet area.
Passengers can enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues such the Carousel Lounge and the multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club, TV studio & Bar.
Younger guests can take advantage of the super-amusement park and sports centre to play sports and games during the daytime and party and dance in the evening.
And the whole family can enjoy hours of fun in one of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea at Savannah Aquapark. This boasts three twisting slides, a ‘Himalayan Bridge’ and a range of pools, features and activities for all ages.
Holidaymakers can also get some adult time in at the on-board casino or at stylish nightclub the Attic Club.
Sporty types will love Sportplex which offers basketball, tennis court, football and volleyball, as well as the two Formula 1 virtual-reality racing cars.
There is a wide variety of accommodation on board, including family options, duplex suites with a private whirlpool bath, and the highest ratio of sea-view balcony cabins of any cruise ship.
The smallest cabin is the cosy Interior Studio, while the Ocean View cabin has, well, a view, and there are family cabins that comprise two connecting cabins each with its own bathroom and balcony.
For those looking for a bit more luxury, there are the Suites (surface approx. 23 sq.m. with balcony) where there is a comfortable double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request) plus air conditioning, large wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, interactive TV, telephone, wifi connection available (for a fee), mini bar and safe.
Guests can also upgrade to a suite with a whirlpool but if it’s true extravagance clients want, the MSC Yacht Club is the place to be.
These bigger and lavishly fitted suites located in the upper decks of the ship offer outstanding comfort. Guests can benefit from a dedicated exclusive Sun Deck with pool, whirlpool, solarium and bar, complimentary access to the Thermal Suite in the MSC Aurea SPA, unlimited drinks in all MSC Yacht Club areas including mini bar, entertainment activities for adults, infants and children.
The best cabin of all is MSC Yacht Club Royal Suite, which features an angle balcony, dining table and private whirlpool bath.
MSC Virtuosa spa
A zen-like atmosphere can be found in the ship’s tranquil spas.
Guests can don a plush robe and relax on a teak bed in the meditation area, surrounded by glass walls with spectacular views from the top of the ship. Just next door, private spa treatment rooms await.
Then there’s the MSC Aurea Spa, a luxurious Balinese spa. Comprising a thermal area, beauty salon and nail boutique, it offers a wealth of wellness and beauty treatments.