We had the privilege to finally step onboard MSC Meraviglia today in the brand new port in Belfast! It was a momentous day as Meraviglia became the largest ship ever to visit Northern Ireland. While of course the ceremonies to mark the occasion are important, for us, today is more of a statement of intent from both MSC & Belfast!! MSC of course allow passengers to embark and disembark across the world... could Belfast be next?
Having been on Preziosa previously we waited patiently for our chance to enjoy one of MSC’s newest ships... it was worth the wait!!
When MSC Meraviglia launched in summer 2017 it signaled a shift change for the cruise line and quickly Meraviglia became Seaside, Seaview and Bellissima... in November we will have Grandiosa... 2020 will see Virtuosa and of course MSC are currently working on their ’World Class’ Class and the ultra luxury boutique brand! There is no cruise line growing as rapidly as MSC! They really are disrupting the cruise industry in a great way!
Theres no doubt... the ship is impressive! The LED promenade - Galleria Meraviglia - is beautiful! The scene changes across the day depending on the time and the occasion and it can dramatically change the mood and atmosphere of the area. The promenade area is full of bars, shops, restaurants including speciality restaurants like Butchers Cut and Sushi Bar and even a ridiculously impressive chocolatier!!
Theres a beautiful spa, large casino, impressive theatre, stunning solarium and plenty of lovely lounges and areas to enjoy! This is a real
family ship with fantastic children's clubs in partnership with the likes of Chicco & LEGO! Throw in water parks, rope bridges, F1 simulators, 4D cinemas, bowling alleys and much much more and you’ll all be entertained! That’s not forgetting the theatre shows and Cirque Du Soleil! There’s so much to enjoy!
We we were lucky enough to see some cabins, they were comfortable, stylish and spacious... in fact the inside stateroom was the most spacious we’ve seen for some time if not ever!!
We’ve heard comments regarding the food and service but today we found the main dining room food, including fresh mozzarella made on board, really tasty! We walked through the buffet and while it was ’look but don’t touch’ it looked fresh, plentiful and varied! The service was good with staff attentive and happy!
If you’re heading onboard younger sister Bellissima then you’ll find she’s the same as Meraviglia! If you’ve booked Grandiosa then that’s a Meraviglia Plus Class which will be very very similar to Meraviglia but slightly bigger with a handful of differences to come! Virtuosa will be identical to Grandiosa!
We would have loved to have stayed on for longer but then that’s always the way when we’re on a ship visit!
Ultimately it boils down to one things... Would it make us look to book an MSC cruise in the future? We’re definitely more likely to after today’s visit and can see why MSC is so popular in the Irish market!