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MSC Virtuosa UK Cruise - Summer 2021

10 August 2021


We are a family with teenagers (16 and 14) and this was our 3rd cruise. Having cancelled our trip abroad, and after hours of last-minute research on a UK holiday resulting in a poor choice of accommodation, value and facilities, we decided to take the plunge and book a UK cruise onboard MSC Virtuosa.

The attraction of cruising has always been exploring the ports of call and our previous cruises were really rich itineraries, so the idea of a cruise which was mainly 'sea days' was not immediately appealing. However, having decided that this holiday was going to be all about relaxing and spending time together - rather than exploring new places - it fit the bill perfectly.

MSC Virtuosa

1. Upgrade to the Aurea Experience - highly recommend this.

If you are likely to book a massage in the spa anyway, this is a no brainer and even if you are not the other benefits are significant.

Your Aurea upgrade includes:

2. Consider upgrading to the Yacht Club

Previously we have always booked 2 balcony cabins, and on this occasion we upgraded to the Aurea experience, however, having experienced the Yacht Club for a day, if we were to book the same holiday again we would go for a balcony and an inside cabin in the Yacht Club. The teenagers would have been fine in the inside cabin, and the overall experience is undoubtedly worth paying more for.

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3. Pre- Book a Fun Pass (or 3)

If you pre-book a Fun Pass for 7 days it costs £72 online, this gives you £140 credit to spend on the F1 Simulator, bowling, 4D Cinema, VR games and arcade.

A Fun Pass is allocated to one person but can be used for other people. We had 3 between the 4 of us and that was more than enough for 3 games of bowling, lots of F1, a bit of air hockey and some arcade games. 2 would probably have been enough.

If you pre-book the Fun Pass everything is just about half price. The prices are roughly £55 per hour for bowling, £35 per half hour and £12 per go for the F1 simulator, so the Fun Pass makes everything a lot more affordable. Most of the activities are run on a turn up and play basis, apart from the bowling which needs to be pre-booked.

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4. Wi-fi is required

5.  Take your own ping pong bats and balls if you have them

This may change, but while we were onboard, there were set times when the bats and balls were available for guests to use in the morning and afternoon. However, if you take your own you can use the table tennis tables at leisure outside those hours. We had a couple of fun ping-pong evenings together and many sessions in the day too.

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6. Book your speciality dining early in the week

We were a bit slow on this and didn’t get round to it until mid-way through our cruise, so there was a limited selection for evening dining. Lunchtime bookings were still available.

7 Try Hola! Tacos and Cantina

was excellent value and a massive hit with all of us, the staff were super friendly and gave excellent recommendations. Casual, tasty and eat as much as you like for £16 per person. Ideal for hungry teenagers.

8. Try the hot chocolate at Jean Philippe Chocolate and Cafe

This is not included in your All Inclusive package but is absolutely worth paying for - hard to describe how good it is, you will just have to try for yourself!

9. Take your gym kit

The gym is excellent, very spacious and with the latest brand new and equipment.  Although there were capacity restrictions due to Covid, there was only 1 occasion where this meant coming back a little later. If you are a runner, it is best to get out before 9.30 am to run around the track if you want a clear run, but people were running throughout the day without too much bother.

10. Find the outside eating area at the back of the ship for the Market Place Buffet

You could easily not find this but tucked away at the back of ship, in an area of the buffet that was not being used, is a sheltered outside deck with quite a few tables and beautiful views out to sea.

Sound like your perfect family getaway this summer?

See more info and itineraries aboard MSC Virtuosa! For more options, see all our other amazing UK Summer 2021 cruises.

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