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7 night Northern Europe cruise full board NL, DE & FR May 2020 £479 PP (£958 total) with code poss 21% cashback @ Groupon Paramount Cruises
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7 night Northern Europe cruise full board NL, DE & FR May 2020 £479 PP (£958 total) with code poss 21% cashback @ Groupon Paramount Cruises

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Posted 2nd Jul

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This cruise sails from Southampton this is based on the date above with full board meal plan per person as an example other dates are available. It has a 5 star review on groupon. Use code BUCKET to get price for £479 per person. Topcashback possible 21% cash back today.
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The Experience

The majestic MSC Preziosa sets off from Southampton port, sailing east towards the Netherlands and Germany. After calling at Zeebrugge (near Bruges), Rotterdam and Hamburg, the ship will sail off into the open sea before reaching Le Havre, the closest port to Paris on the next day. At each of the ports, guests may enjoy a full day of leisure time to make most of the wonders of the land. While at sea, an array of on-board facilities, activities and entertainment, including pools, spa and fitness centres, 4D cinema, theatre shows will be at their disposal, paired with a wide range of dining options in multiple international cooking styles.

Cruise Itinerary

Arrival and Departure Timings:
Day 1 - Southampton, United Kingdom: dep. 8pm
Day 2 - Zeebrugge, Belgium (for Bruges): arr. 10am, dep. 8pm
Day 3 - Rotterdam, Netherlands: arr. 8am
Day 4 - Rotterdam, Netherlands: dep. 6am
Day 5 - Hamburg, Germany: arr. 7am, dep. 7pm
Day 6 - Day at sea
Day 7 - Le Havre, France (for Paris): arr. 8am, dep. 10pm
Day 8 - Southampton, United Kingdom: arr. 7am
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It’s hard to judge if these cruise deals are good when you are still thinking into this summer holidays.
I understand this is a lovely ship but thats where it ends from the reviews ive read. Poor service , poor food, poor entertainment and surly staff. I tend to use Cunard and P&O (both are always excellent) and fellow guests who have travelled with MSC have never had a good word to say about MSC. Italians love MSC though. One persons meat is another persons poison I guess so you might want to have a read for yourself cruisecritic.co.uk/mem…629

If youve never been on a Cruise I can say its a fantastic virtually stress free holiday. Just park up and go. Food and entertainment are generally excellent and theres the ports of call on top of that. You get the best part of a day in most ports. Most ships are stunning. There will be a variety of restaurants and bars a theatre and cinema and loads more. Theres always lots to do. People always worry about formal black tie nights. Well you dont have to go. Theres always the buffet. Dressing up to the nines is part of the fun though. You will miss out if you dont give it a go.
Edited by: "johnnyd57uk" 2nd Jul
Totally Agree with Savvy
May is the worst time to see the northern lights
johnnyd57uk02/07/2019 21:55

I understand this is a lovely ship but thats where it ends from the …I understand this is a lovely ship but thats where it ends from the reviews ive read. Poor service , poor food, poor entertainment and surly staff. I tend to use Cunard and P&O (both are always excellent) and fellow guests who have travelled with MSC have never had a good word to say about MSC. Italians love MSC though. One persons meat is another persons poison I guess so you might want to have a read for yourself https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=657629If youve never been on a Cruise I can say its a fantastic virtually stress free holiday. Just park up and go. Food and entertainment are generally excellent and theres the ports of call on top of that. You get the best part of a day in most ports. Most ships are stunning. There will be a variety of restaurants and bars a theatre and cinema and loads more. Theres always lots to do. People always worry about formal black tie nights. Well you dont have to go. Theres always the buffet. Dressing up to the nines is part of the fun though. You will miss out if you dont give it a go.


Do you mind if I ask what age range you would be in? I have tried Cunard and others and I don’t think my experience was the same as yours
johnnyd57uk02/07/2019 21:55

If youve never been on a Cruise I can say its a fantastic virtually stress …If youve never been on a Cruise I can say its a fantastic virtually stress free holiday. Just park up and go.


I'm one of those people who like to be given a price then that's it. Do they still expect you to pay a daily rate for the cabin maid/steward on top of what you shell out for the cruise itself?
lynne19202/07/2019 23:09

May is the worst time to see the northern lights


You would be extremely unlikely to see the Northern lights from any of those destinations at any time of year!
fablanta03/07/2019 00:42

I'm one of those people who like to be given a price then that's it. Do …I'm one of those people who like to be given a price then that's it. Do they still expect you to pay a daily rate for the cabin maid/steward on top of what you shell out for the cruise itself?


Tips can be taken off simply by going to reception and asking them to be removed. They won’t question you as to why you want them removed, they will simply remove them.
Tried MSc once and didn't rate it tbh. Poor food/ service and I thought Italians were supposed to be good cooks? P&O and NCL are much better. Decent price though!
This is an amazing deal £500pp for a 7 night cruise??? Just wish I lived nearer to Southampton.
fablanta03/07/2019 00:42

I'm one of those people who like to be given a price then that's it. Do …I'm one of those people who like to be given a price then that's it. Do they still expect you to pay a daily rate for the cabin maid/steward on top of what you shell out for the cruise itself?


P&O scrapped gratuities in May so their prices are what you pay. Theres a few other Cruise lines that dont charge gratuities but they are in the minority. Its never bothered us. We pay graututies and tip separately as well. I could never be so mean as to not tip workers who earn as little as 60 pence an hour.
Lexeus03/07/2019 00:25

Do you mind if I ask what age range you would be in? I have tried …Do you mind if I ask what age range you would be in? I have tried Cunard and others and I don’t think my experience was the same as yours


My age isnt relative. The reviews of all MSC cruises on Cruise Critic are from a broad age range of individuals. People can have a read for themselves of the reviews of the Bellissima, Fantasia, Grandiosa, Meraviglia, Magnificia etc. There are common themes. Ive never heard a good word said about this Cruise line but if you had a positive experience good for you. Perhaps youd like to share it on here especially for those who havnt been on a Cruise before.
johnnyd57uk03/07/2019 19:33

I could never be so mean as to not tip workers who earn as little as 60 …I could never be so mean as to not tip workers who earn as little as 60 pence an hour.


It would be much better if the workers were paid a decent wage to begin with. There is a difference between needing 'tips' to make up your wages and tips that give a little extra spending money. I also prefer not to be the target of emotional blackmail.
fablanta03/07/2019 22:13

It would be much better if the workers were paid a decent wage to begin …It would be much better if the workers were paid a decent wage to begin with. There is a difference between needing 'tips' to make up your wages and tips that give a little extra spending money. I also prefer not to be the target of emotional blackmail.


From what ive read Cruise workers have never been allowed to unionise and those that have attempted to bring about change were sacked instantly. Its a pretty ruthless industry in that respect. The pay is generally appalling and they do long stints aboard before they get a break.
I would imagine 99% of Cruise workers rely on tips to make up their paltry wages and I doubt if any are in a position to see it as a little extra spending money.. I am not sure about emotional blackmail, its never even crossed my mind. Ive always tipped at Restaurants and on Cruises if the service is good and on the Cruises ive been on it always has been.
Am considering Singapore and Far East for our next Cruise. Cant wait.
Edited by: "johnnyd57uk" 3rd Jul
johnnyd57uk03/07/2019 19:42

My age isnt relative. The reviews of all MSC cruises on Cruise Critic are …My age isnt relative. The reviews of all MSC cruises on Cruise Critic are from a broad age range of individuals. People can have a read for themselves of the reviews of the Bellissima, Fantasia, Grandiosa, Meraviglia, Magnificia etc. There are common themes. Ive never heard a good word said about this Cruise line but if you had a positive experience good for you. Perhaps youd like to share it on here especially for those who havnt been on a Cruise before.



I was referring to your Cunard experience, when it comes to MSC I have no experience other than what I have read which as you say is far from glowing...
johnnyd57uk03/07/2019 22:32

I am not sure about emotional blackmail, its never even crossed my mind.


The cruise line companies rely on good people like yourself, who know how badly paid their cabin crew is, to top up the wages (the amount that makes it back to the staff anyway) then tip on top of that. Without it they can't send enough back to their families.
This is a OK price for the trip but not that much of a bargain as this is the price with other agents like Iglu

MSC now include the gratuities on their UK supplied bookings

not this one(might be an error with Paramount).
add(£63pp) (unless you are one those tight people that removes them)
  • Other Information:
    Gratuities of £9 per person per night, can be pre-paid prior to departure or paid onboard.

Available cruise dates:
  • 2019: 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep
  • 2020: 6 May, 13 May, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct

6 May and 10 Oct are inside £499. Balcony £669
Most likely for the Bella experience cabin

MSC direct price currently £699 6th May for a Balcony with the balcony upgrade promo
so once you add the grats this is more.


I found the Balcony for £622 inc grats through VIVA and £599(need to check grats) through Cruise nation.

For a reference MSC price for this 7 itinerary from Hamburg May this year inside £350.
fablanta04/07/2019 03:23

The cruise line companies rely on good people like yourself, who know how …The cruise line companies rely on good people like yourself, who know how badly paid their cabin crew is, to top up the wages (the amount that makes it back to the staff anyway) then tip on top of that. Without it they can't send enough back to their families.


It could be stopped tomorrow if dockworker unions around the world refused to dock these cruise liners until crew were paid a minimum wage and allowed to unionise. Unions have never had any regard for the plight of these workers and there is very little that ordinary passengers can do to affect the situation. Hopefully with the scrapping of gratuities on a number of cruise lines there is some change afoot to remedy the situation.

With regard to this deal I note the cruise is from Southampton to Southampton so hopefully primarily British guests. A lot of the bad behaviour seems to happen on cruises that originate in Italy. People have told me theyve observed staff being assaulted, pushing and barging in the Buffet area, children running amok until the early hours and an infamous incident where they ran out of Pizza on one cruise which resulted in a hundred or more passengers banging trays on the on the servery and tables and shouting abuse at staff. I guess his might appeal to some but i'd rather give it a miss tvm.
Edited by: "johnnyd57uk" 4th Jul
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