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A dream come true on the MSC Preziosa with the Tots100 Blog Camp On Board

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I have mentioned on my blog before that I have a phobia of flying and it is my dream to go on a cruise to see as much of the world as possible without an aeroplane in sight.
Last week I had the opportunity to go aboard the MSC Preziosa, a luxury cruise ship docked in Southampton. It was the scene of Blog Camp On Board, a gathering of bloggers from the Tots100, Trips 100, Foodies 100 and HIBS 100. I was looking forward to this day so much as I had loved meeting up with other bloggers at another recent conference and was eager to meet more and get some tips!

I actually hadn’t spotted the ship when I arrived in the car park as it is so huge I thought it was a luxury apartment building! I managed to arrive early and chat to others before we embarked. The strangest thing is meeting people you know online and may know their blog name but not their real one!
Going onboard was so exciting and I was in the first group due to alphabetical order (a bit like school!) We were shown to a theatre to await the rest of the bloggers and this allowed us more time to get to know each other.

The experience began with an introduction to the children’s services available on the MSC ships. I’ll be honest and say that I had not really considered taking the children with us on our cruise but now I know of the provision available they’ll be coming with us!

The bloggers were split into three groups and mine went on a tour of the ship which was amazing! The only downside was being unable to see inside a cabin but the ship was fully booked!

This staircase was stunning and each step cost about 10,000 Euros!

We spent a lot of the day in the Safari Lounge which was big enough to comfortably house over 120 people

Next our group relaxed with a hair and make up tutorial, demonstrating what services are available on board for guests.

Lunch was next on the agenda and as always I faced this with trepidation due to my awkward dietary needs (vegetarian and wheat allergy). There was a separate menu and the staff were very helpful so I enjoyed a caprese salad with bread roll and then pasta.

I was lucky enough to sit wit Lauretta from Home and Horizon who I have known online for most of the time I have been blogging and even won 2 prizes from her #SnappedUp linky! She was even more lovely in person!

The afternoon was more blogging focused with a session on photographing food followed by a fun game based on the Tots100 metrics. A big thank you to the lovely Jenny from Midwife and Life for sharing her 3G connection and being my team-mate! Finally the MSC CEO came aboard to answer questions which we indulged in cocktails or coffee.
Then, very sadly, the day was over and I headed home, pleased to have made some more blogging friends and looking forward to next year’s events!

Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event (especially Sally): you did a great job! It really was a dream come true and I can’t wait to start planning a cruise…

 

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27 comments

  1. Oh my this place looks amazing. Just look at those stairs, breathtaking. I really wish I could have gone but I do not like to leave the family too long and I am not used to doing things like this on my own. One day hopefully I will be more braver. I bet it was an amazing day πŸ™‚

  2. Hubby always tries to persuade me to do a cruise but I don’t like boats (even though ironically I met him on one) this may have changed my mind! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Wow that ship looks incredible – it has completely made me want to go on a cruise! Still chuckling to myself at you not spotting the ship in the carpark and thinking it was an apartment block! Definitely big enough to be one! Glad you had such a lovely day xx #fortheloveofBLOG

  4. Oh wow looks like you had a fantastic time and how amazing is that glittery stairs and the whole ship! Was gutted that I realised I had left my passport at home once I had boarded my train and didn’t have enough time to go back home and get it. Hopefully next time though

    Laura x

  5. That cruise ship looks amazing! I went on one when I was 13 and loved it! The ability to sample the world at once is amazing! Its literally the holiday version of the cereal variety packs haha!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  6. Bridie By The Sea

    Aww it was such a lovely day wasn’t it! I’m sad I didn’t get to meet you but it was so amazing to be on the cruise ship thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

  7. This sounds like An absolutely fab day and yours is the first recap I read. It’s great that you got a sit down meal and cocktails, and learnt a lot of blogging. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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