MSC Bellissima offers plenty of fun and frolics for all the family, as a TTG journalist discovers on a sailing with her two young sons
I can pinpoint the exact moment I realise MSC Bellissima is a ship designed with fun at its core. My family are cheering on an action-packed sailors versus pirates parade through the heart of the ship, led by a 7ft Lego man and the kids’ club mascot, Doremi. Euro pop is pumping out and the parade is in full swing, with crew waving flags and kids in fancy dress having a pretend battle to decide who is champion of the seas.
The crowd is already in high spirits when the Macarena starts playing, and everyone leaps into a mass dance-off. Welcome to Bellissima – the party-loving, family-friendly and unabashedly fun ship from MSC Cruises.
I’m onboard with my husband, Dan, and our sons, six-year-old George and two-year-old Harry, on a week-long October half-term sailing around the Mediterranean.
The first thing anyone notices about Bellissima is its size – it’s gigantic. When it launched in March, at 315m long and with a maximum capacity of 5,686 guests, it was the sixth biggest ship in the world. It was bumped down a place following the launch of sister ship MSC Grandiosa on 9 November.
For families, a key location is Doremi Land, which has more than 700 square metres of space for children. The baby and kids’ clubs have been designed with toy manufacturers Lego and Chicco. Teens have a tech area, filled with games consoles, VR headsets and gigantic touchscreens. First, George and Harry race into the Mini Club, which is packed with Duplo. Next up is the Junior Club, a cheerful Lego kingdom with construction walls and tables with bricks. Parents are welcome too, and we join in a family building session.
Then they’re off to the Doremi Lab tech classroom to use a 3D printer, watch and make films in the kids’ cinema and play games in the Sportplex indoor court.
“We’re incredibly proud of the design of Doremi Land. It’s a really big space, the ages
are divided very well and the kids are always so excited when they walk in,” explains youth staff manager Luisa D’Ambrosca. “It’s very digitally focused, as even the youngest children are
now asking about tech. When we show them everything they can’t wait to try it all out.”