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A Mediterranean journey that is a ideal mother-and-daughter trip

January 4th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • A seven-day outing on MSC Preziosa, a newest further to MSC, offers guest a possibility to relax and indulge
  • For children there is a choice to try a longest single-rider H2O slip during sea and copiousness of pizza and ice cream 
  • Mums and daughters can book corresponding beauty treatments such as pedicures, facials and Balinese massages  

Jo Kessel For The Mail On Sunday

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My ten-year-old daughter Hannah has a prophesy for a initial mother-and-daughter holiday together – a seven-day Mediterranean cruise.

‘There’ll be lots of swimming, selling and spas, and positively NO sightseeing,’ she says defiantly. Hmmm.

We residence MSC Preziosa – a newest further to a MSC swift – in Marseilles, and within mins Hannah is in heaven. 

Mum Jo and daughter Hannah enjoyed a girly cosset holiday on board MSC Preziosa – a newest further to a MSC fleet

Mum Jo and daughter Hannah enjoyed a girly cosset holiday on board MSC Preziosa – a newest further to a MSC fleet

One of a day excursions was to Genoa with a fascinating tangle of slight Gothic alleys that arise from a port 

One of a day excursions was to Genoa with a fascinating tangle of slight Gothic alleys that arise from a port 

She’s demolished 3 slices of pizza and dual scoops of handcrafted ice cream, and ridden a longest single-rider H2O slip during sea several times.

‘This is so most fun, you’ve got to try it,’ she urges. But mummy’s in a opposite kind of heaven, shower adult a feverishness and relaxing on a sunlounger.

The following morning we’re in Genoa and my regard about Hannah’s ‘no sightseeing’ revelation shortly vanishes. 

In fact, she’s so enchanted as we ramble by a mixed of slight Gothic alleys that arise from a pier that she even allows me to demeanour around a integrate of ancestral churches.

Eventually we strech a little residence where Christopher Columbus was innate in 1451. ‘He can’t have been really rich,’ Hannah remarks.

Columbus’s medium headquarters is a sheer contrariety to a MSC Preziosa, where there are gorgeous Swarovski clear staircases in a atrium. 

The taste in a patio cabin is equally glamorous, with gold-coloured curtains, a suede headboard and a gilt-framed counterpart that fills an whole wall.

Sunny seaside: Between beauty treatments on a journey liner, a outing stopped off so guest could suffer a beach in Cagliari

Sunny seaside: Between beauty treatments on a journey liner, a outing stopped off so guest could suffer a beach in Cagliari

If usually we sparkled like a surroundings. To pill a situation, we book us some treatments during a onboard sauna and a subsequent day, after sniffing out bargains in a Sicilian collateral Palermo (we buy necklaces and earrings), partial one of a makeover starts with a pedicure. 

As we lay corresponding in a apartment for two, beauticians work their sorcery on a feet. All we can do is relax and watch a sky spin an sable black as a object sets.

The subsequent day we uncover off a flattering toes on a beach in Cagliari before enjoying a second makeover session: cave is a high Balinese massage, and Hannah’s is a facial.

At one point, as we flip from my stomach on to my back, we locate a glance of Hannah wearing a unreal expression.

Life is never lifeless on a ship. We float in a forever pool and suffer dance and acrobatic shows in a theatre. Hannah cooking a gazillion doughnuts and browns off a calories in some dance classes.

We don’t wish a outing to end, though shortly we have reached a final pier – Valencia, Spain’s third largest city.

In Valencia, Jo and Hannah hired bicycles and pedalled by a Turia Gardens, past fashionable museums and trees developed with oranges

In Valencia, Jo and Hannah hired bicycles and pedalled by a Turia Gardens, past fashionable museums and trees developed with oranges

Here we sinecure bicycles and pedal by a Turia Gardens, past fashionable museums and trees developed with oranges and lemons before exiting along a bike line towards a city’s famous football track to buy a T-shirt for Hannah’s soccer-mad brother.

The final night on residence is celebration night where guest dress adult for dinner. Our final beauty treatments – manicures and hair – do a pretence nicely. A lick of spike gloss here, a twist of tongs there, blissful rags on and voila!

We suffer a lobster bisque, risotto alla parmigiana, steep a l’orange (steak and crush for Hannah) and baked Alaska in style.

Hannah even clinks her H2O potion with my Prosecco for a toast. ‘To a smashing week of pampering – can we do this again?’

TRAVEL FACTS 

MSC (msccruises.co.uk, 020 3426 3010) offers a seven-night Mediterranean journey from £645pp full-board, including British Airways flights and transfers (or from £235 for children aged dual to 11 pity a cabin with dual adults). 

The journey visits Genoa, Rome, Palermo, Valletta, Palma, Marseilles and Valencia. All drinks are included. 


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