Review of MSC Bellissima deck 18 (Seaside-Kids-Teens)
MSC Bellissima Deck 17 = Deck 18 (“17” is considered an unlucky number in Italy). On Deck 18 are located mainly sports and kids facilities and MSC Yacht Club Suites and YC-exclusive facilities.
The fore-located MSC YACHT CLUB Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with no fixed times. A different menu is offered every day, reflecting the current cruise itinerary/region of the ship.
Sky Lounge & Bar (180-seat, size 630 m2) is an indoor lounge with floor-ceiling windows (overlooking the main pool deck) and separate Cigar Room. Sky Lounge is ideal for pre- and post-dinner cocktails, with a menu that includes "molecular" cocktails. A guitarist, pianist and singer entertain passengers throughout the day.
Attic Club (55-seat disco nightclub bar, size 70 m2) is Horizon Bar's indoor area with a dance floor and overlooking the Seaplex. Horizon Bar serves Horizon Amphitheater (pool deck) and nightly serves as it is tiny but serves a large space.
Forward on Deck 18 are located cruise cabins from 18001 to 18019, all of which are Yacht Club DeLuxe Suites. On Deck 18 are also located Cinema, Disco Club, Aft Sun Deck (with swimming pool), Sportplex (Team Sports Area / multi-sports complex, upper level 2 of 2). A Sliding Roof covers the Solarium (adults-only sundeck / pool area). Kids and teens facilities include:
Reception (for the children’s facilities), Doremi Tech Lab (with 3D printer)
Doremi Studio (size 48 m2) is a theatre-like (TV studio) with a big LED screen and tiered seating, family time games, dance floor, interactive gaming.
Baby Club CHICCO (size 47 m2) is a nursery (babysitting facility via partnership with CHICCO / Italian babywear company). It is open for toddlers from 6 to 36 months old and offers a lot of free baby products (diapers, wipes, bottles, Infant formula, selection of strollers and cots). The nursery has a large TV, coloured books and soft play area with age-appropriate toys, a separate room with cots, bathroom. Supervised activities include Mini Olympic games, cooking class, Baby Time (allows parents to play with their kids), Baby Care (allows parents to leave their children / 1-year-old and older for ~90 min in the morning-afternoon-evening). Parents must do the feeding, but the staff change nappies. Nursery's opening hours are between 9 am - 1 pm, 3-6 pm and 8-11:00 pm.
Mini Club LEGO (playroom for 3-6-year-olds, size 65 m2) has a lot of Lego and Duplo bricks, cinema, foosball, kids books, crayons, pens, age-appropriate toys, kids programming with supervised activities (sports, arts-crafts, treasure hunts, musical chairs, games, dressing up, cooking in the TV Studio).
Juniors Club LEGO (playroom for 7-11-year-olds, size 70 m2) has a big play pit full of bricks, age-appropriate toys and games, cinema, foosball, supervised activities (games, sports, arts-crafts), educational activities, a daily session at Doremi Lab. The two rooms are connected and when opened up create a large playground.
Young Club (size 80 m2) is for the 12 to 14-year-olds (the "tweens") and operates on a different basis from the younger kids' clubs. Programming is offered all day on sea days and only in the afternoon on port days. Facilities include table tennis, foosball, PS4, some double seats in which kids can lounge back to play video games from a TV placed in the ceiling, as well as traditional board games. The most innovative technology asset is a multi-media table allowing kids to post messages and pictures which then get screened on the club's walls. Programming includes generation games, lip sync battles, sports tournaments in the Sportplex. There is a EUR 10 per kid per hour charge for use of the club between 11 pm - 2 am (otherwise access is free).
Teen Club (size 50 m2) is aimed at 15- to 17-year-olds. The private room is adjacent to the kids' club. It is a circular lounge with dance floor, plenty of chairs, large TVs, beanbags, video games (PS4, VR, Nintendo Switch). The programming includes generation games, sports and dancing competitions including ping pong and mini-golf.