Review of MSC Grandiosa deck 18 (Gauguin-Kids-Teens)
Note: MSC Virtuosa Deck 17 = Deck 18 (“17” is considered an unlucky number in Italy)
sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
There is a new onboard sports program (called DOREBRO) and an interactive cooking class (called DOREMI Chef) lead by the Michelin chef Carlo Cracco. Both programs are designed especially for kids and teenagers.
DOREBRO sports program is via partnership with the UK-based King’s Active. The program targets kids and teens (3-17-years-old) and offers a variety of active sports and games into 2 daily sessions.
“DOREMI Chef by Carlo Cracco” is a cooking class via partnership with 2-star Michelin chef Carlo Cracco. The cooking class is led by one of the ship’s chefs, features the DOREMI mascot and targets kids ages 3-11. They can learn how to make homemade pasta from scratch and various cooking tips. Upon completion, each kid receives an official "mini-chef" certificate signed by chef Cracco himself.
The fore-located 140-seat MSC YACHT CLUB Restaurant (size 4359 ft2 / 405 m2) 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 6,781 ft2 / 630 m2) is an indoor lounge with floor-ceiling windows (overlooking the main pool deck) and a 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 (41-seat disco nightclub bar, size 753 ft2 / 70 m2) is Horizon Bar's indoor area with a dance floor and overlooking the Seaplex. The 45-seat 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 MSC 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 (glass-dome cover) 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 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 505 ft2 / 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 753 ft2 / 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 861 ft2 / 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), and WEB Creator Room (size 516 ft2 / 48 m2). The programming includes generation games, sports and dancing competitions including ping pong and mini-golf.