With MSC you can expect stylish, Italian-themed cruise ships that boast huge theatres seating 1,600 people for Broadway-style musicals almost every night. There are themed parties, cocktail evenings, all-night casinos and nightclubs that are open until the early hours. A wide range of lectures and classes are available which focus on art, fitness, languages and astronomy. All major sporting events are broadcast, and there is a 4D cinema (where physical effects occur in the theatre in tandem with the film) as well as an F1 simulator on Fantasia class ships. MSC Preziosa has the longest waterslide at sea – the Vertigo – which is a staggering 120m long. Entertainment on grand voyages is also being buoyed up with more lectures, fitness classes and evening entertainment than ever before.

A seven-night cruise from Genoa, Italy, departing 27 September 2014, taking in Tunisia, Sicily and the Canaries, starts at £759pp, including flights and the complimentary Cheers! package, which allows guests to enjoy fantastic wine offerings with their meals ( 561 1955).