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MSC Musica - Brillante Deck - Le Maxim's Restaurant, shops, Blue Velvet Bar, Il Tucano Lounge

One deck up in the Le Maxim's Dining Room, the true genius of MSC Musica's design team shows. Occupying the exact same area as the L'Oleandro on the deck below, the two dining rooms couldn't be more different. With its red and black color schema with high-backed chairs and velvet walls, Le Maxim's most resembles a fancy Paris nightclub. You would half expect Can Can dancers to appear during dinner!

Le Maxim's Restaurant

Again, the ingenious design belies the actual size of the 664-seat Le Maxim's. There are many tables for four and six and just a handful of tables for two. Still, you will be extremely comfortable in this elegant dining venue. You will be allocated to either dining room depending on your stateroom location. But you can rest. assured: the same food is served in both dining rooms.

Walking forward, we pass two small bar areas that are perfect to meet for a pre-dinner drink overlooking the activity in the nearby atrium. Shoppers can browse to their heart's content in the 'Via Montenapoleone', while the attractive circular Shore Excursion Bureau lures those wanting to explore the ports of call.

Atrium

On several MSC ships, shopping is fun as the cruise line has thoughtfully place a bar smack in the middle of the shopping precinct. On MSC Musica the beautiful Blue Velvet bar transforms into a full nightclub at night and incorporates four different shops. The shops actually form an integral part of the bar and judging by the nighttime crowd it works remarkably well.

Last but not least is the vast Il Tucano Lounge, located forward on Brillante Deck. Done in purples and whites with in-your-face tropical murals and tucan-inspired lamps, this room serves as the secondary show lounge and has a large stage and dance floor. Anchored on the forward side of the room is a grand marble staircase leading up one deck to the Sanremo Casino.

Le Maxim's Restaurant

Le Maxim's Restaurant
Le Maxim's Restaurant
Via Montenapoleone Boutiques
Atrium
Blue Velvet Bar
Il Tucano Lounge

Il Tucano Lounge

Le Maxim's Restaurant

Le Maxim's Restaurant
Blue Velvet Bar
Electronics Shop and Blue Velvet Bar
Blue Velvet Bar
Il Tucano Lounge
Il Tucano Lounge
Il Tucano Lounge with staircase leading up to the casino

 

Photos and text: 2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on September 30, 2006

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