Pampering at Sea
(& some spoiled ports too)
The MSC Yacht Club (see video) is a quiet area, OFFERED ONLY on two of the fleet’s 3,300-passenger vessels. The MSC Splendida and Fantasia (double occupancy, 3,900 with all berths). Occupying over 43,000 square feet and open only to the 99 yacht club suites, the butler and concierge staff pamper and spoil the MSC Yacht Club guests with exceptional service and amenities normally seen only on smaller luxury ships.
MSC Yacht Club Embarkation
The special treatment starts at embarkation. MSC Yacht Club guests are met at the pier by a butler and have a special check-in area with no line. The butler escorts the guests directly to their suites and carries all the luggage along. No waiting for a couple of hours to get your luggage, and the butler will even unpack the suitcases if asked.
MSC Yacht Club Suites
MSC Yacht Club offers a choice of 64 Standard Deluxe YC1 Suites, 22 Family Deluxe YC2 Suites (sleeping 2 to 4 adults), 3 Executive YC2 suites, and 10 Royal YC3 Suites. Two of the Executive Suites are handicap-accessible.
MSC Yacht Club suites have complimentary mini-bars. Guests receive free laundry and dry cleaning and a daily newspaper such as the New York Times or USA Today. The suites within MSC Yacht Club have a full bath and shower with marble accents, interactive TV, WiFi, Nintento Wii, luxurious linens, and a choice of pillows. The Yacht Club even provides free WiFi-enabled notebook computers for guests to use from their cabins or the common areas of the club. Although the Standard and Family Suites have a separate sitting area, there is not a curtain dividing the two sections of the suite as on many ships.
MSC Yacht Club Concierge and Reception Area
The MSC Yacht Club has a large, open, 2-deck reception area with a concierge desk, sitting area, and small but nicely stocked library area. Its most striking feature is a marvelous “Swarovksi” staircase filled with sparkling golden crystals. The Concierge desk is open 24/7, (a huge difference from other cruise lines) and the multi-lingual concierge staff are available to answer questions and book reservations for shore excursions, dinner, or the spa. They will also arrange transfers from the ship to your airport or hotel at the end of the cruise. There are a few nicely done public areas on the sister ship Fantasia, that include an outdoor area called the “Aqua Park” which features 150 illuminated fountains (like a mini Bellagio at sea), a first of its kind at sea 4D interactive theatre, as well as some pretty neat formula racing car simulators to keep you “revved up” on your cruise.
MSC Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge
The Top Sail Lounge is one of the best amenities of the Yacht Club. This large panoramic lounge on deck 15 provides marvelous views forward. It also features plasma screens where guests can gather information about the weather and ship’s course. The butlers and lounge staff serve complimentary drinks, pastries, and snacks throughout the day.
Since the Yacht Club does not have a galley, only a light breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, but these small meals are certainly adequate for those who don’t want to venture outside the Yacht Club area or order room service. In the afternoon, the butlers serve English high tea. Speaking of the Butler’s I should mention that each of the MSC’s Yacht Club Butlers have been trained by the International Butler Academy-Warnsveld (in Holland). You will definately enjoy eating a light breakfast in the Top Sail Lounge, the afternoon tea, and before dinner drinks. The lounge is also perfect for reading a book and relaxing when the ship is at sea. You certainly will be the first to see any upcoming excitement like the volcanic island of Stromboli or your next port of call. I certainly would be remiss if I failed to mention the exceptional Yacht Club Members Only areas for relaxing, sun bathing, or taking a leisurely sip or dip!! Areas which include a private club only Pool, Whirlpool Spa, Outdoor Bar, and their own special entrance accessing the luxurious Aurea Spa Center.
Diverti – Ciao!!
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