Passengers in these 69 premium suites located on decks 15, 16 and 17 aboard the Divina enjoy exclusive amenities and personalized service in an elegant cloister custom-designed for the discerning cruiser. Sure, you’ll pay a premium for the privilege, but here are six reasons why it’s worth it.
1. Priority boarding and disembarkation
You know the drill: You pull up to the cruise port; haul your bags to the curb; attempt to fish your boarding docs from the bottom of your carry-on while you frantically hail a porter for your bags — it’s pre-sail stress nobody needs. But MSC Yacht Club passengers enjoy a completely different experience. Pull up curbside at PortMiami for your Divina sailing and you’ll immediately spot the MSC Yacht Club reception marquee, where staff greet you by name and instantly spirit your bags out of your hands. You’re whisked through security and escorted on board by a butler (dressed in tails, no less!) who shows you directly to your suite, where you can take care of any check-in formalities privately and comfortably. Arriving in ports of call, you’ll get priority disembarkation, escorted once again by your butler to your excursion’s shoreside meeting point. And when the cruise comes to an end and you’re back in Miami, guess who’s first off the ship? No lines; no hassle; no better way to begin and end your MSC cruise adventure.
2. Butler and concierge service
Who among us hasn’t wished for a personal assistant to manage the minutiae of our daily lives? MSC Yacht Club members cruise Downton Abbey-style, enjoying the attention of a personal butler who expertly takes care of all their onboard needs. Want your bags unpacked or a specialty DiSaronno cocktail fetched from the Divina Garden Bar on deck 14? No problem. The multilingual team of professional butlers will make sure it’s all smooth sailing. When it comes to making onboard and offshore arrangements, MSC Yacht Club’s 24-hour “Conciergerie” sees to fulfilling any and all requests, ranging from securing reservations and booking a table in any of the a-la-carte restaurants to arranging a private shopping trip or shore excursion. Our only question: Can we take them home with us?
3. Premium suites
There are suites and then there are suites! MSC Yacht Club boasts the latter, in three categories that all have private balconies; marble bathrooms, most with full-size tubs; a walk-in closet bigger than some apartments; a pillow menu for finicky sleepers; and thoughtful comfort perks such as slippers, robes and premium bath products. MSC Yacht Club suites also include free, 24-hour room service with an expanded menu; daily delivery of your choice of international newspapers; and a complimentary mini bar. We totally understand it you never want to leave.
4. Private restaurants
MSC Yacht Club guests have the run of all the onboard dining options (including Galaxy, which serves a delicious seared foie gras) but they can also break bread at Le Muse, the restaurant located on deck 15 of the Divina that’s available exclusively to MSC Yacht Club guests. Nevermind early or late seating on this cruise; you can dine whenever you desire. Simply tell the congenial maître d’ your desired time and he’ll have your table waiting for you. Additionally, guests can choose to visit the exclusive Top Sail Lounge at the front of the ship, offering all-day nibbles, drinks, canapés and sweeping sea views. Top Sail also offers an elegant afternoon tea service, complete with delectable pastries, finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream. (Go on, have a second cookie, you can work it off in the gym later.)
5. The One Pool
Imagine yourself sprawled on a lounger on the Divina’s uppermost deck — the heat from the sun warming your skin as it’s tempered by a cool Caribbean breeze. The coconut scent of suntan lotion hangs in the air, classic reggae wafts from concealed speakers and the hardest decision you have to make is whether to choose the mango mousse or Limoncello cream being proffered by the waiter at your side. Now make your fantasy reality on deck 18, where MSC Yacht Club guests relax on their private lido deck with a pool, two hot tubs and a poolside buffet. And feel free to pick both desserts, nobody’s judging.
6. Custom shore excursions
Can’t stand waking up for shore excursions that start at 8 a.m.? Rather not fight the crowds for a glimpse of that historical site? Or perhaps you’d prefer to take a chef’s tour of the local market or something really off the beaten path at your next port of call? Whatever you fancy, chances are that MSC Yacht Club’s shore excursions team can make it happen, creating customized, private-island experiences for their guests. It’ll cost you, of course, but if it means that you’ll never have to endure another long bus ride or waiting for your fellow cruisers before heading back to port, it just might be worth it.