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MSC Cruises has enhanced its spa offerings through a partnership with Andrea Bocelli Wines and LAJATICA, creating unique facial and body treatments made from the very grapes the Bocelli family uses in its wines. The natural extracts from the Bocelli family vineyards strengthen the treatments with anti-aging and firming properties and are blended with Tuscan plants and essential oils.

“Luxury travel has evolved from simply attentive service and upgraded accommodations to an increased focus on unique experiences…. We are also setting the pace for unique experiences in our spas, with vinotherapy as well as the vastly expanded spa facilities on our newest ships,” says Roberto Fusaro, President, MSC Cruises USA. “MSC Seaside’s MSC Aurea Spa includes an enormous thermal area with multiple saunas and steam rooms, a Hammam room, a salt relax room, Geyser showers and even a snow room.”

Cruisers who yearn for spa amenities are going to want to book the MSC Yacht Club accommodations, which, Fusaro says, is ideal for those who want “a luxurious escape, but do not necessarily want to forego the amenities of a mega ship.” It’s an entirely self-contained private club area located on the foredecks of the ship, providing sweeping sea views with a range of private facilities. “Guests can enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of our well-appointed accommodations, while also benefitting from the choices and features only available on a larger ship,” he adds.

MSC Seaside, MSC Yacht Club - Top Sail Lounge.
MSC Seaside, MSC Yacht Club – Top Sail Lounge.

Fusaro explains that it’s a “fantastic value for luxury vacation-seekers, since guests are able to enjoy an incredibly tailored service with upscale amenities at an affordable price compared to other luxurious offerings.” On MSC Seaside, the average starting price for a 7-night cruise to the Caribbean in the MSC Yacht Club is approximately $1,800 pp. With this, guests get 24-hour butler and concierge service, luxurious suites and all-inclusive food and drinks throughout the ship. Exclusive facilities include a private sundeck featuring a private pool, whirlpool baths and solarium, the Top Sail Lounge, an entirely self-contained private club, and a dedicated MSC Yacht Club restaurant. There’s also the opportunity for private shore excursions, with a driver and photographer, as well as private en-suite shopping.

“The area,” says Fusaro, “is popular for large groups, families and multigenerational travelers looking for a turnkey, value-driven vacation that can serve the needs of all of the guests. For example, parents and kids can book in our modular connected staterooms, allowing up to three to be connected to accommodate up to 10 people, and grandma and grandpa can book their vacation in the MSC Yacht Club for privacy. Meanwhile, the group is still able to dine and enjoy activities together. Cruising itself offers great value, and the MSC Yacht Club presents an excellent opportunity to meet the variety of desires and price points within that group.”

Looking to 2019, MSC Cruises will debut the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, a private island destination. Located south of Bimini, Ocean Cay will open in November of next year and be solely for the use of MSC Cruises guests. MSC Yacht Club guests will enjoy an extension of the ship’s offering with reserved areas on the island.

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