Should your next cruise experience deliver the luxury and intimacy of a small, elegant ship; or, the non-stop activities and amenities of a modern mega-ship? We have good news: There’s a way to enjoy both types of experiences on the same cruise. Popular “ship within a ship” programs deliver all the dining and entertainment choices of a big ship, with the option to retreat to a more private, opulent enclave whenever you like.
The amenities of MSC Cruises’ Yacht Club are available to
passengers who book specific accommodations – ranging from inside cabins to
suites – on designated sailings. The Yacht Club provides extras like luxury
bedding and 24-hour butler service, plus access to a private pool deck, a
lounge with panoramic views, and an upscale restaurant. Yacht Club guests
receive unlimited beverage service and a complimentary session in the onboard
spa’s thermal suite. If your cruise calls on MSC’s private island in The
Bahamas, you’ll have access to exclusive areas of the island, too.
Some Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships offer the Royal
Suite program, which has three levels of extra amenities. These can include
access to exclusive dining spots, service from butlers called Royal Genies,
complimentary WiFi, priority boarding and tender access, and complimentary
beverages. If you want extra perks without booking a suite, many Royal
Caribbean itineraries offer another option: The Key, an extra-fee program that
provides a VIP experience. The Key gives you priority boarding, special access
hours for onboard attractions, preferential seating at shows, and other
Guests who book certain suites on some of the Celebrity ships have access to The Retreat, which the cruise line compares to a high-end
resort. It includes a private gourmet restaurant called Luminae at the Retreat,
an exclusive pool deck, and lounge, concierge services, a Personal Retreat Host,
complimentary beverages, and WiFi. A bottle of sparkling wine will be waiting in
your suite, too.
For more information on these and other ways to elevate
your cruise experience, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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