Merely mentioning the Caribbean will, for most, instil feelings of being carefree, sunning it up somewhere sandy laced with palm trees, ideally cocktail in hand.
With clear blue skies to match the perfect turquoise seas, the Caribbean is often likened to a slice of paradise on earth.
Consequently, there’s a sense of luxury that comes along with the idea of time in the 700-island region.
Here, we’re going to suggest how you can elevate the luxury level of your Caribbean cruise.
The world’s most beautiful beaches
MSC Cruises offers voyages to more than 30 Caribbean destinations, from Jamaica’s Montego Bay and St Lucia’s Castries to Bridgetown, Barbados and St John’s in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Caribbean is home to some of the lushest beaches in the world and wherever your cruise is destined, you’re sure to find some luxurious settings in which you can completely unwind.
For those bound for the Bahamas, Harbour Island’s Pink Sands is often hailed as the most beautiful beach on the planet, with the colour of the beach’s surface adopting a salmon glow during sunset, which perfectly complements the pristine water quality; ideal for snorkelers.
Arriving in Cuba gives travellers the opportunity to set foot on the immaculate white sands of Varadero, while the lower half of Anguilla’s Shoal Bay is perfect for those seeking peace and gorgeous sunset views.
In Grenada, a stand-out beach is the two-mile Grand Anse, where more experienced and adventurous divers will relish the opportunity to explore the wreck of the Italian Bianca-C luxury liner.
Antigua’s beaches tend to be isolated, but Dickenson Bay is the exception with its stretched expanse of white sand, while super chic St Barts has St Jean with its two gorgeous white-sand beaches.
As well as relaxing on these sumptuous sands, you’ll have the chance to indulge in some unique activities, such as diving and snorkelling, kitesurfing, riding on a powerboat and swimming with dolphins, or if you’re brave enough - sharks.
Some Caribbean islands boast luscious tropical rainforests too, so there’s the opportunity to take a guided hike into the jungle, where you’ll encounter secluded waterfalls, dormant volcanoes and private beaches.
MSC Yacht Club
One surefire way to experience luxury on your cruise to the Caribbean is to take advantage of the MSC Yacht Club. Guests who opt for this top-level package can enjoy a wealth of premium features, with peerless service and the ultimate in exclusive cruising.
This exceptional experience begins before the ship even leaves the port, with dedicated priority check-in and a round-the-clock concierge and from then on, every moment is rich with exclusivity.
Guests needn’t lift a finger with a 24-hour butler and room service, complimentary drinks in every single one of the ship’s onboard bars and restaurants, as well as limitless drinks from the mini-bar and all MSC Yacht Club venues.
The all-inclusive delights don’t end there, with each MSC Yacht Club suite coming kitted-out with complimentary toiletries, while guests can look forward to free unlimited access to the thermal suite in the MSC Aurea Spa.
In terms of dining, a wealth of first-rate restaurants are made available to MSC Yacht Club guests with peerless cuisine ranging from the healthy and wholesome to the shamelessly indulgent.
There’s a different kind of indulgence to be enjoyed at the MSC Aurea Spa too, where you can be pampered during a variety of health and beauty treatments. All MSC Yacht Club guests can take advantage of a private dedicated lift to the spa, as well as an exclusive MSC Yacht Club massage and treatment room.
What’s in a name?
It isn’t called the MSC Yacht Club for nothing. It earns its name due to every detail being geared towards guests enjoying the high-end seclusion and advantages of a private yacht, yet still being able to reap the benefits of a large cruise ship whenever the feeling takes hold.
Private areas such as the elegant Top Sail Lounge promise panoramic views with a stylish restaurant setting, while the One Pool Deck gives guests the chance to exploit the private swimming pool, whirlpool baths, sun deck and bar.
The luxurious MSC Yacht Club is available on board the following MSC ships: MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview.