Ship Within a Ship

Indulge in another freshly made pastry during an English afternoon tea. Allow your butler to escort you to an exclusive dining room for an elegant dinner. Book your spa activities with the concierge. Relax in a private club atmosphere and enjoy complimentary drinks. Stretch out by a private pool before retiring to your luxury accommodations to sip a glass of wine and gaze out to sea.

Sounds like scenes from a stay at a five-star luxury hotel, right? These are actually services guests enjoy at the MSC Yacht Club, billed as a “ship within a ship” on the MSC Divina. Guests stay in a separate three-floor enclave with just 69 suites, where they enjoy a fully stocked complimentary minibar, private concierge, 24-hour butler service, unlimited alcohol, and gourmet meals at the huge glassed-in Top Sail Lounge with 180-degree views.

MSC Yacht Club guests can ride a private elevator down to the Aurea Spa, or take the staircase filled with golden Swarovski crystals up to relax on the quiet deck with swimming pools, two never-crowded whirlpools, ample plush lounge chairs, and a bar and restaurant. They can also dine at Le Muse, the formal restaurant reserved for Yacht Club guests only.
Enjoy large-ship amenities with the luxuries and services of a private yacht. 
Until recently, this privately owned Italian cruise line catered to a primarily European market. But MSC Divina has crossed the pond and now sails year-round from PortMiami. The 4,345-passenger ship has multiple restaurants and shops, a bowling alley, disco, and nightly entertainment in a 1,600-seat theater. 

With access to these large-ship amenities but with privacy, perks, and pampering, the MSC Yacht Club allows you to, well, have your cake and eat it too. But yours will be served on a tiered platter at high tea while you sip a glass of Champagne and enjoy the view.

Rates for seven-night MSC Yacht Club cruises onboard MSC Divina start at about $1,849. MSC Yacht Club is also available on the Fantasia-class ships MSC Preziosa, MSC Splendida, and MSC Fantasia, which sail from different ports in South America and the Mediterranean.