Cruising the Arab Emirates in Style: MSC Yacht Club

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Discovering the Arab Emirates aboard a ship is getting easier and MSC Cruises proposes exciting  ports of call such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Sir Bani Yas. Upgrade to MSC Yacht Club and cruise the Arab Emirates in style.

What is MSC. Yacht Club?

An upgrade to MSC Yacht Club, a special tier of rooms and services within MSC cruise ships. Think of it like “a ship within a ship.” MSC Yacht Club is the ultimate in luxury aboard MSC Cruises, offering guests upscale experiences including ungraded cabins, a dedicated  lounge, restaurant and sundeck, and other in-room perks.

Modern Doha capital city of Qatar

The Yacht Club experience begins even before you board the ship. You will be welcomed at a dedicated reception desk, which lets you avoid  queuing for check in and a Yacht Club bracelet ensures you have  access to all upgraded privileges. A personal butler, dressed in an elegant grey tailcoat, leads you to their set of dedicated Yacht Club cabins at the front of the ship, which have the most beautiful views and are usually bigger than the standard cabins.

Yacht Club gastronomic restaurant

Yacht Club cruisers have access to the beautiful panoramic Top Sail lounge with bar, afternoon tea service, snacks and live entertainment in the evening. A spectacular Swarovski stairway climbs up to the dedicated gastronomic restaurant serving à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner to Yacht Club members.

Yacht Club dedicated swimming-pool

Next, you’ll discover the private swimming pool and Jacuzzis surrounded by a vast sundeck with relaxing deckchairs, armchairs and elegant cabanas for those seeking a little privacy. The pool a bar proposes all day drinks and snacks. Unlike in other parts of the ship,  there is plenty of place for Yacht Club travellers.

Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

Cabins

Most of the cabins are Deluxe suites, and all have spacious balconies. The luckiest guests will book a Royal Suite with even more space and amenities, or one of the duplex suites with a private Jacuzzi on the balcony.  Whatever your choice, each vast suite has a king size bed (with memory mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets), a large seating area with a sofa and armchairs, plenty of room to store your clothes, a mini-bar with included daily refills, as well as a tea and Nespresso coffee set. The bathrooms with Bulgari amenities bigger than expected, especially compared to the usual cubicle-sized bathrooms found on a cruise ship.

The MSC Yacht Club experience is available for select cabins on many cruise ships across the fleet,and provides cruisers with upscale rooms and more of an all inclusive type experience.

All Yacht Club members have an included Premium Extra package with “no limit” soft drinks and juices, cocktails and Champagne.

Yacht Club all-day bar

Yacht Club Privileges

The Yacht Club premium experience provides many privileges. The concierge service or your butler can book a table in any restaurant of the ship or any excursion. Drinks and snacks are available all day long at the club bars. Call room service to enjoy breakfast on you balcony of your suite. Free Internet access for two devices is also included. You also have free access to the MSC Aurea Spa (you will be charged for extra treatments).  And a complimentary bottle of Champagne, Prosecco or wine of your choice is served in your cabin.

Fabulous shows on board MSC Cruise ships

Of course, you can also take advantage of all the activities and entertainment available on board. Each MSC ship is a floating holiday resort with numerous shops, bars and restaurants, kids’ clubs, video game arcade, several pools, a bowling alley, Formula 1 simulators, a vast fitness room.

When night falls, you can try your luck in the casino or enjoy a show at the theatre.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

Excursions

Several excursions are available at each port of call. Once again Yacht Club travellers get preferential treatment with easy booking and separate electric shuttle boat to shore. Enjoy an SUV trip on the dunes in the desert, climb to the top of Burj Kalifa Tower in Dubai, visit Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, go shopping in traditional Doha souks.

You will have plenty to do and see. Don’t miss the stop at beautiful Sir Bani Yas Island.

Dedicated Yacht Club beach at Sir Bani Yas Island

At Sir Bani Yas Island, guest have access to a long private sandy beach for a whole day.  You can visit the vast nature reserve sheltering many desert species and or enjoy the beach with plenty of water activities. Lunch is included are are all day drinks on a reserved space of the beach.

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Good to know: MSC Cruises is a Swiss global cruise line based in Geneva

WOW! Factor: MSC’s newest ship is Euribia and was christened in June 2023. It holds 6,334-passengers and is powered by liquid natural gas

Tip: You can book 3, 4 or 7-day cruises

 

Author bio: Frederic de Poligny & Annick Dournes

 

Bar Grill on Yacht Club sundeck is a perfect place to relax

Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
Annick Dournes and Frederic de Poligny are two French tourism journalists who travel the world for many years. They will share with you their very favorite experiences of worldwide travels. Those about France, their native country, will be found on a regular basis in their chronicle “Meanderings through France”.

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