MSC Yacht Club Suite 16029 on MSC Preziosa
Hey you fancy pants! That’s right – I’m talking to you! Ok, so maybe you don’t consider yourself someone who might sail in a “yacht club” normally, but if you’re looking for something different, then you’ll want to consider taking a cruise in the MSC Yacht Club with MSC Cruises. I had the opportunity to sail on MSC Preziosa on 23 August 2014 for a 7-night Mediterranean cruise. The newest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet is the MSC Preziosa, an 18-deck cruise ship part of the Fantasia class by MSC Cruises and sister ship to MSC Divina, a ship I had the pleasure to sail on December 2013. Measuring 333.3 meters in length, MSC Preziosa has 1739 staterooms with a larger MSC Yacht Club than on other ships in this class.
MSC Yacht Club
The MSC Yacht Club on MSC Preziosa is located forward on the ship on decks 15, 16, and 18. Why no deck 17? In Italian culture, the number 17 is considered unlucky. Apparently when written as a Roman number, XVII, it is then changed anagrammatically to VIXI, which in Latin translates to “I have lived,” implying “My life is over.” Since I’d like to think that I still have some time left, I’ll take the lead from the Italians and 17 is now officially out! In other words, 17 – you’re dead to me. Well, maybe not dead, but I’ll have you know #17 – you’re certainly not coming with me to Italy.
MSC Yacht Club Suite 16029
Our stateroom 16029 was a YC1 Deluxe Suite in the MSC Yacht Club located on deck 16. Why would you choose the Yacht Club? Here are some of the details from the MSC Cruises web site, but a word of warning. Hide your wallet and credit cards because you might find yourself wanting to book a cruise by the time your done reading what’s included in the MSC Yacht Club.
Step onto your private balcony for lunch served by your Butler, or sit in your own private living area which features a comfortable sofa, easy chair and desk. All MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suites feature 24-hour Butler and Concierge services and luxurious amenities which include fine wood finishes, European king bed convertible to two single beds, memory foam mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, extensive pillow menu, walk-in closet with safe, marble bathrooms featuring a spa tub with shower and hair dryer, courtesy use of luxury MSC Yacht Club bathrobes and slippers, complimentary en suite mini-bar, 24-hour room service, television, Nintendo Wii console, choice of daily newspaper in its original format, Wifi connection and direct-dial telephone (additional fees apply).
Plus, the MSC Yacht Club offers exclusive onboard amenities just for Yacht Club guests such as, select complimentary wines, spirits, beers, and soft drinks in all MSC Yacht Club venues, private restaurant, access to The One Pool, Bar & Grill featuring a shaded swimming pool, spa baths, solarium and a superbly-stocked bar and grill, Top Sail Lounge, offering a varied selection of complimentary drinks, gourmet delicacies, and desserts throughout the day and night, direct private entrance to MSC Aurea Spa, complimentary one-time use of the thermal suite (sauna & steam room), select en suite spa services (additional fees apply), private en suite & after hours shopping, private shore excursions and chauffeur-driven guided tours with private photographer option (additional fees apply) and priority check-in and check-out. Approximately 234-311 sq. ft., plus 46-61sq. ft. balcony.
Inside MSC Yacht Club Suite 16029
Our stateroom had a small hallway and a large closet with drawers, an in-room safe, and robes/slippers. Be careful not to put anything in front of the light sensor on the floor near the door or the light won’t come on. That means don’t load all of your shoes like I did in this area or you might end up jumping up and down repeatedly thinking that will turn the lights on, which it won’t. The bathroom featured marble throughout with a tub and was generous in size and a hair dryer in the drawer by the balcony.
In the cabin there’s a refrigerator filled with beverages (beer, soda, water, spirits) and snacks, additional bottled water above the fridge, fresh fruit, and daily afternoon hors d’oeuvres. The balcony was on the smaller size, but still large enough to sit out and enjoy, especially when arriving into or departing a port, which was more than adequate. One of my favorite things about the cabin was the pillow menu, which gave me the option of a memory foam pillow vs. down since yes, I’m allergic to down pillows and comforters. The location of our cabin was perfect with easy access one flight down to the Top Sail Lounge or one flight up to the One Pool and bar.
Access To The MSC Yacht Club
Access to the MSC Yacht Club requires key card access this “ship within a ship” concept. With sweeping views, a private lounge, bar and pool, guests of the Yacht Club feel as if they’re in their own special world. I have to admit that we received some of the best service I have ever received on a cruise in part thanks to our butler, Jose Israel Ortez, and the rest of the crew in the MSC Yacht Club. Talk about making you feel special!
Even before I stepped foot on the ship I was receiving personalized attention. Throughout my cruise that never changed and every crew member was polite, friendly, and professional and truly made the Yacht Club experience one that I will definitely want to experience again and again.
Check out my MSC Yacht Club suite video on my YouTube channel . In the meantime, you’ll definitely want to follow me in my upcoming posts here on the Travel Shop Girl website as I take you around the ship and into our various ports of call while on board MSC Preziosa.