MSC Introduces New Exclusive Shore Excursions

MSC Yacht Club Exclusive shore excursions
Enjoy a day at a luxurious beach club in Kusadasi, Turkey


  • Guests sailing in MSC Cruises’ luxury ship-within-a-ship area can enjoy exclusive new excursions in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe along with existing shore excursion offerings
  • Exclusive excursions take care of all the details, from priority disembarkation and private transfers to local experts ashore

Geneva, Switzerland – July 10, 2024  MSC Cruises revealed today that for the first time, guests travelling in the MSC Yacht Club will have the opportunity to book a carefully curated selection of exclusive shore excursions so they can discover new places, new cultures and new people, while fully immersing themselves in the destinations they visit. 

The MSC Yacht Club is MSC Cruises “ship-within-a-ship” concept combining added privacy and exclusivity with elegant suites in a keycard-access area of the ship. Offering luxury in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, this exclusive area provides dedicated facilities including a sundeck, pool, hot tubs, restaurant and lounge, along with personalized service provided by a 24-hour butler and concierge desk.

Available on many of MSC Cruises’ ships, the MSC Yacht Club offers its guests a secluded retreat while allowing them to enjoy the countless facilities and entertainment possibilities available throughout the rest of the ship.

Keeping with the MSC Yacht Club experience, the cruise line is introducing more than 90 specially designed MSC Yacht Club shore excursions at various ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe, with more to come in other regions later this year. Providing even more exclusivity, the excursions run with only small groups, enabling guests to explore their destinations more intimately.

From the MSC Yacht Club, guests will enjoy priority disembarkation coupled with private transportation for extra comfort during travel, ensuring a feeling of relaxation with all the details taken care of.

Whether guests want to try their hand at making their own personalized eau de cologne at one of oldest perfumeries in Southern France, indulge in authentic Greek cuisine on board a private catamaran in Santorini, or relax in a secluded cabana in tropical Jamaica, they will have a multitude of meticulously crafted experiences to choose from.

The experiences fall into a number of categories to suit a variety of tastes, ranging from authentic culinary experiences or learning about local artistry to visiting architectural treasures or getting involved in upscale adventure activities. 

Marialuisa Iaccarino, Head of Shore Excursions, MSC Cruises, said: “The new offering has come following customer feedback and a desire for a more exclusive experience for MSC Yacht Club guests. Guests will benefit from a seamless experience between the butlers’ service onboard and the excursion experts ashore as well as having the opportunity to relax and fully immerse themselves into each destination’s culture, cuisine and traditions.”

The excursions are now bookable for MSC Yacht Club guests in advance, online, through the MSC Cruises contact center or through the booking travel agent, as well as on board through the MSC For Me app (where available), MSC Yacht Club concierge service or Shore Excursions desk.

Highlights among the 90+ new shore excursions include: 

Cozumel, Mexico: Enjoy a luxurious catamaran and snorkeling experience in Cozumel, Mexico 

Guests can spend the day on an exclusive catamaran sailing off the coast of Cozumel. Guests will have a personal, local guide for the journey and will get the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of the Caribbean, discovering the rich marine life that lies just underneath the surface. The guide will take them to Colombia Reef, a sublime snorkeling spot hailed as one of Cozumel’s finest. There, they may spot sea turtles, eagle rays, and schools of shimmering fish.

Falmouth, Jamaica: Enjoy a plush cabana in the forested grounds near the Martha Brae River

Guests will spend their day in a private cabana along the Martha Brae River, surrounded by forest and tranquility with a personal butler catering to every need. Guests can take a dip in the nearby swimming pool or take advantage of the riverside bar and grill while enjoying their cabana oasis.

Cannes, France:Enjoy a sensory experience and exclusive perfume-making workshop

Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in an unforgettable and captivating sensory experience creating their own personalized eau de cologne with aromatic, citrus and orange blossom fragrances in one of the oldest family-owned perfume factories in the South of France.

About an hour drive from Cannes, the town of Grasse is often referred to as the perfume capital. After making their own scent, guests will be guided by a professional perfumer on a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory and then proudly take home their unique creations in an elegant 100 ml bottle with a personalized case.

Genoa, Italy:  Immerse yourself in an authentic pesto cooking class in Santa Margherita Ligure 

In this excursion, guests can immerse themselves in a unique and authentic Italian food experience, discovering the secrets of pesto—the world-famous sauce—during an exclusive cooking lesson at Santa Margherita Ligure. Guests can learn some of the cooking techniques that makes Italian cuisine so iconic before enjoying an upscale dining experience with delicious local cuisine and wine.

After lunch, guests can discover the charm of Portofino, a village characterized by the boats swaying in the small harbor and the orange, red and pink houses surrounding the bay. There are plenty of opportunities to visit luxury shops, venture through the town’s historic alleyways or enjoy the scenic square of the Church of St. George.

Akureyri, Iceland: Be invigorated at the Fontana geothermal baths in Iceland

This excursion offers MSC Yacht Club guests a rejuvenating experience for the mind, body and soul, allowing them to enjoy the remarkable mineral-rich water of the geothermal Fontana baths located on Lake Laugarvatn. This spa is the perfect place to relax and admire an incredible view of the lake while enjoying the beneficial effects of the water. To make this experience even more enjoyable, guests will be offered the rare and exclusive opportunity to taste freshly baked rye bread made in the geothermal bakery right next to the baths. The excursion also includes the opportunity to experience the scenic Þingvellir National Park, an area surrounded by mountains and the vast lava plain covered with green moss and wild flowers.  

Invergordon, Scotland: Try world-famous whisky at Glenmorangie Distillery in Scotland 

The excursion offers guests the chance to visit a distillery that has been famous for its malt whiskies since the 19century and has mastered the fine art of distilling through the generations. A guided tour will acquaint guests with every step of the distillation process and offer the chance to try two drams before guests are transported to the 12-century town of Royal Dornoch to admire its oldest buildings, an impressive cathedral and its town square.

For more information about MSC Yacht Club excursions, click here.

About MSC Cruises

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise line and the market leader in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Southern Africa, with a strong and growing presence in North America and the Far East.

The MSC Cruises fleet consists of 22 modern ships with three new vessels due to be launched in 2025, 2026, and 2027.

The Company operates in more than 100 countries around the world, offering cruises across five continents, calling at more than 300 destinations and welcoming more than 180 different nationalities on board.

MSC Cruises is firmly committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for its marine operations by 2050.

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