Welcome back, friends! So what did I get up to on Day 3? Well, exploring the various staterooms was top of the list! My absolute favorite was the 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom Grand Suite…because of this balcony. There are only three of these suites on the ship and they are exclusively available with the Wellness or Aurea Experiences.
The Seaside Suite features a private whirlpool tub. Look at that view!
Yacht Club guests have the luxury of a ship-within-a-ship experience. They can enjoy the general areas on board, or retreat to their private:
- Concierge Area
- Grill & Bar
- Sun Deck (with the option of private cabanas)
- Top Sail Lounge
Featuring personal butlers, and first-class service, MSC’s Yacht Club is the ultimate in privacy and luxury.
Touring the various stateroom worked up an appetite. The DH and I
reluctantly left the Yacht Club had lunch at Seashore Restaurant, the other main dining room.
Immediately following lunch, we did a food tasting of the Specialty Restaurants. You know… for research. We had seafood samplers at Ocean Cay Restaurant, filet mignon at Butcher’s Cut, banana pudding at La Boheme, and steak at Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi. We heard the chef was there, but we were shamelessly stuffing our faces. It was hands down, the best steak we ever had!!! I paused long enough to get these photos of Asian Market Kitchen.
We wrapped up our multi-location feast with cocktails poolside.
Work responsibilities called and the DH attended an MSC Cruises tradeshow with me. Agents received valuable information about marketing the ships, but it was perhaps more interesting to learn how dedicated the executives are to this company. There is a distinct difference being a family-owned company, and not a corporation. As an agent, I want to see MSC succeed in the North American market.
Dinner that evening was back at Ipanema. (The first night on the ship, dinner followed the Naming Ceremony and was a little hectic. Waiters sat us, not at our assigned tables, but at whichever table was free, for efficiency.) On this night, we were seated with an NYC agent and his daughter. It was fun chatting with someone who’s been in the business much longer than me.
Following dinner, we explored the ship a little more. In the background, we could hear singing from the 70’s party, which we’d planned to attend but missed because we were souvenir shopping. (About that, now that the ship was sailing – for a few hours anyway near Bimini in The Bahamas- the shops were open.)
Finally, we ended the evening with formal pictures.
When we returned to the cabin, we packed in preparation for a 7:30 am disembarkation. It was literally the shortest cruise we’d ever taken but enjoyed it nonetheless. And I had the best time reliving it with these recaps!
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