Worth Upgrading?

Fancy Cruise Room

Depending on how much time you plan to spend in your cabin, and of course your budget, if upgrading your stateroom is an option for you, it is definitely one worth considering.

I always highly recommend at least getting an oceanview cabin, and a balcony one at that – not only is it nice to get a little natural light and a little more room to stretch out, but you can enjoy the passing scenery from the comfort of your stateroom, which is particularly great in places like the Mediterranean or Alaska.

But there’s upgrading and then there’s upgrading… for a truly extraordinary cruise vacation experience, take a look at what some of the big cruise lines are doing to give you that more intimate, luxurious and boutique-style feel on their ships.

On Norwegian Cruise Line, it’s called ‘The Haven’; on Royal Caribbean International, it’s their ‘Royal Suites’; and on MSC Cruises, it’s the MSC ‘Yacht Club’, and I’m going to breakdown for your what makes each of these ‘ships within ships’ so very special… the ultimate indulgence!

The Haven


The Haven by Norwegian™ is a little piece of paradise at sea. Hidden away at the top of the ship, this is where you’ll find the cruise line’s most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. As a guest of this exclusive area, you’ll not only have access to all the ship has to offer, but you’ll also enjoy the personal service of a dedicated concierge and a 24-hour butler throughout your entire stay. On top of that, you’ll have access to a private courtyard and sun deck reserved exclusively for Haven guests where you can spend your days relaxing, dining and enjoying the fresh sea air.

From embarkation to debarkation, from boarding of tenders to shore to dining times, Haven guests have priority. In fact, your VIP treatment begins the moment you book – Norwegian’s Elite pre-concierge team will pre-arrange your dining, entertainment and spa requests before you even start your cruise vacation. Once onboard, a concierge will help plan your day, whether it’s breakfast in bed or reserving a private tour ashore.

Available on: Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape

Royal Suites


Royal Caribbean International’s Royal Suite class offers a distinctive and personalized service that will touch every aspect of the cruise experience from arrival through departure.

Guests staying in a Royal Suite will enjoy a myriad of special privileges and upgraded amenities for their cruise; you’ll receive the best of everything – Egyptian cotton, fresh-cut flowers, marble tiles, fluffy white towels, and a chocolate truffle on your pillow. Also you’ll have your own “Royal Genie” who will attend to, and anticipate, your every need and desire. Additional benefits are unlimited beverages, complimentary specialty restaurants, VOOM Internet, Fitness Classes and much more.

 Available on: Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and starting May 2016, Harmony of the Seas

MSC Yacht Club


MSC Yacht Club offers guests the exclusivity and luxury of a private club, while also being able to take part in all the activities and fun of the larger ship. Luxurious accommodation and exclusive services, such as the concierge reception, open day and night, and the 24-hour butler service, are only the beginning here. The MSC Yacht Club also boasts a range of superb private facilities, such as the elegant Top Sail Lounge, which offers spectacular panoramic views, a fully dedicated restaurant, and the One Pool Deck, with its own private pool, whirlpool baths, sun deck and bar.

As a guest here, you’ll have access to a dedicated elevator that will take you the Aurea Spa where you could enjoy different health and beauty treatments, and the when it is time to explore your port-of-call, MSC Yacht Club’s dedication to service enables you to explore the world in the same style, privacy, luxury and comfort, as their team of butlers and concierges can arrange everything in advance so you don’t have to worry about any of the details.

 Available on: MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia

Sounds like quite the experience, doesn’t it? If you think it’s time to treat yourself to a cruise vacation like no other, click below to search our many cruise options.

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