MSC Cruises has formed a partnership with internationally acclaimed home and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart on a collection of new, exclusive culinary and discovery experiences on board and ashore. The arrangement — themed Celebrate, Discover, Experience — includes specially curated shore excursions, celebration surprise gift packages, and onboard special holiday dinner menus and recipes.
“Martha Stewart’s philosophy and passion for discovery is a perfect match for MSC Cruises and we are excited to bring her innovation, style and expertise to life in this special partnership designed to help our guests create memorable vacation moments with friends and family,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises.
“I’ve always enjoyed introducing people to new experiences, and I’m thrilled to be working with MSC Cruises on a partnership that embodies the true celebratory nature of travel, exploration and discovery,” said Martha Stewart. “The excursions showcase some of my favourite activities and help MSC Cruises’ guests discover some of the authentic and hidden treasures of destinations throughout the Caribbean. The holiday dinner menus and surprise gift packages encompass what I believe celebrations should include: good food, good company and commemorating great adventures and inspiration wherever we are.”
Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions
Initially taking place in destinations across the Caribbean, the uniquely curated Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions focus on some of Martha’s passion points and feature a variety of activities, including hands-on culinary classes and tastings of local delights, horseback riding in the ocean, hiking to hidden coves, visits to craft markets, lessons from local fisherman and garden tours. In addition to highlighting key landmarks at a destination, these specially crafted tours truly embody the locals’ favourite spots and tell the story of the local culture.
“In addition to being designed around Martha Stewart’s interests, together we created these shore excursions with insight from the local tourism boards to identify the true, hidden treasures of the islands and really provide our guests with an exceptional and rare experience,” said Ken Muskat, EVP & Chief Operating Officer of MSC Cruises (USA).
For the initial roll-out, excursions will be available at all destinations visited on itineraries served by MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia including: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, Bahamas; Philipsburg, Saint Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatán Island, Honduras. Starting November 2019, additional excursions will be available in destinations visited by MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia while sailing the Caribbean. Future roll out will also include an excursion on MSC Cruises’ new private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, which will welcome its first guests in November 2019.
Prices for Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions in the Caribbean range from US$115 per adult to US$199 per adult, depending on the specific tour.
Special Holiday Dinner Menus and Recipes
To make the holidays even more special, MSC Cruises and Martha Stewart are offering special holiday dinner menus specifically created for Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Inspired by her own experiences and family traditions, for each holiday Martha Stewart has designed dinner menus for guests dining in the main restaurant as well as guests staying in the MSC Yacht Club, MSC Cruises’ ship-within-a-ship premium offering including its own private restaurant. As a memorable add on, guests will also receive the recipe from their meal to take home.
Martha Stewart Celebration Surprise Packages
To complement the tasting menus during the holidays, MSC Cruises will offer Martha Stewart celebration surprise packages that guests can order for delivery to their stateroom, to celebrate birthdays, honeymoons or anniversaries. Guests or travel advisors will have the option of selecting from three different prepared packages that can be pre-purchased prior to sailing or purchased once on board. The celebration surprise package options include:
- Martha Stewart Delightful Surprise: Personalised letter from Martha Stewart and special Martha Stewart dessert and recipe card. Price: US$10
- Martha Stewart Sweet Delight & Cheers: Personalised letter from Martha Stewart; special Martha Stewart dessert and recipe card; and specially selected wine. Price: US$30
- Martha Stewart Sensational Celebration: Personalised letter from Martha Stewart; special Martha Stewart dessert and recipe card; specially selected wine; free digital and printed photo taken by a MSC Cruises’ professional photographer; 5×7 picture frame; and canvas beach tote bag. Price: US$89
Martha Stewart offerings will launch on MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia starting 1 June, 2019.
Lead image: Martha Stewart with an MSC ship in the background. Image credit: Douglas Friedman