NOTE from cabaret shows to casinos, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in New York and not a luxury cruise ship en route to the Bahamas.
Inspired by the Big Apple’s 24/7 vibe, the dazzling MSC Seashore – with a capacity of nearly 6,000 guests – certainly pays off the point that the excursions are purely for OAP.
ANCHORS AWAY: My Caribbean cruise began in beautiful Miami when we boarded a 65-mile boat to the Bahamas, where we would land.
The vastness of the boat is almost overwhelming, but you’ll quickly notice the incredible level of detail, with beautiful artwork adorning the walls, luxurious living room furniture and even is a glittering Swarovski-encrusted staircase.
Discover what it’s like to navigate the entire city – there are tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a 5-a-side court and 6 swimming pools (don’t forget the 15 smaller whirlpools!).
My cabin was spacious, with a double bed as soft as a cloud, a sofa, a large TV and a private balcony – the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise in the warm sea breeze.
TRAIN NEVER SCAM: MSC Seashore boasts 16 hours of daily entertainment, with something for all ages, from live music and vaudeville performances to a massive gaming floor (VR simulator required) and casino.
There are five kids’ clubs for kids 17 and under – older kids will love to try their hand at the mock TV studio – as well as a Water Park to help them burn off some energy.
To refuel, there are 16 cafes, five restaurants and a main dining space serving the largest breakfast buffet you’ll ever see.
Don’t miss the melt-in-your-mouth tenderloin at Butcher’s Cut, followed by dreamy, three-course sweet chocolate cake for £43.
Indulge your Mexican food with tacos at Hola!, and sample each of the five frozen flavors margaritas (hic!).
At Kaito Teppanyaki Asian restaurant, watch talented chefs prepare dinner right in front of you or choose from the conveyor belt at Kaito Sushi Bar.
After dinner, stop by one of the many bars – our favorite is the buzzing Live On Air – for a late night glass of wine.
SPA-VELLOUS! There is nothing better to immerse you in the relaxing life of the Caribbean than a visit to the ship’s spa.
As you’d expect, everything from reiki to deep tissue is on the menu. A Balinese full body massage, £95 for an hour, leaves you feeling so peaceful you risk forgetting your own name.
There are four rooms dedicated to steam and sauna, as well as whirlpool tubs and scrubbing rooms.
But the big attraction is the Himalayan rock salt room, for respiratory relaxation, or if you like to relax, literally try the snow room, where you can test your tolerance for cold temperatures .
On the lower deck, enjoy some time at the hair salon, nail bar and spacious, airy gym, with daily yoga, swings and HIIT classes.
WHITE ISLE: In the Bahamas, we docked at the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on a private island.
Located 191 kilometers from the capital Nassau, this disused mining site has been transformed into a sustainable haven where single-use plastics are banned and nature comes first. It was a world away from the high-octane bustle of the ship.
More than 75,000 tree species have been planted and there are eight pristine white sand beaches, with pioneering initiatives to protect and restore coral reefs to increase biodiversity on the island.
Swim in the turquoise waters, or sign up for one of the yacht’s excursions, which include guided kayaking or a catamaran excursion.
There are 88 types of fish to spot, including stingrays, plus a huge number bull-headed turtle.
Back on dry land, climb the lighthouse for amazing 360-degree views. Or if it all sounds a bit energetic, kick back in your daybed and enjoy the many delicious eateries dotted along the beach.
SLICK CITY: Time to say goodbye to life on the waves, shake off all the post-Bahamian blues by continuing the fun in Miami.
Stay at the charming Moxy South Beach, designed with the city’s Cuban heritage in mind – think geometric terrazzo floors surrounded by lush palm trees.
After a long day on the beautiful wide beach, hang out in the hotel’s beating heart, Bar Moxy, where dance music kicks in to start your evening off.
You can’t mistake it for bars in Little Havana or Wynwood Walls. And be sure to book dinner at a noisy time
Meet Dalia, a must-have jumbo shrimp skewers with rice and spiced yogurt, (Meetdaliamiami.com).
To cap off your ride, swing to the iconic Kill Your Idol bar to feel like you’re in the live version of RuPaul’s Drag Race with its awesome lip-swept moves.
Seven-night cruise-only package from £519 per person, visit Ocean Cay
MSC Marine Reserve, Ocho Rios in Jamaica and George Town in the Cayman Islands, before returning to Miami (Msccruises.co.uk).
Double rooms at Moxy South Beach start from £115 a night (Marriott.com). Fly from London to Miami for £299 round-trip (Britishairways.com).
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