November 2021


We met Vinod Valiyaparambil, MSC Yacht Club Head Butler, who told us about why he chose this very special job and why he loves it! 

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what is your background? 

“I was born in Kerala, in the south of India. My father worked as a chef, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps, but he always used to say: 'It's too hot, it's too tiring'. So, I decided to focus on hospitality." 

When did you decide to become a butler and how did you come to the MSC Yacht Club? 

“I started dreaming of being a butler in 1993 when I saw the butlers in my first hotel, the ITC Maurya Sheraton New Delhi. I started to work towards that goal, completing my training in 2000, before joining MSC Cruises as a Captain’s Butler. Then in 2007 the MSC Yacht Club Butler service was launched, and I was selected. Since then, serving MSC Yacht Club guests and making their experience memorable has become a real passion." 

Which ship are you currently working on and where? 

“Right now, I am working on MSC Bellissima, touring Saudi Arabia & the Red Sea. The itinerary gives our Guests the opportunity to enjoy the sun and sea as well as exploring ancient civilisations and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Leaving from Jeddah, MSC Bellissima stops at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), Yanbu - gateway to the archeological site of Hegra at AlUla - and Aqaba, allowing guests to discover the ancient city of Petra." 

What makes the MSC Yacht Club such a unique experience? 

“We like to think of the MSC Yacht Club as a 'ship within a ship', where you can savour the service of a private club while also enjoying all the other amenities on board. As Butlers, we make your experience unique by anticipating and responding to your needs with a personal touch.” 

What kind of services are on offer? 

“As well as the Butler service, there's a dedicated check-in and a 24-hour concierge reception. You can relax in the complimentary Thermal Area of the MSC Aurea Spa, enjoy gourmet finger food in a private lounge, savour à la carte cuisine in a reserved restaurant, and soak up the sun by a private pool. And that's just the start....” 

Book your cruise on board MSC Bellissima now and savour exclusivity and privacy, while discovering the jewels of Saudi Arabia & Red Sea!