MSC Cruises has formed a partnership with Martha Stewart to create an entirely new cruise experience. Focused on cruises in the Caribbean, guests who opt for the special Martha Stewart packages will explore more out-of-the-way places on the islands, learn new crafts and cooking skills as well as indulge in specially curated excursions like going on a horseback ride through the crystal blue Caribbean Sea.

The new Martha Stewart cruise packages will also offer Martha Stewart dishes in certain restaurants aboard. These dishes will come with a complimentary recipe card so guests can return home and try replicating them. While the menu has not been officially released, it has been revealed that some of these meals will reflect holiday-themed dishes.

Guests can also immerse themselves in specially curated tours. They will have a maximum of 30 people in each group so that the tours will remain small enough to remain personal. Tours include learning how to cook a Cajun dish, exploring the craft supply vendors off the beaten path and learning how to mix the perfect Margarita.

Additionally, guests can purchase special celebration surprise gift packages to be sent to their staterooms. These packages come in a variety of sizes and prices. A small package, for example, will include a personal note from Martha Stewart and a signature dessert, with a recipe card, of course.

Martha Stewart has stated that she will most likely take several of these cruises to launch the program. She wants to make sure that her programs truly enhance the experience for passengers. She also hopes that during her travels, she will discover new things in the islands that can become part of new tours in the future.

The uniquely curated Martha Stewart & MSC Cruises Excursions will begin in June 2019 and will be available to guests sailing the MSC Armonia and the MSC Seaside. From November, two additional ships - the MSC Meraviglia and MSC Divina - will participate in the program.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: