MSC Cruises has hired the first women butlers for its MSC Yacht Club staff. Fully trained and impeccably attired in traditional livery, their introduction has delighted guests and proven a tremendous success, the cruise line said in a prepared statement.

One of the butlers is 35-year Larysa Fedoruk, described as a modern woman bringing a feminine touch to the job plus a multitude of skills. Fluent in English, German, Italian and Russian, she trained as a dancer.

Fedoruk first joined MSC ships as a member of entertainment staff performing on the ships. “Enchanted by the experience, she formed the ambition to become one of the company’s first woman butlers, and - with a dancer’s grit and determination - passed the rigorous selection procedure and training programme with flying colours.”