It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
About MSC Cruise Line
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
MSC Divina promises a chic and lively cruise experience with a 4,363 passenger ship designed specifically for the American market. The staff is primarily English speaking and smoking sections will be greatly limited to the Cigar Lounge and some designated port-side outside deck areas which are far away from all bars and food areas.
Italian Style Dining At Its Best
As you might imagine, dining will be a particular treat on this Italian owned cruise ship. The main restaurants Villa Rosso and The Black Crab will feature Italian and Continental cuisine, and there will be two Eataly dining venues. Eataly is best known to in America for the popular Manhattan location owned by super-chefs Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich. The specialty Galaxy Restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine.
MSC Yacht Club
Your private ship within a ship, the MSC Yacht Club promises an ultra luxury cruise experience in a privileged setting. Available by key-access to the 15th and 16th decks, the Yacht Club offers staterooms defined as deluxe suites, executive and family suites and Royal Suites (which were designed by legendary Italian diva, Sophia Loren).
The Yacht Club includes butler service, 24/7 concierge, dramatic observation lounge at the bow of the ship, private outdoor sunning areas, exclusive dining and direct access to the spa and fitness center. The rest of the ship offers 13 different stateroom categories to choose from.
MSC brings unmistakable Italian design style to the Divina. Common spaces are alive and edgy with a Mediterranean flair. There are 7 restaurants and 18 bars and lounges with many offering live entertainment and for everyone who just cannot disconnect, a sports bar and an internet cafe. The ship has Wi-Fi internet access throughout for a fee. There are 5 pools which include an Aqua Park and an indoor pool area with sliding dome roof. There’s also a first-of-its-kind Hydrorider Aqua Cycling area with stainless steel bicycles anchored under the water – cycle and cool down in the pool at the same time! And of course there is an ulta-indulgent spa.
Starting in November, the MSC Divina will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, with an introductory 3 day inaugural cruise on November 20, 2013. MSC is offering several terrific promotional offers (including holiday sailings) and KIDS ALWAYS SAIL FREE on MSC!
Photo Credits: MSC Cruise Line