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  • MSC-Divina-bowling -  Enjoy a family-friendly night out with a few games of bowling during your sailing on MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Cigar-Lounge - MSC Divina's Cigar Lounge is the ideal place to relax and enjoy an after dinner apéritif.
  • MSC-Divina-Pantheon-Theatre - Top off your evening on MSC Divina with entertainment in the glitzy, 1,600-seat Pantheon Theatre with its stunning looks and acoustics. On decks 6 and 7, it features Broadway-style productions, illusionists, ice shows and more. By day it hosts  conferences and the occasional Bingo game.
  • MSC-Divina-Piazza-del-Doge - Begin your evening with a cocktail in the Piazza del Doge while listening to live piano music on deck 6 of MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Garden-Pool - Soak up the sun and the scenery in MSC Divina's turquoise blue infinity pool during your cruise.
  • MSC-Divina-Top-Sail-Lounge-Yacht-Club - MSC Yacht Club members can unwind while appreciating the view and sophisticated ambience of MSC Divina's Top Sail Lounge.
  • MSC-Divina-Aurea-Spa-massage-room - Make an appointment for an invigorating Balinese massage in the exotic MSC Aurea Spa, outfitted with natural stone and wood finishes and floor-to-ceiling ocean views.
  • MSC-Divina-Aurea-Spa-Fitness-Center - Work out in Aurea's Fitness Center while enjoying the scenery as you sail aboard MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-staircase - A Swarovski crystal chandelier reflects on the grand staircase inside the MSC Yacht Club area aboard MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Yacht-Club-pool - The private club in the MSC Yacht Club area of MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Cruises-Kids-Pool - MSC cruise ships are family friendly, with pools and entertainment areas dedicated to children and teens.
  • MSC-Divina-Aqua-Cycling - Take spinning to new heights: MSC Divina is the first ship to offer Aqua Cycling at sea.
  • MSC-Divina-Eataly-Steakhouse - Head to MSC Divina's Italian restaurant, Eataly Steakhouse, if you're in the mood for a superb steak dinner in a casual atmosphere. Eataly has an a la carte menu and is open evenings.
  • MSC-Divina-Galaxy-Restaurant - Enjoy the panoramic views of Caribbean scenery while dining in MSC Divina's Galaxy Restaurant. Located on deck 16, it has seating for 71.
  • MSC-Divina-Le-Muse-Yacht-Club - Travel aboard MSC Divina and enjoy an evening out in the luxurious setting of the exclusive Le Muse dining room, available to Yacht Club members
  • MSC-Divina-Black-Crab-Restaurant - Enjoy regional Mediterranean specialties and classic American favorites in MSC Divina's Black Crab Restaurant.
  • MSC-Cruises-Ristorante-Italia - Casual with understated elegance, Ristorante Italia is an intimate space with a prix fixe menu on MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa.  Menus feature a variety of dishes made with ingredients sourced through the Slow Food Foundation.
  • MSC-Divina-La-Cantina-de-Bacco - La Cantina de Bacco offers speciality pizza, a nice wine cellar and beer list and tapas during your MSC Divina cruise.
  • MSC-Divina-Yacht-Club-Suite - Each MSC Yacht Club Suite is located in a private part of the MSC Divina that includes stunning front-of-ship views, king bed (convertible to two singles), marble bathroom with bathtub, 24-hour butler and concierge service and complimentary minibar.
  • MSC-Divina-Sophia-Loren-Suite-Yacht-Club-2 - The rich velvet fabrics and elegant décor of the Sophia Loren Royal Suite is sure to impress Yacht Club members who book the stateroom aboard MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Outside-Cabin-with-Balcony - You'll appreciate the scenery from your own private balcony aboard MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Sophia-Loren-Suite-Yacht-Club - Guests staying in glamorous Suite 16007, the Sophia Loren Suite, can bask in the style of a suite designed the help of the actress. Located on deck 16 of MSC Divina, it's available to Yacht Club members.
  • MSC-Divina-at-sea - MSC Divina, sleek and modern, sails to Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations.
  • MSC-Divina-Garden-Pool - Soak up the sun and the scenery in MSC Divina's turquoise blue infinity pool during your cruise.
  • MSC-Divina-Sophia-Loren-Suite-Yacht-Club - Guests staying in glamorous Suite 16007, the Sophia Loren Suite, can bask in the style of a suite designed the help of the actress. Located on deck 16 of MSC Divina, it's available to Yacht Club members.
  • MSC-Divina-Piazza-del-Doge - Begin your evening with a cocktail in the Piazza del Doge while listening to live piano music on deck 6 of MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Pantheon-Theatre - Top off your evening on MSC Divina with entertainment in the glitzy, 1,600-seat Pantheon Theatre with its stunning looks and acoustics. On decks 6 and 7, it features Broadway-style productions, illusionists, ice shows and more. By day it hosts  conferences and the occasional Bingo game.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Miami - MSC Divina sails past the Miami skyline. The Divina, named in honor of actress Sophia Loren, features an infinity pool  overlooking the ship’s wake, 150 fountains, a superb theater, water park and a choice of roomy suites.
  • MSC-Divina-Le-Muse-Yacht-Club - Travel aboard MSC Divina and enjoy an evening out in the luxurious setting of the exclusive Le Muse dining room, available to Yacht Club members
  • MSC-Divina-stern - MSC Divina sails itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
  • MSC-Divina-Galaxy-Restaurant - Enjoy the panoramic views of Caribbean scenery while dining in MSC Divina's Galaxy Restaurant. Located on deck 16, it has seating for 71.
  • MSC-Divina-Yacht-Club-pool - The private club in the MSC Yacht Club area of MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-Top-Sail-Lounge-Yacht-Club - MSC Yacht Club members can unwind while appreciating the view and sophisticated ambience of MSC Divina's Top Sail Lounge.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Miami-2 - Enjoy a memorable vacation aboard the impressive MSC Divina, shown here against the Miami skyline.
  • MSC-Divina-staircase - A Swarovski crystal chandelier reflects on the grand staircase inside the MSC Yacht Club area aboard MSC Divina.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Marseille - MSC Divina arrives in port in Marseille, France.
  • MSC-Divina-at-sea - MSC Divina, sleek and modern, sails to Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations.
  • MSC-Divina-at-sea-2 - MSC Divina guests can look forward to attentive service, a large variety of leisure facilities and world-class entertainment to ensure that you have a memorable vacation aboard.
  • MSC-Divina-stern - MSC Divina sails itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Miami-2 - Enjoy a memorable vacation aboard the impressive MSC Divina, shown here against the Miami skyline.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Miami - MSC Divina sails past the Miami skyline. The Divina, named in honor of actress Sophia Loren, features an infinity pool  overlooking the ship’s wake, 150 fountains, a superb theater, water park and a choice of roomy suites.
  • MSC-Divina-in-Greece - MSC Divina cruise itineraries include the Mediterranean and Ionian seas.
  • msc-divina-in-malta.jpg - MSC Divina in Grand Harbour, Malta.

MSC Divina: True Mediterranean style sailing the Caribbean

Our review

Snapshot

Named after godmother Sophia Loren, MSC Divina — the first of MSC Cruises’ ships dedicated to North Americans — is one of the line’s largest and most luxurious ships sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.

MSC Cruises has done a lot to prepare the 139,500 gross-ton MSC Divina to meet the needs of North American cruise passengers. Changes to the delivery of onboard announcements, signage and service standards have all been carefully modified to meed the expectations of  U.S. and Canadian cruise passengers.

Who will like sailing on MSC Divina

With 1,751 staterooms, MSC Divina is a great choice for all kinds of cruise passengers, whether you're seeking luxury, family, corporate, LGBT, singles or multi-generational cruising. 

Where MSC Divina sails

Home port: Miami

Destinations: MSC Divina sails the Caribbean to destinations such as Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. She returns for sailings in the Mediterranean in March 2018. 

Ratings & awards

Cruiseable           
Berlitz           
Cruise Critic           
  • Silver Award, Cruise - Overall, Travel Weekly Magellan Awards (2015)
    Silver Award, Entertainment, Travel Weekly Magellan Awards (2013)

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A Swarovski crystal chandelier reflects on the grand staircase inside the MSC Yacht Club area aboard MSC Divina.
Courtesy of MSC CruisesA Swarovski crystal chandelier reflects on the grand staircase inside the MSC Yacht Club area aboard MSC Divina.

Top dining options

Black Crab & Villa Rosa 

The Black Crab and Villa Rosa are the two formal dining room restaurants on MSC Divina. Overall the food was excellent. Ask the head waiter for suggestions because when I did, I got amazing service, piping hot food and things that I would not have been inclined to try.

For example, try the Pumpkin Ravioli – #yum.  Ask the wait-person which of the pastas is made fresh that day: It’s totally worth the extra calories. The strip steak that is offered all time was marginal, however the prime rib and fillet offered as a nightly special on two other occasions were exceptional. I would recommend that carnivores (and vegetarians to some extent) head to Eataly Steakhouse for a delectable dining experience for meat eaters.

Enjoy an evening in the luxurious setting of the exclusive Le Muse dining room, available to Yacht Club members.
Courtesy of MSC CruisesEnjoy an evening in the luxurious setting of the exclusive Le Muse dining room, available to Yacht Club members.

Le Muse:  The great news is that this dining facility has amazing cuisine. The bad news (unless you're a member) is that it is for the exclusive use of MSC Yacht Club guests. I found the cuisine and service to rival that on any luxury cruise ship I have been on.

Calumet and Manitou offer self-service buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to sample the pizza here because it’s really tasty. Don’t expect to see a Las Vegas-sized buffet extravaganza. Divina has enough options at the buffet, but there are plenty of other places to sit down and relax over a nice meal – think Mediterranean way of life.  Convenient yes, but with so many people eating at the same time, it can be a chore trying to fend off your co-passengers.

Great for families: There are two ways that MSC Divina accommodates children and families during dining. One thing to ask about is  MSC Cruises’  MSC Happy Dinners, where children select a meal from the kids’ menu which is served in the dining room while the adults enjoy their first course. Once the children have finished their meal, members of the kids’ club staff collect them to have fun with their friends.

Kid-friendly food on the children’s menu is a great option for young cruisers. Options include soup, pizza, pasta (such as spaghetti Bolognese or Carbonara), hamburgers, fish, hot dogs, served with sides like fries, vegetables or fruit.

Specialty dining options

Like other cruise lines, MSC Cruises offers passengers an opportunity to experience alternative dining. These restaurants offer unique experiences for an additional rate. For those passengers who are inclined to pay the nominal surcharge, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Your options are:

Eataly Steakhouse is designed after Eataly’s famed Manzo steakhouse in New York City.  Eately Steakhouse on MSC Divina gives cruise passengers a chance to experience the popular chain restaurant while on vacation. For me, it was great because we don’t have access to Eataly in California. Verdict? I loved it! 

 

Fresh salmon served during brunsh at  Galaxy Disco Restaurant. Photo by Carrie Finley-Bajak
Carrie Finley BajakFresh salmon served during brunch at Galaxy Disco Restaurant. 

Galaxy Disco – Restaurant:  If you find yourself on deck 16 in the Galaxy Disco wondering where the heck the restaurant is, just look for the bar and the windows that overlook the main swimming pool and the sea. The Galaxy Disco – Restaurant serves a luxurious brunch on select sea days (for a nominal fee) as well as dinner, which is a la carte pricing.

Piazza Del Doge provides cruisers with an opportunity to sit back and enjoy a gelato (for an additional cost – try at least once), a pastry or cupcake (also at a nominal cost).

Caffè Italia in partnership with Segafredo Zanetti offers typical Italian favorites, from full-bodied espressos to flawlessly foamed cappuccinos, the Segafredo coffee and chocolate menu also includes a variety of specialist coffees and chocolate drinks.

Nightlife options

Divina offers a wide variety of bars, each with its own ambience, specialities and sometimes entertainment. Some top options:

  • La Cantina Di Bacco (Italian): The casual wine bar and pizzeria is easy to overlook with so many great places to relax on the ship. It’s worth making your way to deck 7 for wine from Divina's well-stocked cellar, along with fine beers from around the world. Pair it with authentic Italian pizza or with tapas featuring local specialties.
  • Golden Jazz BarRelax beneath the bubble chandeliers of the Golden Jazz Bar with a jazz-inspired drink menu. Sip a rare whiskey, or enjoy cognac, aged grappa and more.
  • Sports Bar is a solid venue for good “American-style” pub food. The decor here bar is bright and cheery, and there are plenty of TV monitors to catch up on sporting action or scores. The menu will satisfy those looking for chicken wings or other bar food vittles.

Entertainment 

Top off your evening on MSC Divina with entertainment in the 1,600-seat Pantheon Theatre.
Courtesy of MSC CruisesTop off your evening on MSC Divina with entertainment in the 1,600-seat Pantheon Theatre.

Beyond the theater, look for live music from jazz to classical throughout the ship, gaming in Casino Veneziano, a 4D Cinema, Formula-1 Simulator and more. There is not a bad seat in the house: The 1,600-seat Pantheon Theater provides an exquisite ambiance for surreal theatricality and dazzling performances, with a different show each evening. MSC Cruises has some of the finest entertainment at sea.

MSC Yacht Club: A luxury retreat

Those cruise passengers wanting a luxury cruise experience will want to book passage in the private enclave of MSC Yacht Club. The MSC Yacht Club is the lines' signature "ship-within-a-ship" concept, with 69 private suites on board. MSC Yacht Club guests can indulge in comfort and convenience, from their own personal butler and 24-hour concierge service to complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available any time of the day throughout MSC Yacht Club's exclusive lounges and pool area.

The MSC Yacht Club experience is a great option for people who want to get away from it all to enjoy some peace and quiet, great service and wonderful meals at Le Muse Restaurant. Members can also just step back outside the Yacht Club’s ship-within-a-ship environment to enjoy entertainment, specialty dining, movies at night, shopping, the spa, fitness classes or the gym, a cocktail at one of the lounges, etc.

The Yacht Club is located toward the bow of the ship and is accessible with a member’s keycard. There are 69 suites served by butlers who help passengers throughout their cruise.  Yacht Club guests have a private dining room called Le Muse as well as access to the spacious Top Sail Lounge and Bar on deck 15. The unobstructed, 180-degree views of the sea from the Top Sail Lounge are impressive, by the way. There is a concierge desk, which is staffed 24/7, and a private pool.

The best perks of the Yacht Club are sensational food in Le Muse Restaurant, butler service, more space, a private pool with plenty of space (remember the ship can accommodate 4000 cruise guests), and amenities like bottled water, sodas, specialty coffees, cocktails, or wine with dinner. Priority embarkation and debarkation are also an added bonus.

Other amenities & options

  • A diva-worthy grand entrance features two dramatic Swarovski crystal staircases and a classical quartet to welcome you.
  • Stroll past the 150 fountains of the Aqua Park with a poolside gelato bar.
  • Try a Balinese massage in the exotic MSC Aurea Spa, graced with natural stone and wood finishes and floor-to-ceiling ocean views.

Disclosure

Carrie Finley-Bajak sailed on Divina on a press/blogger trip as a guest of MSC Cruises. See Cruiseable's Ethics & disclosure policy

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Carrie Finley-Bajak
I'm a cruise journalist, blogger, CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor and a columnist for Travel Weekly. Follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: MSC Divina
  • Where: Headed to the Caribbean

  • What: Private enclave
  • Where: MSC Yacht Club

  • What: Infinity pool
  • Where: Pool deck
  • 18 bars and lounges
  • 5 swimming pools
  • Exclusive partnerships with brands like Eataly, Segafredo Zanetti and Venchi.
  • State-of-the-art theater with entertainment galore.
  • MSC Divina has a huge space dedicated to active cruise passengers. The biggest buzz for me was the Aqua Cycling by Hydrorider.
  • Digital entertainment includes the F1 simulator and 4-D movies

Top dining options on board

Black Crab

  • Style: Mediterranean & American fare
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Eataly Steakhouse

  • Style: Steakhouse
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch or dinner

Galaxy Restaurant

  • Style: Continental
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Brunch & dinner on select days

Fast facts

3,478 Passengers [?]
1,410 Crew
18 Decks
2011 Maiden voyage
139,400 Tonnage [?]
1,094 Length in feet
125 Width in feet (max beam)
26 speed (mph) [?]

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