MSC Divina Coming to America
MSC Cruises is a contemporary pan-European brand coming to cruise the Caribbean for the U.S. market soon
MSC Cruises is a cruise line that competes with Costa for the typical European resident who wants a cruise resort vacation just like we Americans take in the Caribbean. Their ships usually ply the Mediterranean year-round, going to the Canary Islands in the coldest winter months and up to the Baltic in summer.
This year the line plans to bring the brand new MSC Divina to the U.S. to sell Caribbean cruises directly to the U.S. market. She will sail her first “preview” cruise on November 17, and I will be on board to get a eyeful and report to you on just what to expect from the ship in the Caribbean. She will become the first MSC cruise ship to offer year-round Caribbean sailings.
Of course, although the ship normally caters to Europeans cruisers, very much in the same way that Costa Cruises does, while Divina is sailing in the Caribbean, out of Miami, they will convert the onboard to “American-style” cruising. This means that English will be the primary language for announcements, entertainment and other aspects.
What can the average American cruiser expect from one these European cruise ships coming to the Caribbean for American guests? Typically, it means bargain prices, and I have already heard 7-day cruises on ship are selling for as low as $549 per person. You can also typically expect a more eclectic selection of food – such as beans and plenty of bacon, fish and croissants for breakfast.
The ship itself is of the “Fantasia-class” of MSC vessels – which makes her one of the bigger ships in the cruise line. The ship is almost 140,000-tons, carries 3959 passengers and 1325 crewmembers. She has 18 decks, 1310 outside and 327 inside cabins and a top speed of 23 knots. She will be the first Fantasia class ship to sail from North America.
Making her Way to America
Divina just bade farewell to Venice on Saturday, November 2nd as she embarked on her first 18-night Grand Voyage to Miami. The scheduled itinerary includes numerous relaxing days at sea as well as calls in the diverse destinations of Valletta, Malta, Malaga, Spain, Funchal, Portugal, the Azores Islands, Philipsburg, St Maarten, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before sailing into Miami on November 19th to a very special welcome.
MSC Cruises recently launched partnerships with other legendary Italian brands Segafredo, Venchi, Nutella, Campari, Martini and Eataly, to make the Divina a “true Italian ambassador,” by bringing many well0known brand name items from to the onboard experience to enjoy during her Caribbean cruises this season.
About MSC Divina
Christened by legendary actress and “diva” Sophia Loren, MSC Divina features 1,751 staterooms, 322,900 square feet of public space, a casino, seven restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, five swimming pools (including an infinity pool), a bowling alley, theater, gym, spa, internet café, conference center, kids and teen areas, and the lines signature ship within a ship, MSC Yacht Club.
For more information about MSC Divina’s first season in the US and its unique new features and special offers, please visit www.msccruisesusa.com or call 877-665-4655.